When Marcee Duggar asked me if I wanted to do some layouts for her new store, she didn’t have to ask me twice (well actually she did because someone else was tempting me with an entirely different adventure at the time) In almost all of my previous art journaling layouts you’ll find traces of Marcee’s products. What I really like about them is how imperfect they all are. Yes, I did just write that her products are imperfect. Perfect scrapping supplies makes me want to make perfect layouts with outstanding photos and beautifully composed. Everything needs to be just right and while I like this process for certain things it just doesn’t work for my art journaling. For me art journaling is very much like the doodling I did in my calendar back in high school;
Imperfect. Random. A visual memory of that exact moment it was created.
My choice of weapon if you will these days is a combination of ArtRage and Photoshop Elements 5.0. Yes I do realize that there are many newer versions of PSE but even after trying out those and the full Photoshop I still come back to my old 5.0 for scrapping. We are like old friends. We don’t need to tell each other what we want – we just do it. My approach to it might have changed a bit since High School but the outcome remains the same. A reminder of who I truly was at any given moment.
So what seems like random layouts showing off fantastic art journaling products are actually more than that. It shows the process. It shows my process towards a new goal and I do think it was time for a new goal.
If you want to see the new store where you’ll find the familiar designers Kim Liddiard, Nicole Young, Robyn Gough and of course Marcee Duggar. Head on over to the Creative Pixel. I might just already be a fan.
In the last layout I’ve used one of my own backgrounds which you can grab here if you want to start creating something yourself. Go ahead and use it for something beautiful. I’d love to see what you can think off – so come back and link your creation in the comments.