Get Messy || Season of Adventure 03

Inspired Life with Jess || Exotic

Another week and another art journal page! This week is a nice, simple page. I found some autumn leaves as I was on a walk on my lunch break, and decided they were begging me to be in my art journal! This page is talking about my fascination with fall, when the leaves change into the most amazing colours! I find it super inspiring and it makes me really happy! I think the reason I find it intriguing is because we’ve never really lived anywhere that this happens until I moved to Parramatta a few years ago, and even then, it’s pretty small-scale here. I want to go somewhere where I can be surrounded by fall, to play in the leaves, and rake up a huge pile to jump in. Any suggestions where I should go?

If you want to sign up for Get Messy Art Journal, you can join the community here. Once you sign up, you can access the seasons, which run for 2 months each. There are 6 weeks of prompts for each season, then 2 weeks to catch up. So far there has been the Season of Love, the Season of Brave and the current Season of Adventure. It’s a great community, and I am finding the prompts super inspiring!

Workspace Wednesday

Inspired Life with Jess || Workspace Wednesday

Tonight has been spent working on a belated Father’s Day card, since my step Dad is American and they celebrated Father’s Day 3 months earlier than we do in Australia. This is such a foreign concept to me, but since he’s in America at the moment, it only makes sense that I send him a card on the American holiday. I have also been backing up some of my older Big Picture Classes class files and working on some photo editing. I have made it through my top 3 tasks for the day, which makes me quite happy! I even have my list almost ready to go for tomorrow, too!

The Unfinished Projects Challenge

Inspired Life with Jess || Unfinished Blanket

I had a lot of trouble deciding on what I would do for this years birthday challenge. I originally thought I would do something along the lines of making and sending 29 cards, but then I saw Kellie’s post on unfinished projects from last year, and I knew this was the challenge I needed the most!

Inspired Life with Jess || Unfinished Card Binder

I have a lot of unfinished crafty projects. Don’t we all? Most of mine are projects where I had a fun idea that I wanted to try, went out and brought the supplies, and then never went any further than that. This is the year I work on getting more of these projects completed! I’m aiming for at least 12 being done. One a month seems like a reasonable number, especially when some of these are bigger projects. I know my list below has a lot more than 12 items on it, so I’ll be happier if I end up doing more, but I also don’t mind if some end up getting taken off the list for good. Sometimes binning projects when they are no longer inspiring is just what is needed!

Inspired Life with Jess || Unfinished December Dailies

I don’t have many photos to share of the starts of these projects since most of them are packed away still, and I’m sure as I unpack I will find even more projects that need to be added to the list, but so far just from memory, here are some of the items on my list:

  • My knitted black and white blanket
  • My knitted aqua and yellow blanket
  • A knitted headband
  • A card binder
  • Dip dyed napkins
  • A big canvas
  • My collection of handmade traveler’s notebooks (I have quite a few I want to bind together to go in my fauxdori, only about half are done)
  • 2 unfinished friendship bracelets
  • A rainbow lorikeet long stitch
  • A flower cross stitch
  • My Thailand photo book
  • A travel gallery wall
  • Organising all my digital photos
  • A blanket box
  • Project Life 2013 and 2014
  • Multiple Week in the Life albums
  • Multiple December Daily albums
  • My 2008 Bali album
  • A New Zealand photo book
  • A patchwork cushion
  • An ampersand cushion
  • String art stars
  • A couple of smaller canvases

Inspired Life with Jess || Unfinished Gallery Wall

As I finish these projects, I’ll be sharing them here, along with on Instagram under the tag #j3ss1c4sunfinishedprojects. You can also follow me on Instagram here.

I’d love for you all to join in, and would love to hear what sorts of unfinished projects you may have!

Get Messy || Season of Adventure 03

Inspired Life with Jess || Art Journal Challenge

Another week has passed and I am still sticking with art journalling regularly, even with being exhausted and sick with the flu. My first page this week is the finished up challenge page that I shared here last week. I have now added stamping in the form of heat embossing stars in silver and gold glitter and a quote with letter stickers. I was feeling a bit blah about this page last week, but now that it’s done, I actually LOVE the finished result! The embossing made all the difference for me and this is a technique I need to challenge myself to do more often!

Inspired Life with Jess || Face Your Fears

My second page this week using a prompt about the most adventurous thing I’ve even done. My family would all say it’s jumping out of a plane since I’m scared of heights, but I found that abseiling 30 metres scared me a whole lot more. It was adventurous and challenging and I’m so proud that I did it! The journalling on this page is about facing my fears. For this page, I printed the full-page photo on textured cardstock, hand wrote my journalling, used a star brad at the top and some thickers that I have on hand. The journalling on this page is a little hard to read, but I still love how it turned out!

Inspired Life with Jess || Details

And because I love it so much, here is a more detailed shot of the first page to show the embossing a little better!

If you want to sign up for Get Messy Art Journal, you can join the community here. Once you sign up, you can access the seasons, which run for 2 months each. There are 6 weeks of prompts for each season, then 2 weeks to catch up. So far there has been the Season of Love, the Season of Brave and the current Season of Adventure. It’s a great community, and I am finding the prompts super inspiring!

Sunday Seven

Inspired Life with Jess || Sunday Seven

Each month I will be sharing a Sunday Seven post, which will be a round of a few of my favourite things I’ve seen on the web. I like the idea of celebrating some of my favourite sites, along with new sites that I discover and find inspiring.

  • A recipes mini book sounds like a great way to keep recipes rather than reprinting them each time I want to make them!
  • I have recently discovered Teddi Confetti and I’m loving the videos she shares on YouTube
  • This house has me all heart eyes! Great colours and decor!
  • I need to try this idea to work out what to start working on, and to record my ideas for other projects too
  • Yum!
  • This list of what you should be writing in a note book is full of good advice!
  • I really want to make my Project Life Pages into photo books like this

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend!

Get Messy || Season of Adventure 02

Inspired Life with Jess || Happiness is Colourful

This week has been crazy busy. It’s been great to be able to come home and work on some art journalling though. My first page this week was quick and easy… A magazine page trimmed to size, with a quote. The moment I saw this picture, it reminded me of my adventures with my rainbow umbrella and leopard print gumboots jumping in puddles on my walk to work. I always wanted a rainbow umbrella and was so stoked to actually get one! It’s since been ruined by the wind, but I’m on the look out for another!

Inspired Life with Jess || Challenge


Another page I’m working on is the Get Messy Art Journal Season of Adventure week 2 challenge. This one is a little different to the usual prompts… There is a new addition to add to it each day over the course of the week. I’m undecided if I like it just yet, but I’ll see how it turns out at the end! I started with weaved paper with text, which was fun to do, then added some paint and spray mist (that decided to be temperamental and splatter in the middle of the page. I definitely want to try the weaved look with a photo soon! I’ll share the finished page next week.

If you want to sign up for Get Messy Art Journal, you can join the community here.

10 Things – Favourite Places to go for Art Journalling Inspiration

Inspired Life with Jess || Art Journalling Inspiration

If you’ve seen any of my recent posts, it won’t come as any secret that I am getting right into art journalling lately! I have been loving it, to say the least, and making at least 2 pages a week for the last few weeks, but have a list of ideas a whole lot longer!

I thought today that I would share some of my favourite places to go for art journalling inspiration.

  1. First up is the Get Messy Art Journal blog. I signed up when it first opened, and while I didn’t really do much with the first 2 seasons, I have been following along quite well with this Season of Adventure. There are lots of great techniques shared, and weekly prompts and ideas. I love it!
  2. The #getmessyartjournal tag on Instagram is one of my favourite ones to check out. I love seeing photos of other people’s work and have found many great Instagram accounts from here.
  3. Art Journalling 101 on Big Picture Classes is a wealth of inspiration! I am still working through the class, but I have read all of the prompts and I am a little over half way through working on them as well. This goes through choosing an album, tools to use, prompts, techniques and a whole lot more. I love the pages I’ve made for it so far! Also, the feedback from the instructors in the comments and on photos is amazing!
  4. On the topic of Big Picture Classes, I also the love Inspired Art Journalling class, although I have not yet started working on the prompts for this one, only watching the lessons. Olya, the instructor, has such a fun, playful style!
  5. Smile and Wave’s 52 Weeks of Art Journalling. I missed out on this when it was on A Beautiful Mess and I thought I’d missed out for good, but then I managed to find that it had moved to Rachel’s blog instead, and I was ecstatic! So much goodness here… A whole 52 weeks worth!
  6. Lauren’s blog here. She’s one of the founders of Get Messy Art Journal, and also one of the instructors for Art Journalling 101, so of course she had to be on the list! She’s also a world traveler, which I adore! I love her use of paint on her pages so much!
  7. Caylee’s blog here. She’s the other founder of Get Messy Art Journal, and the other instructor for Art Journalling 101. Another world traveler who’s sharing her adventures online after just moving to Germany, and I’m loving hearing about her adventures too!
  8. Pinterest, of course, has to be included! If you do a search for Art Journalling, there are tons of page ideas, prompts and resources at your finger tips. Even if you don’t click on anything and just look at the images, there is so much on offer!
  9. I want to sign up for Paint.Plan.Play through Studio Calico at some point, too. I missed this first round, and I didn’t think it would be something for me, but the more I get in to art journalling, the more I like the sound of it!]
  10. Everyday life. It might be a magazine page, a sign I walk past, colours in a store window, a random leaf from the ground, something I hear someone say, a random journalling prompt I see somewhere, something amazing that happened, a super long to do list, a technique or supply I want to try or oh-so-much more! This can be the best inspiration all round sometimes!

What do I do with all this inspiration, you may ask? Well I have a word document on my computer to save ideas, whether it be a technique or journalling prompt, and I also save some images to a folder here as well, as a visual representation of the idea. It keeps everything in one place so I know where to look. I have also started a notebook for when I am out and about.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Around Here

Inspired Life with Jess || Around here

Enjoying: A day off work since it’s the Queen’s Birthday public holiday. This means I get a sleep in!

Reading: The Kill Order. It was awesome to sit out in the sun and start a new book!

Drinking: A vanilla latte while out on a coffee day with Michael

Cooking: An amazing roast beef in garlic and red wine. I’ve never made a roast beef before and it was so good!

Feeling: Like my shoulder is on fire since I seem to have slept on it funny over the weekend

Walking: A whole lot this weekend! 25,105 steps yesterday at the zoo with Mum and Bec, then another 10104 steps today going for a decent walk with Michael. I never manage that many steps on a weekend!

Loving: The new quilt cover and blanket that I brought last week. It looks great on the bed, and even Michael approves of it!

Eating: All the veggies I can get my hands on! I’m hooked on roast veggies of every sort at the moment!

Working: On making art journalling a habit. I’m going well so far, making a couple of pages a week, and loving it big time!

Wearing: Cozy pajamas and a warm dressing gown since we’re starting to feel the winter cold here in Sydney


Get Messy || Season of Adventure 01

Inspired Life with Jess || Art Journal Pages This week has involved plenty of art journalling around here. I have prepared plenty of base pages for my art journal album, and I have even completely finished 2 pages. Inspired Life with Jess || Art Journal Hustle The first page, Hustle, was actually one I have thought out and planned a few weeks back, but did not have time to pull together until the last couple of days. This one was fairly straight forward. Hand cut title, pens to journal, and a roller date stamp for the date. I love it! It didn’t turn out quite as planned since I ran out of space to write, but I still managed to make it work. Inspired Life with Jess || Season of Adventure 1 The second page of the beach is a response to the first 2 prompts for Get Messy Art Journal’s Season of Adventure. This is a great online community with weekly prompts following a theme that changes every 2 months. You can sign up here. I think this would have to be my favourite art journal page ever, because the photo just makes me smile! I knew exactly what I wanted to make as soon as I saw the prompts, and I searched way to many travel guides and magazines for just the image, but nothing came up. In the end, I did a Google search for a beach setting, and then used simple journalling on top. This is my ideal holiday destination, and this is where I would love to get married! If you are into art journalling, I highly recommend joining in with the Get Messy community for some great inspiration! Also, I am linking up with Punk Projects Use a Photo Challenge today.

BOLD Intentions || June

Inspired Life with Jess || Bold Intentions

As part of my One Little Word for 2015, I am setting a handful of BOLD Intentions each month. These are areas that I am going to focus on each month to try to make some good progress with my One Little Word.

I only managed to get through about half of my BOLD intentions last month, so this month I am going to do better!

For June, my BOLD Intentions are:

  • Catch up on my House List from May (I only made it about half way though)
  • Celebrate mine 29th birthday, and Mum’s 50th birthday
  • Read 2 books
  • Share weekly art journal pages every Thursday as part of the Get Messy Art Journal community. The next 2 months is celebrating the Season of Adventure, which I am super excited for!
  • Organise 2 years of photos and back them up

I will report back at the start of July with an update as to how I go :)