My Soul Book Part 12

This tutorial is Part 12 of My Soul Book video series (not many left…)

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Watch it on Youtube or Vimeo

For this page, I picked wise words from Melody Ross’ Soul Book curriculum:

“i want to remember that it is OK to be alone, in fact it is sometimes the best thing for me.”

It is so true for me. And sometimes I feel guilty of wanting to and enjoying being alone. I feel anti-social and also that I should be making the effort to go out and meet people, catch up with friends, etc. But I know that I need that time alone, with no stress, no noise, no conversation, just me and my thoughts, and finding myself.
I have been doing this for a while now (pretty much since I started art journaling) and this has really made a difference to my life. I have grown more balanced, more focused, and more tolerant towards other people as well as myself. I have grown to appreciate the fact that there are some things that are out of my control, and trying hard to make them the way I want or holding on to the things that are no longer relevant to me, and being alone, getting to know who I really am, has helped me deal with these things I would have stressed over and got myself ill a few years ago.

No I am not anti-social, I just need that ME-Time to relax, gather my thoughts and explore who I am. It is far from being selfish, wanting and making time for ME-Time. It benefits everyone around you as, if you are trying to be someone you’re not, it is stressful and makes you feel miserable, always having a sense of failure. This reflects and affects the people around you.
By focusing on your happiness and well-being, you are ensuring theirs as well and giving them a healthy role model.

SUPPLIES USED

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Catalyst wedge
  • fabric
  • heart element (watercolours on copier paper)
  • big circle punch
  • word strips
  • fabric washi tape
  • scissors
  • bronze and gold gel pens
  • photo printed with Polaroid Zip mini printer on sticker Zip paper

MY PROCESS

I started by covering my page with a piece of scrapbook paper cut to size and glued it with Mod Podge. I used my Catalyst silicone wedge to smooth it.

I cut out a rectangle out of a fabric sample to use as a frame for my photo. I glued it with Mod Podge and stuck my sticker photo on top.

I used my heart element (i painted it on normal paper a while ago to try my new watercolour set when I received it), punched a big circle out of a piece of flower-patterned scrapbook paper, and a small scrapped strip of the fabric I used for my photo frame. I auditioned these 3 to create a cluster. Once I was happy with the placement, I glued them with Mod Podge, covering the elements to seal them. I used my wedge to smooth out the air bubbles and wrinkle.

I then cut out my word strips and glued them on my page. I covered the whole scrapbook paper background with the Mod Podge to even out the shine and texture across the whole page.

I used some bits of fabric washi tape, folded in 2 lengthways and cut out a V to create a ribbon effect. I stuck them across my page to create interest and balance.

I framed my photo, word strips and elements using gold and bronze gel pens to add some shine and subtly define the elements. It also gives the page more warmth.

I also drew golden hearts on my photo and the rest of my page, and framed the edges with some rough lines,for some cool doodle effect.

Et voila…

Now for some close-ups