One Day at a Time

Hi friends!  Happy Tuesday!  It’s the 5th of the month and that means it’s time for our Diva Inspirations hop.  Along with the hop this month, we have two brand new plain janes to debut, so hop along to see a mixture of old and new and maybe even win a prize!  If you just happened by, head over to the Verve Blog for the full hop list and to start from the beginning.  If you came from Jen Tapler's blog, then you're on the right track!


The two plain janes we’re releasing today started out just as word art I wanted to use in my art journal.  But the more I thought about them, the more I wanted them in stamp form.  The first few months with twins have been challenging to say the least and the phrase one day at a time has taken on new meaning for me.  In the first couple months with the twins I couldn’t handle thinking beyond one day without sobbing.  To get through each day I just had to focus on one hour at a time… anything else was just too overwhelming.  I couldn’t see a future for myself.  But as the boys have started sleeping a little more, the hours have stretched to days and now I’m happy to say I’m able to look forward about a week without becoming too overwhelmed.  And anytime I get too scared about how much my life has changed in such a short time, I try to remember this little phrase...  one day at a time.  That’s all I can do.

So my first art journaling session since last fall had to be centered on this One Day plain jane.  In the wee hours of the morning when I’m feeding the boys, I plan out art journal pages in my head.  This was one of those planned out pages.  I was so excited to try finger painting instead of using a brush - it was so freeing!  For the background, I used medium body acrylics, and then cut pieces of cardstock to form the flower petals.  To the left is a little close up of the flower which is finger painted with acrylic paints and white and black gesso and I hand doodled the stem.

For a little texture, I used a doily stencil in the corner with a little light molding paste, then spritzed with some Mr. Huey spray after it had dried.  I added a little more texture with the graph stamp from the Making a Statement set.  The One Day sentiment is stamped onto copy paper, glued behind the flower and then taped on with washi tape.  I finished with a little air art tool to make the white not so stark.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out all the prize details and the June sale info over on the Verve Blog.  Next up on the hop is the uber talented and super sweet Sankari!


Enabler's List:
Stamps: One Day Plain Jane, Making a Statement (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Watercolor 140 lb Visual Journal (Strathmore), copy paper
Ink: Medium Body Acrylics (Liquitex), Black Archival (Ranger), Black Gesso (Golden)
Accessories: Doily stencil (Christy Tomlinson), Light Molding Paste (Liquitex), Air art tool (SU!), washi tape (Recollections)


47 comments

  1. How cool is this....I love that you painted this....might have to try it...tfs

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  2. Wow, Julee! This is beautiful!!

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  3. Awesome job, Julee! I love the way this turned out! ;D

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  4. Wow Julee, that is gorgeous and I love that One Day PJ so perfect!

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  5. Julee, I love how this turned out! This PJ is perfect!! So glad the babies are getting easier and you're getting more crafty time!

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  6. It's so pretty, Julee! And I'm glad that you are finding time to create - even though it might be sporadic. It is good for the soul! : )

    Tricia

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  7. Very pretty journal cover... love the colours.

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  8. this is a fab art page Julee-and you used finger painting-it will come in handy later with the boys

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  9. Love this gorgeous journal cover...so artsy and vibrant! I'm thinking it won't be long until those sweet boys will be finger painting right beside you! :-) BTW...great sentiment!

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  10. Julee, I think you have more creativity in your baby finger than the rest of us put together :o)

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  11. I love your journal cover. Very nice.

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  12. My finger painting never looked like this! But I don't think I have done any since 2nd grade - heehee. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. gosh I can see how this sentiment speaks to you at the moment. I just love this piece of Art. The rose is just divine and oh so talented to be able to finger paint this.
    Also as a side line, I do love your quote from Mother Teresa

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  14. Such a great sentiment to live by, not matter how busy life is. Love how you incorporated it on your work. Tulips are my favorite flower so loving this tons - great finger painting too :)

    I can fully relate to your living that motto. Sleep deprivation and I do NOT get along and those first months with a new baby were a total blur for me...all I wanted to do is sleep. Sending you a HUGE hug!! It will get better, promise!

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  15. beautiful and very feminine

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  16. Oh my, this is awesome! I love how you used the grid from Making a Statement!

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  17. This is so beautiful! I am so glad that things are starting to mellow for you and that you can get your crafty freedom in your head and in tiny bits of time.

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  18. So pretty! Great, vibrant colors, and I love the use of that stencil too! These new plain janes are must haves!

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  19. Julee - thanks for another great release! Your stamps always hit the right note!

    And double thanks for having this hop to celebrate - the DT team has done an amazing job (as always)!

    Lisa - Scrappy Distractions
    www.ScrappyDistractions.blogspot.com
    lisa dot rea at kbmg dot com

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  20. So gorgeous Julee.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  21. Gorgeous journal! The colors are so vibrant. Love these two new plain janes.

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  22. Perfect use of this Jane! Excellent cover for a gratitude journal!

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  23. Very creative. Love all the detais and the "One Day At A Time" sentiment.
    So glad things are settling down for you and the twins are sleeping more. I never had twins but I am a twin. I have 4 grown children but remember the times when they were babies. Take care and God Bless.

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  24. Wow absolutely wonderful, and very inspiring

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  25. What a fabulously creative and vibrant journal page Julee!! The bold and warm colors compliment the sentiment beautifully!! Glad your able to look more and more ahead without feeling as overwhelmed!! Progress!! :) {{HUGS}}

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  26. I love that journal. I have one with my miracles and etc in it and the cover looks not good. You have just ignited me to do what you have done. That One Day Sentiment set would be so perfect for that and for cards to friends. I am excited. Thank you bunches for sharing with us. Hugs Cathy K

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  27. Your creation appears to be hand painted. Lovely job!

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  28. Great project.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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  29. I love the colors you choose for this art journal page Julee. So vibrant and full of life.

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  30. Nice book, the paper is so gorgeous and the sentiment is very appropriate for a journal! Love those simple words too.

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  31. Gorgeous journal page showcasing this wonderful new Plain Jane. It is bright and cheery and I love all the different elements you've used here. This sentiment is a good reminder to us all.

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  32. Love the cover of your journal Julee. Well done. Glad you tried another artistic approach to creativity. Love it.

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  33. Awww Julee, your post made my eyes tear up! First of all ...this is my first Verve blog hop and when I saw your name I was excited! My SIL's name is Julee spelled just like yours. She is an artist too! I couldn't wait to read your blog post! I haven't had twins but my first baby was such a tough one. I can so relate with your post! It rocked my world. He cried ALL THE TIME. He had all sorts of issues for many years. I remember living one moment at a time!!! It feels like forever and then one day...they are 15!!!!!!!! (((hugs)))
    Your journal page IS GORGEOUS!!!! You are a fabulous artist!

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  34. Great journal page and most moms survive by this phrase.

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  35. Julee!!
    To be honest---I don't know why---but sometimes I'm not overly excited to see a journal page on a blog hop----but...........................yours is SOOOO cool n lovely!!! Youa re so gifted!!! Thank you for changing my thinking ---opening my eyes and my heart once again!! PTL!!thank you for sharing and for allowing me to glean from you! be blessed
    ~Beyond Measure
    Tammy
    www.urbeyondmeasure.com

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  36. What a fitting and gorgeous cover for a journal! Enjoy every day with your precious babies.

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  37. Well, I feel for ya, girl! I had one "sleep thru the night the first week home" baby and two years later a "scream thru the night for three months even after a feeding" baby. If the screamer had come first, I think she'd have been an only child! But enough about that... That "One Day At A Time" stamp would be great for so many things: birthday, anniversary, get well, sympathy, LIFE (including twins!). TFS!

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  38. What an awesome journal cover and that wonderful sentiment can fit so many occasions!

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  39. Just beautiful. Love the look.

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  40. Love the new PJs and this is a fabulous journal cover!

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  41. Love the bold colors you can achieve with these paints. The finger painting look is amazing, Julee! Beautifully done! Love how the sentiment really stands out even with the collage effect. Beautifully done!

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  42. Great new sentiments and your textures and colors are amazing! jgarber5@cox.net

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  43. Julee~ I love how this turned out both as a journal page and also as an accomplishment in your daily motto. One hour at a time is more realistic with newborns for sure. Thank you for sharing these journal quotes with the rest of the world. They mean so much to me, I need to read them daily as a reminder! ; )

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  44. What a fantastic idea and using fingers that's amazing love this journal will have to have a go I mean get my fingers messy.
    Hugs Rizwana

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