Get Messy 15

I cannot believe there have been 15 installments of Get Messy! And soooo many people have joined! This community blows me away every week! It is just amazing! Thank you guys so much for making this the most fun Ive ever had blogging and creating!

As I mentioned in our facebook group, I sat down and created a lot of random backgrounds using my watercolors to have on hand for when time/inspiration is running low. So this week I was really excited to use one of them. I loved the ombre stripes and knew I wanted to use these lyrics as they have been my athem for our move. And I used my fancy new watercolor brushes to write them out and love how it turned out. But the page is a little too flat for me. It still needs something, but Im not sure what. Any suggestions?

Ombre music lyrics art journal by Lauren Likes

I fell in love with this photo the second I saw it and have been hoarding it until I could find somthing perfect to go with it. A friend posted this quote on Facebook and I instantly went to my craft space and added it to the photo. I feel like the hearts are a little too much, I was just trying to use up some stash. But the quote and photo together are perfect!

Wanderlust art journal by Lauren likes

I cant wait to see what you made this week! And dont forget that you still have one more week to complete Caylees prompt to add to the link up I will host next week! YAY!

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.


Home tour: before + during




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In true Hooper fashion, when we landed in Korea, we hit the ground running. We slept our first night at a hotel (thanks so much to our school for arranging that for us!!) and our luggage was delivered to our house ahead of us (again by our wonderfully thoughtful school). Thankfully all 13 pieces of our luggage made it through 3 airports and customs unscathed! Our first day here we did some exploring with our wonderful tour guides, then came home ready to tackle suitcase mountain. If you know anything about my husband, know this: he doesn’t quit. He will not stop whatever he is doing and put it off for later. He will work relentlessly to finish something in one sitting….pretty much the opposite of my life philosophy. But thankfully in these situations, it works out really well. In less than 2 days we were completely unpacked and mostly organised (mostly because the stuff that was my responsibility I put off for a while…)


Now onto the good stuff! This is what our apartment looked like the day we moved in. Remember that our apartment is a mix between asian and american style as we have an oven, beds, bathtub, etc but still have the quirks of an asian style place. All the furniture you see came with the house and all the dishes, etc were here already. We have had to buy barely anything to furnish it at this point and are so thankful for that!

The front of our building. IMG_67222014-07-24 12.04.18

Spare room that will become Terrell’s office. 2014-07-24 12.04.47

Main bathroom that is out in the middle of the apartment for guests and us. 2014-07-24 12.05.06


Our room + some random slightly gross leftover items.

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Bathroom in our room. This is actually a ‘wet’ bathroom. If you can see the shower head in the right corner, these are traditional Asian showers where you just close the door and everything in the room gets wet….no thank you. But for real, how does the toilet paper not get wet?!2014-07-24 12.05.38

The view from our bedroom looking into the kitchen/dining area. 2014-07-24 12.04.05 2014-07-24 15.36.31

The living room view standing in the dining area.

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Spare room #2. You can see an additional porch here. Were not exactly sure what its for. We know you can create a cross breeze by opening the doors and windows to both porches. But the floor of this one is laminate on top and foam on the bottom. It totally freaks me out to step on it. I only use it at this point to photograph my projects.2014-07-24 12.07.49

Views of our ‘drying porch’. We can see right out onto the playground and in the winter we will be able to see the Han River! 2014-07-24 12.07.56

There are traditionally no drying machines in homes, so there are large screened/glassed in porches with drains and hanging racks to line dry your clothing. 2014-07-24 12.08.19


The view into the living room. That’s the front door on the right and the bright light is coming from spare room #2.

Now, how it looks after our things are all moved in and some semblance of order has been restored. IMG_6694

Possibly my favorite place. My little succulent collection is growing so quickly! Also, we have no drawers, so silverware in mason jars it is!IMG_6701

Our wardrobes and dressers in our room. No closets…IMG_6700

Our room. I really wish someone would have told me EVERYTHING in Korea is a wood color variation so I would have chosen a color for linens instead of gray and white…sigh. I guess that means I’ll have to get started on a quilt!


The bathroom in our room. IMG_6704

We brought exactly enough clothes to COMPLETELY fill our wardrobes and dressers… IMG_6703


Our main bathroom with the BEST shower curtain we could find. I mean seriously?!?! A shower curtain from Target is the first thing on my care package list for mom….IMG_6699

Terrell’s office. Mr. Minimalist. 2014-08-03 20.20.01-2

IMG_6717Our little shoe rack/living room entrance. I felt like this place was actually coming together well with decor and all! I have to remember to focus on one spot at a time..IMG_6716

Our shoe closet. You’re not supposed to walk around your home with shoes on! IMG_6689

(below photo) The view from the living room into the rest of the house. My office is the door on the right, you can see my desk. Terrell’s office is on the left. The tiny bit of wall corner you see on the far left is the entrance to our room. IMG_6690IMG_6691

Hey hey tiny kitchen! It’s actually working pretty well for us so far. But, if we let dishes pile up for more than 1 day, it is a massive mountain! IMG_6692IMG_6693

We are just blown away at how much space we have! That contraption in the corner is our air conditioner. Which is all in Korean and we only run in the afternoon/evenings. IMG_6688

Our view of the playground. IMG_6719Our drying porch more organised. IMG_6714

Our laundry room and storage area, etc. This is right off the kitchen.  See the Korean quirks I’m talking about….IMG_6715

And of course, the best place in the house…..My craft room!! IMG_6712

And let’s be honest about what it really looks like….Messes everywhere….IMG_6709Thanks for taking a peek into our home! It’s still in the very first, rough draft version. Our landlord is supposed to be re wallpapering soon, so we have to wait to hang things up. But I have SO many ideas and cannot wait to see how this place comes together! What do you think? Any suggestions on how to maximize space?! Wanna come visit?!?!


From there to here



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How we got from there to here. Our journey to Korea was not short nor a straight shot. In fact we went to 14 different cities/states/countries/continents within about 6 weeks time! Crazy. Here is our journey in photos.

We said goodbye to our home in Athens, GA and headed out on the road…2014-06-21 13.00.56

Had an incredibly fun weekend with friend sin Birmingham, AL…2014-06-22 12.09.55

Took a trip to the land of HOT for our prefield orientation (for Korea), for 2 weeks, in South Haven Mississippi. But of course we made time to visit Memphis, TN a few times..2014-06-27 20.35.34

Spent the 4th of July in one of America’s gems: Downtown Nashville, TN.2014-07-04 22.12.07

Did nothing but squeeze a baby and watched her roll around in the floor for 2 days in Goodletsville, TN… 2014-07-06 12.52.28

We left, aiming to hit Ashville and camp for the evening, but quickly decided we were tired. So Pigeon Forge, TN it was! (photo is from Cades Cove) 2014-07-07 15.13.19

Oh hey Ashville! A quick stop for dinner then more all night driving…2014-07-07 19.35.53

Glorious Hilton Head, SC for a few days of camping with my family..2014-07-10 14.31.13

Then, back to my hometown of Rock Hill where this happened….2014-07-13 00.36.43Terrell jetsetted off to Chicago for an AP music theory training….

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We are reunited and we take off to say goodbye to his parents with a weekend on Lake Nottely in Blairsville, GA…IMG_6580


And back to Rock Hill, SC for a going away party and last minute packing session…IMG_6606

Then….we board a plane….2014-07-22 09.10.33

We layover in Chicago…2014-07-22 09.09.32

We board for our longest flight…2014-07-22 14.10.24

Have a quick layover in Tokyo….2014-07-23 17.01.15

We finally arrive in Seoul, South Korea!! But are so exhausted we immediately sleep…

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We wake up the next morning and meet our new home…. 2014-07-24 15.11.34 


Apartment living inspiration

I plan to share our apartment tour with you this week and pre warning….its not the prettiest. But! Its got GREAT potential! So in efforts to spruce the place up I’ve been pinteresting like crazy for easy DIY decor and how to live large in small places. Here are a few of my favorites with links to their sources. If you have any recommendations or suggestions please let me know! See the whole pinterest board for more ideas here. 

Kitchen makeover Best small kitchen makeover. (source) 


Our motto (source) 

Map wall tutorial by Lauren-Likes

The map wall is for sure coming back!  (tutorial) Geometric photo hanging

Love this geometric design!  (source) ABM woven wall hanging I already have all the supplies to make this wall hanging! I cant wait to get started! (source)

Get Messy 14

This is the week of the thief. I did what all the great artists do. I stole. Right Austin Kleon?!?!

I can honestly say Ive never been so tired in my life. So creating has taken a backseat, no matter how much i want to get my hands on pretty papers, I just cant keep my eyes open at night. So when I sat down to work on my art journal this week it was out of sheer force. I had only one small idea and couldn’t figure out how to do it, so I just wanted to quit. But I pushed through and Im so glad I did. I did what I always do when I have NO ideas: I went to the Get Messy Pinterest board!! DUH! And decided to copy the greats and wait for the inspiration to roll in!

Andrea created this tutorial for this amazing page she made, so I just followed the instructions and ended up with a page that I love! I followed her instructions a little loosely, but thats what we to do as creators, right?! I used pretty patterned papers, cut them with my fancy scissors and added my journaling and embellishments. I found these photos of us doing things we don’t normally do and harnessed that feeling of trying new things and the adrenaline rush that comes with it to use for my journaling. Ive been pushing myself so much since we moved to Korea to try new things and just love it and want that to always be what my life is about.

Be Bold art journal by Lauren Likes I swear I made this page, not Olya. I don’t know if i’m kidding myself thinking people could actually get our work confused because her watercolors are just out of this world. But! When I stepped back and looked at it, I immediately thought, this looks like an Olya page!! I am going to say that Im quiet proud of that!! And then I stole from Caylee. I love the ‘she’ exercises she does and wanted to try one. Clearly I was needing/feeling some girl power in these pages. I say this every week, but I am standing firm this time. This page is my new favorite!

  She is.... art journal by Lauren-Likes

I cant wait to see what you made this week!


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

A list of goodbyes

Dealing with grief when moving by Lauren Likes

As part of our training for Korea, we talked alot about transitions and the grief process. One of our counselors suggested we make a list of the things we are losing or saying goodbye to. And you know how I love a good list….Some of these are silly and this really more of a brain dump post for me to look back on and use as a journaling space, but maybe some of you can relate. Maybe some of you who have moved and are having trouble letting go of some things back ‘home’ and need to make one of these too! Here we go, in no order of significance or pertinence to life. Most of these are things and I am ok with that. I need to have closure with them and move on and to look forward to the new things ahead.

  1. our home
  2. our cars
  3. our church
  4. downtown athens
  5. food in athens
  6. my job at the hospital
  7. my job a the school
  8. my garden
  9. my plants
  10. my craftroom
  11. tons of clothes
  12. plug ins that fit our things that need plugging
  13. my bathtub with the shelf to hold snacks
  14. my giant walk in closets
  15. the crazy neighbor lady
  16. my walgreens within walking distance
  17. the weird, but super cheap video store
  18. chic fil a
  19. my college girls bible study ladies
  20. our adult small group
  21. the riverwalk
  22. the pool
  23. ikea
  24. target
  25. listening to books on tape on my drive home
  26. the library
  27. scrapbook and cheap craft stores
  28. the USPS (you can only understand this if you have lived overseas)
  29. the imperial system
  30. being able to understand the language around me
  31. comfort foods like biscuits and sweet tea
  32. Bojangles
  33. Aldi
  34. UGA concerts
  35. Sake Express
  36. real time, non stop group texting with the FBG
  37. Walmart
  38. easy to navigate streets
  39. mentors
  40. watching our friends children grow up
  41. pedicures with mom
  42. phone conversations as I drive home from work
  43. time zone sharing
  44. Charleston
  45. hipster stores
  46. my well functioning office space
  47. the neighbourhood pool we snuck into
  48. driving somewhere really quickly
  49. food in names i recognise
  50. mild winters
  51. clothes that fit
  52. American smells
  53. free shipping from amazon
  54. websites that aren’t restricted
  55. shows i love to watch
  56. items in bulk
  57. large items
  58. worship at Athens Church
  59. family within driving distance
  60. really thick, soft carpet

What have you had to say goodbye to when moving?

Lets catch up on Project Life (in the making)


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Its bad. And it hurts. It hurts bad. Real bad. I’m behind. Far behind. Far, far behind

20% laziness

80% life

I’ve gotten 14 weeks behind on my Project Life album. Now, like I said, I’m mostly blaming the fact that we were homeless for 6 weeks and then moved all the way to the other side of the world. Ya know, so I’ve been a little busy. But that does not equal 14 weeks. I was already behind when we started out. Again, I’m going to blame the fact that I was working and had to pack up an entire house in preparation for aforementioned move. But excuses, excuses. Its time.

I spent this weekend figuring out how to print photos in Korea (this was no small feat) and it was like the heavens opened up. Olya and Amelia decided to do a #letscatchuponprojectlife challenge. They actually have quite a few more spreads to do than me, but I still need their rehab.2014-08-09 22.55.37

So here’s my plan:

  • Figure out which weeks need to be done or finished
  • Plan out my spreads (this is the planner I use)
  • Print 2 large batches of photos (1 per week)
  • Work on 1 spread a night
  • Photograph them
  • Blog them
  • Do a happy dance

Simple steps, simple plan, simple pages. Having life documented is the most important part and is so worth this mass of work. Besides I love playing with pretty papers….


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Get Messy 13 + August prompt

Hey Hey Get Messy! We were just so blown away last week at all of your amazing parties! They all looked so fun! Can I come?! But seriously? Thank you so much for participating! We love this little community centered around art journaling.

I have officially realised I have 2 distinct styles. One is illustrated via the top page. Magazine pages + words. The second is the second page which has a very scrapbooky feel but more sharing something pretty that wouldn’t really fit into a ‘themed’ scrapbook. And you know what? I like them both. I don’t have to choose. I am claiming it. I have 2 styles. And I like it.

Packing mountain art journal by Lauren Likes blog

Above page was made from a travel magazine. Page below is made using Seafoam and Sunshine Project Life cards and my nifty new circle punch.

Circles art journal by Lauren LikesNow! Onto our August prompt! This months prompt was created by the lovely and gushingly talented Caylee Grey!

How the prompts will work: The 6 main hosts of Get Messy will rotate creating prompts each month. On the first Thursday of the month, the new prompt will be announced (always on my blog) for you to participate too! You have about a month to complete your page(s) inspired by this prompt. Then we want you to return here (again, always on my blog) on the last Thursday of the month to participate in a fun link up so we can all admire your creation! Ok? OK!

August Prompt: A Self Portrait in Objects

Journal challenge: Who are you? If you had one page to show the world who you are what would you put on it?

Art challenge: Use anything except an actual photo of yourself to make a self portrait.

We cant wait to see what you guys create! Be sure to check out the other amazing pages that were made this week by following the link below.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practice our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

A Lovely Bridal Shower

We celebrated my lovely friend Summersby this last weekend with a fun bridal shower. The hardest part about this move is that I will miss so many important events, like this wedding. But I’m so glad I got to show her some love by helping with this fun event!

I don’t get to take any credit for how wonderful everything was as my two friends planned everything since I was a little busy (being homeless and all.) So I helped set up and took photos. This was a shower straight off of Pinterest/Pinterest should be taking some notes!

The guest book as a wooden plaque with their initials painted on it that everyone signed.


We played this really sweet game where everyone wrote down a memory of the bride and she had to guess who it was.


For some reason this game had a resounding theme….


The bride and groom!




We used this recipe for the most delicious Moscato Punch. Possibly the most delicious drink Ive ever put in my mouth.


Super funny, kind of pointless game. But those are the best! We printed out funny photos of celebrities, Jesus, friends, pets and family and placed them in envelopes. Then everyone opened their card and whoever “got the groom” won a prize!

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The bride and my groom! I like them both…IMG_6511  Oh and the cutest thank you gifts! Wildflower seeds! IMG_6515


And oh just the besties….IMG_6516