We’re here!

We’ve arrived! Our flights were beautifully uneventful. All 13 pieces of luggage made it safe and sound. We’re settling in to our new apartment and eating tons of good food! I can’t wait to share more with you. I’m posting sporadically to Instagram so check @lk_hooper for updates!

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Get Messy 11

My mantra by Lauren Likes Art journal Travel art journal by Lauren Likes

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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.

Today is the day

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Today is the day!!

We are officially on a plane.

Flying 18 hours.

4 airports.

2 layovers.

7, 264 miles.

13 suitcases.

13 hours time difference.

Goodbye USA, Hello South Korea!

Pop over to instagram to see exactly where in the world we are! @lk_hooper

Get Messy 10

Y’all. 7 days. 7 days is all I have left! Less now that you are reading this!!! With that said my art journal has been suffering lately. I’ve been busy living (and watching old movies on Netflix to avoid packing). So here are some quick pages I made for this weeks installment. I cannot wait to have a designated place to create again that is all set up for me anytime inspiration (or da deadline) hits….sigh..

For this first page I made a 7 out of washi tape. Then I stuck a gold piece of washi tap on a scrap piece of paper and then used a normal hole puncher to create the dots! Quick, easy, adorable. Everything is prettier with gold dots! Then I wrote about all the things that I would have for the next 7 days, lose in the next 7 days and gain in the next 7 days. If you can read my handwriting (click to enlarge the photo) its amazing how we can look at something from 2 very different perspectives. This was a fascinating and fun and therapeutic journaling prompt. Here the words were way more important than the prettiness.

Art journal by Lauren Likes 7 days

I felt that this page was very Caylee. I think minimalism is my favorite, but is the hardest because I have to work twice as hard to force myself into stopping. But I love it. Love it.

Art journal by Lauren Likes Deep and Wide

Don’t forget! 2 weeks until the link up for the first prompt!! If you haven’t done it yet, please do! We cant wait to see what your party will look like! And be sure to check out all the other journals this week! Links below!

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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.

Go say hey to Caylee Grey!

My internet bestie/inspirer/encourager/design genius re-launched her business Pretty Organised last week and man, she has got some crazy good stuff over there! Caylee is such an amazing woman. She has quit her day job to create her own job. She has created a job of creating. A job of creating amazing stuff. Read her whole new business model/plan here. Can we all take a minute a raise the roof for her Photoshop for memory keepers class?! Like seriously people, make that junk easier to understand!

Caylee has designed so many great printable planners, but there is so. much. more. Oh yeah, and she is crazy generous. Go check out all the freebies she has for you to use in your scrapbooks and to meet all your planning needs.

Remember my DIY Planner I’m using (and still LOVING) this year? Caylee designed those.

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Oh and those fabulous Project Life Weekly Title cards? Totally free by Caylee!

imageOh and in even more exciting news, she has asked me to be a part of her team of “Pretty Somethings”! Which means I get to be one of her SUPER LOUD cheerleaders! So go check her out and get ready for more awesomeness to come!

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Toolbox for Crafters



The ultimate guide to building a toolbox for crafters by Lauren-Likes

Very frequently I get asked what tools I use to create with. Many people assume you have to a have a lot of very expensive and fancy tools to be an artist, but you don’t! You can literally create things with anything you find at your fingertips. To me the most distracting and confusing part of creating and acquiring the necessities is sorting out the tools versus the fancy and fun embellishments people have.

This  is a list of tools. Not Embellishments.

*An embellishment is what I am referring to as the pretty extra add-ons. The parts and ways you chose to express yourself. Example: the color of a tool of choice, the actual stamps, papers, inks, etc. The extras. The not necessary but the oh so fun and expensive parts! For example the stamp mount, everyone needs, but what type of stamp or color ink you have is your choice and is an ‘embellishment’.

This is my list of tools I use on a weekly/daily basis to create literally any and every project I’ve ever made. This obviously doesn’t include power tools or ways to hang things, etc. It is the bare bones of what you need to create.

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  1. Mixed sized book rings. The possibilities are endless.
  2. Any camera you can find. Instax pictured here.
  3. Hot glue gun. If I could carry one in my purse I would.
  4. Small clear stamp mounting block
  5. Black ink pad: Stazon, is the best.
  6. Baby wipes for cleaning stamps, etc.
  7. My iPhone. Photos, editing, inspiration, etc.
  8. Hole puncher: right now I use a regular, run of the mill office single hole punch. It gets the job done wonderfully. But I would like to upgrade to a Crop-A-Dile as it punches through multiple pages and really thick surfaces. Again not necessary to buy anything fancy and you probably already have this!
  9. Dual tip glue pens from Hobby Lobby
  10. Small stapler not a “Tiny Attacher”, works like a gem!
  11. Tape runner, these are totally by preference. But I use them on WAY more than just scrapbook projects.
  12. Corner rounder. These last forever and add a fancy touch to any paper project!
  13. Creative Memories scissors. Good, sharp scissors are the crafters holy grail.
  14. Mixed pack of paintbrushes
  15. Black Micron pen A good pen goes a long way. Find one you love!
  16. Creative Memories Circle Cutter. Circles for life.
  17. Magnetic pin cushion plus sewing machine. Even a basic knowledge of how to sew goes a long way in the world of crafting!
  18. Xacto Knife. Every day use.
  19. Fiskars Delux Paper Trimmer. Again, not just for scrapbookers, EVERYONE NEEDS TO CUT PAPER STRAIGHT!
  20. Fabric cutter
  21. Self Healing Cutting Mat. Everyday use.
  22. Mod Podge  Every day use, I would eat it if I could.

This is my list. These are the things that are my go to tools. Most of them have been slowly accumulated as I’ve completed projects or learned new skills, but many of these are things that you likely already have hanging out in your home office! All you need to do is look around to what is at your fingertips and start creating!

Please share your favorite tools, I’m always looking to expand my toolbox!

*Some links are affiliate. This is just an experiment to see if this is something I would like to try. If you purchase through some of these links I will receive a very small commission, but all opinions are my own and I would only every promote things that I use and love!

 

Project Life Week 18

Hey, Hey Week 18!!

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Products frequently used: Caylee Grey weekly cards. PL Core Kits: Midnight, Seafoam, Sunshine, Kraft, Flea Market. We R Memory Keepers cards.   We R Memory Keepers Die Cuts.  Liz’s Paislee Press digital cards. Studio Calico wood veneers. Elise Joy Stamps. RuKristens Currently Cards.

Techniques used: Get it done and get it done fast. Also, use photos you love even when they’re not great (that’s what Black and white filters are for)

Memorabilia: ‘Like’ card is the wrapper from a Studio Calico stamp set.

*Project Life is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins

Get Messy 09

Its the most wonderful day of the week! Seriously. I think I love making these pages while traveling more than at home. I haven’t really had time or a chance to make things while traveling so having this accountability and intentionally using this time to create has been amazing.
I made these pages in my parents camper on Lake Jasper in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This travel kit is killing it. So happy to be at the beach and smelling salt air. It’s where I thrive….
Abstract art journal by Lauren Likes
I have been crazy hoarding these scraps when I trim photos. I have been dreaming up this page for forever…..So I finally sorted through them, picked similar colors and created and abstract type collage (I feel like there is a word for this, anyone know!?) We’ve had a rough few days bouncing around and traveling, so being here with family in one place has been very helpful for our emotional health.
Joy Art Journal by Lauren Likes
Disclaimer: that beautiful JOY was written by my lovely mom. A little Nicaraguan girl took this photo of me in a field one day. Its by far my favorite photo and moment.
Wild and Free Art journal by Lauren Likes
No words needed, right?  PS my new secret for AMAZING journal pages: travel magazines.
Don’t forget we announced our first prompt last week! You have until the end of the month to create your page and then we will have a link up here on my blog. Cant wait to see what you make!
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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.

Project Life Week 17

Its week 17 and it honestly that feels like forever ago. I think Ill be speeding up this sharing process very soon! 

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Really loving the gold and pink in this spread. Color schemes are really helpful for me, especially in the catching up process.

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A lot of fun stuff happened this week. We saw our first (and last) show in the Georgia Theatre. Sister Hazel is still just as cool as in the 90s. I saw my photo that was in the @My_Athens photography gallery (and to not so humbly brag, it was a much smaller show (read selective) than I expected and my photo was pretty large and in a prime spot!. We also wrapped up our college girls small group by doing a group painting class at my house. In case you didnt know, Athens, I love you. And this was the weekend of our big yardsale (read more here). And the rest are close up shots! Also did I mention that I stopped getting fancy with title cards and printed the rest off the for the remainder of the year to make the process simpler and speed it?!

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Products Frequently used: Caylee Grey weekly cards. PL Core Kits: Midnight, Seafoam, Sunshine, Kraft, Flea Market. We R Memory Keepers cards.   We R Memory Keepers Die Cuts.  Liz’s Paislee Press digital cards. Studio Calico wood veneers & labels. Elise Joy Stamps. RuKristens Currently Cards.

Techniques used: photos edited in Pic, Tap, Go.

Memorabilia: I’m the worst/was crazy behind and my house was in chaos, so I forgot to add in our tickets from the show. booooo

*Project Life is a memory-keeping system created by Becky Higgins

Get Messy 08 & our first Art Journal Prompt!

Hi friends! I am crazy excited about the new and improved Get Messy Art Journal Challenges! We have heard your cry and are expanding our crafty circle to include everyone! We still have our 6 main hosts, but now we have an awesome list of weekly participants! AND!! We are going to be hosting monthly prompts for everyone to play along with. This is such a cool opportunity to show how unique we each are. We all will work off the exact same prompt but come up with completely different results. But well get to that later.

Oh art journaling, I love you.

I created these first 2 pages in response to what I have been processing through at our pre-field orientation the past 2 weeks. The first one was created because I had a lot of words in me that needed to get onto paper, so I did a very simple spread leaving lots of room for writing.

Art journal by Lauren LikesThis page is the opposite side of the coin of my feelings! I have been talking and dreaming and learning about Korea (and so many other places) these past 2 weeks, that I am just so ready to be there and get this party started!! Art journal by Lauren Likes 2 How the prompts will work: The 6 main hosts 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! The 6 hosts will have completed a page inspired by this prompt and share them on their respective blogs for your inspiration. 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!

Prompt #1: Let’s have a party! (created by me! -Lauren)

Art Challenge: Plan a fun party! Create a collage detailing what your party will be like. Include food, drinks, décor, lighting, color scheme, dress code, place settings, location, guests, etc. Plan until your hearts content! There is no money limit or restrictions. Use your photos, magazines, art supplies, etc to create a collage, mood board or anything you would use to give to a party planner to convey your artistic direction for the event.

Journaling challenge: Detail for us who you will invite, time of day, location, purpose, etc.

Here is my garden party that I will be throwing in my favorite city, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. I think I would like to throw this quaint little event for the Get Messy hosts, as we’ve never met in person!

   Art Journal prompts from Get Messy by Lauren Likes
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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.