Get Messy Blog Hop + Giveaway

*Giveaway officially closed*

Welcome to the end of the Get Messy blog hop! If you have arrived here after visiting all the creative team member blogs, congratulations for making the rounds and you’re welcome for inspiring you SO much 😉 if you haven’t made your way all the way through the hop and come back to me to close the loop, hop on over to Cait’s blog and follow the hop back to me. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you…Get Messy Art Journal is giving away a free membership! Click for details

We’re celebrating diversity in art and giving away one annual membership with a hop through the Get Messy Creative Team. To enter, just leave a comment on the blogs in the hop. The more blog comments you leave, the higher your chance of winning! Winner will be announced on Saturday, right here on my blog and also on instagram (@getmessyartjournal).

Even if you don’t win the free membership to Get Messy, everyone is a winner here! You get a free art journal course and you get a free art journal course (imagine Oprah yelling this at you!) Just add your email to this little link and you’ll immediately be enrolled in our free art journaling introductory course.

Fine print: Contest is open to anyone, anywhere. Current members and non members. The year-long membership can be awarded to a monthly subscriber or a current year-long member, but it will be added to your next subscription period. As in, no refunds will be given if you have already paid. If you are not a member at all, well you’re in for a real treat!

Giveaway closes on Saturday July 23rd. 

As you are reading this, I have literally just landed in the country of Korea, home. We have been travelling to go to America-Home and to Europe-fun place but not home, for the past 2 months. We are tired but so inspired and heading back to work asap (a little too asap). But, here we go!

I thought it would be fun to share a peek into my travel creating and what I pack so that I can get my artsy buzz while on the road. What to pack when travelling for art journaling and memory keepers.

I tried to pack as minimally as I could, which is hard for me ok! If you are a member of Get Messy, you may have seen the live chat we did on Facebook where Caylee and I went through one another’s travel bags and assessed each other’s travel art supplies. So fun and so clear that our definitions of minimalism are much different. Anyway, here is what I packed and/or bought along the way during our trip.

Travelogue made by Vanessa
Moleskin sketchbook for painting
Travel Journal

Ballpoint pen
Thick black pen/marker
Gold gel pen

Paint supplies:
Paint brush size 1
Paint brush size 6

Mini stapler
Tape runner

Date stamp
Stazon ink, black

Pencil sharpener
Pencil eraser
2 washi tapes 
Bubble mailer envelope for ephemera
Gallon size and small ziplock bags for larger ephemera and things for our travel jars
Travel bag from Target

To enter the contest, leave a comment. Remember the more comments you leave on blogs in the hop, the more entries you have in the giveaway. So tell me, are you a minimalist or over packer for your travel art supplies and what supplies must you take?

We have a winner! If this is your comment please send me an email and we can get you set up! If I do not hear back from the winner within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. This comment was left on Vanessa’s blog.

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Currently: May & June


Each month I record what I am doing, loving, eating, thinking, feeling currently + pair it with my favorite photo from the month. I use this calendar to mark the month. Then I turn them into a mini scrapbook that tracks our entire year in quick, fun facts. See them all here. 

Somehow I forgot May! May certainly happened, here are the highlights:

Reading: For The Love

Watching: Bloodline!

Listening: Action Army, Being Boss and StoryBrand Podcasts

Enjoying good weather!

Hiking and camping and sleeping outside, oh my!

Feeling overwhelmed with all the work that is left to be done

Procrastinating on the work

Saying too many goodbyes

Not packing


And onto June!

Reading: The Last Winter of Dani Lancing

Listening: For The Love (again with Terrell!)

Loving being home with family

Amazed at how my friends are AMAZING mothers

Snuggling all the babies!

Laughing at the bigger kids questions: Do you have an accent now?

Entertained by Korean facemasks I brought home as gifts

Proud that I remembered thank you cards this trip!

Heartbroken for the bombings in Istanbul

Dreaming of returning

Unprepared for our upcoming travels!

Overloaded from all the Target, Walmart, Target and Target trips

Reminded of who my people are

Grateful they are mine

Sweating. Just sweating.


Inspiration: Found

Just popping in from our summer sabbatical of travel, friends, family and good food to share some of the amazing inspiration I have been soaking up lately.

Photos are all iphone, mostly unedited. They are colors, textures, patterns and ideas that have caught my eye. These things will certainly find their way into paintings, art journal pages, scrapbooks and more in the coming months! Enjoy some eye candy and follow along on instagram for more 😉

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