Birthday Weekend Minibook

Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy BoxYou may remember, a year ago almost, we went to one of the magical islands of Korea to celebrate my birthday. I came home and immediately began working on this minibook but for some reason got stuck at the very very end. Serial project non finished here. So this past weekend I made myself finish a bunch of projects that were just sitting around waiting on one or two last touches. This book was really simple, as I followed by fool proof strategy. I printed only the photos I wanted to use, I chose a color scheme, then picked out a handful of card and embellishments in that color/theme and worked from a ‘kit’ that I made myself. This technique helps me narrow down my choices and keep my books cohesive. About 95% of the embellishments and cards came from a few Messy Boxes which have quickly become my scrapbooking supplies of choice. Now, onto the book! Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box Minibook by Lauren Likes using Messy Box

I love simple and quick albums. I love, even more, having books finished and in my hands so I can remember all the fun of surprise fun weekends. Now onto documenting all the fun to come this year!

Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions (no longer available).

Andong, South Korea: Experience Traditional Korea

Andong, South Korea Travel Guide. See a traditional puppet show, mask dance, eat like a local and explore the 600 year old villages of Korean Culture. Last weekend we took a group of high school theatre students to Andong, South Korea to explore more traditional Korean culture to prepare for their upcoming performance, that will be based in old world Korea. This was a beautiful little slice of Korea and I knew this was the perfect piece of culture to share with those of you who won’t be able to travel to Korea and to create a little travel guide for those of you who will!

Andong is about 3 hours outside of Seoul, in the country side, amidst mountains and sprawling beauty. Truly, all of Korea is full of so much beauty. Let’s start with food! My favorite. This region of Korea is famous for jjimdak, a spicy chicken dish. We ate the medium spicy and it was pretty spicy, so beware. the cabbage may have been my favorite part of this meal. But what’s not to love? Carrots, good. Potatoes, good. Chicken, good. Glass noodles, good.

Andong1 Our first stop was Wolyeonggyo Bridge, which is beautiful and really difficult to take photos of at night. It’s a bridge that runs across the river and has a beautiful temple in the middle and one on the other side of the river. Andong2 Andong4Next we stopped at the Andong Fountain to see the show. It was actually really beautiful and fun. It lasted about 20 minutes. Here is a really fun video of it. Andong3By far, the best part of our trip was our traditional Hanok stay. We slept in a 500-year-old traditional Korean home and it was magical and so lame all at once. It was the best experience. It had been on our bucket list since we landed here in Korea. Until now, I don’t think I truly understood about traditional hanoks worked. They are a group of buildings that form these square courtyards and each building serves a different purpose for the home. (of course, all of them are slightly different, but this is a good general understanding). The buildings on the right and left are the sleeping rooms that we stayed in. The middle is a family room/living room type and has additional sleeping areas on both sides. Andong5Below is one of the sleeping rooms. You may can tell that the doors are very thin and you see the stack of pillows and sleeping pads. Koreans sleep on the floor and use Ondools, a floor heating system to stay warm in the winter. Hello warm feet in winter! Andong-

Andong9Andong6 Andong7 Growing peppers for Kimchi! Andong8 Andong10 Andong11 Andong12 After our, actually, pretty good night of sleeping on the floor, we headed to Hahoe Village.  It is over 500 years old (much of it has been rebuilt since the Japanese liked to burn things during the way) and many people still live here today! Andong13 Andong14 We got to experience many of the traditional ways of life before modernization. Below Terrell is ironing by beating the wooden dowels on the laundry, which we were told was a very enjoyable and rhythmic past time for Korean house wives. Andong15

Here we are churning tofu.

Andong16Carrying water from the well! The Korean’s do it without hands of course….Andong18Making delicious rice cakes, a serious arm workout. Andong17 Andong19 Andong20 The local shrine and Zelkova wishing tree, also over 600 years old. You can add your wishes here and this guy is real fun 😉 Andong21 The straw roofed houses are for the lower class citizens and the tiled homes are for the upper class. We also saw trees planted by Queen Elizabeth, US Presidents and homes by Korean rulers and war hero’s and great philosophers. This place grows a lot of fancy people! Andong22 Andong23 Andong24I am so entertained by Korea’s overuse of this exact sandal, everywhere you go. They are the ‘shared’ indoor sandal when you can’t wear shoes inside. We also attended a, free, traditional tea ceremony. We learned the proper tea holding and drinking etiquette and ate the most chewy and disgusting cookies. But this room was a library and was used for tea, thinking and study. I could spend hours here thinking and reading! Andong25 Andong26 Andong27 Andong28 Andong29 Back to more food, the village has some restaurants right outside where they serve local Mackerel and Bibimbop. Very salt, very delicious. Andong30 The Korean affinity for male genitalia entertains me to no end. On a serious note, they have traditional mask dance (Talchum) and puppet shows and museums here. There are 9 masks and each represent a type of person. The shows were a way for the commoners to make fun of the upper class and to bring up political issues that were being neglected. Andong31 Andong33 Andong34 Andong35 Andong36 Always, the foreigners get called out. Good thing my husband is a great sport and did a little dance with them 😉 Andong37We learned so much in 24 hours and experienced a ton of really stellar Korean culture. This was an amazing and easy trip to take from Seoul and needs very little ‘prep’ work as everything is in one central location once you get to the village. Now, I’m off to explore some more!

Sneak Peek Behind The Scenes of Get Messy!

Hey friends! Today I want to give you a special peek behind the curtain of Get Messy! I know I constantly say ‘Get Messy has SOOO many great features in it’…but what does that really mean? Well, today Caylee and I want to show you exactly what that is!

Our goal with Get Messy is to create the mecca, on the internet, of art journal resources, inspiration and community. We want this to be the most thorough, thoughtful, useful and inviting place for anyone and everyone to go to for all of their art journaling needs, from total beginners to life long artists.

When you become a member of Get Messy you gain access to thousands of prompts, hundreds of tutorials and even more inspiration, ideas and challenges. Plus! You get access to our community. Again, vague, but there is SO much included in this program that it is hard to not overwhelm you. So, the best way is always to show you. Take a look at the video and go behind the scenes of the Get Messy membership site to the members view of the blog.

Now, to learn more about our community, plus all the extra goodies we like to send to our members, hop over to Caylee’s blog to see even more. 

As a bonus for those of you who are new and want to try your hand at art journaling, if you join Get Messy within the next 5 days (September 5th – 9th, 2016) you will receive a huge pack of exclusive and fun printables. Included in the pack are 10 art/journal prompts, 4 typewritten poems, 8 beautifully lettered quotes, 8 gorgeous abstract backgrounds and a zine template.

Start a monthly or a yearly membership within the next 5 days and register as a new user on the site and within 24 hours of your site registration you will receive the printable pack. Easy and inspiring. 

If this is exactly what you need to get started with art journaling, join us today and make sure to register as a user on the site! 

Free printables when you join Get Messy Art Journal Sept 5-9