The Lazy Days of Summer: Mixed Media Art Journal Layout
Not Over It Yet
We are officially into summer vacation and it is not living up to my expectations. I pictured sleeping in well past my 6:30 school alarm, lazy care-free days free of the usual hustle and bustle, poolside parties, yummy smells from the oven, endless craft time and my to-read book shelf (no, that is not an error) whittled down by half. I can say that I have successfully completed NONE of these. I tried sleeping in the first day and if you remember this post, it was a disaster. My middle child developed an ear infection the last week of school and we have made many trips since to the ENT. Between that, grocery shopping and errand running it seems as though we are rarely home. When we are home, duty calls and the large hair balls intertwined with dust on the living room floor call to me, every time I sit down to relax. But of course, I ignore them and do something more pressing such as laundry. Speaking of laundry, I went to sniff my boys’s clean load of laundry before loading it into the dryer last night and I got a nose full of poop. Literally! I looked down and there was a small clean turd (clean because it went through the washer) resting on top of a handful of socks. So, today I had to have the talk with my boys about not throwing poop-encrusted undies into the laundry basket. For some reason I feel like this is common sense but obviously not.
I am learning to adjust my expectations and go with the flow. I am trying to make the most of my time and enjoy my children. The first days of summer were rough and I would have been happy to have them back in school. But now, I am glad they are home, filling our house with child-like mischief and fun. My books may have to sit there on the shelves for another 8 years until my children start going off to college. But at least I will have summer memories of them being children. And when I get around to reading them, the stories in the books will not have changed. But my children’s stories are ever changing. And I don’t want to miss a moment of it.
Creating the Journal Layout
I have made another layout in my Paper Doll Art Journal. My background was created using Dylusion paints, StencilGirl Eye Lattice Stencil, Pilgrimage to India Stencil, Chinese Background stamp, thread, gesso and scraps.
I used my new white pen that writes over everything! (link below)
You can see my other layout in this art journal Here.
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