Michelle Ward's GPP Street Team Crusade # 41

Life has been crazy for me lately. I am finding it very hard to find time for art these days.  And it is a little frustrating to me. It is amazing how a persons life can change so much in less then one year.

It's not that I don't have any ideas or inspiration. It's that I can't seem to find the time to start a project, have it lay out on my table and work on it until I am done. I have been helping out with my grand children as some of you might know already. You can read here about the newest grand daughter Addison who was born in April with some health problems.

  My other grand daughter is eleven months old and starting to walk. Hailey is Addison's big sister and will be 4 in a couple of months. I didn't realize how much work being a Grammy was going to be LOL.

  So when I saw Michelle Wards GPP Team Crusade # 41 Grid Lock for the month of June I knew I had to do it.. Check out the link above to find out about this and all the other Crusades Michelle has posted.


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Here is the double page spread I did in a small hand bound art journal I made. The journal is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 .

I don't use scrapbook paper in my art that much but I thought Michelle's grid challenge would be the perfect way to use scraps from the papers I have used over the past year. What you see is pretty much all of the scrapbook paper I have used except for holiday prints.

To fill in some of the blank squares of the grid I cut some "stamp" images from a sheet of K & C Company 12 x 12 Collage Embossed  Paper.

I distressed the edges of the papers with Ranger Distress Ink, added some doodles with a white paint pen and stamped the centers of some of the squares with stamps.

 I felt the words EXPLORE and ADVENTURE were appropriate for this challenge so I stamped them on.

The challenge was so simple but so satisfying to me. It was just what I needed this weekend. 

Thanks Michelle for posting these challenges! I don't get to join in each month but do read almost each one. Thank you for being so generous and sharing your wonderful techniques each month.


Art Chick said…
Love the gridded pages you did! What a neat concept from GPP. I may just have to try that myself. I can also relate to "granny duties." A month ago I could get into my studio any time I wanted. Now I'm watching my 5 month old and 6 year old grandkids most days, and it makes it VERY challenging to find studio time. Love those kiddos to death, but it can get frustrating not to be able to do what I love to do--it's like ignoring a whole part of my soul! But I'm trying to find some balance somehow. Anyway, thanks for sharing this project with us!
You did a beautiful job, I love your pages ! I really like the soft colors.
michelle ward said…
Arlene - what beautiful pages! I'm so happy to hear you found it satisfying, and that it was just the thing for when you found a little *you* time for creating. Thanks for sharing your work, and for coming to play. Sending prayers for Addison. And an extra prayer that Grammy is good to herself :)
Anonymous said…
i love this! send it to me lol
Christy said…
Excellent way to use up those scrapbook bits. Soft and sweet.
Anonymous said…
Beautiful work! And what a wonderful way to "treat" yourself emotionally and spiritually. Sometimes we NEED that, especially in times of stress. Thinking positive thoughts to you and your family.
Anonymous said…
Just dreamy. Soft, I could sink into it. Beautiful work.
iHanna said…
Congratulations on being a busy grandma! :-) AND having time to join the crusade and making such pretty page - thanks for sharing it with us!
Danielle said…
Following you from MBC. I know what you mean about finding time to be creative. I think mostly the only time I have is through creative writing on my blog. Come check it out
Hope to hear from you soon!!
goudenregen said…
So glad you found time to make a grid page! Love the colors.
Anonymous said…
This is lovely - there is something really delicate about the colours you have used. I think the smaller size adds to its charm.
How lucky your family is to have you close and able to help. My grandkids are all many many hours drive away...
TJ said…
Beautiful soft colors... I really like how there are central elements within most of the squares. Wishing you happy creations, tj in germany
MissKoolAid said…
Your pages are so soft and elegant. Beautifully done.
Regina said…
So pretty. I like the way you made it cohesive with the stamping & doodles.
HeARTworks said…
Very pretty! You did a great job! Am tempted to try this! Patsy from
scj said…
This is beautiful and I just love all the papers you have chosen - so calming and serene. Trust you feel a little restored after this.
aww i luv your grid technique so pretty for spring :)

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