Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ICAD 29: Aqua/Pool

I pieced together a mix of squares/rectangles cut from painted and inked index cards (my leftovers from previous cards) as well as a map from an old schoolbook.

ICAD 28: Dogs.

Repetition drawing with watercolor pencil + using stencil as mask w/ink.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ICAD 27: Motel (Sort Of)

I started working with the "Motel" prompt, but as I rummaged through my stash of papers in search of old motel ledger sheets, I ended up pulling together pieces from sheet music, labels, and other tidbits.

ICAD 26: Space Invaders

In keeping with the "symbols" theme for week four, I got a little conceptual here by "invading" the "space" on this card. I included a list of thoughts that run through my head when someone enters my bubble. Ah, introverts.

Monday, June 27, 2016

ICAD 25: Song

Maybe it's the political climate, what with Trump and Brexit, or maybe it's just an awesome song: R.E.M.'s "World Leader Pretend" has been on my mind (and playlist) lately. Lots o' ink and scribbling on this one, in keeping with week four's materials suggestions: "ink, markers, ball-point pens, gel pens, dip pens + pencils." 

ICAD 24: Magenta.

This week's theme, "Inspired by lines, symbols, and patterns," prompted the series of mini-collages on this card.

ICAD 23: Winter.

I dipped a brush into watered-down wintery hues of spray ink and dabbed it across the card in rows. That smudge in the middle is human error -- my too-eager fingers thought the card was dry, but alas, they were wrong. 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Eats

One of my favorite places to eat is Sprout. The sandwiches there are amazingly delicious, and the added perk of making the trek to the North Shore location (in addition to nearby beaches and shave ice) is that right next door is Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade. Together, sandwich and drink comprise the perfect summertime lunch, like so: 
During our last few visits to Sprout, I've kept the tape that secures the wrapping on the take-out sandwiches, as any not-quite-sane scrapbooker would.  I've trained my family well -- they didn't even ask why I wanted the tape; they handed it over and got back to eating. The strips make an appearance on this layout that I created using the Elle's Studio June kit and Sunny Days collection. 
More details about the layout can be found on the Elle's Studio blog

Thanks for visiting today! 

ICAD 22: Neon Sign

Hamilton on the brain today. And every day. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ICAD 21: Green

Given the prompt of "invent-a-prompt," I reached for the green right away.  ICAD has validated all of the reasons that I hoard paper and ribbon. :) 

Monday, June 20, 2016

ICAD 20: 1960s

Acrylic paint + ink. I found my inspiration for this in the mod patterns and bright color palettes of the 60s.

ICAD 19: Snowflake

Not my favorite card to date, but it at least it builds on the fabric/thread theme for week 3. The scan doesn't show the white chalk ink snowflakes stamped on the ribbon, but they're there. As for the green, I guess it's expected for a Hawaii's girl's version of "snowflake" -- the snow we see here in HI is on the Big Island, which offers up ocean, lava rock, rainforest, and snow within a few miles of each other. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

ICAD 18: Orange

A few weeks ago, I nearly threw out the book that gave me these circles. It was an old literary analysis text, outdated in its approaches, and in pretty terrible condition. In crafty terms, that equates to treasure. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

ICAD 17: Landscape

pieced together a landscape using scraps of paper and thread remnants, and then covered it with vellum and stitched over it, retracing the lines of the "landforms."

ICAD 16: Wallpaper

One day late, but still keeping at it! I layered strips of text, tape, paint chips, and fabric over the index card "wall." 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ICAD 15: Bouquet + Inspired by Nature

This was my first time creating a floral pattern.  Because of the fun, experimental, create-for-creating's-sake nature of the ICAD challenge, I just went with the flow and didn't worry about making mistakes. I used watercolor pencils and white acrylic paint here. 

ICAD #14: Venn Diagram

This not-so-Venn-Diagram confirms that everything intersects with coffee.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

M and L

I can't imagine my life without these two in it. 
These photos crack me up -- they so perfectly capture each dog's demeanor. Even when she is playing, Mazie is intense, and Linus -- well, just look at him. He's Mr. Aloha. 

I'm sharing this layout (along with a few tips for choosing and creating backgrounds) on the Scraptastic Club blog today. If you're interested, check it out! 

Monday, June 13, 2016

ICAD 13: Playground

This card not only channels the colors from my childhood playground, it also served as a kind of "playground" for me, as I had fun doodling and coloring with watercolor pencils. Whenever I add water to the colored sections, I'm reminded of the paint-with-water books that I loved as a child.  It's magical to run a brush across a surface and see it transformed. 

ICAD #12. Orlando.

"We rise and fall and light from dying embers, 
remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is 
love cannot be killed or swept aside."

-- Lin-Manuel Miranda, 06.12.16

Sunday, June 12, 2016


Lately, I've been...

...binge-watching Joss Whedon's gifts to our culture: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly.  Thank you, Joss Whedon. I'm still mourning the cancellation of Firefly, though I am grateful for the addition of Serenity

...looking forward to Sunday nights: Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley.  For the longest time, I was irritated that George R.R. Martin hadn't come out with the latest volume of his series, but now, I'm finding that watching the HBO series without any sense of where it is headed (other than the fan theories in my head) is actually a much better experience than watching the show follow a relatively familiar plot. As for Silicon Valley, I can't believe that I ignored the existence of almost the entire first season before I happened upon the driverless car scene while flipping through channels. That show is hilarious. 

...reading, reading, and reading.  Right now, I'm in the midst of Erika Johansen's The Invasion of the Tearling, sequel to Queen of the Tearling. 
I really enjoyed the first book. The protagonist, Kelsea, has much in common with the plucky, resourceful heroines of folk tales, and less in common with passive fairy-tale princesses who sit (or sleep) pretty while waiting to be rescued.  

She reminds me of another heroine that I admire, Agnieszka, from another book that I finished recently, Naomi Novik's Uprooted. I highly recommend this one.  It's engaging and colorful and intense.  
Speaking of literary heroines that I admire, Elizabeth Bennet is most definitely among them. However, Curtis Sittenfeld's "modern" reboot of Pride and Prejudice, Eligible, offers up a protagonist who bears little resemblance to Austen's Elizabeth. 
Sittenfeld is actually one of my favorite writers, which makes it especially hard for me to recommend a hard pass on this one. If you are a fan of P&P, of course, your curiosity may find it a tough read to resist. That's understandable. Just know going in to keep your expectations low. 

Sittenfeld can write, so it isn't as if I had to slog through chapter after chapter, but I couldn't deny a sense of the contrived hovering over each page. The book has some amusing ideas regarding how the P&P plot would play out today, but overall, I couldn't kick a sense of unease about the depictions of the characters and the not-quite-parallels to the events in P&P.  

Some of it worked for me: Bingley is a contestant on a Bachelor-like reality show; Mrs. Bennet is a nosy, judgmental social-climber with a shopping addiction; and (my favorite part of the book) Lydia and Kitty are vapid CrossFit fanatics. Some of it didn't work for me: I didn't connect with Liz or Jane; I felt as if much of the story read like Pride and Prejudice Mad Libs; and, without giving away spoilers, I will just say that I felt somewhat insulted by what Sittenfeld sets up as the modern-day equivalent to Lydia and Wickham's elopement in P&P.  In Austen's version, the Bennets' already-bleak marriage prospects would have been ruined if they had a "fallen sister" in the family.  One reads about Wickham and Lydia and outright gasps; one sees Elizabeth's reaction and understands the gravity of the moment; one reads about Darcy's intervention and knows him to be, truly, the best of men.  What Sittenfeld proposes in place of this event -- and in the reactions to it -- just did not work for me. 

I haven't given up on Sittenfeld, but 24 hours after I finished reading this book, I tossed it into a bag filled with clothes and other unwanted items that I'm giving away. Maybe someone else with less of an attachment to Austen's version will enjoy this. 

...exercising somewhat regularly...
...but also eating way too many Krispy Kreme doughnuts. There's no Krispy Kreme on island, so the only time I get a taste of these is when someone brings me some from the mainland or when they are shipped from Maui for local fundraisers.  Yesterday I passed a group of kids waving "Krispy Kreme" signs, and I did a 180.  It was practically Faustian.  There were doughnuts beckoning from one side of the road, and a bunch of runners and walkers beautifying their bodies on the other side. Pick a side, pick a side, pick a side, they called out in their sugary or sugar-free voices, each a kind of siren song.

I picked a dozen doughnuts. They tasted heavenly, so I'm pretty sure I made the right choice. 

...getting crafty. The Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge (ICAD) is in full swing, and so far, I'm sticking to it. It's been good for me, to just focus for a few moments each day on doing something creative, something with no pressure that allows me the freedom to play. At first, I was fixated on the prompts and weekly themes, but now I'm realizing that there really is no "have to" aspect of this challenge. The point is to just create something on an index card, every day. I'm learning to be less judgmental and rigid about what I do on each card, worrying less about the product and just surrendering to the process. 

Of course, I've also been

...scrapbooking! The Scraptastic Club "Are You Gonna Go My Way" kit is one of my all-time favorites. It's packed with exclusives, including some awesome patterned papers designed by Kaitlin Sheaffer. The hash-marks paper is totally swoon-worthy. I used it in my most recent layout. 
This is my fifth month-in-review layout this year. I really look forward to creating these each month. May was particularly hectic (and colorful!), and I tried to convey that here. 

...praying for peace, and for change. I was sickened and saddened to hear about the shootings in Orlando this week. My Facebook feed is packed with images and sentiments decrying what has been happening in our country with regard to gun violence. I feel that rage, too. I'm just hoping that we can do something...but what?  I feel helpless. I wish our politicians would stop "politicizing" this and start humanizing it instead. Prayer is a start, but we need to remember that we are God's hands, and that hands have the power to destroy and to build. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

ICAD 11: Definitely Not "Baseball"

Today's Index-Card-a-Day prompt is "baseball." I wasn't really feeling it, so instead, I pulled out scraps from my past ICAD trials and experiments and stitched together some colorful squares. It just goes to show that there really is no such thing as failure when it comes to trying different techniques. My discard pile ended up containing little gems. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

ICAD #10: Cobalt

Cobalt blue -- it's not a color I use all that often in large quantities in my scrapbooking projects, but it does appear from time to time. It definitely shows up often in my wardrobe. It's a color that I could just fall into and keep falling into, endlessly. I love its intensity, its depth. To create this card, I used a set of hand-gesture paper clips as a mask (sorry, I can't recall the brand) and then added paint and spray ink. The paint was a bit gloppy at first, so I painted the clips themselves and then pressed them into the card. 

Thanks for bearing with my daily ICAD updates! I want to keep going with this, and posting each day keeps me focused.  

It's the 10th

...which means it's time for the Elle's Studio monthly reveal and gallery update!

Just in time for summer, Elle's Studio brings us a sunshiny new collection, Sunny Days...
along with the June kit and extras, which I am loving in a big way. Just look. 
Doesn't it all just scream SUMMER!?  

I used the Sunny Days collection plus the kit and extras on my latest layout. 
Check out more layouts from the team in the gallery at Elle's Studio. 

Thanks for visiting today! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

ICAD #9: Compass

This week's map theme, coupled with today's "compass" prompt, brought to mind one of my favorite poems by John Donne, "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning." The compass metaphor in that poem always sets my heart a-flutter. I included that part of the poem over map paper softened with white acrylic paint.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ICAD #8: Island

All I had to do to trigger the idea for this card was to look out my window for a glimpse at life on an island. The orchids that are blooming wildly in my yard caught my eye right away. They're little "islands," floating on the branch, in an archipelago of color.  The background here as well as the foundation of each flower is chalk. I added some yellow acrylic paint over each flower and softened the overall card with a layer of white.  Lots of fingerpainting on this one! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

ICAD #7: Pinball

I riffed on today's "Pinball" prompt by dropping ball bearings in paint and letting them roll around the surface of the card to create the background. In keeping with the week's theme, I layered cut-out phrases from an old lit text to create a "found" poem of sorts. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

ICAD #6: Top Ten (Subtext)

Today's prompt, "Top Ten," initially had me thinking about lists, but the more I thought about the kinds of lists that I usually make, the more I realized just how many of those lists are dictated by and accountable to the clock. I decided to forgo the list approach and to make the subtext the text. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

ICAD #5: Clouds

My head may have been a little too much in the clouds while I created this, since, in the midst of playing with chalk and stamps and ink and melted crayons, I ended up ripping the first card. No problem: I just cut it up and worked squares from the A-side and B-side into this grid.  

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Day One. Again.

Among my summertime resolutions is a familiar one that's made the list a time or two...or ten. 
I'm trying to create a new habit while breaking an old one, and that requires a degree of willpower and consistency that I am not sure I possess.  Maybe it's like any other habit, though -- it only comes to feel "normal" through repetition and practice. Day by day, a new routine emerges. 

I'm putting my faith in my grimy sneakers, hoping that they'll get me to where I need to be. 

Hopefully, I can look back at this page someday and be thankful that I summoned some extra self-discipline.  It's more likely that I'll look back and realize I need to create another page with the same title!

ICAD #4: Typewriter

THIS is why I hoard stamps. Today, my long-hoarded Prima typewriter stamp found its purpose. I stamped multiple times using navy and teal dye ink, misted over the stamping with spray ink, and then added more stamping using white chalk ink. I'm starting to realize that I may have a fixation with blue and green. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

ICAD #3: Snoopy (Linus)

Instead of addressing the prompt on a literal level, I approached it by way of association, using black and white and focusing on a dog -- my dog, Linus. He has the cutest spots and hints of pink on his belly, which served as the inspiration for this card. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

ICAD #2: Pyramid

This past week, I learned that my high school geometry teacher, the first teacher who ever got me to LOVE math, passed away.  This one's for her.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

ICAD #1: Mixtape

While I may still be feeling a little aimless without my usual school year schedule in motion, my summer days will have a little sense of direction, thanks to the ICAD challenge.

"ICAD" stands for Index-Card-a-Day, which is the brainchild of Tammy Garcia, whose "Daisy Yellow" blog is packed with artsy inspiration on the daily. The challenge runs from June 1 to July 31, though you can jump in at any time. The idea is to make room each day for creativity.

While I didn't make it all the way through the challenge last summer, I did create a few cards. This summer, I hope to keep at it. So far, so good -- today was the first day of the challenge, with the suggested prompt, "Mixtape." Right away, my mind went back to the early 90s.
I used watercolor pencils to draw my tape, and then added the text. The suggested theme this week is to seek inspiration from words, lists, typography, old books, and poetry, so I used my words on this one, reflecting on the power of the mix tape, circa 1991. 

If you're interested in playing along, you can find out more details via Daisy Yellow