artjournalillusI’ve been scrapping in one form or another for over 15 years.  I started out as a paper scrapper.  Eventually I made a natural transition to digital scrapbooking.  (As much as I love computers and technology, it was just a natural fit.)  Not just for capturing my memories, which I think is very important, but also as a creative outlet.  But one of the problems I’ve always run into is not having enough material to work with.  Most scrappers use their children’s photos for creating layouts.  However, David and I have never been blessed with children, so I don’t have all of those pictures  I take plenty of pictures of my hubby and our dogs.  But none of BeStillMySoulthose are overly cooperative subjects.  And I fill my love of photography with nature photos.  But last year I found a new form of expression that is perfect for me, digital art journaling.

The purpose behind digital art journaling is the same as regular art journaling.  Expressing thoughts and emotions through art.  But rather than traditional art journaling tools such as paint, colored pencils, gesso, etc.  I use digital versions of the same items.  I also use of lot of traditional and art journaling papers plus digital scrapbooking elements.

I have fallen in love with this forum of scrapping.  I’ve never been great at keeping a journal and this gives me another opportunity to record my thoughts and feelings.

HoldOnJourneyOnOne of the problems I’ve always had when scrapping is that more often than not I am not totally happy with the final product.  But when I am done with a digi art journaling page, I am always happy with what I’ve created.  Digi art journaling actually makes me really happy.

As you can see, I had a hard time deciding which of my dig art journaling pages to share with you.  And this is definitely just a sampling.  I think I am going to have to start a separate gallery for my art journaling pages so I can share with you more of my past creations.

I have several digital designers I turn to for digital art journaling products.  Some of my favorites are Captivated Visions, Dawn Inskip, Sissy Sparrows and Val C Designs.  I am also lucky enough to be on the creative team for another great FriendshipJournalCoverdigital art journaling designer, Crafty Button Designs.  When I applied for her team, I was so surprised to actually be chosen.  Definitely made me happy.

I have two more of my recent creations to share with you.  Both using products from Crafty Button Designs.  These are both motivational pages to remind me to seek for the positive.  It is very easy to become focused on the negative.  So I’ve been creating pages to help me focus elsewhere.

This first page was inspired by a Steve Jobs quote that Ashton Kutcher used during a recent awards speech.  The video of the speech went viral on the Internet and this is the page I created after watching the video.

Make The Life

Make The Life

Created using Journal Junk Painted Newsprint Alpha, Write to Me Alpha, Vintage Birthday Alpha, Journal Junk Gesso Clusters, Journal Junk Mixed Media Papers, Journal Junk Fly Away Papers, Painted Gesso Papers, Newsworthy Edgy Overlays, Journal Junk Painted Bits, Random Paint Splatters & Strokes, Gesso Bits V1 and Newsprint Scraps V1 Silhouettes from Crafty Button Designs.

This final page was created just last night. And the message is one I definitely need to remember. And I think the message really matches the one of the previous layout.

Seek Happiness

Seek Happiness

Created using Tiny Dancer Papers, Tiny Dancer Elements, Tiny Dancer Silhouettes, Tiny Dancer Alpha, Button’s Basic Sponge Brushes and Gesso Lovin’ Overlays from Crafty Button Designs plus Life’s a Circus from Crafty Button Designs and Maya de Groot

Thanks for stopping by to check out some of my digital art journaling pages. Do you art journal? If so, where do you seek inspiration. Share your favorite ways to seek inspiration in the comments below.

Until next time, don’t forget to document your memories.