Making Your Letters More Autumnal // + A Mini Photoshoot

HI THERE! 

I was starting to write a letter today after I bought a few things at Hobby Lobby (“the Hob Lob” as we call it) and I wanted to make it very fallish. It seems like Christmas is just around the corner, a few people I know have decorated! So I definitely want to squeeze as much fall in as I can.

Letter writing is a great way to do that!

I though I would share with y’all some of the small things that make your letters pop with the seasons in simple ways.

NO. 1 Toned card + envelopes

Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite places, has a nice selection of packeted cards and envelopes. They have these nice rectangular brown ones there now (50%, too!) that I got earlier. They’re a nice difference from the regular white, and when you do reds and oranges on them, the brown looks so nice and fallish!

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NO. 2 Colored pens

these are a great way to make your cards and envelopes pop and immediately remind you of fall. I always go for reds, oranges, browns and greens.

Below: Tombow Dual Brush Pens

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I made a quick, simple card using the bullet end of a dual brush pen for the words and the brush end for the leaves.

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Sorry this is blurry! My back screen wouldn’t show that well before I put it in the envelope!

I got those two front plaid wash tapes at Hobby Lobby earlier. I thought the would be fun to use through the fall and winter months in my bullet journal and on letters.

NO. 3 Tapes or stickers

These are affordable, long-lasting touches for your letters. The fun patterns and widths are just so fun to see on envelopes in the mailbox, and they’re fun to put on everything.

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NO. 4 Tiny tidbits and fun things

Fall themed stickers, papers, poems, Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s), paintings, cutouts, etc. are fun touches to put inside a letter when it doesn’t seem like enough. There is usually always some fun little thing to add a little more joy to the letter when it is opened.

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NO. 5 Colorful envelopes

I kept the envelope pretty simple, but the reds and the plaid make it stand out. You can draw a box around the address in bright colors, paint, sketch, anything. It’s so fun to personalize the mail!

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The last thing I got from the good ‘ole Hob Lob was a new wax seal stamp. The whole stamp pin came off of my old one, so I figured I should upgrade(: I got the heart stamp, and I really like it!

NO. 6 Wax seals

These are my favorite part. I don’t do it every time, but I really enjoy choosing the colors. (I bought this from Amazon. Great buy!)

I used a gold over the wide plaid washout tape I got. It turned out pretty! A very simple and easy way to make your envelope fancy and pretty.

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I hope y’all enjoyed that! It was something I had on my mind to share, it was fun!

Now, I attempted to take some portrait photography for my blog for a new Gravatar image and such, but I ended up having to recruit my brother. It’s really hard to get it to be focused perfectly on a tripod and ten-second timer!

This was one I took by myself. It turned out good, but I kept getting the washed-out background (upper left), so I called good ‘ole Evan.

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I think he did pretty good! It was a frigid windy day, so camera shake and all was hard to avoid, BUT THE LIGHT! ♥

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This one probably turnout the best out of all of them. My hair was being wiped all ’round!

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These leaves were so pretty!

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He attempted to catch me mid-hairflip, but alas, no good….

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…AH! There we go. XD *applauds brother generously*

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Oh, you know, just your every-day stride in the midst a field. (;

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Is it a bird? no, a plane! It’s AUDREY KATE! The severely ungraceful land-skater! 😂

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Maisy trudged through the woods to join us when we were walking back. She didn’t know she would be in a picture, though! Hehe. (She wasn’t that grateful…)

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I hope you all are having a DEEElightful evening!

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What was your favorite part about the letter? Do you use wax? What photo was your favorite? Di Evan do a good job?

Cassia’s Contest, FINAL DAY! // The Country Living Fair, 2019 // Poll

Hi there!

Today is the final day of Cassia’s photo contest. It has been fun! Unfortunately, I missed a few days, but I caught up HERE. Check it out!

Today’s final prompt: BOOKS

YES! Books!

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Thank you, Cassia, for hosting this contest! It was so fun.


 

WELL… We recently went to the Country Living Fair not far from us in Stone Mountain, Ga. It was so fun! It was supposed to rain, but it remained fallishly cool and overcast, we couldn’t argue!

The Country Living Fair consists of food trucks, vendors containing things from the magazine, clothes, house things, vintage things, art, rugs, and all at Stone Mountain. We walked around the winding pathways and stopped at the different pop-ups.

We also got sick from the various cinnamon sugar pecans that might’ve been purchased for the pleasure of the taste buds. Mmm mm. (They’re GREAT)

There were some lovely paintings and artsy things. How pretty!

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There was this one vendor that had these beautiful butterflies. Look at that middle one!

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This was a degree from 1930 by Emory University hospital (right here in ATL!). I thought it was so neat! Mr. Mclaren Johnson. SO cool!

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This rocking horse looked very interested in his job. XD

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I loved the vintage postal boxes! I thought about getting some for my letters, but vintage prices weren’t quite in my reach(:

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AH! Vintage cameras!

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Look at this Kodak! I would like to take pictures with one of these. They’re so cute!

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On one of the loops there were vintage campers set up to look inside. I didn’t get good photos of the inside, but they had pink cabinets! AH!

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I kept trying to get photos of mirrors. Heh, it was hard! XD

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I hope you enjoyed seeing photos from the fair! It was so fun.

I hope your day is wonderful!

What would you like to see? Take this poll!

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Have you ever been to the Country Living fair? Do you like vintage? Is it warm or cold where you are? Did you take the poll?

Being Tardy // Cassia’s Contest, Day 4, 5, + 6

Oh my word.

I suddenly got very busy the past few days, and I didn’t have time to post these photos! Oops!

Well, I’m going to post them now, although it’s late.

DAY FOUR: Smile

NOW…. This photo was taken awhile back and I totally slipped when trying to do a really (what I thought was) cool pose. Laugh/Embarrassed cackle, same thing! XD

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DAY FIVE: A necklace

My favorite! If you’ve ever watched “Signed, Sealed and Delivered” (watch it!) this will remind you of a Rita necklace! I love it.

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DAY SIX: Street photography

My friends and I were together after church last Sunday, and we did some photography on their street.

Go look at Cassia’s photo! I wish I visited some streets like that. We don’t have many ’round here. (:

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There It is! These photos were fun, but not all my normal style. I hope you enjoyed, though! Happy Sunday!

 

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Do you like photography? Have you ever watched “Signed, Sealed and Delivered”? Do you like Bananas?

A Few Words // Cassia’s Photo Contest! Day 1. // A tag from Clara

Hello!

It’s actually cold. We’ve got the heat on. We set out the chipped pumpkin flower pot. And I’m wearing my yard sale striped bunny socks.

It must not be Summer any more.

Well, I haven’t done many posts where I’m just talking and talking for many a word until I say “I guess that’s good for now,” So Today’s The Day™. (Does it seem right that I just pictured myself as some sort of interesting looking superhero then? Teeheehee)

 

 

So, starting out, may I just say….

I’ve abandoned Inktober.

I know, I deserve the shaming shake-of-the-head, but it really wasn’t my thing, you know? The prompts just weren’t my style, aand I wasn’t really enjoying it like I ought. (Does the, “like I ought” strangely remind you of Little Women like it does me?)

I’m still drawing every day for the rest of this month, but the prompts are out the window and crushed under a moving car. (Wow, no need to be harsh, Audrey!) Anyway, I guess I’m still technically “doing” Inktober, but promptless.

I’m trying to get back in the rhythm of drawing more realistically, so I’ve been working on eyes. They’re a fun thing to draw and paint.


 

Yippee! Today’s the first day of Cassia’s photo contest, and the “prompt” today was door. Now, you wouldn’t believe the puzzle I had this morning taking a picture of doors. It was a fun challenge, though! Our door handles were a fun shape and color against our sage colored doors.

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From Clara’s blog. Cuuutteee!

 

Clara was so sweet to tag me for the “10 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY TAG” and what better time to do it?

Rules: List 10 things that make you happy. (Linking to them, sharing pictures, writing poems about them, telling jokes, etc. are all encouraged but not required.) Then, tag 10 people who make you happy (and notify them of their tag).

No. 1: Maisy Lou Hoo (Maisy (: )

Maisy makes me so happy, when she’s jumping in the air, snoring, or ferociously biting my ankles (for fun, of course, I think… maybe…).

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No. 2: Pen pals and letter writing.

Have you ever gotten a personalized, beautiful piece of mail? Whenever I make or get letters, I always am so happy.

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No. 3: Music, both ways.

I play lots of instruments, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Ukulele, and I love listening to music as well. I get moved by music. It’s such a wonderful thing!

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No. 4: Teaching Music

I’m a piano teacher, and there’s something bout it that’s just so great. I love seeing my students progress and enjoy their playing.

No. 5: Bullet Journaling

Now, you people know me. I Bullet Journal, and It’s one of my very favorite things. The personalization of it is the best part, and they’re so effective and cute!

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No. 6: Leaves

It’s that time of year! I LOVE Autumn and the beautiful leaves and pumpkins that are out.  The best part of the year!

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No. 7: Puppies

Aww! Who could go wrong with puppies?

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No. 8: Brush Lettering

This is something I’ve loved learning and it is so pretty. I love all the pens as well(:

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No. 9: Pens + stationery

AH! How I do love these things. Pens have been my collection able items since Gel pens were the rage. (I still love me a good juicy gel pen!)

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No. 10: Photography

I’ve been into this since I got my first dSLR camera, It’s so fun, the different varieties of things to photograph. I’m so glad cameras were invented, where would we be without them?

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That was so much fun! Thank you, Clara!

Now for my tag-ees………

Cassia

Ariana

Meredith

Hannah

Abigail

Starling

Sydney

Rosy

Gracie

Esmeralda 

I hope you all enjoy! And if you were not tagged and wish to do this, feel free! I’ll enjoy seeing what makes you happy(:


 

So, life is busy. Does it seem like it just gets busier and busier as you get older? I know I’ve talked about this before, but time is such a gift. I’m putting some elbow grease into working on savoring every moment as I am now, a teenage girl.

Side note…

IT’S HARD!

Sometimes we look forward to something and look forward to something, that we rush away the days that matter more. Now, that’s a bit extreme, but still, I remember times when I would be dying for Christmas to come, and Thanksgiving and things that mattered would be trampled under my Santa’s elf slippers. I mean, wow.

I even had a Rudolph costume, complete with a harness with bells and a red nose. Mmm. (Being ten, ya know? XD)

The remaining slice of October is quite jam-packed, but I like it.

I am doing a lot of school now that I’m in High school, but we still get up at the crack of dawn to go yardsaling on Fridays and Saturdays. Hey, it’s economics class! (:

 

Doesn’t it seem like the plural of “Moose” would be “Meese,” like “Goose” is “Geese?” Hmm.

I miss Morty the moose!

(from our trip out West)

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The color is still here, but, luckily, its’ cool now. The mornings have been in the 40º’s!

Do you like cold weather?

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Well, this is nearing 1,000 words, a length of posts I haven’t done in awhile, so this has been fun! Do you enjoy a variety of things in a post, or just one topic? I can’t decide. I think I like reading both.

What do you have coming up this week?

Look back for a few days to see my photography for Cassia’s contest. I’m looking forward to the different shots I’m going to take! It’s going to time out perfectly for some of the shots, we’re going to Peachtree City (near Atlanta) and Stone Mountain for the Country Living Fair (post coming!).

I hope you’re having a wonderful day, and I can’t wait to see if you’re doing the tag!

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Do you like batman? Do you have striped bunny socks? What’s your favorite part of Autumn? Do you say “Meese?” Can you drive? 

P.S. Exactly 1,000 words!

Autumn // Pen-pal-ly Tidbits

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Welcome!

Autumn is my favorite time of the year, the colors, the pumpkins, the weather (😍), the leaves, and I love my letters to reflect that.

I’ve been researching fall quotes and poems like the ever popular and lovely..

Aren’t you glad we live in a world where there are Octobers?

By the lovable and entertaining Anne of Green Gables.

Writing letters, to some people might seem like a thing of the past, especially because of all of the electronic devices these days, but it’s SO enjoyable to write and receive letters in the mail.

Without further adieu…

I don’t particularly love orange, but when it comes to fall it fits perfectly! Adding little leaves and subtle things like that at little fun touches to letters.

One thing I’ve learned is that making your address and your return address designs and styles the same looks really pretty and uniform.

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Autumnal colored wax seals make every thing fun. I love mixing brown and red and orange and yellow. Brown envelopes look really nice this time of year (they’re actually my favorite for any time), with the reds and yellows and oranges.

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This was a fun portion of a Robert Frost poem. I used watercolor with this one. I LOVE LEAVES! (:

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Same thing here, watercolor leaves and brush lettering.

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Now, this isn’t particularly fall-like, but my good friend and pen-pal Sammi and I are doing a letter theme: Things with wheels. I guess one wheel counts? Hehe.

Themes are really fun between letters. My friend Alex and I are doing one verse from each book of the bible, taking turns, in order, all the way through. (WHEW! XD) It’s really fun! I’ve done holidays before, States in order, Songs starting with each letter in the alphabet, and flowers. It’s fun, and It keeps you thinking about the next letter!

The memory ones, like bible verses or holidays or songs are fun, because you get to research!

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Washi tape, oh how I love thee! Hobby Lobby, you guys, is the washi tape castle! (Oh my. Hmm… how do you like spurt of the moment naming? XD) I love the plaids and solids. (My washi tapes: Glitter and Plaid: Target dollar section. Red: Hobby Lobby, Yellow: Peach and Poppy‘s Autumn Snail mail kit, to which I was honored to help with 😊)

It’s fun for design, sealing, and just a pretty factor! AH!

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Colored pens! For designing envelope art and doing brush lettering. (Pens top: Tombow dual brush pens. Bottom pens: Sakura Koi brush pens. Orange seen on first envelope(: )

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I love putting stickers on the envelopes or as gifts inside. I feel like stickers, pretty ones, are becoming popular these days, and it’s so fun to decorate with them.

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Including fun things, such as word search, stickers, vintage postcards and stamps, poems, ribbon, bracelets, gum, washi tape, music, pictures, quotes, etc. are a fun way to spruce up letters and make them fun for the receiver. These word search puzzles are at dollar tree! Little things you collect or have can always be used. It’s so fun!

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I hope you enjoyed this Autumnal post! Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you! Tell me in the comments below, or here.

Have a beautifully wonderful Autumn day!

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Do you write letters? What did you like most in this post? To you like sending things in letters? What is your fall like this year?

Oof. // Inktober Mid-point + How to Knock Out Prompts

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Hello, Friends!

It almost makes me a weeeeee bit teary-eyed to think how RAPIDLY October is flying past, my favorite month of the year is going as fast as the rest of this year has been! Learning to savor the time we have right now is something I’ll probably work on for a long time in my life.

ANYWAY…

All that being said, I’ve been drawing using the Inktober prompts every day, and it’s been very tricky a lot of times. (I mean, how do you draw something using the prompt “Legend”? Hehe, it wasn’t my best Inktober day🤣)

The first day was “Ring” as the prompt, so my process was sketching out different things. I first sketched out a ring , then a girls with a ring on her finger, but I wasn’t feeling that. I remember racking my brain trying to think of another thing, and the I thought, “Oh! A ringing phone!”

It always helps me to create little thumbnails of what your ideas are and a smaller version of the drawing, just to see if you like it.

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Jumping over to the fourth day was “Freeze” as the prompt. I automatically thought of Frozen, to over on the left I drew a lady with ice powers (I wonder if she’s warm or cold blooded?😂), but I didn’t love that idea. Freeze tag! What else? (: That’s what I stuck with and I quite enjoyed the process of day four.

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Now day seven is probably one of my favorite drawings. I used calligraphy ink this day, where the prompt was “Enchanting,” so it was a new challenge. I decided my version of enchanting would be someone who was sweet and beautiful, so along came this character. I really like the different shades and contrasts you can get using ink, and it does really well with lettering (like where I wrote “Inktober 2019” over there).

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Day eight makes me laugh all the time, because the skinny girl with the bored expression is the same face I make. XD. (ALSO: Ignore the girl to the right, she was a random sketch I don’t like🤣) Stripes on sleeves are the BEST to draw and paint, because the torso part go across and the sleeves are slanted. SO GREAT! I love figuring out how to draw 2D/3D.

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Day ten, “Pattern,” was a fun one. The girl I painted has a plaid shirt, polka dot undershirt, and striped paints. Heehee! New fashion choices always puzzle me. 🤣

I painted in the ink with water different patterns and I thought I would make it interesting(:

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Day 14 was a lot of fun, especially elongating people. The prompt was “Overgrown,” so that’s what I did! I added a lot of random sketches, too.

*Small Note*

I do believe the illo sketchbooks are quite possibly my favorite sketchbooks I’ve used and I love the spiral-less, lay-flat-ness, high quality of these.

*End of Small Note*

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If you will, excuse the poor quality of this drawing. (:

The prompt today was “Ornament,” so I drew a girl/lady hanging one on her tree for Christmas. Blec. Hehe!

I’ve been drawing people to try and stretch that muscle for this month. Whew! It’s been tricky, but I’ve been enjoying it.

By the way, hands, feet and mouths are very tricky for me. I don’t know why, because I have all of those things! Anyway, that’s today’s drawing.

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Well, I hope you enjoyed seeing that peek at a few of my Inktober drawings for this year. It has been really fun so far!

 

Stay tuned for another post soon!

 

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Are you doing Inktober? If so, what has been your favorite day? Which of my drawings was your favorite?

 

Yay! It’s October // BUJO Setup

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OCTOBER!! INKTOBER! AUTUMN!

*cough, choke*

Let me calm myself…

Greetings!  Today I have photographed my October bullet journal setup, and I though you might enjoy.

I really like fall (like I said HERE.. And here.. and here…), so I had to incorporate that someplace, and leaves sprung up. Originally, I was thinking about a pumpkin, but leaves are just so… fun!

I kept it fairly simple, using my Tombow dual-brush pens and a micron and a Tombow Fudenosuke. I sketched it out, then I picked some “fallish” colors. I kept the lineart fairly simple as well, like not going around the edges, but just the veins in the leaf.

On the right page, the one for my calendar, I did simple orange/gold rectangular boxes and brush lettering on top with the day. I like the overall appearance of these pages. They have a nice warm vibe.

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I had to stretch the 31st day onto the next page, so in the blanks next to it I put wash tape from Target. Below I really wanted to incorporate the Anne of Green Gables quote, “Aren’t you so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers?” so I thought that was the best place. Below I did goals, reminders and to-do’s in red boxes. I like to add this near the calendar so it will remind you not to procrastinate(:

On the right I did my regular habit tracker in micron, then the leaves. I wanted to keep this one simple as to not compete with the opposite page(:

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I made this little letter tracker page with a black micron and I used the same leaves. It’s always fun to have a repetitive theme for the month, like I’ve been doing since June (ish). They’re always fun to look back on!

On the right I have the inktober prompts written down so I can easily check them off. (Don’t forget to look back during the month for Inktober progress!) I used the same leaf colors to create a gradient with the words. I really like doing this(:

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And for the last pages I mainly just stayed the same. Black micron and leaves. The left is blog ideas for the month ( (: ), and to the right was just overall ideas I have.

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That’s a wrap, for now. I hope you all enjoyed this month’s setup, come back soon!

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Which page is your favorite? To you like Autumn? Do you like raking leaves?

Here I Am! // Recents Doings

Well Hidey there!

 

It sure has been a few minutes! I’m back today with a chunk of photos and tidbits and different things. We went on vacation to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and South Dakota, and it was also my first time on an airplane. All this provided a good bit of photography opportunities(:

I learned on our trip that different camera settings are very useful. A lot of times I would find myself raising aperture and lowering the ISO, then other times it would be completely different. It was fun to experiment!

Without further adieu…

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I wanted to see a moose so bad!

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Various, non-vacation photos…

I’ve been taking lots of black and white (monochrome) photos, and I’ve been learning a lot of fun things using it. Wood looks neat!

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                         Recent Letter Art

 

Fall has been sneaking up on me (with no help by the weather. It’s still in the 90’s), in the decor and art sense. I really really love autumn, so I took that into my letter art. Robert Frost, I’ve found, as I scrounged the poetry books on our shelves, that he has quite the Autumn poem selection. (Below)

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That’s it for the photos for today. Which part did you like best? I’m so excited about Inktober this year. I will be posting the art I’ve done with the promt word given, so be sure to check back periodically for those! If you’ve never heard of Inktober, you should definitely look into it. It’s a fun way to stretch your creative muscles!

I hope you are all having a delightful day! Come back tomorrow for a peek at my Bullet Journal. (:

 

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Which pictures were your favorites? Have you ever been out west? Do you live where Buffalo roam? Do you like airplanes?