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?

August BUJO Setup

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Hello!

IT’S AUGUST!? I’m baffled. Is it just me, or was it just March?

Well, today I have my bullet journal all setup for August! It was a fun one to make.

I’m really liking yellow and mustard and blush colors these days, so I wanted to include that somehow, so with the spaces around the calendar spot (those were on purpose😂), I decided to go BIG.

And Yellow.

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CITRUS! (Kind of funny because I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to oranges and lemons😂)

I’m mean, what better does yellow and orange go with than lemons and oranges? I stuck with just the yellowish colors and a black fine liner (Micron 01).

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I used the top part of the calendar boxes with the day in cursive, and I also used the colors I had and made little circles to put the dates in. It was a different spin on what I normally do. (A Little Bit of February Bullet JournalingApril is here! // April Bullet Journal SetupMarch 2019 BUJO SetupBetter Late Than Never//May BUJO SetupIt’s June // Bullet Journal Setup)

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Ummmm….. So, about this.. 🤣

I wanted to stick to this theme, so I tried to make the orange the habit tracker, but it backfired a little😂 It didn’t quite turn out as I thought, but to still worked out okay.

My habits this month are

• Drink 5+ cups of water daily

• Read my bible every day

•Clean my room every day

• My daily skin routine

•Play piano daily for 1+ hours

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This is my August letter tracker, which I stuck to the theme for. I will write the names in a yellow or orange so it’s a little colorful. For the tops of the pages where the things are labeled, I stuck to one design: A melon color Tombow brush pen (here) with the Tombow Fude soft o’er top (here). I’ve been doing this a lot lately. ’tis fun!

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Goals for the month. I’ve been doing this layout for awhile. It works quite nicely if you’re trying out new things!

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The TO-DO’s for the month.

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And the blog post ideas for the month. Don’t worry, I have some written down(:

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I’m doing the 31 day (bible) writing plan, to which I’m looking forward to.

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I added in a little wash tape collection so I could see what I’ve got. I put them in as if they were on a clothesline(:

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this August setup! What was your favorite part? Do you like lemons and oranges?

Have a great day!

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Better Late Than Never//May BUJO Setup

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Hello, Friends!

Did you all have a happy Mother’s Day with your Moms? Ours was quite delightful. We went to see the new movie “Breakthrough” that is a true story. SO GOOD! Have any of you seen it?

Well, I believe I haven’t done too well with posting this month, so I am making up for that by showing you all May’s setup (although it’s late… *ahem*).

I have been using my Bullet Journal a lot lately because we’re preparing to go out of town (Savannah, Georgia), and it has my packing lists and to-do’s that I keep referring to. That’s one of the many reasons I love Bullet Journaling. You don’t have to have all different things in different journals and notebooks, it can be all-in-one!

My opening calendar page I decided to go for something simple, so I just did calendar squares with pink. I have a calendar, but I always go to this because I use it all the time and can see it all at a glance.

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I had to stretch the calendar one three days, so instead of leaving that a blank page, I put my month’s goals and to-do’s (my main ones).

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I love to track my letters, incoming and outgoing, so I went with that same pink color to fill in the rectangles. I used my Koi Coloring brush pens for the pink color.

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My habit tracker for this month I used the same technique I’ve been using since March. I like to have the habits laid out in separate groups. My habits this month are to drink 5 or more glasses of water a day, flossing my teeth, practicing my piano for 1 hour or more, keep my room straight, and use witch hazel twice a day.

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This is my tracker for walking. My Mom and I are participating in the Spring100 over at Shiloh Photography, so I’m tracking that as well.

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I made a packing list to help me be more organized. This is very helpful in case you ever go on trips (And it’s also fun to check the squares(: )

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That is it for now on my Bullet Journal. What page was your favorite?

Well, I also have some artwork and photography that I’d like to show y’all. Keep on ‘a scrollin’ to see!

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed. What was your favorite part? I’d veto hear from you below!

Have a wonderful rest of your Monday!

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My Most Used Brush Pens and How I Use Them

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Hi everyone!

I am really loving the Spring-ness outside! I am enjoying the warm (er) weather a lot!

I have had some questions before about what brush pens I use. Today I shall be showing y’all what my most used brush pens are. Also, a little bit down the way I will be showing y’all how I use brush pens in (every. single. way. possible.😜) some different ways.

I will link to each pen’s website when I give their description. Be sure to check them out, they’re all great!

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I have only been doing brush lettering for the past 6 or 7 months, and it’s now my favorite (or one of my favorites) hobbies. I love how you can use it in all different ways: letters, artwork, journaling; there are so many!

I mainly use it for designing letters and for journaling and for art, but I like to write with the harder ones, like the Tombow fudenosukes and Baokes below. (It can become quite wrist-tiring, but still😋)

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The first ever brush pen I started with I still have: The Marvy Le Plume II. It is double sided; the brush nib on one side and a pen nib on the other. (Most of the other dual sided pens have bullet nibs. That’s the main reason I like this pen.)

Level: Beginner 

Link: Marvy

Price per pen: $2.59 (on Marvy website)

Rating (by me😛): ★★☆

The brush nib is, well, not the greatest. It is felt, which most are, but this one is easily frayed. I’ve only ever tried black, and the pigmentation isn’t the greatest (The black comes off more grey looking than black)

I really liked this at first, before I tried any others, but now that I have a variety I really just…don’t like it at all. It’s a bit difficult to use on the up strokes. It is a nice skinny pen, though, which is good when writing. I also like the pen tip on the other side. It’s almost like a Micron 03 which I use for line art during illustrations. It’s nice because you can write on the outside of a card and the inside using both tips!

This is quite pricey for the quality, though, which I don’t like. I wouldn’t recommend this to a professional, but it’s a good starter for beginners. I liked it a lot when I first started.

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Tombow ABt Dual

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Link: Tombow USA

Price per pen: $3.19

Rating: ★★★★☆

I really like these pens. I got the primary colors pack for my birthday last June along with a tutorial book, and I loved these so much more. I recently got the 96 pen set, and I use it day and night😂 Tombow constantly comes out with new colors and packs, and I love their website.

However, they are quite pricy per pen, and they can fray easily when used wrong or used a lot, which is sad.

The brush tip is felt, and is very firm, which I like a lot. The bullet nib is great, too!

I would recommend these first to anyone who asks. Definitely go check ’em out!

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Koi Coloring by Sakura

Level: Beginner

Link: Sakura of America

Price per pen: Varies ($2.00 on some sites, $3.50 on others)

Rating: ★★★

I bought two Koi’s from Dick Blick awhile back, just to test. I like them okay, except they give such a thick line when in full pressure, and aren’t double sided.

The aren’t quite ask expensive, however, which is good. And they haven’t frayed yet, which makes me glad. I love their vibrant colors and the fatness of the strokes is nice sometimes(:

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Baoke 20, 21, 22 + 23

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Link:  Amazon

Price: $10.00

Rating: ★★★★

Now, I was running out of one of my Fudenosuke pens (coming below) and I wanted to see if there were any brands I hadn’t tried yet. I went ‘a searching’ on Amazon for pens and I found these, and I was much pleased. I really like number 21, 22 and 23 (bigger number bigger size), but the number 20 reminds me a lot of the Marvy Le Plume II.

I use number 22 and 23 all the time, and I love the different sizes. These are also great quality for such a good price.

I definitely recommend!

Tombow Fudenosuke Hard and Soft Tip

Level: Intermediate

Link: Tombow USA

Price (together and per pen): $6.98/$3.49 

Rating: ★★★★☆

By far, my favorite brush pens ever. I love how firm they are and how dark black they come out. I use them on every thing and I just LOVE them.

The only bad thing is that when they dry out they give a scratchy, faded look to your lettering that you don’t always want with a pen.

I wouldn’t recommend these for first time letterers, though, for they have a plastic nib and can be damaged if not used properly. Other than that, they’re great!

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Now, as for how I use them, I will show a few ways(:

You can make tiny little works of lettering art. I love making ATC’s to send pen-pals!

Post: Some Recent Art

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I make lots of cards with lettering on them. I also like to illustrate with the colored ones.

Post: Some Photos (And something new!)

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Illustrations and card designs are super fun.

Post: (Pen-Pal) Letter Art 

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Those are just a few ways I love to use brush lettering. There are many, MANY more ways, though, such as bullet journaling, crafts, and watercolor work. (They’re water based, so when water added they give a watercolor look!)

Here are also a few recent pieces of art I’ve done. (I’m just ‘a throwing it all at ya!)

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I really liked painting this one(:
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I did the sky of this one with the Tombow Dual Brush pens(:

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That’s it! Thank you so much for reading! I really enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have any questions, be sure to let me know!

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Do you have any of these pens? Do you like the look of brush lettering? Do you like rice or salad? 

A Peek Into My Sketchbook | A Bit Of Photography

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Hello, all!

Are you doing well?

I have been working in my sketchbook a good book today, and I thought I’d share! I have been working on drawing lots of different things and working with different art mediums, such as colored pencils (which I’ve never liked☹️), watercolor, charcoal, and others.

I like to try new things (mostly😜) and I have been enjoying using the things I have around the house. It’s fun to find out what is fun to use that you never really enjoyed!

I was experimenting today drawing hair. For some reason hair has always been one of the hardest parts of drawing a complete head. I have been learning how to “block out” the shape of the har, then add detail. (well, when I say learning, I mean figuring it out myself while I listen to Adventures In Odessey😆)

I have also been working on blending colors together to create highlights are shading, and I am really enjoying it! Especially with colored pencils. They actually blend a lot better than I ever thought!

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This one turned out m favorite, I believe. This was with Crayola (I know!) colored pencils. I just used the tan colored one where I wanted highlights before I added brown, and then I layered the brown up , leaving highlights where I thought they’d go. (I actually copied my hair the best I could from a picture of myself. It actually looks like my hair!)

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I started this one and then decided I should take pictures of the process! I used my Tombow dual brush pens for this one. I have really been trying to nail-down the blending for these ever since I got them, and i do believe I’ve figured it out. (and I do believe this applies to most art mediums as well.) Start with a light color, then add the darker color on top. with hair, I left spots with only the lighter color showing through for the reflection, then added the light color back on top, blending it out, looking a bit more natural.

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I like to add the face shape in there to see how everything fits. (:

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And thus ends the very quick view into what I’ve been working on in my sketchbook! I know that was short, but I’m planning on doing a sketchbook tour once I’ve filled this one completely.

Now, onward to photos!

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Thank you all for reading and looking at this (rather short) post! I am looking forward to new posts soon(:

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Have you ever drawn hair? Do you use Crayola? Is it raining where you live? What’s your favorite season?

March 2019 BUJO Setup

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Happy March! (How is it MARCH?!)

Well, so far March has started out a fun month. We went to Alabama for the first two days, which was fun and I was excited about. It’s always great to have something fun to kick off the month!

Beforehand, I like to give my monthly BUJO setups a theme, (ex. January: Colors, Feb: Pinks + Reds) so when you see a lot of cacti, well, yep, that’s my theme. I also am using lots of greens, but some occasional pinks get in there(:

Without further adieu, let’s take a look!

My left opening page just says “March,” with, yep, a bunch of little cactus around it. These little plants are so fun to draw, and it adds a little color into it. The right hand side has my month calendar. Since there’s 31 days in March, I had to leave one space open. A perfect spot for some more cacti!

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They’re cut and easy to draw. I used my Tombow Dual brush pens for the colors and then for the pot’s lip (or whatever it’s called😄) I used an gold opaque chisel pen that I’ve had since I did some scrapbooking a looooonnngg time ago. It just added a little “sumpin’ sumpin,” as my mama says.

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This is my month overview. I like to do the little calendar squares that are about one and a half inches apart, just so I have a little room to write things down.

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This is my monthly habit tracker. I decide this month, that instead of doing one big grid, (see here, my February setup’s habit tracker) I want everything individually. I like it better this way. I think it gives a cleaner look. I chose to do all greens this month. (well, the pretty ones, that is.😆)

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More cactus(: The grids are about 2 inches wide; perfect for the dotted grid.

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Instead of doing a water tracker this month I’m just using this goal (that’s trying to become a habit for me) to drink 5 or more 8oz. glasses of water daily. So far I’ve done it, and I’m hoping to keep it up!

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Now here I just placed many things together, and I actually like it! I didn’t at first because I thought It might be a little chaotic, (which I guess it would be if I had more colors and things to write…) but It works pretty well for me. I just put my goals, reminders, to do’s, etc.

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This is my first week of March log, just so I can have a more in detail look at what’s coming up.

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Here is my month letter tracker. This really has no purpose, except that I like to see when I received letters from different pen-pals. I made this one so that the person’s name is like the address and the return address is where the date goes. (You can see the first letter I’ve gotten this month up there in the corner.)

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This is my March savings log. I like to do this to look back on my expenses and savings.

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And last: my March bible reading plan. I’m following the ESV 30 days in the new testament plan. If you want to check out their reading plans for the English Standard Version (ESV) click here. They have some good’uns! The plan is that you read each one of these each day for 30 days. I like following a plan, so I’m excited to do this one! The ones I’ve done before are in Focus on the Family’s Brio magazine. (A christian magazine for teen girls) I have used their reading plan for awhile, but I wanted to try something different this time.

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Welp, that’s it! I really enjoyed setting up is month, and I’m excited to see how March goes in general! I love spring, and it’s only 18 days from now!

Thanks much for reading, y’all!

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Maisy claiming her new spot for a nap(:

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DO YOU BULLET JOURNAL? HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF FOCUS ON THE FAMILY OR BRIO? DO YOU LIKE FORD OR CHEVROLET? CARS OR TRUCKS? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SEASON?

 

 

Some Recent Art

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HEY! Are you well?

I have been busy doing lots of art over the past week, and I wanted to show you all! I have been trying to get into illustrations lately, because I like a certain style, and hey, why not try it out? Hehe. Alrighty, lets get to it, shall we?

And more ATC’s. (I have a post with more here(: ) I really like making these!

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I made a birthday card for one of my Mom’s friends. (It seems like there are a lot of birthdays in February for me…🤔)

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Then there’s this oddly lighted and angled photo of one of my illustrations. (Heh!) I like this one. (It oddly resembles my cousin…) I have more illustrations, but for some reason I didn’t take a picture of them):

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Hehe. Then, of course I had to take some super aesthetic photos! (AHEM. WHY IS MY FOOT IN THERE? 😂)

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I haven’t “watercolored” in a while, so I quickly sketched something out…

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Voila! I like this one. (Hehe, whenever I paint/draw a house it has a red door!)

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Yet another quick sketch…

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I like how this one turned out, too. The first one was supposedly a mountains cape, and this one is a farm scape. (I didn’t use any references, so I don’t know how accurate these are🤣)

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Then I started lining out another illustration. I found this piece of paper and decided to put it to good use!

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TAA DAA! I like how she turned out okay. I think I’ll remember next time not to use Tombow brush pens, though.

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These were the thumbnails I used.

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I think I’ll use this one for later. (: I like it((:

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And then this. ((: Hehe. I like this random girl on a chair! (;

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The Supermoon tonight(:

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post! I really enjoyed making all the art.  Thank y’all so much for reading! I hope your day is great!

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Would you like to see more art in the future? Do you have a favorite piece? Can you see the supermoon tonight? Do you like illustrations?

A Little Bit of February Bullet Journaling

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Hello! It is now February, and with the start of a new month brings new pages in my bullet journal!

I, much to my deep sadness, don’t have as many pictures as my January BUJO Series, but I have a few, including some of my Mom’s that I did for her. I have been using my bullet journal a lot lately. I did similar things to last month’s pages, but I always give it a different style each month. I didn’t do step-by-step pictures this time, but, if you want to, hopefully you can still get some ideas if you need them!

This is my Mom’s habit tracker I made her. She only has three things for this month (😳 I have like 12!:)) She wants to read her Bible every morning, (or at least once a day. That’s one of my goals, too.) She uses this workout app called Seven, and she wants to drink 64oz. of water a day.

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Oh, Well, I guess I did do a little pictures of the before-sketch(: I was sketching out her February calendar, except I could only fit 24 squares on these first two pages, but I put the last four on the next page(: (More on that below) I could’ve fit them all in, but my Mom wanted bigger squares to write more things down in.

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And *BAM* I was finished. 😜 Mom’s current favorite color is a purple-y blush color. (No, really. She painted our door that color and my Dad is in manly disgust. He calls it pink😂) Her bullet journal is that color, too! (she’s really on a roll😀)

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I put the day in the color and I made a little box in the right-hand corner for the date.

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On the other page where there were the four last boxes, I put her a little February goals box. She picked the colors, and I think they’re rather nice!

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This is my February page. I did everything (mostly) that I did for my Mom, except the Polaroid and the To Do section. I made my calendar look like, well, calendar pages(; I made a goals section, too, and I put my most important “To Do’s” up there.

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I also drew, with my Fudenosuke, (one of ’em🤷🏼‍♀️) a little shadow, just for an extra touch😉

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This is my water tracker. It’s identical to my last one. I really need to figure out a different format for this…🤔

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This is my habit tracker for the month. (See? I have a lot! heheh.) I messed up when I was writing the label for this, so I got my black masking tape out (why do I even have that?:)) and my white pens. I think it came out pretty cool. It was a lot different from my norm, but I like it(:

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AUGH! BLURRY!!?

*Cough, gasp* Can you tell I don’t like blurry photos? I don’t know why I didn’t see this!

This is my weekly log. I started it this week (in the BUJO) on the 4th to skip the weekend(: I have this week wash tape from Target that I used. Except, it doesn’t have Sunday on it. *Why?*

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That’s a wrap for this post! Thanks much for reading, friends! I hope you have a happarvelous day! (happy+marvelous…? okay, no.)

I hope you all have a wonderfab day! I hope it’s a goodie!

~theJunebugblog

DIY: Cute Valentine’s Day Cards

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Hi!!!!!

Are all of you well this fine day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! I always like making little Valentine’s around this time every year, and this year I wanted to show y’all how I do them! Let’s get right in to it.

So first, grab some scrapbook paper of your choice. (one big sheet is enough unless you’ll be switching) I chose pink and, later, one with hearts. (look at that funny little sun ray/spot on the paper😚)

 

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Then fold it in half. (any way)

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Then draw half on a heart right on the crease. (this helps to get the perfect shape)

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Voila! Smooth it out straight and flat.

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Then make 2-3 more. Leave the first flat, the second one half-folded, and the third mostly-folded.

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Then I got out our ancient hot glue gun😄 You can use a glue stick or the like, but I always find hot glue works best.

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While I waited for it to heat, I got out my card I was going to use.

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Then I glued the half folded heart to the flat one.

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Then add the mostly folded to the bunch. You can make it as big, add as many layers and colors as you want, but I only did three for now.

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Then add your little heart cluster in one of the upper areas. (or lower. There are going to be words) I put mine in the mid-upper right.

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Then sketch out the words you want and the basket. (It’s a hot air balloon😄)

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Voila! I used my Tombow Fudenosuke hard tip for the words and clouds. (Although I used no pressure on the clouds; they were just sketchy lines.)

 

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Then I got out a different sheet of scrapbook paper for the next one!

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I got three puzzle pieces for this next one that says “I love you to pieces” I thought this saying was really cute, so i’m a’ gonna use ‘er!

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Then flip your scrapbook paper over and trace and cut them out.

IMG_9397Then put a little dab of hot glue on the backs. Stick them towards the top, but not all the way up. More upper-middle. (Is that a thing?😁)

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I forgot to take a picture of me doing this, but there! It’s finished! I just wrote it down using my Tombow Fude hard tip. (And AUGH! Points off for blurriness!)

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Well, I hope you enjoyed this short DIY On Valentine’s Cards! Thank you so much for reading, friends!

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~theJunebugblog