Welcome to day seven of stamping inspiration and giveaways!
For seven days I will be giving away one of my brand new stamp sets from Canadian stamp manufacturer, Stamping Bella! All of the stamps are specifically aimed at art journaling. Of course you can use them for lots of different things, but my intention in creating them was for you to use them when you art journal! If you'd like to win today's featured stamp, leave a comment answering the question of the day (find it at the end of this post). You must answer the question of the day if you want to win! On Thursday, May 12, I will post all seven winners!
And, of course, if you want to buy any of the featured stamps, you can find them all here.
Today's featured stamp set is "Julie's Words to Live By."
This is a set of *twenty* journaling prompts! And I'm going to get on a bit of a soapbox here. I am an enormous champion for journaling. For really writing out your story and your thoughts. When I teach beginning scrapbookers I always tell them: "A picture is worth a thousand words, but everyone's thousand is different! So share yours!" I think it's really important to write. It's therapeutic! And it adds depth and interest to everything you create! But I also know that lots of people get stuck on the writing thing. They don't know where to start.
Well let me start with how I got the idea to create this stamp set. In 2009 Ali Edwards did a post of prompts on her blog intended to get you journaling and scrapbooking about your daily life. Here's the post. At the time, I did this art journal page based on some of those prompts:
More recently I noticed that Tina Aszmus had started blogging by using simple word prompts (here's an example). And it got me thinking once again about how much easier it is to start writing when you've got a starting point! I hear from art journalers all the time who say that they love splashing paint around, but really don't do the journaling part of the art journal. Well, here come "Julie's Words to Live By" to the rescue!
I've used them a few times already this week:
You can also make little squares out of the words:
And here they are inside of "Julie's Perfect Circles."
I can definitely see using these prompts in my art journal, on a lot of scrapbook pages, to make a mini book, while traveling to get the whole family journaling about the trip (stamp some cards and hand them out for each family member to fill out), and just in general to get me started when I feel stalled!
And now here's a video of me playing in my art journal:
- Julie's Words to Live By from Stamping Bella
- Koi Watercolors by Sakura
- Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
- Golden Fluid Acrylics
- Archival Ink from Ranger
- Golden Gesso
- Mister Huey from Studio Calico
- Claudine Hellmuth Studio acrylic paints
- Pitt Pen by Faber-Castell
- Liquitex Matte Medium
- miscellaneous: paint brushes, water, palette knife, book pages, tissue paper
If you'd like to win a set of the journaling prompts, here's the question of the day:
Which of my seven stamp sets is your favorite and why?
Leave your answer in the comments section of this post!
Thanks for stopping by!