15+ Ways to Art Journal {+Journal Tour!}

Hello, dears!

I’ve been looking forward to making this post for… well, I guess over a year! I first started this art journal in February 2019 and finished it May 2020. I haven’t shown you the process of filling it up because it was a surprise! I actually made this as a gift for my friend Aria. I gave it to her the night before her wedding and she loved it and I loved making it and ahh, this project just means so much to me. ❀

I’m not going to show you every page because that would be tremendously long, but I wanted to select a few (relatively speaking) that will hopefully inspire you guys if you’re thinking about journaling for yourself! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, well, keep reading! πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy scrolling through these journal spreads and hearing more of the story and ideas behind this book, as well as a list of page ideas you can use in your own journal or sketchbook. Let’s go!

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Experiments with Self Portrait Photography

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Since I’m the only subject that’s always available for photographs, I’ve gotten a lot of practice in taking camera selfies in the past several months. πŸ˜‰ Since you guys and I both liked the last self-portrait experiment post (see it here!), I decided to go ahead and edit these in some fun ways, including dramatic B&W, muted/understated filters, and more double exposure photos since I loved how they turned out last time!

It feels a little odd to just post a bunch of pictures of my face, but… I hope you enjoy? XD And maybe you can find some inspiration for your own photography/editing. πŸ™‚ Have fun scrolling!

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Aria’s Wedding! {Lots of Pictures :)}

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AHHHH. As you can imagine, I am so, SO excited to be making this post! EEEP. For those of you who don’t know, I recently had the privilege to be in my best friend’s wedding with my sister Megan and oh my goodness, it was amazing, despite all the changes COVID19 made.

This was the first time I’ve been in a wedding, not to mention been a maid-of-honor, and it was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed spending time with the rest of the wedding party and seeing all the beautiful decorations and just the general excitement of it all, although MAN did it make us all exhausted.

I hope you guys enjoy this little “travel journal” post of flowers, dresses, spiders, cameras, friends, hymnals, steamers, and the best memories. Have fun scrolling through the weekend! πŸ™‚

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How to Use Macro Extension Tubes on Your DSLR

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Aria’s wedding was absolutely incredible and I can’t WAIT to post pictures, but I will save that for when she gets back. πŸ™‚ Until then, I thought I’d make a post that’s been requested in the past: a guide on how to use the macro extensions I’ve featured in past posts!

I’ve already done a little review here, so check that out if you haven’t, but today I’m following it up with more practical knowledge, tips, and inspiration to get some beautiful macro photography.

The best thing? This super fun camera upgrade costs less than $10! O.o I’m always amazed because NOTHING camera related costs that little, am I right? XD

Alright, let’s go looking for the small things, shall we? πŸ™‚

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A Dramatic Floral Photoshoot

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Ha, I had a terrible time coming up with the title for this post. “Dark and moody” sounds scary to begin with, but when you combine it with “flowers”… It just doesn’t work. XD So I went with “dramatic.”

So anyway, I’m posting pretty flower pictures today. I was working with rather flat, boring lighting, so I decided to edit it in a more dramatic style that highlighted the intricate forms of the flowers without depending on nice, glowy lighting to make the colors pretty. I have to say, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out!

Also, some of these might make good phone wallpapers… feel free to use them as such if you wish. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

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A Girl and a Goat {Extreme Cuteness Photoshoot}

Hello, dears!

EEEP, if you need some cheering up today, I got a smile for you! Or maybe a couple dozen. I am seriously SO excited for this post – this may be my favorite photoshoot yet. I love everything about it.

The other evening I took some golden-hour pictures of my youngest sister with her beloved, adorable dwarf goat and… *flails* I love these photos so so much, and I hope they’ll make you guys grin as much as they did for me! (Warning: this may make you want a dwarf goat and/or a little sister. πŸ˜› )

Okay. Here we go. Get ready for some cuteness.

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Etcetera #12 {Barn Dancing, Cute Pets, Farm Life, Etc.}

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Welcome back to another round of random photos where I raid my File Explorer and have fun with editing styles. On the menu for today is Nellie the Cutest Goat, our church barn dance (IT WAS AMAZING), people pictures, and vacuums and muffin tins. πŸ˜€

Buckle up because we have a BUNCH of photos to get to today. I got tired of narrowing it down any further, so enjoy what is basically a mashup of a bunch of little posts! Here we go!

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Golden Days {Farewell to Teenage Years +a Photoshoot}

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Welp, today I officially turn twenty. O.o I feel so old, good gracious. So far my birthday has been amazing, especially the part where almost 30 of my friends sent me birthday videos that GAHHH made me smile so hard. If you’re reading this, dears – thank you for making my day X100. ❀ ❀ ❀ I love you girls so much!

*deep breath* Anyway, where was I? Oh yes. This birthday post is going to be one of my favorite kinds – a pretty golden hour photoshoot, because those make me happy. πŸ™‚ And instead of photo captions, maybe I’ll do kind of a “Thoughts On…” ramble about how it feels to not be a teenager anymore because whyyyy does everyone act like it’s terrible to be one? It can be, but it can also be wonderful. So yeah.

Let’s go for a walk and take pictures of flowers and chat about life. Let’s have a golden day, shall we?

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Envelope Art Inspiration {Recent Happy Mail}

Hello, dears!

If you’re using letters and mail to keep in touch right now… first of all, YAY FOR YOU. I can tell you, getting a letter in the mail will mean so much more to your friends and family than getting another email or text.

Secondly, if you want to take your letters to the next level, try decorating the envelope for extra fun. There’s all SORTS of ideas you can find, from simple patterns that literally anyone can do to beautiful illustrations if you like art.

So anyway, today I wanted to show you some of my envelope art in case you’re in need of inspiration. πŸ˜‰ I hope you enjoy!

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