Sunday, February 15, 2015

Documented Faith

Hi Everyone,

I loved this weeks email from Stephanie Ackerman from Documented Faith. Her approach is similar but different from Documented Life.  I encourage you to sign up for both because if one doesn't inspire you, try the other challenge or combine them

WELCOME to Documented Faith.  
This is an update for many and a welcome for others.  Please be sure to read through this for updates and new information.

We are now headed into our 8th week and I continue to be in awe of what GOD is doing here. Thank you for your kind comments, emails, sharing of your testimonies and art.  I am moved by all of this and want to remind you that although I am "encouraging, sharing and reminding" through this journey, it is not me, but GOD that should be given all of the glory.  
I don't have the right words to explain what is happening but by seeing the art, reading your posts, journaling and witnessing the kindness and compassion you are all showing to each other, I do not need words. I am pretty sure that you understand what I mean.  

As I mention each week, I look forward to getting to know you better, excited to be able to share how my faith and creativity have collided and am committed to encouraging you spiritually, relationally and creatively. 

Here is a recap of what we have done so far (2/14/2015):
IMPORTANT : I Need Your Help, please.
If you know of someone who jumped into the FB group WITHOUT subscribing to this newsletter (that you are reading right now) and you see them saying that they have not received any emails, please suggest that they go to this link and sign up for the DOCUMENTED FAITH 2015 Monthly/Weekly Newsletter. 

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY - I have decided to continue to offer my online doodle/lettering workshop "A Whole New Doodle" to this community.  

I am no longer selling it online to the general public.  Just like all of my online workshops, once you purchase the workshop, the content is yours forrreevvvveeerrrr.  I just ask that you DO NOT pin/post/tweet or share any of the content from inside the classroom (this results in giving everyone the class for ffrreeee)  To read more about the workshop and to register for $29.00, please go here.

If this is your first email from me, start here: 
Getting Ready
At the beginning of the year, I shared how I prepared my Moleskine Journal. Click here to get the info.
Here is a little on what to expect and how this all works:
  • Please remember that everything I do is simply inspiration and encouragement for you.  
  • There are no rules, no real instructions and no charge for this.  
  • How and why you do this is personal and I believe that as long as you are in the Word and are focussed on the purpose, then everything will fall into place just the way you do it.  
  • I am here for you.  If you have questions, please ask me.  I may not always have the answer immediately but I sure know where to look and I will do my best to help you, answer your questions and encourage you.  
Each Month - You will receive a word that will be the focus for that month.  You can print out the picture and adhere it to your journal page or simply reflect on it.   Typically I printed out a "wallet sized" photo of the word and taped it onto a page
(example: CLIMB in photo below)

Every Sunday Evening - You will be sent a verse for the week that pertains to the monthly word.  Again, you can print it out and use it on your page or however you wish.   All of the information that I send in an email will also be posted to theDocumented Faith 2015 Site as well as being posted in the "files" area in theFacebook Group.

Facebook Group Basics
There is a closed Facebook Group that I have set up where we can have conversations, share our work and encourage one another.  The reason it is closed is simply to keep out the crud (spammers).  All you have to do is request to be added. Some of you have already been added so please check your "groups" list on your Facebook Page.  The name of our group is "Documented Faith"
Here is the link:
Please feel free to introduce yourself and get to know one another.  Always keep in mind that there are general rules for the group. We are all in this together BUT we are all at different places in our walk and we are here to encourage and support. Any comments that are found to be unkind, inconsiderate or negative will be removed. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me at
I encourage you to invite others.  We are building a community and we are all better together. If you have friends that would like to join us, please tell them about what we are doing, encourage them to JOIN THE NEWSLETTER (so they can catch up and not miss any info) 
Again, I am so excited to be on this journey with you and look forward to an amazing 2015. 

Stephanie Ackerman
Stephanie Ackerman Designs

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

February Theme Layers You Will Love!

February Theme

Layers You Will Love!

February 7
Art Challenge: When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt: "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)

Layers You Will Love - When Not to Stop...

Welcome to another week as we journey through the year creating in our art journals.  I am often asked about creating layers and how to know when a page is finished.  That is a hard question to answser but somehow I just know.  For this journal page I worked to a layer that would be nice as it is but I go on to add in more.  It is hard to create the "look" of layers without actualluy creating them.  I often find that it takes several layers before a page starts to really come together. What do you think?
Have a  blessed day!
Key to Additional Elements Added
1. Circle marks made with a Stabilo pencil.
2. Rubber stamped leaf from the Natural Elements Collection by Rae Missigman and white paint dots.
3. Doodle marks made with a Stabilo pencil.
4. Masking tape.
5. Black lines made with a Stabilo pencil.
6. Color in the flower petals with paint or crayons.
7. Doodle border.
8. White swirls and scallops made with a white pen.
9. Color in the flower petals with paint or crayons.
10. Triangles stamped - from Natural Elements Collection by Rae Missigman.
11. Using a scalloped stencil, add white paint.


February 7, 2015
When it comes to layering in my art journal, I am happiest.
 I don't have a set of steps that I follow as a rule, or a process that works every time, but when it comes to layering I have found that walking away helps me to re-focus on what I am creating. Revisiting a layout with fresh eyes is the best way for me to recognize what my art needs. What was eluding me during the initial process often times will present itself readily at a later time.
February Theme
Layers You Will Love!
February 7
Art Challenge:  When Not To Stop
Journal Prompt:  "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough!" (Ooh)
Today I thought I would share with you how I created this week's journal page in a simple step out process. Each photo shows the order in which I added my layers. Remember to let all paint and glue layers dry completely before moving on. 
Continue building your layers until your piece tells you it is finished. The most important aspect of any art piece is to make it your own. Take what you have learned, build your own style into that and create art that is YOU! And remember - Don't stop until you get enough! 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Authentique's Treasure

Authentique's new Treasure collection reminded me that yes, somewhere beyond the wind and cold, Spring is waiting! I printed my pix from last Easter and went to town creating this happy layout. I started with cutting tags out of 4 printed papers and 2 solid cardstocks to use as design elements on my pages. What a fun way to play with lots of prints!! My "EASTER" title was double cut out of 2 papers and popped up to make my title a real stand-out. The Cutapart sheet and the diecut Components gave me plenty to play with. Come on Spring!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Amazing Pages from our Documented Life Group

Hi Everyone,

I figured it was time to share some pages from our Documented Life Group.  We have been having fun getting together and playing with the journaling prompts.  You can join the group meetings at any time and can join us online at our Facebook Documented Life Page.   It is a closed group, but just click join at the top and I will approve you.

Our next meetings are Saturday January 31st 2-5 PM and February 13th Noon-3 or 6-9 PM.  Please call the store to let us know you are coming or you can let us know on the Facebook page.

I love how Pat Vanderwolf  handled the Color Wheel Challenge and worked in a great quote about colors.
Sandra Hamlett said this page was a lot of work but fun to make.  I love how her books look 3D and have her goals on them.

Gina Adolph is going outside her scrapbox this year and journeying into mixed media. Here is her second mixed media page ever.  She started with her base of rainbow paint.  Then, she added a couple doilies and gesso over the top to create some white space for her journaling.

Dedra Wolff has been creating some stunning pages like this one.
Peg Coulson drew an amazing self portrait.  Here is week one Blank Page challenge, goals are written and collaged on right,gessoed, then drawn over, with a variety of materials.
Kat Blue did an amazing collage for her goal page and she has her goal hidden under a flap.

Essandra Collins also took the hidden goals approach.   I love the papers she chose for her collage and the colors she used.

Beth Burnham has been playing with her acrylic paints and gesso.  She was able to create a lot of texture on the page but it is hard to see in the photo. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our next group meeting is on Saturday January 31st 2-5 PM

Our next group meeting is on 
 Saturday January 31st 2-5 PM

Some of the ladies are having an impromptu meeting on Friday January 30th at noon.

You can join our group meetings at any time, but you do need to call us to get your name on the list.
 I want to be sure we have room for everyone.  

When you come to the group meetings, please bring your paper towels, heat guns, paint brushes, adhesives and color mediums of choice.

Click here to go to the Art to the Fifth Blog Post

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!
January 24
Art Challenge:  Writing
Journal Prompt:  Words with Friends

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The January 17 Challenge

Hello DLP Members!!!

The January 17 challenge has been posted HERE

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!

January 17
Art Challenge: The Color Wheel

Journal Prompt: "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way . . . “ - Georgia O’Keeffe


Thursday, January 15, 2015

How to Get the Perfect Collage

Hi Everyone,

I saw this video was posted on the Documented Life Facebook page.  She is from Europe so she has a great accent.  She used the word decoupage a lot but just replace that word with matte medium and it all applies.

How to get the perfect Collage without buckling.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dina Wakley videos

Here is a great video of Dina Wakley explaining the difference in her gel medium and the ranger gel medium.  The second video shows the new paints and more.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Documented Faith

Hi Everyone,

A number of ladies in the Documented Life group also do the Documented Faith group by Stephanie Akerman.  If you want to join her group also, I have the links below.

The January focus word is TRUTH.
It is a focus word.  You can create around it, make some notes about it, journal about it, study..whatever you want to do or not do is simply up to you.

The second verse of the month   is from the book of  Psalms, chapter 25, vs. 4-5  For all other translations of this verse, please check out BibleGateway for TONS of great information.

"Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you  all day long."

" me in Your truth..."

Here is other information about this project for your reference:

Documented Faith 2015 Site

Facebook Group 
There is a closed Facebook Group that I have set up where we can have conversations, share our work and encourage one another.  The reason it is closed is simply to keep out the crud (spammers).  All you have to do is request to be added.  Some of you have already been added so please check your "groups" list on your Facebook Page.  The name of our group is "Documented Faith" 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Original Documented Life Project: The Journal - January 10

The Original Documented Life Project: The Journal - January 10

January Theme
The Blank Page and How to Face It!

January 10
Art Challenge: Gesso
Journal Prompt: “The beginning is always today.” -Mary Shelley

I was on their Facebook page and saw so many good ideas for using Gesso.  I copied and pasted the ideas below.  Happy Creating!


*Try using it through a stencil to create dimension.

* lay down a light layer and before it dries, put down a piece of newspaper. Rub with a bone folder and pull up. some of the ink will transfer. 

* I also water it down and apply it over a painted background to either dull down or bring up parts...depends on your perspective

*Use it through a stencil. Mix it with gelatos, ink or paint. Spread it on with a credit card.

* Use with stamps. But make sure you clean stamp right after using it. Plus a little trickier than stencils. 

* You can also add paint to it for colors. ..

*Mod7: Lorraine's blog this week has a great idea for using gesso as a veil of white on top of colors!
I use a drop of paint to 'tint' my gesso.

* One thing I sometimes do is doodle or draw with a neocolor II or watercolour pencil then blend with watered down gesso. I also mix it with cheap craft acrylics to make them a bit more opaque.

* Use With a stencil or dip the end of a TP or paper towel tube in it and add circles to your page.
* you can make your own gesso with water, white glue, baby powder and white paint. There are a number of tutorials on how to do this on you tube.
* I saw a youtube video where gesso was used with water colour pencils instead of water, gave a really nice soft finished look, its on my to try list for this week.

* I love to activate watercolor pencils and water soluble oil pastels with gesso. Portfolio brand oil pastels are inexpensive and blend great with gesso and acrylics. (I ordered some of these to try)

* Made my own gesso with plaster of paris, liquid white acrylic paint and white school very well and makes alot for a little!

*I love that the Dylusions sprays react to gesso. So what I do I use either supper heavy gesso or regular white gesso thru a stencil, let it dry and spray the Dylusions. It looks really lovely.

* I love dropping my Liquitex ink into gesso for an added color...I've even used food coloring once! Also use it with my stabilo pencils as the wet medium to move the pencil lines.

* while it is wet create texture with it, write words into it-

* Another way to use gesso is in debossing, something I used foDLPr a prompt from last year. For further isntructions and pcitures, check out my site

* prep your page with gesso. Color the page with your watercolor pencils and any water soluble product. Make circles and shapes and have fun. Then rub gesso with your fingers enhancing the shapes. Also try adding water on your fingers with the gesso.

yes I do let it dry. It looks like this,
* dont know if its been mentioned but gesso resist is a favourite technique - gesso through a stencil then spray inks all over. allow to dry then buff with tissue/baby wipes. Works a treat on black paper or darker backgrounds too.

* Paint a thick layer of gesso on your page, and while it is still wet, draw in it with the end of a paint brush. When the gesso is dry, paint over it. Makes for a really cool textured background.

 *I'm going to look up info on the "newspaper transfer idea"  for something new to try. I have been watching YouTube videos by a woman who uses gesso a lot on her pages before adding color. She lets it dry then uses water soluable pencils or other water soluable crayons and then uses a baby wipe to spread the color around. She lets it dry before adding more color. Look for Pringle Hill Studio on YouTube for great techniques.

* I think I will use my clear gesso this time. Perhaps add a bit of color with those crazy Dr. Martin liquid watercolors. If I use white, I will likely sand it a bit when it dries so the underlayers show through. I love putting down a bright base of color, over painting with a dulled-down layer, then dabbing while we're or sanding when dry so that the bright peeks through. 

*Took a class once where we used black gesso as a base then before it dried, flipped tiny bits of straight pearl ex on it from the end of a brush. An enchanted base!

*  Stacy's Art This is one of my favorite techniques to use with gesso.
* OMGosh! Stacy's Art, I LOVE that technique!!! Thank you for the link, that was so amazing! I'm definitely going to try this!

* I use white gesso when I need white to really pop off the page. It's great for blending in backgrounds making things cohesive. Also I find the black gesso to be so much more beautiful than black paint. I keep both bottles on my table at all times.

* I like to slather the gesso on the page with my palette knife, leaving ridges and super smooth areas for texture. You really need to let it dry for a while though!

* Spread some gesso on a paper plate and dip your stamps into it. Stamp on page and when it dries paint over with watercolors. It acts as a resist.
* Not sure if this has been suggested but you can do I.age transfers with gesso... just put a nice layer of the gesso down and then your image...burnish it then let dry completely. ..when dry spray with a little water and peel away...

*Boo Giannini Martin My transfer with first color. I needed to let the gesso dry a bit more
* layer of gesso, let it dry, spritz of your favorite alcohol ink, let it dry, layer of gesso in strategic areas, let it dry and watch the alcohol bleed through in really cool ways. Layer on some shiva paintstiks, and watch even more interesting things happen especially if you use the transparent iridescent paintstik.
*It's easier to do image transfers with hand sanitizer than it is with gesso. Print your image onto clear transparency sheets, apply the hand sanitizer to the print side of the image, place face down on your substrate and use a brayer to transfer the image. The hand sanitizer from sam's club that comes in the huge bottles is clear and does not cause discoloration like some of the name brand sanitizer does.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Documented Life First Challenge Summary

Hi Everyone,

I'm going to do a summary of the first week links that you can click on to see the challenge blog, videos, Facebook ect.

January Theme

The Blank Page and How to Face It!

January 1

Art Challenge: Book Paper

Journal Prompt: Be Your Own Goal Keeper


Click here to go to the Art to the 5th Blog post with this week's challenge.

Click Here for Lorainne Bell's Video  "I wanted to greet you all this year with a little tutorial about how I created the first challenge in my art journal . . . Keeping it simple, I incorporated some basic techniques to help you jump start your year!"

Lorainne uses a cute calendar in her journal that she printed out from Paula Cheney
Click Here for a link to the calendars.

Click here for if you would like to download Roben-Marie's Calendar to use in your own journal,
Roben Marie shared a video of her process creating her goal page.
Click here for the video

Rae Missigman has lots of great tips on her blog and a summary of how the Documented Life Project is designed.
Click here for great project tips and two videos.

Sandi Keene has step by step photos of her goals page being created.  Click here for her blog.

Facebook users
Click here for the Documented Life Facebook Group

The most important link!  
Click Here for the Photo Scraps Documented Life Facebook Group.
This is where you can ask questions, share your photos and chat with other Photo Scraps girls.