June: Book Round-Up

It feels like this year is flying by and sometimes I feel like I’m not going to get all the reading in that I planned. According to my goodreads reading challenge, I am 16 books ahead of schedule, but still…

Anyhow, I wanted to mention that I’ve been thinking after this year, not participating in the reading challenges anymore. That said, I do like to keep track of my yearly reads but not on demand. I have not enjoyed reading this way for a while now. I have something else in mind to keep track of the number of books I read in a year that I might discuss at a later time.

My daughter’s book

In my  Home Library Books post, I talked about reading books from my own bookshelf at home and reading stories my daughter has read. I was able to get in two of her books and I quite enjoyed them. This month, I read seven books total and you will notice that I’ve veered away from historical fiction somewhat. I’m frustrated with the direction the genre is going in and the censoring going on in the publishing industry. That is for another time to discuss, if at all.

A few of these books I have read at a leisurely pace and the one by Dean Koontz, I’ve read before a couple times.

It shall be interesting what July brings.

Stephanie Hopkins

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ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV

Day 20

I’m excited to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

I have to admit that after the first week, I stopped following the prompts. Which is entirely optional for the artists to decide which way they go with this challenge. I tend to go my own path when it comes to my craft. This week I really mixed it up. I received some new craft items in the mail in the last three days, so I wanted to play with them! I will share which items are new in the descriptions below.  

Day 20: On this day was Father’s Day and my birthday. I was born on Father’s Day many years ago and it is rare when that day is celebrated on the same day. When it happens, my father and I celebrate both together with the family. It’s not too often when I make orange my dominant color. I think it turned out lovely! Plus, it gave me a reason to use this scrap of my painted paper for this project. I’ve been hoarding the paper, you see.

Day 21: Monday’s card represents a start of a new week. The possibilities were endless to make it a positive one and what a lovely week it has been. On this card I used scrap book pages, ink and ephemera from my older stash.

Day 21

Day 22: The Leftovers: The reason for the title is that I took paper towel that I’ve used to clean up paint and over time, it turned to this color. Isn’t it beautiful?! This card was an absolute blast to make! I also used Maple Samara from outdoors, needle and thread.

Day 22

Day 23: I wanted to create something a bit grungy on this day and this card is made from that feeling. I quite like how it turned out. I used my order supplies with this piece and the others above.

Day 23

Day 24: This card is vintage theme and I used my below products for the top layer. The bottom layer is is pages I used to paint black circles. Next week, I will be sharing a product review on everything I ordered. I loved how this turned out!

Day 24

Day 25: Abstract Tree: Okay, this one was a blast to make! I love trees and I’ve been drawing them since I was a kid. These days, I tend to create them in an abstraction medium. Some would say this could be a flower, but remember that in the spring time, many trees bloom flowers. For example: Cherry, Dogwood, Pink Mimosa, American Fringe and other sorts of trees.

Day 26: For this card, I used up the last of my homemade red, yellow theme painted paper. I thought it a great background for these pressed flowers and leaves. They’re from my new craft haul. I absolutely love how this turned out!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Cover Crush: The North Water by Ian McGuire

About the cover: Let me start by saying that I believe whale hunting is horrific and it is extremely hard for me to read novels about the subject. Anyhow, I’m totally feeling the summer vibes with this cover. Yes, the wale is in deep ocean but it still makes be long for the beach! I thought it clever to add the image of the whaling ship on the tail. I love the colors and the dramatic imagery of the ocean.

There is a better image of the book on IG @eatingtheirwords

Thoughts about the story: This looks like a story worth reading and the period the story is set in, is my favorite! I’m guessing it’s focused more on an evil person on board that is confronted? Hmm… I refuse to read any reviews on this book. I want an unbiased opinion. -Stephanie Hopkins

About the Book:

A 19th-century whaling ship sets sail for the Arctic with a killer aboard in this dark, sharp and highly original tale that grips like a thriller.

Behold the man. Stinking, drunk, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the ‘Volunteer’, a Yorkshire whaling ship that is due to set sail for the rich hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard for the first time is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money and no better option than to embark as ship’s medic on this violent, filthy, ill-fated voyage.

In India during the Siege of Delhi, Sumner thought he had experienced the depths to which a man can stoop and imagined he’d find temporary respite on the ‘Volunteer’, but now, trapped in the wooden belly of the ship with Drax, he encounters pure evil and is forced to act. As the true purposes of the expedition become clear, the confrontation between the two men plays out in the freezing darkness of an arctic winter.

Art in Motion: DIY Glue Book

I have dozens and dozens of magazines and catalogs that I’ve harvested for images. Once I was done with them, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. They still had quite a few pages in them. I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do with them and recently I came across a Youtuber who makes mini glue books out of them. I was thrilled to discover Nicole’s channel! I did know other ways to create with them but I wasn’t thrilled with the sizes nor did I feel inspired. Making mini glue books out of them is such an inspiring idea, a way to use your scraps, and they make great travel companions!

But what is a glue book exactly? A glue book is a collage journal. You take any book you to glue any sort of images, everyday items and pattern papers to the pages. Anything goes, really and you can create any sort of theme or no theme if you so desire. I love this way of creating. It is so relaxing and freeing! I’ve decided to use this glue book for random layouts for inspiration.

Nicole’s instructions on how to turn a magazine into a glue book is easy to follow. She has two videos for you to watch. If you have limited time, she has a short video on how to fold & cut the magazine, but I highly recommend watching both.

This craft project is great for kids as well. Happy gluing!

Next week, I will be blogging a craft haul that are new products to me and will be reviewing each item. Be on the lookout for that post!

My wish is for you to be inspired, and encouraged. Blessings to you and yours.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins

Art in Motion: Crafty Organization

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Today I’m am sharing a new craft organization I’m implementing in my crafting endeavors.   

I’ve always made my own ephemera packs with various supplies I have on hand and I put them in gallon size Ziplock bags or large make-up bags. That system is not working for me any longer. I want to simplify to make it easier to manage and carry in a smaller to- go tote. I can honestly say that reducing my craft kits in size to little leaves of goodness, makes all the difference and inspires creativity.

I like to work with a good deal of colors and different styles, so I sort every pile with a little of everything. For instance, some crafters like to-do strictly vintage style whereas I like to blend contemporary, grunge and abstract with vintage. Juxtaposition, if you will. Then I secure them with baker’s twin or ribbon. This method reminds me of how the Victorians secured paper and letters. I’ve decided to store them in a photo box and when I want to close the lid, I layer them flat in the box. This box sits nicely on my craft table or desk. Later on, in another blog post, I will show how I store and tote them when I’m crafting on the go or in another area of the house.

Do you make ephemera packs? What ephemera do you find adding to them the most? Scraps of collage paper, tags, flowers, butterflies and my homemade painted papers are my go-to.

One can create all sorts of things with these mini packs. For example: Embellishments, journal cards, collage, tucks, belly bands, tags and pockets. The ideas are endless!

One other thing before I leave you until next time. I’m also gearing up for the first giveaway in my bookmark swap group at Instagram on starting July 1st! There will be four giveaways between July and September! The first giveaway theme colors are pink and purple.

This giveaway is for the members of the #StephslpBookmarkswap group. DM about the details on how to join. Next bookmark swap is September 15th. We would love to have you!

There are two spots left available for people who live outside the US to join.

You can find me on Instagram @stephsartjourney

My wish is for you to be inspired, and encouraged. Blessings to you and yours.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

I’ve really enjoyed this week’s ICAD and seeing everyone’s cards. There are so many talented artists out there!

Day 13: Life is a journey into the unknown-I love the thoughts of taking a long road trip and deciding on an unknown destination. Exploring the possibilities and discovering something new.

Day 13

Day 14: Live Intentionally- I love working with collage. Gluing down the papers is so relaxing.

Day 14

Day 15: Peace- I placed the floral upside down because I liked the shape of the ephemera much better this way. You can’t really tell unless you look closely and of course because I mentioned it.

Day 15

Day 16: Neighborhood – I had a ton of scraps on my craft table so I decided to make another collage of houses. They are so much fun to make!

Day 16

Day 17: Hope- Painted background. More vibrant colors pulling together to make the foreground stand out. Love when everything works together in harmony.

Day 17

Day 18: Weekend Vibes -I love how all the vibrant colors pulled together.

Day 18

Day 19: Florals In Tea Cups – I used an envelope window for this piece. I love how it turned out. It reminds me of the Victorian era a bit.

Day 19

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Journal with Me

Write what you know, see and hear.

I made this journal cover by using my collage papers made from scraps of paper that have been piling up. Paper really is the gift that keeps on giving. This is a one signature journal and will fill up fast. These styles of journals make great travel companions and fit nicely into your on-the-go tote. If you’re a reader like me, they are also great for taking notes of the books you read. While many annotate their books, others prefer to not mark up the pages. These journals are the perfect solution. Spiral notebooks work just as well but these journals make it fun!

Today, I want to talk more about journal writing. Oftentimes I still come across people mentioning that they are finding it hard to write in their journal, whether it be, lack of habit, or what to write about. People feel intimidated by the act of writing your inner most thoughts and feelings. Perhaps, it’s because when one does so, it exposes you in a way and I don’t mean to the outside world, but to you. I believe that is what we need more of. The examination of self and to look back on what we were experiencing, even if it is ugly or uncomfortable. That said, journaling isn’t strictly just writing those uncomfortable moments you are revealing about yourself to yourself. Journaling is rewarding and is a positive medium in one’s life. Journaling can be about anything, really. It can be as small as writing watch you watch on TV that day. Just write it down. Start somewhere simple and watch your words develop. You’ll be glad you did. It is a treasure to look back on the things you were experiencing from years gone by. There is much to be said about this pastime.

But how does one get started? I can’t write whole paragraphs, one might say. You don’t have too and as I said above, journaling can be about anything. Even with one word. Below the prompts you see, I have written example sentence to give you a sense of what I’m talking about.

These journal prompts are great to put on small journal cards if you want to make it brief. They are also great for hiding them in pockets and tucks in your journals. That is if you are creating journals with places to store your cards. I like to use old scrap paper and decorate them on the front after I have written on the back.

Journal Prompts

Currently:

  1. Summary of daily prayer.
  2. List of daily goals and tasks.
  3. What you are tired of doing.
  4. What are you overthinking?
  5. What you want to do but haven’t done.
  6. Favorite craft supply.
  7. Listening.
  8. Enjoying.
  9. Disliking.
  10. Something that makes you smile.
  11. A book you finished.
  12. An artist you discovered. Can me any type of artist.
  13. Book on your night stand.
  14. Recent books you added to your -to-read or wish-list list.
  15. Something you are excited for.
  16. Paining
  17. Recent happy mail.
  18. Weather.
  19. Changing a habit.
  20. An outing.
  21. Seeing anything interesting on a nature walk.
  22. Passage from the Bible.
  23. Quote.
  24.  Title of poem you love or currently reading.
  25. A dream you remembered.
  26.  A memory from long ago you remembered.
  27. What doesn’t taste good to me any longer.
  28. Color.
  29. How many crafty/art projects I’m working on.
  30. How my art made me feel today.
  31. How my writing made me feel today.
  32. How many items I checked off my to-do-list today.
  33.  Favorite animal. -Yes, this is important too.
  34. Recent purchase.
  35. God’s purpose.
  36. How I felt about social media today.
  37. Who did I talk to and what about?
  38. Favorite historical period.
  39. A book that has been on your mind a lot lately.
  40. Feelings.
  41. What you ate today.
  42. Favorite beach destination.
  43. Favorite vacation.
  44. Favorite State.
  45. Favorite country.
  46. Bird watching. (I have an amusing story about this one. It involved a recent visit with my sister.)

The list goes on…

Example sentences of one or two liners:

  1. I woke up feeling refreshed today and had a good outlook on today’s activities.
  2. I drank three cups of coffee today and I just know it will keep me up tonight.
  3. Today, we went to our local park and the outside air was cool and breezy.
  4. I recently purchased note cards from the Dollar Tree and they are beautiful! I can’t wait to use them for sending mail to my friends and family.
  5. Mood.
  6. Today was busy and it took me much longer to get done wanted I wanted to accomplish.

Okay, so these many sounds boring to write down but when you go back and look at them in the future, they might spark your memory on something you want to write about, or you will be amused by what you wrote. It is also fun to look back on these and compare your writing from then to now. -Stephanie Hopkins

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Simply in the Moment

Hello Monday, Let’s Do This

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Well, it is safe to say that summer is upon us! The humidity in the south is like a steam bath! Yesterday when I was painting, some of my paints were clumpy and giving me fits. Very strange because normally, that doesn’t happen despite summer weather. Hmm…

I did get quite a bit accomplished this weekend in the craft department. Our bookmark group is first swap is on Tuesday. Getting everything ready for that and I made a bunch more bookmarks to be included in the swap, along with other craft goodies. All I need to do at this point, is add ephemera to them.

Tuesday is the deadline for the June swap. If any come in afterwards, I will include them in the September swap.

For those who would love to join, and you can’t get your bookmarks turned in on time, do not be dismayed. Our next swap is in September and we would love to have you join.

We are swapping 4 bookmarks a piece. You can not only use them for books, but for your journals and notebooks! If you are interested in participating, contact me for more information. We would love for you to be part of this group! The hashtag for our swap group on IG: #StephslpBookmarkswap

I’m opening limited spots for this swap to Canadians and others who have shown interest from other countries. More info about that coming soon.

Also, I had quality time to spend with my journals. I use my journals and notebooks for all sorts of things. Like for writing poems, story ideas, themes for stories, character scenes, quotes, my thoughts, how I’m feeling, what my family is doing, drafting book reviews, taking notes for books I read, blog post ideas, research notes, what I saw on my walks, craft ideas, to-do lists, and so on….some of my journals are themed. For instance, I have an evening journal where I write my thoughts about the day. Even if I didn’t do much, I still write about it. Once you get in the habit, you’ll be amazed how your words will come naturally. I won this journal you see in the picture from a fellow crafter’s giveaway and I want to use it for something special. I’ve decided to use it for a morning journal where I write about my morning prayers and words of hope and encouragement. I’m looking forward to this new journey! 

Lot’s going on as you can see and on top of that, I came up with a few blog post ideas for this summer. Be sure to follow Layered Pages and my wish for you is to be inspired and encouraged through your life journey. A new week is upon us! Looking forward to seeing the good come from it. Many blessings to you and yours.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

On days 6,7,8, I wasn’t feeling the prompts and it was showing. So, I decided to go off prompt. I feel more myself when creating this way. No rules, and no pressure. Just letting go and being in the moment and allowing to go where the movement of the paint brush takes me. Creating art intuitively is my jam.

Day 6 – Canoe: This one really frustrated me. I was having a day…That said, I do like the placement.

Day 7 – Garden Shed/One Staple Collage: I do love the challenge of the one staple collage, so I was quite please with the shed I created using that technique. My only beef was the twist marks I used in the landscape and the landscape itself wasn’t my best. As a whole, I felt lazy with this one and wasn’t putting my heart into it.

Day 8- Umbrella: Despite not feeling this prompt on the day I creating the Umbrella. It’s not a total wash. I do like the abstractness of it and the placement of the Umbrella.

Day 9 – Off Prompt/Mountain Air: So happy with this piece. Definitely more my style.

Day 10 – Off Prompt/Sea Bathing: It’s hot and humid in Georgia. One could use a little sea bathing.This was a fun piece to create. I love the different hues of blues and how they work together.

Day 11 – Off Prompt/Butterflies: I have a thing for butterflies and I knew I wanted to create an abstract background as well. Yep, feeling good vibes with this piece.

Day 12 – Off Prompt/Abstract: I had a lot of thoughts going through my mind with this piece. Such as, being authentic, you matter and you have a voice. Cancel culture needs to go. Loving the colors and textures with this abstract.

Stephanie Hopkins

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

The LP Bookmark Swap Update

On May 8th, I announced a new crafty swap group I have started over at Instagram. This group swaps bookmarks in the shape of tags and the standard shape. Each bookmark is handmade by crafters and artist from the United States. The first swap is on June 15th and we’ve started the group off with a bang! Twenty members have joined thus far and their enthusiasm is encouraging.

We are quickly approaching the first swap date! If you’re participating, be sure to have the bookmarks with three forever stamps turned in by the 15th. For those who would love to join, and you can’t get your bookmarks turned in on time, do not be dismayed. Our next swap is in September and we would love to have you join.

We are swapping 4 bookmarks a piece. You can not only use them for books, but for your journals and notebooks! If you are interested in participating, DM me for more information. The hashtag for our swap group: #StephslpBookmarkswap or you can email me at: layeredpages@yahoo.com

P.S. I’m opening limited spots for this swap to Canadians and others who have shown interest from other countries. More info about that coming soon.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins