Pattern Review: The Julianne by DIBY Club

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DIBY Club Julianne in Flannel

This is a tough post for me because I hate pictures of myself. But I guess if I’m going to make clothes and blog about them I need to get over that. SO. Here we go.

Do it Better Yourself Julianne Pattern

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of testing the Julianne pattern for the Do It Better Yourself Club. You guys, this is such a great pattern. It’s easy to follow, and Jessica and Kelly provided a super-robust tutorial that covers everything from how to print a PDF pattern to how to make custom adjustments to fit your specific size. I consider myself a confident-intermediate sewist, and I really had no trouble with it. I would definitely encourage any confident-beginner or better to try it.

Fall Dress DIBY Club

 

I know, it’s full of things that are really intimidating for people who are new to sewing–like cuffs and collars and button-plackets–but I promise you all the info you need to be successful is in there. And there are so many options that you can start with a short-sleeved button-up in a light cotton and work your way to a curved-hem dress with a half placket, drawstring, and button cuffs in perfectly stripe-matched plaid . It’s just an awesome, versatile pattern. I’ve already bought another flannel to do a tunic-length version, and once spring rolls around I have some lightweight wovens that would be great for it.

Julianne Dress Buffalo Plaid

Overall I give this pattern an A, and the awkward pictures of me a C-.

Julianne Button Up Dress Pattern

 

Girl Scout Daisy Reading List

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I’ve been working hard on meeting plans this year. We will be earning each of the Daisy Petals and completing the Welcome to the Flower Garden Journey. One of the requirements of each badge is to read and discuss a story that relates to a theme.

A couple of my personal goals for the year are to introduce my girls to the stories of strong women throughout history, and to promote diversity and inclusiveness by featuring authors and characters from different backgrounds and communities.

I found a couple of suggested book lists that were disappointing in their lack of diversity, so I decided to come up with my own. I reached out to friends and other Girl Scout leaders, talked to librarians, and scoured the internet for suggestions.

I separated the list into themes based on each Petal, and also included lists for the STEM and Flower Garden Journeys. I hope to eventually add lists for the Between Earth and Sky and 3 Cheers for Animals Journeys.

This is by no means a conclusive list, but I think it’s a good start. I hope other leaders will find it useful, and I welcome any suggestions or additions in the comments.

Lupe: Honest and Fair

The Emperors New Clothes by Sindy McKay

The classic story of a vain ruler whose unwillingness to admit the truth led him to look like a fool.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Barbara Hennessey

Another classic, about a boy who lost the trust of his community by lying too much.

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin

Ruthie finds something she wants, but it isn’t hers. She thinks maybe a simple little lie will solve her problem, but will it?

Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx by Jonah Winter

The story of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s childhood, with beautiful garden imagery that ties in with ongoing Daisy themes.

This edition includes both English and Spanish text.

The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack

Libby’s vow to only speak the truth backfires on her when she gets a little too honest with people.

Sunny: Friendly and Helpful

Best Friends for Frances by Russell Hoban

Francis and her little sister Gloria learn all about friendship, and prove that girls can do anything boys can do.

One Bright Ring by Gretchen Geser

A little girls sees someone drop something very important, and tries to help return it. But things keep getting in her way…

The Very Helpful Hedgehog by Rosie Wellesley

Isaac the Hedgehog likes to be alone. But when he has a problem he can’t solve himself, he learns how helpful being a friend can be.

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Unhei is self-conscious about her name and wants to choose a new one. One of her classmates helps her realize the name she already has is perfect.

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

Lydia Grace Finch goes to live with her uncle in the city during the Great Depression. While there, she writes a series of letters home describing her innocent attempts to brighten her new community and make her uncle smile.

Zinni: Considerate and Caring

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip C. Stead

Amos works at a zoo, where he is a good friend to the animals. But when he’s too sick to come in one day, it’s the animal’s turn to come help him.

Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller

Mr. Rabbit’s new neighbors are Otters, and he worries about how they will get along. But Mr. Owl offers him some wise advice.

Chik Chak Shabatt by Mara Rockliff

Every week, Goldie Simcha hosts Shabbat dinner for her neighbors. But when she’s too sick to cook, her community comes together with a unique meal of their own.

Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier

The true story of how a family in Africa benefited from a donation from Heifer International.

The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting

Anna’s dad gets a very special birthday gift when Grandma reveals that Anna has helped her learn to read.

Tula: Courageous and Strong

Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story by Ruby Bridges

The autobiography of Ruby Bridges, who became the first African American girl to integrate an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960.

My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis

Frankie is trying a lot of new things–some big, some small–and learning how to be brave every day.

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Arielle North Olson

Based on the true story of a girl who kept her father’s lighthouse running through a storm while he was stranded on the mainland.

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller

Alta is the Quickest Kid in Clarksville, just like her hero Wilma Rudolph–the first American woman to win 3 Gold Medals in one Olympic Games. What will happen when a new kid in town challenges her to a race?

Monster Trouble by Lane Fredrickson

Winifred Schnitzel isn’t afraid of monsters, but she wishes they would let her sleep. Her clever traps don’t work, so what’s a girl to do?

When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson

A little girl learns about the shameful history of the Canadian Indian Residential School System–and the resilience of indigenous children–as she gardens with her Grandmother.

The Legendary Miss Lena Horne by Carole Boston Weatherford

Lena Horne was the first ever African American actress to receive a studio contract from MGM.

Stepping Stones by Margriet Ruurs, Falah Rahim and Nizar Ali Badr

A story of the Syrian refugee crisis, told through the stone artwork of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr.

This edition includes both English and Arabic text.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Elizabeth is no damsel in distress. When her prince is kidnapped by a dragon, she sets off to rescue him herself.

Mari: Responsible for What I Say and Do

Clean Your Room, Harvey Moon! by Pat Cummings

Harvey can’t watch any more TV until his room is clean. But is his method of cleaning up to mom’s standards?

Frank and Ernest by Alexandra Day

A bear and an elephant learn to run a diner.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made a career out of disagreeing with inequality and injustice.

Hungry Johnny by Cheryl Kay Minnema

Johnny can’t wait to dig into his community’s traditional Ojibwe feast, but he has to be patient and respectful before he can eat.

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange

The wife of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was herself a powerful leader in the Civil Rights Movement.

Gloria: Respect for Myself and Others

Churchill’s Tale of Tails by Anca Sandu

Churchill loses his tail and learns an important lesson about friendship.

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum’s classmates make fun of her name.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Grace wants to play Peter Pan in the school play.

Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate Klise

The true story of Ella Kate Ewing, a giant who lived in the late 1800s.

I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

I funny story about a little girl who’s happy to be herself.

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Lena and her mother explore all the beautiful colors of people’s skin.

There is a Bird On Your Head! by Mo Willems

Elephant has a bird on his head, and Piggie tries to help.

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Red is a blue crayon who got mislabeled.

Gerri: Respect for Authority

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle and his police dog Gloria teach children safety tips.

Rescue Bunnies by Doreen Cronin

Newbie is training to be a Rescue Bunny. Will she pass the test?

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

There is a lion in the library. Will he follow the rules? Or will he have a very good reason for breaking them?

One Word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck

Sophia tries everything to get what she wants, but it turns out all she needed was one word.

The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson

Audrey Faye Hendricks is the youngest known child to be arrested during civil rights protests in Birmingham Alabama in the 1960s.

Clover: Use Resources Wisely

Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

As a young girl, Jane Goodall dreamed of “a life living with and helping all animals.”

My Forever Dress by Harriet Ziefert

A grandmother makes a special dress that grows with her granddaughter.

I had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn

A young girl’s treasured dress transforms over the years until all that’s left is a cherished memory.

Rachel Carson and her Book that Changed the World by Lori Lawlor

Rachel Carson is the environmentalist who wrote “Silent Spring,” which opened the world’s eyes to the impact humans have on the environment.

Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora Del Arcoiris by Linda Elovitz

Ixchel wants to learn to weave, but doesn’t have enough thread to practice with, until she finds a unique and resourceful solution.

This edition includes both English and Spanish text.

Rosie: Make the World a Better Place

Nora’s Duck by Satomi Ichikawa

Nora finds a sick duck and brings it to a doctor who shows her how to he cares for animals.

The House that Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams by Tanya Lee Stone

The story of how Jane Addams founded Hull House to help underserved members of her community.

Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai’s first children’s book, about the dreams she had as a young girl in Pakistan.

Tillie the Terrible Swede by Sue Stauffacher

Tillie Anderson was an award-winning cyclist at a time when women didn’t even wear pants, much less ride bikes.

Frederick by Leo Lionni

Frederick the mouse does not collect food for the Winter. But what he does provide is perhaps more important.

You Forgot your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer by Shana Corey

The inventor of “bloomers” got women out of dangerous and uncomfortable clothing and launched a social revolution through fashion.

Vi: Be a Sister to Every Girl Scout

Everybody Cooks Rice by Nora Dooley

An exploration of cultural differences and similarities told through the ways we all cook rice.

Princess Grace by Mary Hoffman

Grace learns that there are princesses all around the world, and there’s more to them than pretty dresses and tiaras.

Here Come the Girl Scouts by Shana Corey

The story go Juliette Gordon Low and the founding of Girl Scouts.

Four Feet, Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed

Two young girls in a refugee camp bond over a pair of sandals.

The Other Side by Jacquelline Woodson

Two girls from opposite sides of a segregated town form a friendship while sitting together on a fence.

Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey

A Handful of Seeds by Monica Hughes

Concepcion honors her grandmother’s legacy by growing a garden.

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

The true story of Alice Rumphius, the Lupine Lady, who wanted to make the world a better place by spreading something beautiful.

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

A lovely story about the importance of preserving the rain forests.

City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Marcy has a plan to help beautify a vacant lot in her neighborhood.

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Liam starts to tend a tiny garden in a gray town, and something curious happens.

STEM Journey

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Ada is a classmate of popular characters Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck. She has a lot of questions, and answers them with science.

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? by Tanya Lee Stone

The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor.

Ada’s Ideas by Fiona Robinson

The story of Ada Byron Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer.

Ada Lovelace: Poet of Science by Diane Stanley

Another biography of Ada Lovelace and how she envisioned our digital world 100 years before it existed.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere is a young engineer who learns that sometimes failure is the first step toward success.

11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill

A book of science experiments that…probably won’t turn out well, but will help you learn something anyway.

PHEW! I hope this list helps inspire some Petal and Journey projects. I would love to hear your feedback, suggestions, or additional ideas in the comments. Thank you for reading!

Sources:
The Ames Free Library
A Mighty Girl Books
Colours of Us
Edutopia

Please note that this list contains affiliate links. Any proceeds will benefit my Daisy troop.

Glinda the Good Witch: A Halloween Costume

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Glinda The Good Witch Dress Bodice

I believe I’ve told the story of how I took up sewing while I was pregnant with Allie because of an early-third-trimester freak out about how I needed to be able to make Halloween costumes for my kids. Overall it was one of my more productive freak-outs. I learned–and fell in love with–a new skill, and I’ve been able to make beautiful and functional things for myself, my friends and my family.

Elsa and Fairy Godmother Costumes

So I tend to feel this extreme pressure to make Allie’s Halloween costume. That is, after all, the whole reason I bought my first machine. I love doing it, truly. But it always leads to a challenging project with a hard deadline, right at a particularly busy and stressful part of the year. Elsa was the first dress I had ever made, and I was 8 months pregnant with Theo when I made it. The Fairy Godmother was sewn on the tiny kitchen table in our rental house while we were trying to get our place built. And this year. Glinda the Good Witch.

Glinda the Good Witch Costume

I was trying to talk Allie into being Dorothy. My friend has a tiny little dog who would have made an excellent Toto, we already have sparkly red shoes, and a blue gingham dress would have been a fairly straightforward project. So one day I showed her clips from The Wizard of Oz. She took one look at Glinda’s big fluffy pink dress and her mind was made up.

Okay, I thought. The Fairy Godmother dress was basically a giant tutu, so I knew that part would be straightforward enough. Since it was going to take a lot of tulle to get the fullness I wanted, I decided to make a separate tutu that would go underneath a thinner dress. That way the skirt wouldn’t weigh down the bodice, and it would be easier to get in and out of.

Glinda Skirt

I can get kindof picky over accuracy, so I wasn’t satisfied with any of the Glinda dress patterns I found. Glinda’s dress in the movie is a v-neck, with a gathered sheer overlay. Simplicity and McCalls figured a scoop neck in a solid fabric was fine. Nope. I decided the easiest solution would be to make a wrap dress that went over the giant tutu. I happened to already own the Made for Mermaids Isabel pattern, so I used that to construct the bodice and added puffy sleeves and another layer of gathered tulle for the skirt. It took a couple of tries to get the sheer gathering to work to my liking. I ended up doing pleats so that the tulle would lay flat but still give a gathered appearance.

Glinda The Good Witch Dress Bodice

The crown took me a long time to plan but was actually fairly quick to execute. I was nervous about it turning out right since I’d never made anything like it, but luckily it came together exactly as I imagined. Basically, I used a large sheet of stiff plastic (the kind you use in place of glass in poster frames), the same tulle I used for the dress, and a lot of Elmer’s glue. And rhinestones.

Glinda the Good Witch Crown DIY

Finally, her wand is super straight forward shiny cardstock, foam core, and a dowel painted silver.

The costume was a huge hit, but I think next year I’m going to guide her toward something that’s easier to sit in.

Allie and Theo Halloween

 

I’m A Girl Scout Leader Now

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Girl Scout Daisy

A couple months ago my daughter started kindergarten. That baby that I had only about a dozen posts ago? She’s almost 6. She goes to elementary school. Where does time GO?

I’m totally one of those moms who wants her kids to stay little forever, but the one thing I was really looking forward to with Allie growing up was Girl Scouts. I LOVED scouting as a kid, and could not wait to introduce it to my little girl. Unfortunately our school didn’t have a Daisy troop, so I signed Allie up with a school nearby. It was going to be kindof annoying to rush her from school to meetings once a month, and I was a little bummed that she only really knew one of the other girls in the troop.

Then a miracle happened, and her name is Meg. She’s the mom of one of Allie’s classmates, and she casually mentioned one day, “I signed up with Girl Scouts to be a Daisy leader. I’m hoping to get enough interest from our class to start a troop.” I immediately told her that not only was I interested, but I would help her in any way necessary to get the troop started. This quickly led to me registering as the troop’s Co-Leader. It seems so obvious now. For some reason I shied away from taking that first step of starting the troop, but thanks to Meg I ended up jumping in and I can’t be more excited.

Daisy Handbooks

I’m not kidding, I feel like I’ve found my calling. Obviously the craft aspect is totally my wheelhouse, but I can’t wait to take these girls camping and do science projects, and teach them how to be good citizens, and mold them into strong, powerful young women. When I taught them the Girl Scout Promise at our first meeting, I cried. And when we sang Make New Friends, I cried again.

Girl Scout Daisy

My mind is swirling with ideas and plans. And while I’m totally new to all of this and still learning the ropes, I’m so committed to making this troop successful. I’ve already started thinking about what these girls’ Gold Award projects might be.

 

Plan With Me – Weekly Planner Layout

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Planner Spread Final

When I started planning, I spent several weeks sortof at a loss for how to decorate it. I saw all these gorgeous spreads on Instagram and in Facebook groups, but never seemed to be able to recreate them in my own planner. I started out just sortof putting down stickers that I liked, without much regard for how they went together, but the effect was kindof sparse and disorganized.

Bad Planner Spread 1

I tried to fix that by using functional stickers for each day, and then ended up top-heavy and boring.

Bad Planner Spread 2

Then I realized, if I wanted to recreate one of the pretty spreads I saw on Instagram, I should just recreate a spread I saw on Instagram. In scrapbooking and card making I often work from sketches–black and white diagrams of potential layouts–when I need inspiration. There don’t seem to be a lot of planner sketches out there, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use an existing spread as a sketch.

I decided to CASE Heather Kell’s planner for the week of February 20-26. And there it was. #PlannerPeace.

Planner Peace

I thought maybe I’d do this for about a month until I got the hang of it. But honestly, after that one spread it just clicked for me, and I’ve really been enjoying the process ever since. I look forward to my planning days now, and have to restrain myself from working weeks into the future.

So I thought I could help some other planner newbies by sharing my process for this coming week. I took pictures of each element as I added it, and will include some of my thought processes as I planned along. Here we go!

Finished Planner Spread

Step 1: The Theme.

It’s probably obvious, but I start each week by choosing a color scheme or theme. Several of the Mambi sticker books contain color-coordinated sheets that you can use as kits (Color Story, Rainbow, the one that’s just called Stickers with 1050 pieces, and Seasonal). So usually I start there and then flip through my other books for stickers that match my chosen theme. I have a lot of sticker books, so I use Post-it flags to mark stickers that might work.

This week I started with the first 4 pages of the Color Story pack, and coordinated them with stickers from the several other packs. I’m gearing up for kindof a rough week–flying home to visit my grandfather who has not been doing well–so I wanted this spread to be full of bright colors and positive affirmations.

Step 2: The Weekend.

Plan With Me Step 2

I always start with the bottom right corner of the spread. Like most people, my weekends aren’s as busy as the rest of the week, so I can burn 2 blocks (or more) on a quote or decoration. This “Think Happy Thoughts” sticker was perfect, but being on a white background I felt like it needed something extra. Enter washi tape. Washi is a perfect accent and space filler, and as you will see, I use it a lot. Still, I felt like this corner was lacking something with just a stark, square border.

Planner Corner

Fiskars Scallop Blade Cutting Washi Tape

 

My rotary cutter has an optional scallop blade, so I used that to put a decorative edge on my tape. It’s super easy to cut washi tape, because you just stick it down to the cutter and it peels right up when you’re done.

 

 

 

Step 3: Major Events.

Once I was happy with my corner, I moved to Tuesday, which is the day of my flight home. I got my flight info sticker from the Watercolor pack. Since most of that day will be spent it the air and I don’t need a lot of space for other plans, I decided to put a packing list right on the day. The list banner came from the Color Story pages; I just cut off whatever tag was at the top and used a packing list sticker from the flight page. A little washi tape brought in some extra color and filled some of the awkward space above the banner.

Plan With Me Step 3

Finally, my daughter (who is staying home with my husband) has a playdate on Tuesday that I don’t want them to forget. So I added a reminder for myself to remind them :) These little blocks from the productivity pack are narrower than the columns in the Classic planner, so again I used some washi to fill the space. The finishing touches were the little heart and the “Today Can Be Great” sticker–a joke to myself considering a day spent on an airplane with a toddler is pretty much the opposite of great.

Step 4: Fill

From Tuesday I moved to Monday. The day before a trip is typically full of last minute errands and lots of running around, so I wanted to leave a lot of space for notes. The Get it Done block is from Color Story, and the little Busy Day flag is from Productivity. I used the leftover washi from my corner to add some interest since the day was pretty stark otherwise.

Plan With Me In Process

I don’t really have any set plans from Wednesday on. The “Let Your Faith be Bigger Than Your Fear” from the Quotes stack jumped out at me, and it fits the color scheme of the page pretty well. I usually put a full block in the middle of Thursday or Friday, and I picked Thursday this week so it wouldn’t obstruct the corner of my washi boarder. Lining one side of a quote block with super-skinny glitter washi is one of my favorite ways to highlight something on a page, so I did that here.

The “Remember This” sticker went on Wednesday because I assume I’ll be seeing my grandfather that day. And I used a 2-day “Family Time” banner for Thursday and Friday, seeing as how I’ll obviously be spending time with my family for most of the week. Both of those stickers also came from the Quotes pack.

Plan With Me Side Bar

Back to the Color Story pages, I grabbed a couple background stickers. The blue dots made a nice contrasting background for the pink Plans block, so I put those at the top of my weekend. The Shine Bright sticker helped pull some of the yellow elements onto that side of the spread.

The stripes were one background block that I cut in half lengthwise to use as layering elements. It seems like “Life is so good” is a good thing to remember, so I put it below the “Remember This” sticker. Then “Family Time” needed some more interest, so I put the other half of the sticker above it. It’s not long enough to cover two columns, so I used the “Good Vibes Only” dot to fill the space.

Then the bottom of Thursday and Friday was looking pretty lonely, and I figured I’d probably need a bulleted list at some point in the second half of the week, so I stuck one down there.

Step 5: Sidebar

Happy Planner Sidebar

I use the notes section to put reminders and to-do items that don’t have a due date assigned to them. Usually I put a quote or decoration at the bottom of the sidebar, but since I have a large sticker at the bottom of Monday and the quote I wanted to use is wider than the sidebar, I placed it in the middle. A few weeks ago I also started incorporating a “Goals” box somewhere in each spread, which has really helped me focus on one or two things each week. This week it fit perfectly in the bottom corner below my quote.

Step 6: Bullets and Icons

To finish, I place little bullet and icon stickers in all the empty spaces. It gives me more space to jot down little notes throughout the week, and helps balance the white space. This week I decided on a whim to use some of the little flag bullets to make a banner at the top of Friday. Sometimes the little unplanned elements that I end up liking the most.

Planner Spread Final

So there you have it. That’s how I plan. I hope that walking you through my thought processes helped inspire your own spreads! If you case this one, Tag me on Instagram (@inklingsnyarns) so I can see!

 

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Missing You Card

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Galaxy Card

Missing You Watercolor Card

If you watch my Instagram, you’ve noticed that I’ve been doing a lot of coloring lately. That’s all thanks to the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I love this challenge for forcing me to sit down and practice my coloring every day. (Yes I know that sounds crazy.) When you bounce between crafts the way I do, it’s easy for some of your oldest, truest ones to get back-burnered. So it’s nice to have this excuse to focus on one particular hobby for an extended period of time, and I like to use it to expand into areas I’m either unfamiliar with or don’t have much of a knack for.

I’ve been coloring with Copics for so long that the watercolor trend has really thrown me for a loop. So my goal this month has been to focus more on watercolors, and to stop expecting my Zig markers to blend the way Copics do. So last week I broke out some paints and decided to try painting a galaxy. There are approximately 285,000 video tutorials on youtube for how to do this, and every last one of them makes it seem really easy.Watercolor Galaxy

I don’t know if I’d call it easy. What I ended up with felt kindof like an ugly mess at first, but I’m learning that that’s just a step that all watercolor goes through. Eventually as it dried it started to look passably similar to what I’d had in mind. I used Crayola watercolor paints, and sprayed it with an old bottle of Glimmer Mist. Eventually I added white puff paint for more noticeable stars. (I have a lot of money invested in a lot of different coloring mediums; I’m going cheap on this one until I feel a little more comfortable with it.)

Watercolor Galaxy Closeup

 

Now, the unspoken portion of the coloring challenge is the actual using of the things you color. Check the #thedailymarker30day hashtag on Instagram and pretty much everyone’s posting beautiful finished cards featuring their coloring. Not me. Most days its all I can do to find the time to color. Trying to figure out a background and embellishments too is generally beyond my current capabilities. But this little galaxy was already perfectly sized for a card back, and it was pretty enough that it didn’t require a whole lot of embellishment, and I needed a card to send to my grandfather…so it all just came together.

Galaxy Card

I call my grandfather Moredad, and my kids call him Much Moredad (get it?).

watercolor galaxy card

He’s 95, and he lives on the other side of the country, and he’s amazing. He’s also been sick, so I wanted to send him a card to let him know that we’re missing him and thinking about him. So the sentiment’s kindof obvious, right? I printed it (the font is Janda Swirlygirl) on Neenah and cut it out with the Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds border die. Then I added a little bit of clear Spica pen to emphasize the “Much More,” and mounted it all onto some shimmery black cardstock.

Missing You Card Sentiment

Easy peasy! I just need a few more cards to come together this quickly for me and maybe I’ll really get back into the swing of things with this daily crafting.

 

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