I took a large pouch of supplies with me for my month in France and England so I could work on the weekly challenges in my Documented Life planner/journal - I managed to do two of them while there, but I found it just too hard to not have what I wanted to use from home at hand to do more. I did the last two since I've been home.
The night before I left I decided that my planner needed some protection in my bag, so I made a quick little pouch from a corner of a piece of fabric that was a small tablecloth from Goodwill. It's not fancy but it works perfectly! I just sewed across the bottom and up the side - the finished edge and the fabric-piecing was already there, so it was super simple.
I did the week 14 challenge in my hotel room in Paris - the challenge was to write your name and embellish it. I printed my name in block letters and cut it out from the hotel map of Paris and glued it to the background I painted - and hated it! But that's the great thing about DLP... it's yours so you can do whatever you want - including cutting it up and starting over!
I had gotten a few new rolls of washi tape during my shopping that day, so I decided to cut my page apart and use the letters on a new background that I made from the washi tape.
Here's the finished page -
I added a border that I doodled and painted and a few little punched stars and the page was done. Not my favorite but the best I could do on the road. :) It's kind of funky and fun!
The week 15 challenge was to go Monochromatic: use shades, tints and hues of one color - you know my color had to be pink!
I painted the page (the tip-in, as it's called) and then stamped with a Hero Arts neon pink ink pad and a new stamp with the dots from a fun new French stamp company, La Petite Francaise. I used the cap of the paint bottle to "stamp" the pink circles and then stamped the images with a variety of French stamps that I have.
I did the week 16 challenge since I've been home - Add a cardboard food box in a creative way. I used packaging from some of my favorite foods in Paris...
The old Prima flowers remind me of the gelato that came in the Amorino cone, so I sewed them onto a piece of scrapbook paper for the background. Simple but kind of sweet!
I haven't done the week 17 challenge yet - Photograph or draw your favorite shoes. I bet you can't guess what I'm going to do - my favorite "shoes???" :)
I'm kind of proud of my week 18 challenge page - Add an inspiring quote to guide your week. I did something that I'd never done before - I painted a picture! The sentiment means a lot to me - in many different ways (including saying I could/would paint a picture!)
I drew the rough outline with a thin sharpie pen on an old dictionary page and then stamped the Eiffel Tower. Then I played with watercolor paints, shading and filling in - totally not knowing what I'm doing - but having lots of fun doing it! I used some Kelly Purkey letter stickers that I sanded and distressed for my quote - it's my own quote added to a Bible quote. I love this page - I look at it several times a day as I keep track of my list of things to do in my planner - it is a quote to not just guide my week, but my life!
If you want to read more about this project, you can go here and read all about it... The Documented Life Project.