Friday, August 26, 2011

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap Blog Hop

Welcome to the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap Blog Hop!

Photo of the collage that was on my postcard.
 If you are not a regular on my blog you'll want to scroll down through the previous blog posts (the first Postcard Swap post is July 31st but there are only a few blog posts to go through that are not related to the Swap) to see the postcards I received.  Please feel free to leave comments as I love to read them!  While my postcard was a photo of a collage piece I made for Claudine Hellmuth's Compostion for Collage class all the postcards I received were from photographers.  I received a total of 7 postcards - 5 from Swap participants, one  from Cara who received one of my postcards and one from Kat the founder & organizer of the swap. 
The swap was relatively easy to do.  I took photos of my collage work, printed the photos and adhered them to a postcard.  I had in my stash of stuff the adhesive backed postcards so I didn't even need to purchase those!  I wrote a message on the back of each postcard and mailed my 5 postcards  & 5 address labels off to Kat prior to the deadline.  I think the hardest part was deciding what to put on the postcard - sending your art out into the world can be a little scary and intimidating but in the end it was a lot of fun.  Kat was extremely helpful when she set the swap up with resources and various ways you could approach the project. 
As I began to receive the postcards I emailed each person that provided their email to let them know I got their postcard and to thank them for participating in the swap.  Several of the people who sent me postcards also provided their blogs,website and/or etsy addresses as well.  So I checked those out too.  I found it very interesting to see what they were all working on.  I listed the blogs, website and etsy addresses in the posts with their postcards so you can check them out as well.
As people started to receive my postcards I received emails and blog comments from them. While I had provided 5 postcards I only heard back from 4 people.  I'm sure it was a matter of the postcard getting lost in the mail.  I was able to check their blogs/websites as well which I enjoyed. 
It was so much fun (kind of like your birthday!) to come home from work to find a postcard or email. 
Now that you see how easy it is I hope you'll join us for the next swap which is tentatively set to happen in early 2012. 

To follow the blog hop click on the icons located to the right underneath the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap yellow badge. 
Make sure you sign up for the Postcard Swap newsletter while you are there if you want to be notified of the next swap.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap this weekend!

I wanted to give you a heads up that this weekend is the Blog Hop for the Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap that I participated in this year.  The Blog Hop is scheduled for Friday 8/26 through Sunday, 8/28.  I hope you'll check back.  My post will go through how simple it was to participate and will provide information on how to get on the list for the next Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap in early 2012.  There will be a link within the post to make your way along the Blog Hop. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

One last postcard for Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

This postcard is from Kat of  Kat is the organizer of the entire postcard swap (Yay, Kat!) and mailed all of the postcards out all over the world.  Had to be quite a job.  Thanks, Kat!
Check out her website for more of her photography and the classes she offers.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

More postcards for Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

'stitch microscope'
The top photo is from Cara who initially received one of my postcards and after emailing back & forth she sent me one of her postcards.  Her art is photography and if you look very closely at her photo you can see the reflection of Cara and her husband in the bubble!  Isn't that really cool?  My photo of her photo isn't the best but you can still see Cara quite well and her husband if you know where to look (to the right of Cara). 
The second photo is from Fiona, another photographer, originally from Scotland now living in the English Midlands. 
I hope you take the time to check out both of their websites.  Their work is great and its always fun to see what others are working on, struggling with and how they progress. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Puppy Love layout

I created this layout with photos from around 1975-76 of my first dog as an adult.   Snoopy (yes, she was named after Charles Shultz's Snoopy) was such a sweet and lovable puppy.  (My dogs are all puppies no matter their age.)  She was an AKC registered Brittany Spaniel - I don't remember her fancy registration name anymore.  She would have definitely been a great bird dog for a hunter.  We almost lost her one day when she took off after a flock of birds while we were having a picnic.  Fortunately she finally listened to us, stopped and returned.  She also loved the water and would jump in without hesitation.  She's still wet from a swim in the photo underneath the title "Puppy Love"  Don't ya just love her face?
I'm using the Close To My Heart kraft cardstock again but I don't remember where the other items came from.
An update on my classes - Finding Photo Freedom is winding down although this is something I'll be working on for as long as I'm taking photos.  I have a great system in place but now it will need time and attention regularly to maintain.  We have another week after this then I'm on my own along with the LOM community.  More about that later.
With MotherLOAD we are still in "training".  I have several items to do on my training log and need to post some photos and layouts over there.
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Our First Father's Day layout

I have been getting some layouts done now that the Finding Photo Freedom class is winding down and the MotherLOAD marathon has not begun yet.  Here is one of my son and his son enjoying their first Father's Day. 
I am loving Close To My Heart's kraft cardstock.  I think it's great for masculine pages and outdoor photos.
The journaling cards and letters are from Simple Stories Life Documented Kit. 
Watch for another layout tomorrow!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap News!

From Joelle, Kent, OH

From Ashleigh, Washington

I've gotten 2 more postcards over the last several days.  I love the techniques used in both of them.  
I do not have any blog address or website for Joelle (top photo). 
I have a couple of sites for Ashleigh who is a natural light photographer.  Here they are:
I also received an email from Ann from Rochester, Kent, England saying that she received my postcard!  Her websites and blog can be found here:
This is so much fun and there is so much creativity and talent in all these women! 
I hope you have a chance to check them out -really beautiful work!
One more postcard to arrive and one more person to hear from that they received my postcard!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Second postcard for Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

My second postcard is from Steph in England (cool!). 
On the back of the postcard she continues with "Or in other words...proceed blindly and be happy!"
Check out Steph's website at and become immersed in her words.

I also heard from Cara who received one of my postcards today.  Her website is for some wonderful photography.

This is so much fun!!