Wednesday, February 1, 2012

One Little Word Blog Hop 2012 Edition begins 2/1/12 at 11am ET

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Hello!  Welcome to my blog.  I am very excited to be participating again this year in Ali Edwards' One Little Word(OLW) and Margie's OLW Blog Hop.    I can already tell that my second year is going to be a very different experience and that I've grown (personally and artistically) from the first year.  The word JOY chose me this year.  Its been hanging around me for several months and popping up almost every where I look.  I'm looking forward to finding & enjoying the JOY present in everyday life - the small and not so small moments that can be easily missed in our busy lives.  At this stage in my life I am not where I planned or expected to be & there are many things I can't change.  So rather than feeling fustrated or unhappy (been there, done that) I am looking for the JOY that is in my life.  And the JOY that I can invite into my life.  On to my project for this month.....

I want to start off by letting you know that the piece looks better in person than in the photos.  The sun had been shining aIl day here until I got home from work!  So I lost my natural light for the photo taking.  Also the Prisma glitter looks slightly yellow rather than silver in some of the photos because of my lighting.  Because of all the glitter I did not want to put the piece in my scanner.  On to the details of my creation....

I started preparing my "canvases" to go into the 9 pocket page when I decided to go in a slightly different direction.  I took my 9 pieces of cardstock, chipboard and paper and adhered them to a piece of white cardstock.  My color choices for last year were red, black, white and gold to go with my red We R Memory Keepers 8 1/2" x 11" 3 ring album.  This year I changed it a little going with red, white and silver.  I was so happy with the collage at this point it was amazing!  I took Claudine Hellmuth's Composition for Collage class at Big Picture Classes last year and decided to continue working on this as a grid collage piece.  In the middle rectangle (white paper with red dots) I did add some Close To My Heart's Liquid Glass to each dot for a dimensional effect.
I used Claudine Hellmuth's Studio acrylic paint to cover my chipboard letter pieces and then sprinkled the letters with Prisma Glitter (also from Close To My Heart) while the paint was still wet.  I love how creamy and smooth Claudine's paint is and it covers easily and quickly.  Dries fast too!
I then added my defintion, quote and  invitation to the piece.

For the synonyms I typed them out in Word, printed them on white cardstock and cut them out.  At first I was just going to add them to the piece the same way I did the definition, invitation and quote. 

Synonyms and definition

Synonyms & quote

Synonyms and invitation
Then I saw these metal rimmed circle tags in my stash and decided to use those. I had some silver ribbon I added and then I used silver stickles to the rim to continue the glittery look on the tags.  After I added the synonyms to the inside part of the tags I used a little glue on the white part of the tag and sprinkled a little more Prisma glitter on them.  And here's the finished piece....

I'm pIacing my collage in a frame to hang on the wall in my studio as I feel such JOY just looking at this. I encourage you to make your own grid collage with your word.  As I have time I'll recreate this in my 9 pocket page protector. 

You most likely got here from Jill's blog so your next stop will be Jenn's blog at

Here is the full list of all 46 blog hop participants for you to visit.  I know I'll have to work on visiting all these talented ladies over the next few days. 
Cindy C  
Melissa S
Missus W 
Monica B    
Orange Gearle

Thanks for visiting!  Please leave a comment if you can - I love them!  If you want to follow my/our progress through the year sign up to follow my blog.  I plan on sharing projects from various Big Picture Classes including Reclaiming My Time, Project Life, Move More, Eat Well, Library of Memories/Finding Photo Freedom, Twelve, and  the Curious Scapbooker's Field Guide as well as layouts for my various albums. Other projects I hope to work on this year include doing a photo tray, a Wendy Vecchi type project and a Tim Holtz configurations piece. Hope to see you soon.


  1. Lynn I love your page and thank you for sharing your creative process! It is amazing how joyful your finished page is.

  2. Beautiful, Lynn! Love your canvases. You are busy with classes. I'm ALMOST as busy as you - you have two more than I do. So happy to be doing this journey with you again this year. It is always a pleasure to stop by. :)

  3. Awesome work this month, Lynn! I love how you just went with it and created a gorgeous piece of art for your studio. Keep up that joyful spirit. : )

  4. A gorgeous start to your OLW for 2012! My word is similar ~ enjoy.

  5. Welcome back to the hop! Love how you made your canvas page your own. I'd want to hang that out where I could see it, too. Joy is such a great word - and a great reminder that our attitude doesn't have to be dictated by our circumstances. Blessings on your joyful journey!

  6. bright and purposeful.
    as is your word.
    i hope for you great success this year as you journey with joy.

  7. Love your layout! Different and fun!

  8. Wow, what a delightful page, so glad you are going to frame it and keep it out!

  9. what a wonderfully creative take on the prompt!

  10. Your pages are just beautiful. I love the red, white, and silver. Great word choice.

  11. Fun! I love love love the glitter. :D Great project. :)

  12. Love the silver and red and the glitter adds such a fun touch! Looking forward to seeing more in the coming months.

    You're going to be busy with classes. What fun!

  13. I love what you did with your page. The college is just beautiful. Looking forward to what joys you experience this year.

  14. how sparkly and joyful this collage is - it will look amazing on your wall.

  15. Wow. I love your take on the assignment and how you used the big letters... so bold and "out of the box".... nice work!