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Friday, January 4, 2013

Butterfly Journal Pages

 

Now that the weather is so cold and being outside freezes me to the bone
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I find that I am enjoying doodling in my journal.

As you can see from the photo below . . .



 I cut several pages into a butterfly shape.
Then I drew my background and proceeded to put many different
and brightly colored butterflies on the pages.

It was really a lot of fun . . .

 

I usually don't play with such bright colors . . .


But when the days are gray and cold . . .



These bright colors add a little sunshine . . .



And warm up my spirit.



This art journal is like my grown-up coloring book . . .
and every bit as enjoyable as those childhood days of coloring.

Never - Never - Never
loose the little girl that lives deep inside you.



Thanks for stopping in . . 
I hope that you enjoyed your visit.
I always enjoy having  you here . . 
I just wish I could serve up some tea and cake and that we could have a proper visit. 

Please leave a comment . . .
I read every one :)

Your blogging sister, Connie

Congratulations Kay, from 505 Whimsy Girl.
Kay is the winner of the Give-Away.
(see details on January 1st, post)

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64 comments:

  1. My Connie, how beautiful and oh, so creative! Clearly, the little girl in you is steering you in the right direction :-) I think every single person living in the Pacific Northwest should have one of these journals/albums on their desk! Happy New Year! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Hi there, I agree that we should all start journals . . . write about the happy events . . . draw and color and paint and doodle :) make your journals so full of life and love that when you open them you feel joy. Then one day when you are gone from this world and a child or grandchild happens to come across one of them, they will know that life can be light and filled with simple pleasures.
      Have a marvelous day :)
      Your blogging sister, Connie

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  2. Dear Connie you never cease to amaze me. You are so talented and I'm very envious of your wonderful ideas and beautifully coloured journal entries. If I wasn't so tied up with my studying I would love to have a go. I think I told you that my husband John would like to start a journal but hasn't quite got there yet although he may be retiring soon. He has all the equipment, the colouring pencils, paints, brushes etc so I think I might give myself a day off and have a dabble! Thank you for showing us your artwork.
    Patricia x

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    1. Hi Patrica, Oh, I do hope that John starts journaling . . . it is a wonderful way to share your life with those that follow you down life's path. A special place to get lost in and doodle away the stress of the day :)
      I hope that he will let you share some of his pages on your blog, or even start his own blog (let me know, I would love to follow his artful journey).
      Have a day filled with joy.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  3. Nice bright colors are always nice when it's gray and cold! Looks nice.

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    1. Hi Sara and thank you.
      The photos that you have posted on your blog are so warm and wonderful.
      I especially love the family gathering with the young-lady at the piano.
      Precious memories :)
      Have a joy filled day.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  5. Wow! That is stunning!I love the bright colours.

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    1. Thank you . . . I hope they brighten up your day :)
      Here's wishing you a day filled with sunshine and happiness.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  6. Such fun and cheerful pages!
    I love them!!

    Wishing you such a happy and bright New Year.

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    1. Hi Kerin, and thank you so much.
      I appreciate the encouraging words.
      Your blogging sister, Connie

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! Makes me think of and long for summer... :)
    Have a great day!
    Your blogging sister, Maria

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    1. Thank you Maria, and you have a great day, too :)

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  8. Bright colours are just the thing for dull dreary winter days. Your journal must look wonderful if it is illustrated with beautiful images like the butterflies. Thanks for sharing.
    Anne xx

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    1. Hello Anne, thank you for stopping by and thank you for the very sweet comment.
      Happy New Year!
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  9. Your journal is awesome!!
    The butterflies and the way you created them is totally awesome. I love all the color!
    Happy New Year!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

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    1. Hi Queenie, it is fun to have a journal . . . a place to just get wild and crazy with colors and ideas :)
      Thank you for stopping by . . . and have a marvelous day.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  10. What a fab idea, love the tropical colours too!

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    1. Thank you sweetie pie :)
      Your blogging sister, Connie

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  11. I did indeed enjoy my visit with you...I love the beautiful brite butterfly and the way that you did it..great idea for a dim day and a good journal..Happy new Year's dear with love Janice..

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    1. Hi Janice, thanks for the sweet visit and the compliment on my journal.
      You're a sweetie.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  12. Evening Connie~ I wish I could be there having some hot chocolate or tea with you too! Yes, these cold gray winter days need some color to them! Your butterflies are bright, cheerful and makes me yearn for SPRING!! We still have a blanket of beautiful white snow in our area....but I hope it's not a long winter! Be blessed, my sweet friend...you are such a joy! Roxie

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    1. Hi Roxie, I wish you could be here, too. I'll bet we could put our heads together and come up with some awesome ideas for transforming junk to treasures :) We also have snow and it has been in the 20's all week. Today my poor sweetie is installing a new kitchen sink, and as always there are complications . . . nothing is as easy as they make it look on DIY TV. I do hope that you are having a lovely weekend.
      Best wishes,
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  13. Happy 2013, Connie!

    What a colourful way to bring in the new year! May this year bring you bursts of vibrant colour in your life!

    Poppy xo

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    1. Hello Poppy, Are you home from your trip to Canada? Back to the sunny skies of Spain :)
      We have snow and weather in the 20's so working on my journal at night has been nice. I just sit in the family room with Steve and we have a fire in the fireplace . . . and watch a little TV . . . nice and cozy and warm.
      Here's wishing you a bright and beautiful new year.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  14. Ooooooooh.... Love the multiple butterflies you created in your journal in all their lovely bright colours, and love the green leafy background that surrounds them. Synchronicity is happening here... I just painted a butterfly, too! :) I also love the piece you created that says "Shine". It's a good reminder to be us as brightly and authentically as we can. Thanks for sharing your work Connie! :)

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    1. Hello Fern, thank you for the lovely comment . . . but let's talk about you. I am so excited about your art show. I just know that this is going to be your year to shine :)
      Wishing you the very, very best.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  15. Beautiful and so relaxing to work at i can see....i have been enjoying the art of doodling and colouring in with my 7 year old this wee. xxx

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    1. Hi Bron . . . yes it is relaxing. Something to sit in my chair and do in the evening.
      If it gets too hot in your area . . . let me know, I would be happy to share our snow with you, LOL
      Have a marvelous week.
      Your blogging Sister, Connie :)

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  16. oh my!!! beautiful and wondrous! i love it!!

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  17. Hi Connie! I think we used to comment to each other for a short while but I cannot remember now, guess I have senior brain. Anyway, you have been an icon on my desktop for a long time, and every day I look to see what amazing things you post. Today I was blown away, and your cleaning up photos too, i love your keyboard with the hands. We also seem to have so much in common. SO today thought I would finally come out of the background and comment. Your blog amazes me.

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    1. Ginny, you are so sweet . . . I'll be right over to see what you are up to :)
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  18. What super butterflies Connie,
    You are so talented. I love them. I agree, the colours make one feel happy ..
    How i agree.. never let the child in us go..
    great post.. and all the butterflies are lovely.
    best wishes

    xxxx val

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    1. Hi Val, your comments always warm my heart.
      Thank you.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  19. Wow, your butterflies are just amazing, Connie! Love your work! I wish you all the best for the year 2013!! Hugs

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    1. Hi, and thank you so much . . . I know that it is going to be a wonderful year for all of us.
      Here's to enjoying each and every day :)
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  20. I love the butterflies. What a creative idea. We should all let that creative little girl out. I love your doodles.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon . . . and here's to the little girl in us all :)
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  21. What a fun time I had looking at your bright doodling butterflies! i adore bright colors and you did them brilliantly! Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting-- I appreciate it! :)

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    1. Hi Vicki. it is great to see you :)
      Have a wonderful day.
      Your blogging sister, Connie

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  22. I love your art journal...the bright colors and butterflies are beautiful!

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    1. Hi Vicki. it is great to see you :)

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  23. Wow, two wonderful journal spreads, Connie. I particularly love the butterfly page - the vibrant cheerful colours and the dimensional butterfly, revealing so many surprises - the sentiment on the second, however, is so true. Fabulous work!

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    1. Hi Jackie, I am delighted that you like my journal pages, I do have a lot of fun working on them.
      Your encouragement is greatly appreciated.
      Your blogging sister, Connie

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  24. Hi Connie! Your doodles are always amazing and these butterflies are no exception! Wish I lived closer; I'd certainly drop by for a visit and a chat.

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    1. Hi Sara . . . I would love to have you drop in, sounds like a great reason to brew a pot of tea and bake some cookies :) Thank you for your sweet visit and the lovely comment.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  25. Awesome journal!!! The butterfly pages are FABULOUS!!! What a cool idea, brilliant really!

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    1. Hello Anita, and thank you so much.
      My journal gives me a lot of restful enjoyment,
      because I'm usually doing it cozied up in the family-room
      with my sweet Steve and my little dog.
      Have a delightfully marvelous day.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  26. Connie, You seem to love color very much. it's good for you. I need to do this very thing with a journal. Something to make me keep my artistic self busy. So glad you are well. hoping your new year is blessed with good health and happiness. xoxo,susie

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    1. Hi Susie, journaling is a great way to spend the long, long, long, winter evenings :)
      I know that the days are getting shorter now, but it's not where you notice yet.
      It always surprises me how much more energy I have in the warmer months when the days are longer.
      So am substituting bright colors for day light, LOL.
      And in someways it works :)
      Have a great day, your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  27. Very creative- and brightly colored- I can see how this would brighten your spirits in the dreary winter time.

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    1. It certainly does :)
      Thanks for dropping in and have a wonderful day,
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  28. WOW! I love that butterfly. I want to attach a string to it and hang it from the ceiling!

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hi Cindy,
      I'm afraid that if you did that you just might have a book fall on your head, LOL
      It is so nice to hear from you.
      I hope that your holiday was warm and cozy in your new home.
      How fun it must have been to decorate :)
      Have a lovely day, your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  29. That is absolutely beautiful and inspiring! It makes me want to start an art journal. I don't know if mine would be as nice.

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    1. Oh yes you should start a journal . . . and it will be even better than mine.
      I want to encourage you to do so . . . you will be glad that you did.
      Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  30. Hi Connie,

    This is so cool! I think I'm going to "copy" you and maybe do a dragonfly.

    I had a very special package delivered yesterday. Thank you so very much!!! I will be doing a post soon!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. Hello Kay, you are very welcome. I would love to see what you do with a dragonfly in your journaling pages (or wouldn't it make a great greeting card). Be sure and post . . . I want to see your creation. I have another group of pages where I used the same idea, only with circles. I'll be posting it later this month.
      Have a marvelous day, Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  31. I love the butterfly journal!

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