Sibling love art journal

Grabbing the opportunity as it presented itself, I decided to deep clean the kitchen while the kids played in the livingroom. Grateful for a few minutes to myself, I dipped my hands deep in the hot, sudsy water, squeezed out the sponge and begun to methodically clean the surfaces. But I was soon stopped in […]

July highlights

These highlight pages have quickly become some of my art journal favourites. I love being able to see at a glance what we have been up to during a particular month. I make them as simple as possible on purpose so that I am more inclined to make them, and let the words and doodles […]

Let your heart guide you

Let your heart guide you. It will lead you home. I’ve been feeling restless lately, which usually means big changes are happening. I feel them in my body long before I can put them into words or action. I’m always impressed with how the body knows what’s best for me, even when I push and […]

10 memory-keeping prompts

I mentioned last week that I sometimes use prompts when I’m brainstorming ideas. I have to admit. I resisted prompts for a long time after I started art journaling, thinking they were a form of cheating. I had enough ideas of my own thankyouverymuch. Then I realised that they’re actually great starting points. Whether a […]

I believe I can fly

For a long time after I was physically ready to go out in public again after having been bedridden/ housebound for several years, I was afraid to. As much as I wanted to, being around people was pretty scary. The world was noisy, and I was afraid of getting bumped and hurt. My back was […]

Artful memory-keeping: brainstorming ideas

When I share memory-keeping projects,  I often get questions like “How do you even get started on something like that?”, or “Where do you get all your ideas from?”. So today I thought I’d share a little bit about the early stages of my process. Much of my art process is intuitive, but when it […]

Art journal: In the still

I slip out of the comfort of my warm bed, shivering as the cool air hits my body. Sneaking out of the master, I expertly side-step the creaky floorboards and toys piled outside the children’s bedrooms to look in on my sleeping babies. I smile as I see their familar forms. Aoife is sprawled out […]

Kirby: 2 1/2 years

Kirby is 2 1/2 today. The letter below is part of a series of letters I write to my children a few times a year. My darling Kirby, You are such a big, beautiful boy now. You have grown up a lot in the last month or so and become more independant. It’s been wonderful […]

Artful memory-keeping facebook group

I am thrilled to share this with you today… I have set up a facebook group dedicated to artful memory-keeping, and I would love for you to join! I have long wanted to create a community around artful memory-keeping; a place where we can share projects, ideas, tips and tricks with like-minded people, a place […]

May highlights

I art journal for a number of reasons, but one of the main ones (yet probably the least shown here) is simply to remember normal details from our lives…while they still seem normal. I tried calendar journaling as a way to document the everyday a couple of years ago. It seemed the easiest way to […]