Plan.Journal.Play Workshop!

If you are familiar with The Documented Life Project™ you may remember the original Moleskine Planner that we used for scheduling, creating, note taking, lists and mark making!  I still use this method today and make a new planner each year to document my life in a creative way!

Every week I get requests to make this same book for others through my etsy shop, but the demand is so high that I can't keep up.  I created a class showing others how to create the EXACT BOOK that I use and it is still available HERE.

Although we are no longer conducting year long prompts for The Documented Life Project™, you can still create your own planner and do it YOUR way! There is so much inspiration on Pinterest, FaceBook and on my blog to show you examples of how to documented your life in a creative way.

The class is still available at it's low price of $12 - full of videos, ideas and even downloadable art!  So come join the fun and start to document your life in an artsy, creative way!

Keep track of your life in a creative way!  Join Plan.Journal.Play and to make your life planning FUN!

You can read about the inspiration for this Planner HERE in my original blog post from 2013.

That's Where I Will Always Love You

“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you, Peter Pan. That’s where I’ll be waiting.”


He was my Peter Pan - a giant kid who never wanted to grow up. Always on the move, a big impossible idea, a grand adventure! It was exhausting at times, trying to reel in his passions, but I realize now that I shouldn't have bothered trying.  Michael Bell lived every day as if it was his last.  I know it sounds cliche, but he did - he didn't want to miss out on anything, and he didn't miss much.  And as the anniversary of his passing quickly approaches, I keep thinking that this will be some magical day that will end the sorrow, the loneliness, the missing my house filled with laughter and that booming voice.  But the day after, it will still be the same quietness.  Today I realized that if I don't go grab at life like he did, it will pass me by.  I can't bring back what we were, I can only move ahead and make new adventures.  And he will be there - he always is. It will be hard as hell and difficult and shitty and lonely at times, but it is the only way to get to the good stuff.  It's what he would want for me - always wanted for me.  He would grab me by the hand, plant a kiss on my cheek and tell me to go pack my bag - we have so much still to see . . . "oh, the places we'll go!" And after you get past the scary, shitty bits - you will soar!

In the photo above, we are standing at Ephesus in Turkey.  Three times we made that trip, each one a completely different experience.  We hiked to the top of the amphitheater one time and we dined by candlelight and an orchestra another time at that very same spot. The most compelling draw to that place was to stand where St. Paul stood and preached to the Ephesians. He bravely evangelized and proclaimed the truth to crowds numbering 25,000.  My husband was an evangelizer - he would tell anyone who would listen (and even those who would not) all about our Savior and how He loves us and forgives us - no matter what. And for the past year, the scripture passage below has brought me great comfort:

Ephesians 3:16-21

16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.

So, my Peter Pan, I will pick up where you left off - being brave and bold and having a grand adventure in your honor.  I don't know where it will take me, but I know that you will be there beside me.  I love you forever, Michael - always in that place in between waking and dreaming, I'll meet you there.

Color, Color, COLOR!!!

I am finally happy to be able to announce that the brand new 21 Secrets 2016 Color, Color, Color! edition is available for sale NOW!  I am proud, honored, and lucky to have been asked to be a teacher again this year. I not only LOVE being an instructor, the best part for me is learning from the other 20 artists that are also teaching!  Actually, this courses actually includes 24 teachers, because Connie at Dirty Footprints Studio couldn't settle on just 21!

This 150 page plus eBook is on sale now and loaded with stunning art lessons, interactive videos, pdf's and amazing lessons on color and palettes!  What a value at only $98!  Once you purchase you will receive a confirmation and instructions on how to download the book instantly.  It is yours to keep forever where you can revisit the classes and videos over and over again!

You'll also have access to a private FaceBook group where you can interact with instructors and fellow students!

Artists this year will be focusing on how COLOR influences their creativity. The class I created is entitled "My Favorite Color is Sunset,"I will teaching with watercolors and show you how mix just three colors together to achieve the dozens of color you can find in any sunset.

So come join us and get all the details RIGHT HERE!

WANDERLUST 2017 - A New Teaching Adventure!

I'm so happy to announce that I will be a guest instructor for Everything Art's Wanderlust 2017 Online Art Experience!

Not sure what Wanderlust is?  Here's a lovely video to explain!

Wanderlust is whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable), access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all classes are gathered. You will also find there various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art. Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers.. 

Wanderlust class is the perfect alternative to in-person classes! 

Come see what all the FUN is about!  Join us at Wanderlust 2017!


It's either FEAST or FAMINE these days for me here when it comes to my art!  After taking a long sabbatical and dipping a toe back in the water, in the space of just three days, I have two MAJOR projects that have launched.  The first one, my new book The Art of Crayon has just been released!  And as if that's not enough . . . 

I have been asked to teach a class for Dirty Footprints, Studio 21 Secrets eBook, COLOR! COLOR! COLOR!

21 SECRETS is a 150+ page downloadable eBook filled with 25+ hours of videos, full-colored photos, templates, and clear instruction intended to inspire and deepen the way you approach art journaling from over 21 different teachers!

What makes 21 SECRETS even more special is that you receive all the content at once!  The workshops are yours to keep forever and you can work on them for as long and however much you need!

In the Color, Color, Color! edition of 21 Secrets, the teachers were asked to select subject matters on how color influences their creativity - I chose my favorite color:  SUNSET!

With this amazing eBook, you will be astounded at the lineup of teachers and the bright, bursting color and technique you will learn!  The eBook is available for full download on September 26th, but you can pre-purchase yours now for a discounted price! Click on the image below for more details!

Take advantage of the Early Bird Sale by knocking $10 off the $98 price!

In order to receive your $10 off, you must purchase the eBook during The Early Bird Sale which starts at 3am PST on Wednesday, August 17th and closes at 12am PST on Saturday, August 20th, so don't delay!

Don't forget to use the coupon code:  COLOR in order to receive your discount!

If you have ever taken a course from Connie Solera or Dirty Footprints Studio, you know how well she gathers together top-notch, creative instructors and packs her ebooks full of beautiful inspiration - Color, Color, Color! is no exception!  And if you haven't taken any 21 Secrets courses before, I encourage you to pop over HERE and take a look for yourself!  SEE YOU THERE!