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vivaartistry.com http://vivaartistry.com Your thoughts, your lives, your memories, and your art! Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.19 Record Your World 9 – Youth http://vivaartistry.com/record-your-world-9-youth-2/ http://vivaartistry.com/record-your-world-9-youth-2/#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:29:41 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3632 The post Record Your World 9 – Youth appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Record Your World 9 – Youth! http://vivaartistry.com/record-your-world-9-youth/ http://vivaartistry.com/record-your-world-9-youth/#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:27:18 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3609 The post Record Your World 9 – Youth! appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

We have a new Record Your World and this one is all about childhood and youth. It’s a great way to reminisce about your youth. Or maybe you’re working on a project about a family member’s life and this would be perfect for the childhood years.   Here’s a pack of blackboard backgrounds, what childhood …

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We have a new Record Your World and this one is all about childhood and youth. It’s a great way to reminisce about your youth. Or maybe you’re working on a project about a family member’s life and this would be perfect for the childhood years.

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Here’s a pack of blackboard backgrounds, what childhood doesn’t have blackboards (OK, well, this modern generation uses whiteboard! haha!):

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This is a pack of illustrations of children:

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This is a pack of vintage toys:

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Here is a pack of chalk doodles for the blackboard backgrounds!

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These are all included in the set along with a pdf booklet with all the prompts and ideas and samples and the color swatches. The additional packs that you can purchase are:

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An alpha pack that you can use in any situation.

 

 

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And speech bubbles in a multitude of different styles.

Here are some pieces of inspiration:

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This one uses a different kit along with the alpha…

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The booklet contains loads of prompts to help you on your journey. So not only do you have four sets of goodies, you get the color swatch and the prompts and samples.

 

So the last week, I got disgusted with my spice cabinet. It was overflowing with too many bottles and jars. I tend to cook cultural type foods from all over the world. We love to try new things so my spices get a little out of hand.

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You know the drill, little pots and baggies filled with stuff.

So, we eat a lot of Indian food and I love the idea of how cooks in India use a MASALA DABBA to keep their spices.

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So I created my own. I went to THE CONTAINER STORE and purchased 聽small tins (2″ wide ones) and one large tin and went to town filling them up with spices and labeled them all.

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I made the labels up using our Epicurious kit. And I’ve put them all together for you as a freebie. You can use Avery round 2″ labels or print on sticker paper and cut it out yourself (much cheaper option). The freebie will include the two jpg files along with a psd to make your own. I just printed it black and white on sticker paper I found at Micheals in the area for cutting machines. You can find the Avery labels at Office Max.

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Now, my cabinet is nice and tidy and it’s easy to get to all the spices AND it’s easy to transport when you are cooking elsewhere! Get your freebie labels HERE if you want to try your own masala dabba.

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How to Create an Earth Glow http://vivaartistry.com/how-to-create-an-earth-glow/ http://vivaartistry.com/how-to-create-an-earth-glow/#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:51:35 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3595 The post How to Create an Earth Glow appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

Today, I’m creating an earth glow with the Skywatching kit and lights pack. A glow can be cool in some instances of fantasy pages or art journaling pages as it creates a focus to your art. And combined with the lights art in the set, it’s fun and creative!     Please note that I …

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Today, I’m creating an earth glow with the Skywatching kit and lights pack. A glow can be cool in some instances of fantasy pages or art journaling pages as it creates a focus to your art. And combined with the lights art in the set, it’s fun and creative!

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Please note that I use CS3 but you can use any version of Photoshop, just find the location of the correct settings.

I start out with a plain black background and the earth element layered on top.

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For the glow, I double clicked the layer style palette and checked the OUTER GLOW option.

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Here are the settings I used:

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You can select a gradient and then the color in the STRUCTURE section. I selected a blue color to match the earth element.

I then added a piece of the background paper #7 behind the earth element layer.

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I did rotate this image a couple times and then used a section of it.

Then, I clicked on the layers palette again while on this layer and clicked on EXCLUSION under BLEND MODES.

 

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There is your glow. You can finish your layout with additional elements. Mine came mainly from the lights pack of Skywatching. This pack is extremely useful and works with your own stash very well!

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Space is the Final Frontier-Skywatching http://vivaartistry.com/space-is-the-final-frontier-skywatching/ http://vivaartistry.com/space-is-the-final-frontier-skywatching/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:54:51 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3592 The post Space is the Final Frontier-Skywatching appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

Our latest kit Skywatching, is in celebration of the Dragon rocket launching into space last week and docking to the space station! What an amazing feat! Kudos to Space X, Virgin Galactic, and The Space Company for making trying to make commercial space flight viable! If I had that kind of money, I’d be first …

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Our latest kit Skywatching, is in celebration of the Dragon rocket launching into space last week and docking to the space station! What an amazing feat! Kudos to Space X, Virgin Galactic, and The Space Company for making trying to make commercial space flight viable! If I had that kind of money, I’d be first in line for that kind of travel! Ok, so space is really really exciting for me. Since I was a little girl, I got hooked on sci-fi books and tv shows. Yup, watched them all, the old Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, and Star Wars! and all the new ones too including Babylon 5 and all the various Star Trek programs! And yes, all the books by Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov, Andre Norton, and it’s a stretch, Anne and Todd McCaffrey (so looking forward to their Dragons being brought to the silver screen!)

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Our team had a lot of fun with this set. It could be for a sci-fi page, or a fantasy page, or even using parts of it for a mixed media page. Those brushes are perfect for that. And the lights are awesome to use with other kits as well. Be sure to check out our inspiration page HERE!

And we’ll be sending out a freebie as well in our newsletter!

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If you create a layout, be sure to send us as we’d like to see what you have created! We love seeing how our kits get used! Have a great weekend!

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Skywatcher http://vivaartistry.com/skywatcher/ http://vivaartistry.com/skywatcher/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:32:47 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3590 The post Skywatcher appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Skywatcher Inspiration http://vivaartistry.com/skywatcher-inspiration/ http://vivaartistry.com/skywatcher-inspiration/#comments Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:30:47 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3575 The post Skywatcher Inspiration appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Island Rose http://vivaartistry.com/island-rose/ http://vivaartistry.com/island-rose/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:13:30 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3573 The post Island Rose appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Winter Beach Holiday Boost! http://vivaartistry.com/winter-beach-holiday-boost/ http://vivaartistry.com/winter-beach-holiday-boost/#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:08:53 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3550 The post Winter Beach Holiday Boost! appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

So, you might be from a place with warm winters OR, you might 聽be heading towards warm weather for a vacation FROM the cold winter weather! Here’s a kit just for you this season! It’s a pink themed beach kit!   Here are the papers. Take a look at the inspiration from our ladies! from …

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So, you might be from a place with warm winters OR, you might 聽be heading towards warm weather for a vacation FROM the cold winter weather! Here’s a kit just for you this season! It’s a pink themed beach kit!

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Here are the papers.

Take a look at the inspiration from our ladies!

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from Vanessa, who lives in perennial warm weather.

 

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from Jennifer

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from Jana

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from Elysah

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I love that mermaid so much!!! 聽And I can’t wait to get my sailing images out to scrap! Not only sailing, but pull out those cruise ship memories, or island shots, or just do a page with that mermaid. I just love the quote in Carol’s layout about being a mermaid!!! We should all be like that.

So, Cynthia Taylor made the coolest sand based alpha and she’s giving it to all of you! So here it is, click on the image for the freebie!

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The alpha is lowercase only. And, if you sign up for our newsletter, we’re giving away this alpha!

 

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Get rid of your winter blahs and get creative with this fun pack!

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Gong Xi Inspiration http://vivaartistry.com/gong-xi-inspiration/ http://vivaartistry.com/gong-xi-inspiration/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:09:18 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3530 The post Gong Xi Inspiration appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

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Happy Chinese New Year! http://vivaartistry.com/happy-chinese-new-year/ http://vivaartistry.com/happy-chinese-new-year/#comments Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:00:12 +0000 http://vivaartistry.com/?p=3517 The post Happy Chinese New Year! appeared first on vivaartistry.com.

Chinese New Year is the end of January and is a Spring Festival. What I know of Chinese New Year is a party with loads of friends and family and loads of yummy food and football. For some reason, the New Year party ends up being around the time of Super Bowl and the TV …

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Chinese New Year is the end of January and is a Spring Festival. What I know of Chinese New Year is a party with loads of friends and family and loads of yummy food and football. For some reason, the New Year party ends up being around the time of Super Bowl and the TV was always set for it!!!

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This year is the year of the rooster. Unfortunately, I never really learned about the Chinese horoscope so I can only read about all of it. But we did create an Asian style kit filled with roosters and lanterns perfect for the start of the year. Gong Xi means congratulations or greetings. And be sure to check out our team inspiration HERE.

We’ve also created a set of layered frames for you, with spillover masks that make the photo come out of the frame.

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One of the rendering uses the mask behind the frame for an interesting look. It works best when the image is spread all the way across the photo. Here are some of my own samples using the layered frames.

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These images are perfect for all those happy memories!

So as an update, I’m still working on my anxiety. It’s a slow process. I’ve lowered my intake of Xanax. I was given Xanax to help me cope. The first time I took it was when I was to return back to the scene of my rape with the police. I felt like I WAS DRUNK! It was a crazy feeling, like I walked thru a door and turned into Alice in Wonderland. So I split the next pill in half and it still made me so relaxed I almost fell asleep. So the ten little pills I was given ended up being split into 40 pills (I split them into fours). And I finally learned to take it when I was seriously stressed, maybe three times a week. It was amazing how it helped me focus and concentrate, because effectively, I had a lot of problems with sticking to one topic and I was all over the place with worry. My therapist explained to me that the relief Xanax gave me was better than all the stress I was going thru. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t like taking pills and it was difficult to do it. And now, 4 months later, I feel like I’m handling stress and worry a bit better, I take Xanax maybe, once a week now and hopefully it will not be my crutch any longer. I am able to focus better now but I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that I’m sleeping better each night. I don’t wake up at 4 am so much anymore. I’ve been doing some exercising so it’s been making me more tired during the day so I can sleep harder at night. My sleeping was also erratic a few months ago and I tried really hard to get on a schedule so I could regulate my body better.

The biggest thing for me was information and learning about anxiety and how it works or doesn’t work. A lot of it is about your own experience and how you felt at the time of the incident. That can escalate over time if not dealt with and it can compound with other issues. Sometimes understanding how each situation works can diffuse the anxiety, not all the time but it can lessen the feeling and it takes time and practice. Funny thing, I KNEW I had anxiety over certain things but I NEVER did anything about it because I never really pinpointed WHY each of those feelings occurred. I just worried and over time, I worried over everything, in a low grade way…and I thought that was normal. So, I guess it’s not normal and definitely not normal NOW. So a lot of introspection and a lot of writing helped me with each problem as it came up. It is a work in progress.

 

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