Art Journal New Beginnings

Art Journal New Beginnings
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Happy Monday! Most of you know that I filled up my old art journal and needed a new one. I made this one out of materials laying around the house. My employer threw out a stack of perfectly good manila file folders because they were flooded. Rather than risk handing a potential customer a water damaged folder, they tossed them. Since water damage doesn’t really offend me, I collected them and have a couple hundred of the things lying around. That, some old cardboard boxes, some newspaper, string and masking tape and voilà: A Brand Spanking New Art Journal!

The stitching is a method I picked up from Samantha Kira and the binding I picked up from Leslie Herger.

It’s a great size and I’ve already started playing in it onThe Artistic Biker Live! Be sure and join us every Thursday night from 7-9p U.S. Central time to see what happens next! It’s a crazy good time for everyone.

The video for the new Art Journal can be found at The YouTube, or you can just watch it in the embedded player below:

A week or two ago I mentioned a time saving system I had discovered that might win me the Nobel Prize. Most of that was sarcasm as I have desperately been struggling with ways to balance art, work, and family. However, since I received a couple of e-mails on it from other people struggling with the EXACT same issues, I thought I would share with you what I’ve learned.

As artists we all face a two-headed demon. We love the simplicity and elegance of lines and design and composition; but we hate being squished into structure. I am a list maker. I have been a compulsive list maker my entire life. If there were a List Maker’s Anonymous group, I would be the charter member. Maybe I’ll add that to the list. I am probably the world’s worst list follower, doubly so because I’m a man. Once I’ve made the list, the problem is solved and we can all go about our business, right? Wrong. Making the list is only half the problem. That’s key so I’ll say it again in man language, it’s only HALF of the problem. If you are going to solve the problem, which is what we men pride ourselves on*, then you have to address the second half, the follow through! That’s the bit I’m working on now.

The two biggest breakthroughs I have made recently are to right down my to-do list and keep it in front of me, and to learn to say no. The first part, the list and keeping it in front of me, that was easy. As I said earlier, I’m a list maker. However, I found a video from Erika Douglas a couple of weeks ago that showed me how much of an amateur I am at making lists. She’s almost half my age and a self made millionaire. I hate her. 🙂 But the little cute-heart made a video and a blog post that really hit home for us list makers. In her post, "Getting Things Done," she not only outlines the way she makes and keeps her list, but she explains that if you go several days without addressing something then you should recognize you either don’t have the time, knowledge, or desire to do that something and should outsource it. That’s brilliance.

The saying NO is the harder part. I was brought up to always say yes to my parents and school teachers when they asked me to do something. That works when you only have one or three people asking you. But then you hit the real world and you have spouses, children, neighbors, city officials, employers, coworkers, and yes even your parents and teachers for some. At some point you have to learn to say no to some of the requests, no matter how reasonable they may seem. I have been saying no to some things like watching TV and working on Saturdays and it has freed up TONS of time to do more of the things I love. Try saying no to some of the time eaters in your life and see if it gives you more freedom.

Do any of you have any tips for getting things done? I would love to hear them and I know I’m not the only one.

*I really don’t mean to be offensive to the ladies here, I’m just trying to get the men’s attention. I don’t have a pork chop or a picture of a scantily clad young lady so I have to sort of challenge them. You know how they are.)

One thing you can do it to “bust her chops” – locate something that is not completely smooth about her and give her a little subtle dig. Like if her shoes are brand new, say something like “really like your footwear, aren’t those like that Genuine Housewives woman wears – I think Lacey had some just like that”. Ok, she will be almost certainly floored, or laugh out loud. Either way, you started a conversation, perfect? If that will work, retain busting on her right up until she smiles and presents you her amount. Imagine it or not, most females definitely respond to this sort of a type of ribbing. No sense of humor? You don’t want her then, anyway proper?


You could also attempt bumping into her and declaring “excuse me, but could you cease touching me like that?”, and seem at her like your really serious for a 2nd. She will likely know you’re kidding, and if you use the correct system language, and then smile immediately after a very few seconds, she will know she’s been had. These are just 2 of the lots of items you can do to attain a woman’s focus, from there it is up to you to steer the conversation into a little something that will get her phone selection. If she doesn’t laugh, inform her “I want you would at least touch a tiny lower, from now on”. She will have to laugh at this point, because it is really apparent you are really just hitting on her. If not, walk away and contemplate it practice! We all want practice, following all.



The critical is to not be a “typical” guy – never smother her, say you loved speaking to her and would like to hang out (not date) sometime, and get her variety or e mail. Then just walk away! She will know you are not the man who is desperate, like most men rather considerably are anyway. The greatest matter is you do not have to be excellent, just be prepared. Have your cute pickup line handy for any occasion, in reality have a number of dependent on wherever you are at. Practice them as usually as achievable, in actuality go to the mall with the intention of just training your
s for a couple of hrs with at minimum 5 or 6 methods in thoughts. Soon after awhile it is totally natural, and your initial worry will be gone for great!


Every last man is aware of a whole lot of pickup lines and we all know that they seldom function. So what can we do to make our pickup lines do the job and get the women?


Initially of all, we need to have to throw out the pickup lines that only performs for a person issue providing the woman a compliment about her looks. Just neglect them, throw them out the window and in no way use them yet again. Look at asking them some innocent questions instead or use the present-day circumstance you are in, for illustration, “did you see that woman more than there…” and stack it up with a little something amusing.


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So you may not want to use these pickup lines with just about anybody. But you should be yourself, even if you don’t make the best first impression. May you find someone you loves you for you and who you can be YOU with no matter what. I certainly have. Website Facebook Twitter You’re so beautiful that when God made you, he had to give you a crooked nose just so that guys like me could attain you. You’re so pretty, why do you hang out with girls that look like that? If you had to choose between Brad Pitt and me who would it be? When you fell from heaven, you hit every cloud on the way down. You make my jaw drop I’m the most amazing man you’ve never met I know things, and I know that you’re into me When you fell from heaven, you must have hit every cloud on the way down Excuse me, do you have a limp or do I just make you weak in the knees? My blood type is O+, but you must be my type! You’re as cute as my bunny rabbit who died last year
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Originally posted 2011-09-25 18:16:54.


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