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July 2020 Newsletter

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary~ Pablo Picasso

Hello and welcome to July’s Creative Hoots Newsletter! This month has just flown by, and has had some unexpected moments and twists and turns. I am working on keeping a positive attitude and working on ways to add delight, happiness and color to my world! Also, let me introduce you to the star of the upcoming July CWR stationery/ planner/ journal kit! Miss. Smarty Pants!! She is so excited to be part of the next kit… I’ll give you a hint…SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!!

Let’s talk journals vs. diaries. I have always thought the two were the same, but they are actually two different explanations for both. The description I found is a a diary is used to record daily activities and document events that happened. A journal is more of a personal documentation that contains feelings, emotions, problems and used to examine your life. Overall keeping a journal or diary is a permanent personal record and should be respected. I fill my journal with quotes, drawings, memorabilia, ephemera, photos… this to me is called creative junk journaling!

Brazos and I have started a new project, The Dream Cottage. I say NEW, but in reality she has actually had the “The Dream House” dollhouse for several years. We have finally decided to “get it completed”, although I really see this as an ever changing project. It was in need of a paint job. Now to start on the floors, windows, lighting, etc. We are transforming the little sunroom off the kitchen into the “Sparkly Dream Room” Oh yes imagination is ready to soar!

Speaking of Imagination…. I recently signed up for an ecourse with Mindy Lacefield. “Mystic Unicorn School” embracing my innerchild in a land of make believe and having creative fun with rainbows, unicorns and GLITTER!!! I painted and put together a junk journal using a personal size ring planner. So FUN!!

Upcoming this month, Crafty Destinations and Kelly Bangs Creative are hosting another FUN virtual class for Decorating your bulletin board! I will be teaching a workshop on adding a little something sparkly to your bulletin board! Class Is July 23-25, 2020 so there is still time to register.


There was sadness this past month. Mr Fluffers aka Sonny Bunny, our orange super fluffy kitty past away. He was with us for 10 years. We had this Sun tat I painted a bright yellow and drew a little orange cat to shine on him. He was so personable, and is missed so much!

Summer Days are upon us, today the heat index is going to be 106 degrees here in Central Texas…WAH! BUT as someone that always tries to look on the BRIGHT side I created a fun little art doodle page of all the things I love about summer days! I wanted you to enjoy it to, so I created a printable sheet. These would be fun to add to create with!

New Favorite Thing this month~ My Caboodle for traveling with my paints!

Just another reminder, the DIY painting video will be coming up this month! Keep an eye out on social media to the announcement! Thanks for stopping by!

XO, Rebecca

Nostalgic Summer Memories~ Video 6: Documenting without Photos

Welcome back to the final video in the Nostalgic Summer Memories. We have covered all Five of the senses this last week, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. In this video I wanted to just get creative with you so I am going to document a few stories without photos. These are just a couple of random stories I have of past summer memories. I’m using marker, index cards, ephemera bits and stickers to decorate these stories. Thanks for following along in this video series and I’ll see you in my next video!

XO, Rebecca

Nostalgic Summer Memories~ Video 6: Documenting Using TOUCH

Hello and welcome back to video number 6 in the Nostalgic Summer Memories Video Series. In this quick video I show you how I documented TOUCH with stories about family that has touched my life. I added photos and pictures of grandparents and stories from summer pasts. Thanks for watching!

Nostalgic Summer Memories~ Video 3: Documenting Using HEARING

Hello and welcome back to Nostalgic Summer memories using your senses. In today’s video number 3, I am showing a way to Document using your sense to hear. Music and television was a big part of our summer as a kid and in this video I show how I am documenting them. It’s very different then what it is now because once the good shows were over then boredom kicked in. Thankful for my sisters so I did have someone to play games and other activities. I created a pocket envelope and mini junk tag that resembles ice cream and the ice cream packaging.

The printable template for them is available on my blog under the post for this video.Hope you are inspired to create using the sense of hearing.

Ice Cream Envelope
Ice Cream Template

Thanks for watching and see you tomorrow when we talk about smell! Happy Creating, Rebecca

Nostalgic Summer Memories~ Video 2: Documenting using Sight

Hello and welcome back to Nostalgic Summer memories using your senses. Today’s video is about Documenting using the sense Sight. I have created a fold out map of a place we use to go as a kid for picnics, camping and Sunday fun. It was fun remembering all the little things, like the swimming hole and large picnic table for all the family. Hope you are inspired to create using your sense of Sight.

Nostalgic Summer Memories Video No.1~Creative Station

Yay! Hello and welcome to Documenting our Summer Nostalgic memories Video series! This series will run for seven days and each day will give examples of how to document using your senses! Sight, Hearing, Smell Taste and Touch. The idea of this project came to me while digging through an old box of photos. This project can be a combination of past, present and future summers. It can be used to document summers when you were a kid, summers with your kids or grandkids, or just random memories of summer’s past. I love the idea of documenting about your favorite nostalgic movies, food, or events that you want to remember. Endless possibilities! In this video, I will be showing you my journal I plan to use and my “Creative Station” with all the things I plan to document with. A free printable is located on the blog, posted on Sunday, June 7th. . Thanks for watching and I will “see” you tomorrow when we will be talking about sight!


Wash Day Printable

A few weeks ago I took a photo of these adorable handmade vintage Barbie Doll dresses I picked up at Trade Days in Warrenton, Texas a while back. They are so sweet with their hand stitched hems. I thought they would make an adorable banner, gift tags or journal ephemera. I definitely wanted to share with you, so I painted a wash tub and rubber ducks and made a WASH DAY printable. Ta Da! Now go hang your troubles out to dry!

Please tag me in your projects, i would love to see how you are using these adorable dresses!

Creative Junk Journaling~ Video 8: Paint

Hello and welcome to video number 8… the wonderful glorious PAINT!! I have to say using paint in my journals is one of my favorite techniques! In this video I paint a girl for the current times…staying home.

I always love creating different images, no two are ever the same. I hope you are inspired to paint too!

Happy Journaling! Rebecca

Creative Junk Journal~ Video 7: Texture

Hello and Welcome back to Video 7 in the Creative Junk Journal Series. In this video I’m adding ribbon, felt and different textures to my planners and journals. There is endless possibilities when it comes to creating with material and adding to your pages. I hope you are inspired to create with texture too!

Happy Journaling!

Creative Junk Journaling No.4~ Book Pages

Hello and Welcome back to Video 4 in the Creative Junk Journaling Series. This video is all about using Book Pages in your Journal. I use all types of book pages but in this video I am focusing on children’s books. I understand if there is apprehension about tearing up books. I have a solution.. watch to see. I’m having so much fun creating these videos for you, I hope you are inspired to get creative!

Thanks for watching! Rebecca

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