Monday, August 12, 2013

Jump Into the Roses

Have you participated in Artists in Blogland's "Seize the Day" challenge?  My first take on that phrase was about how we always put off seizing the day because we want to get our ducks in a row:

 Marjie Kemper liked this take on it, and created a gorgeous journal spread:

© Marjie Kemper
There's a tutorial on Marjie's blog with step-outs for how she created this gorgeous work.

The idea of "seizing the day" has been on my mind.  We never know how many more days we will have to "seize."  I was recently reminded of this when Joe Collins of From Houses to Homes, the organization we volunteer with in Guatemala, lost his battle with colon cancer.


In the week before he passed, I spent some time with Joe.  I held him, and we talked about what happens when we die, and the importance of the life we lived.  He felt like there was so much more he wanted to do for the children of Guatemala.  I promised to do whatever I could to help fulfill his dreams.

I wanted to make a tribute to this quiet, humble man, who didn't like to waste lots of time discussing and studying and planning; if someone had a good idea, he wanted to jump in and get it done.

I started with an art journal page in which I had loosely painted hearts and roses.

I cut out this old picture of myself.  My mom had taken it in a playground when I was about 3 or 4.  I was jumping off a ledge into my father's arms.

 I decided to try to paint myself:

Then I glued the painting onto the page with glue dots, to give her a little dimension.  I also added a twist on the saying "Stop and Smell the Roses.  I wrote the words out on cardstock, cut them, and adhered them with glue dots.  I added some shadowing, so they would stand up a little off of the page.  On my computer, I cropped the design into a square, to zoom in on the girl and the roses. 

Jump into your life.  Jump into your ideas and your instincts.  Seize the Day!  You never know when you'll have another chance.

Linking to my favorite Monday blog hops:  Make It Monday, Mandarin Orange Monday, Creative Every Day, Inspire Me Monday, and Be Inspired. 

Linking also to Art Journal Journeys (square),  Make My Monday (add some dimension), Create Daily and Tuesday Taggers (collage with a twist - add script).

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  1. Wow - what a beautiful post! I love your new piece - such a strong message.
    So sorry to hear about Joe -sounds like an amazing man.

    1. Thank you so much. It's hard to lose such a wonderful person but his work lives on.

  2. What a fantastic project ,love the bright colours and thank you for sharing your Creative journey
    I am sorry to hear about your friend ,
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    Tracey x

  3. Beautiful tribute Jessica. I know you and the family will continue your friends vision in any way you can. xox

  4. Fab project thank you for joining us this week at MMM, Laura DT xx

  5. Sorry for the loss of your dear friend Jessica. I know he was a very special guy and you have created a lovely tribute that I know he would be proud of.

  6. just AMAZING Jessica!
    Thank you for showing this on ART JOURNAL JOURNEY!

    xxx Susi

  7. As long as there are not thorns in that pile of roses. His dedication is so refreshing and now I know you will do all you can to continue it. As for the art.. I just love this page. The colors and those roses are beautiful.. so simple, but yet mine would not come out like that.

  8. Beautiful piece! Thanks for joining us at TIOT! Valerie

  9. Love it, love it, LOVE IT! I love the ducks at the top and the jumping into the roses quote is so very me :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  10. Great post!!! True words, wonderful feelings invoked!!!

  11. I just love how you decided to draw the girl. you did a great job.And love all those flowers! i also participated in this months challenge. You can see my page at
    Don't forget to share the love and follow:)

  12. Amazing card what an artist drawing the flowers and then the girl. A special tribute to your friend! I saw this card on MIM.

  13. Such a beautiful post and such true words .... I'm so sorry to read that your friend lost his battle with cancer. It must be so hard to have to go while still wanting to do so much....

  14. Fabulous projects and colours Jessica. I spotted this on MIM..Loz

  15. Joe sounds like such a stand-up man. Love that... seize the idea and go with it... don't hem and haw with all the planning and the what-if's. I love your portrait of yourself. I see Mariel in there, too. And thanks for sharing my page, hon.

  16. Hi Jessica,
    Hope you're travelling well and 2013 has been good to you so far. Thank you for sharing Joe's story here. I adore your journal pages!
    I'm just popping in to let you know about a little #reverb-like blog challenge my friend Meredith and I are offering from August 21 to 31. It's called August Moon and it looks all set to be magic!
    We'd be so excited if you joined us. You can find out more here:
    Take care,
    Kat xx

  17. Such a happy experience visiting:) Very positive and uplifting...and also interesting the way you used your old photograph.
    Thanks for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  18. Lovely colorful work! Until recently I hadnt tried to art journal. I must say its a lot of fun :)

    Shared for August challenge on AIB-

  19. I love this type of art work. I saw you on MIM. I just love this. So inspiring.


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