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Creatively Determined

I ran across this old photo and it struck me how amazing my kid is.   When she wants something she makes it happen with whatever she has available.  She wanted to go boating at the lake but there was not a boat for her.  She made one out of a toddler swimming pool.  She actually paddled all the way out to the far end and back in a pool!


A scribble background.








Painted notebook paper with washi tape scrunched around it.  A purple banner from crayon resist & watercolored paper.







More tape added.  But the banner began to give me fits.  I added green paint around the page to see if that made it better.







The banner was a mistake. I tried ripping it up but I glued it down really really well!  A coat of white paint on it and it began to recede a bit.







I had more of the painted notebook paper so I cut it in to strips for journaling.  Of course, I did not have enough to fill the page.







But I did have scraps.  So, the problem of not enough led me to cutting them in to smaller pieces so I could use the scraps I had.  I even like the smaller pieces far more than the original plan of longer strips!





Just as my kid was creatively determined, so was I when I made this. Turns out that obstacles really are opportunities!  Have you had any obstacles you’ve turned into opportunities lately?


With so much orange here I just have to join in Mandarin Orange Monday, Creative Every Day,  Inspire Me Monday and Show and Tell Saturday.

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  • denthe October 7, 2012, 7:14 am

    oh yes, such lovely orange. My favorite color! Love seeing your process and all the stepsyou took to get here. great work!

  • Rinda October 7, 2012, 11:20 am

    Great journaling strips. And I love seeing your thought process.

  • Mitzi Zohar October 7, 2012, 2:54 pm

    Your pages just get more and more stunning. So many layers! So much detail!

  • Valerie-Jael October 7, 2012, 4:35 pm

    Very interesting page. Your daughter seems a real little tough guy! Valerie

  • Cynthia October 7, 2012, 8:24 pm

    VERY cool. I love the washi tape frame! Gorgeous colors too!!

  • Paula - Buenos Aires October 7, 2012, 9:40 pm

    The first picture is an awesome way to show the texture of the washi tape & strips!
    I love when the story and the page intertwin the subject and meaning.

  • Lori October 7, 2012, 9:51 pm

    It was interesting to see the processes… I like the contrast of colour and the contrast between the crinkly folds of the green and the painted wash of the orange. Thanks for sharing your work on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

  • Jeanette October 7, 2012, 10:21 pm

    What a great page and a lovely memory of your very determined daughter. I love it – pinning to my Art Journal board!

  • Deepa Gopal Sunil October 8, 2012, 8:06 am

    WOW! This page is too good!

    Tried following you…it’s asking to sign up or something, unable to do with google account. I have added you in my blog list 🙂

  • chubskulit October 8, 2012, 1:29 pm

    You are so creative!

    Visiting from Mandarin Orange Monday.
    Duct Tape Bag is my entry.
    Your comment is always appreciated!

  • Rita McGregor October 8, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Cute and colorful! Love her determination!! 🙂

  • Faye October 8, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Carolyn, I love your orange bricks. Very ingenious. And your daughter certainly has an inventive spirit. I enjoyed reading the story about her rowing the kiddie pool.

  • Liz October 9, 2012, 4:45 am

    Very creative! Have a fabulous week.

    Liz @ MLC
    Liz @ YACB

  • Corrine October 9, 2012, 3:22 pm

    A salsa explosion of creativity. From your stories it sounds like a creatively determined gal is growing and blossoming in your house. Hope you are home and snug. xox

  • Maria McGuire October 9, 2012, 6:26 pm

    Love how you covered up the first attempt and it is still peeking through. The orange and the green are so vibrant and just perfect for the documentation of this photo! Determined–I hope she stays that way her whole life! Missing you SO much!

  • Ginny October 10, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Carolyn, I love the story that goes with your journal page. As I was reading about your daughter I thought she must take after you. Watching you and how you meet your journal pages with such determination always inspires me. Today was no exception.

  • Terri October 10, 2012, 8:46 pm

    Hey Carolyn — Like the handwriting inbetween the large type fonts — Expressiv-ism LOL Blessings Terri — Please support beast cancer awareness and enter a chance to win over at morningdewdrops and thanks Blessings Terri

  • Linda Kittmer October 13, 2012, 10:38 am

    Very nice. I love the idea of the scribble background.

  • Robyn Weinrib October 13, 2012, 11:24 am

    Love the orange! I’m always facing obstacles and trying to turn them into opportunities. sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. LOL Yours worked for sure!

  • Daniela October 13, 2012, 1:57 pm

    I like the backgrounds doodle

  • Marcia October 14, 2012, 11:01 am

    Very cool! I like to see the step-by-step progression of you page!

  • cat kerr October 14, 2012, 7:29 pm

    Wow..what a fun and fabulous page!! I really enjoyed the process!! Thank you so much for sharing it!! Just wanted to stop by and say it was truly wonderful meeting you at Art is…
    Have a lovely day!!

  • FranT October 17, 2012, 1:28 am

    love it! your daughter has spunk!

  • Alex October 17, 2012, 10:59 am

    Both you and your daughter are quite determined, I see!!

    I love the way you were able to transform what you thought it was a mistake into something you liked more. I still have so much to learn and that’s why I’m here reading and studying what you do.

    You’re such a great teacher. Thanks for you comment on my blog! I really didn’t expect that!!!

    Thanks again,

  • Christi McBride October 24, 2012, 11:27 pm

    The orange is such a cool contrast as it is hinted at through the tapes and then boom! You make such an impact when you create!