Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Sudden Drop of Wisdom (and a layout or two)

"We gather notions together from the narrow environment in which we personally have lived and store them up in our heads. And then we bind the spirit and the actions of ourselves and our families, our friends and our lovers, with those standards."

From an interview with Chikabo Kumada, a pioneer of botanical drawing from Japan. I really enjoyed the first part of his interview featured at PingMag (sadly now defunct); the 2nd part comes from the new website with some of the same people, Nipponscape.

All that to say that after 97 years, this artist is also a wonderful philosopher...

And now onto some layouts:

"You Are My Laughter"

Heather Taylor, You Are My Laughter

My sister's son, being awfully cute... Monkey button by Traci Murphy Designs, Flossit Element Pack. Everything else by Heather T. @ Get Digi With It: Frame from Chinoiserie, Word art from "You Are My..." Wordart pack, flower & color splat from "Innocent Surprise."

"You Learn Everywhere"

Heather Taylor, You Learn Everywhere

For the April 3 lift challenge at Pixel Canvas: Lift of Osaru (Yoshiko)'s "My 7-5-3".

Credits: Everything by Vinnie Pearce at Pixel Canvas. Background photo is textured with a paper from Safari Street. White swirl is from Paint Spatter Shapes, black swirl is from Decorative Grunge Frames Set 01. "You" wordart from Decorative Page Prompts Set 01, "learn" is from Woodlands Park - Boys. The Distress Brush Set 01 is in use everywhere. Fonts: Schol Broadway and Telegraphem. Pictures taken at Gasworks Park in Seattle, an old gas/energy company that's now been turned into a public park.


Heather Taylor, OMSI

Boy did we spend a long time in that place--but we had fun hanging out with friends of ours and their new baby! Credits: Everything by Erica Hernandez, at 2Peas, from her Isabella Mini-Kit. Fonts: Adelaide & Telegraphem.

And finally, a layout that I created to go with my tutorial on using templates at Pixel Canvas, "A New City Every Day":

Heather Taylor, A New City Every Day

Credits: Everything by Vinnie Pearce, Pixel Canvas. Template from Give Me Simple - Template Pack 2. Background paper from The Tea Party. Background paper for small box from Moments of Special Freebie, as well as the little heart on the title. Text paper from The Art Corner Paper Pack 01. Sea star charm from Paradiso. Border on the small box from Woodlands Park - Boys. Fonts: Undo 35, 1942 Report, and Schrift. Journaling reads: "Every day, we try to go to the beach, and every day, you get lost in the possibilities of sand."

Have a great weekend!


  1. I love the Erika Hernandez stuff! I grew up in Portland and I love the OMNI

  2. Wow! I haven't been to your blog in a while, I'm fascinated, mesmerized and blown away!

    hahaha, my last PWD to allow the comment was myangelss and this one is slypoo! LOL!


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