Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 274

My desk is rather sparse in creativity yet again this week.  I found myself spending more time working on lesson plans than art journaling.  Hoping a balance will settle in soon. 

On my desk you will see a newly organized box of postcards and photos.  I participate in several monthly swaps and found myself spending too much time sorting through them.  Now they are organized by theme with dividers. There are 2 newly purchased Martha Stewart Halloween decorating kits.  I quite decorating once the boys grew older but I thought I might try putting up some simple ones this year. The journal is from the group Your turn In My Art journal.  The theme is I don’t know these people! Scrapbooking unknown loved ones.  The idea is to use found photos of strangers and make up names and a life story.

I found these photos but have no story line.  So my dear friends, I am enlisting your help!  Anyone have suggestions for good story idea?


Two familiar themed swaps were due this week. They both are part of an ongoing series.
ATC: Black and white with a touch of pink
Letter H Rolo (Global)
Backside: Letter H Rolo (Global) 


I have been using this new app, Distress FX, so  fun!  I took this photo of a tree on a trip up north to find out more about my mom’s family (Read Here to see the old photos).   This is some of the fun I had with the app. 

Added birds

My favorite
The only drawback to this app is it does not allow you to track you favorite effects and textures.

Having fun peaking in other artist’s desk at What’s on Your Workdesk? Wednesday.  Join in!  We would like to visit your work desk and see what is inspiring you.

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  1. Nice artwork there and that app looks fun. The only thing I can think with the first photo is something like "A View from Above" that was my first thought anyway. Sunshine Girl #17

  2. Love the photos and the interesting artwork. You look so organised with the box of photos etc. Thanks for sharing your workspace today. Hazel, WOYWW, #34 x

  3. That picture in your art journal is lovely. The photographers in those days really worked to get beautiful shots, didn't they? I have no idea how I would make a story for the folk in those other two shots, though, but I would love to know the REAL story. I, too, have lots of old pictures, and have done a lot of work on our family history. Managed to get some of John's family back to 1500s and some of mine to 1600s. But there are real sticking points in the other sides! Of course, having a name like Williams in Wales does add to the confusion!!
    That tree is beautiful. As it is, and looking as if it is on canvas. Constable-like.
    Thanks for visiting - I've a lot of cards to make this year, so thought a really good run at it would help!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #22

  4. What kind of hats are those two kids wearing? They look like a witches hat and a fireman's hat. If it is you could make up a story about going trick or treating and they were so excited they had to put on the hats from their costumes right after they got home from school and have their picture taken. Distressed FX, my favorite.

  5. I always feel right at home at your desk. Love your journal pages. Put a poem on them and link up to my Poetry Journal Monthly.
    I got the Decomposition book as a birthday gift and have no idea what I might do with it!
    thanks for visiting and the snoop around!
    robyn 13

  6. The app looks fun!
    It's sad people have so many photos and don't know who they are of or what is the story behind them... Hope you have fun making up your story:)
    Jackie 15

  7. What a fun challenge to make up stories for those unknown folks. Sorry, but I'm no help in that sort of thing.

    Love what you did playing with the tree pic.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comments. Wish I could send you a few of these tomatoes! :-)

    Happy creating and happy woyww,

    Sandy #21

  8. Happy WOYWW. I love the app. I have fab software which I can do all sorts of clever stuff with - when I finally find time to have a play! Ali x. #20

  9. Love what's on your desk and your art work but especially love the tree photos! I think the two guys on the balcony have tidied their flat and waiting for girlfriends(two sisters) to arrive and they don't want to mess it up! As for the two little ones in the hats - are they camping out on the lawn - the tent is just out of sight! Chris 46 x

  10. Hi Diane, I've linked into WOYWW for the first time and I'm happily snooping around.
    I love those photos of the tree and the effects. My fav is the same as yours.
    Is it a challenge to think up stories for old photos? It's a shame nobody knows the real story behind them. I think the young men on the balcony are brothers and the flat is brand new. The children on the lawn didn't have any dressing up clothes for Halloween but they managed to get hold of some witches hats....
    Thank you for sharing your desk.
    Happy WOYWW!
    Lisca #61

  11. Hi Diane, the tree has a real character, looks as though it could talk LOL!
    Not really into apps but the effects did look good.
    Happy crafting, Angela x 38

  12. That app has changed the tree photo in such a lot of ways...very clever indeed. I like the oil painting effect best as well!
    What a great thing to try and give names and a story to those old pics - I love that! The one on the left didn't speak to me at all but the one with the two guys on the balcony leapt out at me. There is real love between them...maybe unrequited? I don't know but it looks as if it was in a time and place where same sex partnerships were frowned upon. Does that help?!
    Hugs, LLJ 24 xx

  13. How funny - I just got a link this AM to a photo class from Stampington that sounds fun (phone photos) http://fineartgrunge.com/stampington/?orid=7953&opid=1 I love that left photo of persons unknown. Call it The Look Of Love cause that guy on the right looks pretty smitten :) Ah, looking up I see Jan in on the same track. But now it's got me wondering what the REAL story behind the photo is. Shame they weren't scrapbookers or we'd know....

    Happy WOYWW!
    Mary Anne (8)

  14. Really wonderful this Mixed Media picture.
    Best regards, Synnöve

  15. So much creativity! I loved having a peek at your desk! I really love your photo of the tree and the edits in DistressedFX. It really lends itself to trees and barns, etc. I'm so happy you linked up to "app" happy wednesday!

  16. Some lovely stuff going on there, and I love the techy pics. Have a great week, Chris # 29 x

  17. That app looks like fun to play with and I love how you have changed the tree and the background then added the birds, very clever indeed.

    Hugs Eliza & Yoda 49
    Happy WOYWW

  18. I love to use old photos too, I was lucky to get tons of them. And I am fond of that tree you were playing with. It looks spooky :-)
    Gabriele 65

  19. The altered tree looks great, especially the one with the paperish background!
    I think those two photos show best friends - young and carefree, and then grown-up, sticking together through good times and bad. (I was going to say through "thick and thin" and then wondered if that was an Australian/English saying?)
    Thanks for dropping by earlier,
    RosA # 6

  20. Your family art journal project sounds like fun! The only thing I think I would be careful with, is if you make up names and a story for the photos you're not sure about, I would make sure to make it very clear that the names and the stories are fiction on those pages...I can just imagine someone going through your journals generations from now trying to figure out why they can't find those names in their family tree!!!

    I love your photo and what you were able to do with it with your new app!! I tried to find it on my phone, but it must be an iPhone app only, and unfortunately, i have a Droid. IPhone users get all the good stuff! Haha!

    Happy (late) WOYWW!
    Amy E. #4


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