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My name is Effy, and I'm a journal artist & on line teacher. I discovered art journaling in 2009 and my life has completely changed as a result.

I like to share, so there's lots of free stuff in my on line community, including my monthly "Wildly Inspired" art journal series. You can also find my bookbinding 101 tutorial there. I have a newsletter that I use to share what's happening in my virtual world, including classes I'm teaching or taking, specials and coupon codes for said classes, and other things of note. You can sign up for that here. You can read more more about me here, find out what & where I'm teaching here, or contact me here.

 

Blog Along – Day Twelve – Wild & Free

  I'm feeling particularly pretty today. I am heading out to Cedarmoon to hang out with fabulous people and participate in a Pan Tribute. Pan is one of my favourite archetypal energies. I love him for his wild nature, his raucous sexuality, his unashamed bestial...

Book Of Days 2014 Volume 2 Is Coming Soon!

In case you hadn't heard, Book Of Days is hailed as one of the best art journaling programs available because you get to 'art in the trenches' with a group of other women who are doing the same. Tend your life. Memory keep. Explore new techniques. Create a body of...

Blog-Along – Day Ten – Ten Things

I am wearing a nose stud and it makes me feel pretty. I ate exactly what I wanted to eat for dinner (Vietnamese style Won Ton soup + spring rolls) I got really mad about something my therapist said, but we're working it out. (This is huge.) I painted something that...

Blog-Along – Day 8 – Link Round Up

I have nothing to write about today that wouldn't be better scribbled in a paper diary, so I'm going to share a few posts I found in my Feedly instead. :) Once I finish posting, I'm going to take myself out for a few hours. I might go and get my nails done. I dunno...

Give Your Dream Wings

I was born to create. Self-expression has always been my number one most important activity. From the time I first held a chubby blue pencil in my fist and wrote my name, I knew that I'd come home to myself.  Keeping a diary, writing stories, even poems, came...

Blog-Along – Day Seven – Glowing

I had my first belly dance class tonight, and I didn't die. I didn't pass out. I didn't collapse on the floor in a heap of OMGDOOM. I did sweat. I did ache. I did feel like a bull in a china shop. I didn't whine. I didn't think ugly thoughts at myself in the full...

Blog-Along – Day 6 – No

I said the hardest 'no' I think I've ever said in my life this evening. The last 'no' of this magnitude was when I told my eldest son that he couldn't move back home. He was an active meth addict, and there was just no way I was going to let him fill my house and life...

Blog-Along – Day 5 – Dating Myself

So, I'm dating myself. No, not as in the 'proving my age' sense of the phrase, but as in taking myself out. On dates. With lipstick. And curled hair. I have no idea if this is what people do when they find themselves unhappily single or not, but it's what I'm doing....

Blog-Along – Day 4 – Boots

This is today. Rain, snow melting, plus side temperatures, boots. I am out and about and posting from my phone so I can't add the link as usual, but please add your link in the comments. I have a thing for boots. Always have. These are a pair that I bought myself for...

Blog-Along – Day 2/30 – Sharing

Hola Sweet Taters!!! This is day 2 of my blog-along! In case you're new here, this is what you need to know: How It Works I will be popping in here every day for 30 days to blog my heart out. Sometimes, I will get personal. Sometimes, I will just share an image or...

Some awesome sausage stuff in my on line community!

Hi, sweetcakes! I've got a new episode of Wildly Inspired up for you! Come on over! The next episode of Wildly Inspired will come out two weeks from now. In the meantime, please check out the March Art Journal Challenge! You will have a chance to win a fat envelope of...

Permission To Suck

When I started knitting, I didn't start out knitting granny squares. I started with socks, because there is a force within me that says "If you master the hardest thing first, everything else will feel easy." It took me several months to master socks, and I got to the...

You Are The Powerful Goodness

I'm up ridonkulously early. Despite my newly minted single status, I still share a bed with the so-called ex (small house, best friends, lots of love between us, why not?) and oh my goddess, does he snore, and I lost my last pair of comfy silicone ear plugs (they are...

Wildly Inspired – Episode 6 – Stand Tall

In this episode of Wildly Inspired, I will be playing with Pan Pastels. One of my favourite ways to use Pan Pastels is with embossing stamp pads and pens, and stamps. I picked this tip up from the delicious Dina Wakely! Pan Pastels are, essentially, pigment in a...

Life Stuff

Hey Glitterific Ones! I am having some life stuff so there is no Wildly Inspired for this week, but I do plan to be back with a new episode next Wednesday! Thanks for your patience, and feel free to catch up with recent episodes or anything else I've got in my YouTube...

Wildly Inspired – Episode 5 – FLING!

Helllloooooooo! This episode of Wildly Inspired is a total FLING, as in I fling everything but the kitchen sink and much like throwing spaghetti at the wall, I just hope it sticks. I really focused on using stuff from my 'bought it, never used it' drawer like a set of...

Tell The Truth!

I was raised with this phrase ringing in my ears and I gotta tell you - I was disinclined to obey. Telling the truth in my house usually resulted in some kind of trauma. As I grew up and got therapy, honesty became one of my most important values, and more than...

The Trigger Is A Gift

I don't know if you've ever heard this before, but I have: What you said/did really triggered me..." I don't know if you've ever said this before, but I have: "I'm feeling really triggered..." Yesterday, I heard and read about people being triggered by Philip Seymour...

When They Wrench Themselves Away From Us…

So, Philip Seymour Hoffman died alone in an apartment with a needle in his arm. I say it that way because I want to underscore the awfulness of it. Alone. With a needle in his arm. My father is currently killing himself with alcohol. My sister succumbed to addiction...

BOD Basic Moved To Facebook

I made an executive decision this morning to move BOD Basic (the weekly art journaling challenge based on BOD Premium) to The Glitterhood Facebook Group (which is free to join and has the loveliest group of mixed media artists EVER). The decision came when I realized...

January 2014 In Review

I really want to start checking in with myself at the end of each month (or as close to it as possible) in a blog post that reviews the month - how I did with living my word of the year, how I'm feeling, what art got made, what's happening in my classes, what classes...

Book Of Days Basic – Week Four – Be In It

This is a full lesson from Book Of Days Premium, posted for your viewing pleasure! This is an exact replica of what BOD looks like for those who are in the Premium program. I hope you enjoy it, and hey! If you love it, coupon code bodalum gets you in for $40.00! Book...

Book Of Days Basic – Week Three – What Lies Beneath

Hello there! This is way late this week because DENTAL SURGERY and other things, but better late than never! The dental surgery is also why there was no Wildly Inspired this week, but it will resume next week! YAY! This week's spread was informed by my written...

Can We Talk About Project Life?

Can we talk about all the reasons we may think memory keeping (especially Project Life) isn't 'for us'? I have struggled with this since I first discovered Project Life. I love the ease with which a binder can be filled. I love the cute journaling cards. I love the...

Book Of Days Basic – Week Two – Colour Is To Winter

This week's BOD included an exploration of the weather and I'm I'm handling it. I know that sounds awfully pedestrian, but we had awful weather - like, -40 with the wind chill some days - and weather like that can really impact my mood. Thankfully, there was paint to...

Wildly Inspired – Episode #1

I am kermit flailing and squeeing all over the place today because I get to tell you that I've got an awesome new blog series for you! YAY!!!!! Lots of you have probably already heard that Donna Downey is discontinuing "Inspiration Wednesdays" (cue sobbing!), and...

Book Of Days Basic – Week One – Your Word

With absolutely no fan fare whatsoever, I've decided to resurrect a simplified version of Book Of Days Basic! Whereas this programme began as a formal one with video, etc., this version will be pictorial with a prompt. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! This week's BOD was all...

The Post New Year’s Crash

If you're anything like me, the end of the year is  a whirlwind of decision making. You decide what you want to do 'next year'. You decide what worked for you and what didn't work for you. You experience regret over opportunities left unexplored. You experience a...

And the winners are!!!

Hello, lovely tribe o' mine! I was really swamped with the live show yesterday (which you can watch here, if you're so inclined) so I didn't have time to make the announcement re: our awesome giveaway! I'm here today, though, and THE WINNERS ARE!!! Tracy Fox Lisa...

Moonshine + Book Of Days 2014 – It’s A GIVEAWAY!

Hello, my luscious ones! I am so excited for 2014 that I can barely contain myself! I'm all hip wiggles and puppy squees and so totes happies! I want to share the joy, so I'm having a fantastic giveaway! I have THREE SEATS in both Moonshine AND Book Of Days to offer...

AND THE WINNER IS!!!

I used random.org to generate the winner for my stencil giveaway (which includes a photo-tutorial, so check it out here!) and #74 was the winner! PAM WEILER!! YOU WON! I'll be forwarding this information on to Lisa over at Artistcellar so she can send your stencils...

Stencils Four Ways + GIVEAWAY

I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the Artistcellar Signature Series Stencils blog hop for Jill K. Berry's latest release! These stencils are funky and fun and perfect for adding background texture to any piece. As I looked over the stencils, I realized...

The Mother Of All Pep Talks

This is a repost of a lesson in Moonshine: Boot Camp, but I've edited it to apply to all art forms. Hello, lovely fresh, new, green-as-grass artist/writer/sculptor/musician/poet/photographer! So, you want to be an artist, and you've just started out with hope in your...

Looking Forward

On Tuesday, I took a look back at 2013 as part of my preparation for 2014. I really enjoyed creating the post, but I neglected to mention that this year, I taught two sessions of Book Of Days, two sessions of Moonshine, two sessions of Sweetlings, and two lessons in...

Looking Back

As part of my efforts to prepare for 2014, I've been cleaning off my hard drive. All those classes I purchased and didn't finish get put on disk for later viewing. All the art I made and photographed gets stored in my Flickr account and my Dropbox. All the stuff I...

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