Hey, Meg here today to share a mixed media layout I created using the March Light The Path prompt. So full disclosure: I am not a mixed media/art journal kinda gal—give me an organized grid of pocket pages any day. That is my happy place. However. When I joined Light The Path, I made a commitment to myself that I was going to attempt the art prompt every month. It didn’t have to be great but I wanted to learn new techniques and see if anything stuck.
I follow Theresa’s tutorials pretty strictly so all design credit definitely goes there. I am here today to tell you that is ok. Learning is a process and even when you’re learning something creative, you don’t have to recreate the wheel every time. Just make the things. That being said, those Light Bearers that have been around a while may notice an awful lot of similarities here to the techniques Theresa used in March 2020. So many fun and adaptable ideas that can be used over and over and every time it will look totally different.
In March, Light The Path invites us to highlight the People, Places, & Things in our lives that bring us joy. I used the coordinating digital products to focus on that story in the Scrapbook/Photo prompt (included in the LTP March Gallery) so for the Art Prompt I decided to just play. Not gonna lie, the jump from the February techniques to the March techniques was a little intimidating but I got there (or somewhere) in the end. What I do really love is the freedom to mix the digital designs with products from my stash and get the most out of all of it. Instead of including another photo, I picked one of my favorite cards from the collection and used it to make a little statement that ended up working well as a title.
I chose to make my Art Prompt project in 6×6 to fill in the back of the page protector I used in February. Though I hadn’t necessarily intended to coordinate both pockets, Theresa’s documentation of some of her favorite things inspired me to include my own. I pulled in a ‘This or That’ list like the ones that have been going around Instagram stories as a fun and topical way to record some of my preferences in a very 2021 style.
Documenting some of my favorite things this way was so simple. The journaling I included through the Scrapbook Prompt this month was more introspective and analytical, while the Art Prompt turned out to be more trendy and frivolous. In my experience, the process of growth and evolution requires the whole range; life is hard and thoughtful and playful and messy and I’m more than happy to have all of that reflected in my album this year.
So, I shared an art journaling page—four months ago I would have sworn to you that that would never happen. All part of my personal journey to enjoy the process without worrying about perfection. What new things are you trying in 2021 to expand your horizons in a world that currently feels very small?