Saturday, February 27, 2010

First Entry into my Passions Film Moleskine Journal

So this afternoon, mom and I decided to go to this movie.  It was so good.  It was scary but you have to really think about things and listen hard or you will  miss things.  The movie was longer than most at 138 minutes but I didn't feel like it dragged at all.  The music alone was enough to put me on edge!  Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo did a great job. Leo even had the Boston accent down (or at least what my Canadian perception of a Boston accent is!) and those boys are not exactly hard on the eyes.  Ben Kingsley played the role of cheif Psychiatrist and he did it creepily well.  Love, love, loved it!  I'd totally recommend it.  Martin Scorsese has done it again.  Brilliant movie.  I can't say too much more because I don't want to spoil it for anyone.  Go and see it and you'll know what I mean. 

In other news, tonight, the girls and I went to my friend Lea's house for a Phillipino feast.  It was beyond delicious.  I should have written the names of all of the dishes down so I could tell you.  Mmmmm.  I took some pics but honestly, I'm too stuffed and too tired to upload them.  Maybe tomorrow...  Until then, have a great Saturday night!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Under the weather, among other things...

Hello!  I've been out sick for the past couple of days.  I am, however, on the mend and decided that it was time to post some pics of the things I have been working on.  But first, some mail happiness.  I ordered these two weeks ago and wasn't sure I was actually going to get them ( I paid for expedited delivery but obviously that didn't happen!):

These are the newest additions to my Moleskine family.  For those who don't know, I lurv my moleskines.  I am using a soft covered, lined notebook as my everyday journal right now, I knit it a cozy little cover:

The Moleskine Passions line was just released and I was lucky to get in on a sale at Amazon.  I got the Book Journal and Film Journal so that I can keep track of my two main passions (other than crafting, of course!) and then I bought the Vancouver City Moleskine to record and help map out my upcoming trip.  Sooooo excited about that.  I just found out there is a cupcake shop in Vancouver that is regularly featured on the Food Network.  I will have to check that out!!!!
So, I blogged about covering my moleskine cahiers with fabric a la Elsie's tutorial.  Below are the results.  They are not embellished because I think I prefer them plain and I just can't see what I could/should add. 
I apologize for the poor lighting.  Soon they will hold my many ideas for blog posts, art journal ideas and random notes.

I have also been working on my journal for Vivianna's Quiet Nights Art Journal Class.  She's opened sign ups again so if you missed it the first time around, here's your chance!  I think I have decided to just use 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock on the inside but I like the idea that I can use and add whatever kind of paper suits my fancy:

I still have to put the title on.  I will try and get a better pic when it is done and I can show you the inside flaps.  I tried to get some shots of the details.  I am working on my photography skills!

I also bought a coil bound book and decorated it but didn't like how it turned out.  I bought a smaller one as well, which I haven't covered yet.  Definate problems with the Type A today.

So glad tomorrow is Friday.  I think I am feeling well enough to go back to work and then I have the weekend off again!  Yipeee!  Hope you're all having a great night.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A little inspiration

I have been hard at work putting together my art journal for Vivianna's Quiet Nights Class.  Here are some of the things that are inspiring me:

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I want to start an inspiration portfolio.  I am going to keep images like this to look back on when I need a little lift.  Back to work on my journal!

Monday, February 22, 2010

I WON!! I WON!! Part Deux

So you'll never believe this.  I entered a giveaway on Justine's blog, not really thinking I would win, because I had just won the giveaway on Elaine's blog and really how lucky can a girl be, especially a girl who usually never wins anything?  But I entered anyway because it was too cute to pass up and yep, you got it, I WON!!!!!!!!!  So excited.  I love winning things.  Really I just love reading Justine's blog but winning was an extra bonus.  Thanks Justine!!!!!!!!  Here's a peek at the loot:

Happy Dance!!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Inspiration and Anticipation

Hope you guys are having a great weekend.  Mine was pretty busy.  I finally managed to complete Elsie's journal DIY.  Well almost anyway.  I will post some pics after I have finished embellishing them.  Between doing some spring cleaning and recycling I have been reading these:

If you are into art journaling or reading artists' blogs, these magazines are worth a read.  They are on the expensive side ($15.99 per issue) but they come out quarterly and are packed with images and information.  I can see myself looking back over them for inspiration or tips so I think it's money well spent.
I am getting pretty excited to do some art journaling.  I have been gathering stuff for Vivianna's class and checking out other participants' blogs and I cannot wait.  I might start early and do a bit of warm up just to get a feel for it.  I'm a bit rusty. I have done a few pages in the past but I want to make it more of a regular thing, something that I can do to get inspired and a way to work on my "type A" tendencies.  I have been trying to let go of my expectation that everything turn out perfectly, sometimes it's hard to let go when I have something in mind and it doesn't work out exactly the way I'd planned.  I am hoping art journaling will give me a place to get used to making "mistakes" and messing around.   Do any of you deal with perfectionist tendencies?  If so, how do you get over it?

Have a happy Sunday!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Check out this cool giveaway!!!!!!!

Go check out Justine's blog here.  I am a new reader to her blog but so far I love it!  She will also be taking Vivianna's class.  I am so excited to "meet" the rest of the class.  Here's a little peek of some of the goodies Justine has to giveaway:

To see more and to enter, make sure you check out her blog

Thursday, February 18, 2010


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With all this excitement over art journalling (see last post) , I remembered one of my favourite movies.  Crazy/Beautiful.  Kirsten Dunst stars as a troubled teen who looks for attention in all the wrong places.  From what I can remember, the story line was pretty okay but what I loved about it was that Kirsten Dunsts' character is constantly taking pictures and glueing them into her book and writing captions.  Back then I knew nothing about Art Journalling but was intrigued by the idea of keeping a record of my life like this.  I might have to watch it again.  If you haven't seen it, you should check it out. 

Love this quote.

I am so EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just signed up for Vivianna's class "Quiet Nights" . There are only a few spots left, sign up soon if you want in!!  I thought about it for a long time because part of the class will be running while I am on holidays but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.  I can't wait until March 1st!


I have a thing for lists.  There is something satisfying about writing things down in point form and crossing them off when they are completed.  I like seeing things I love, want to buy, have to pack etc. in list form.  If I had any drawing talent at all, I would draw my lists.  I just love making them.  Most of them are written in my journal. 

I make to-do lists, lists of movies I want to see, books I want to read, stuff I want to buy, things that make me happy, things I am looking forward to, passwords I need, websites I like, just to name a few.  I love looking back on my lists and remembering where I was when I wrote it or what my mindset was.

In my day-planner, I write all kinds of random things in list order.  Stuff that I need to do, stuff I did, favourite tv shows that are on that night.  I highlight them or colour around them.  Sometimes I think I might just do stuff so I can write it down and cross it off.  How neurotic is that??

If I am not carrying my journal with me (which is rare but has happened), I write lists on whatever is handy and usually end up pasting them into my journal.  I attribute my affinity for lists to my elementary school teachers.  Homework was written in list form, spelling lists, word lists, things to bring to school lists, things to pack for school trips.  They are to blame for my obsession.  I have to thank them though, I have become a much more organized and productive person by making these lists.  Not to mention they make me sooooo happy!
I also find that lists help to organize my thoughts so if I am trying to make difficult decisions, a pro/con list helps.  And when I really want to buy something that I don't acutally need, I write a wish-list and then if I still want it later on, I buy it but often my urge passes and I am satisfied with what I have.
What kind of lists to you make?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Snail Mail Happiness

Yesterday, this came in the mail for me. I was/still am sooooo excited.  I ordered this stuff last week and it came super quick, all the way from Japan!

This is a book to store all (well at least 80) of my instax photos.  This is what it looks like inside:

I might have to do something creative to funk it up a bit on the outside.  It's a little too plain for me.  I also got a bag for my instax mini 25:

I love it!  I might also have to make it a little prettier.  Any ideas?  And last but not least, I needed more film before my trip to Vancouver in March.

I love getting mail so much that I think I might subconsiously be ordering stuff just so I can get packages!  I told myself that this was all necessary because I want to be able to take and store a lot of pics of my buddies and I when we're in Vancouver.
I know lots of people have the Instax Mini 7 but I bought the Mini 25 because it has a mirror on the front so that you can set up self portraits really easily.  No messing up and wasting film.  Since this has always been a problem for me, (maybe due to la total ack of hand, eye coordination, lol!) I figured this was an option I couldn't live without.  Plus it zooms in a bit, for a clearer picture.  I heart it.  I have had it for a little less than a year and I haven't used it as much as I want to.  Lately I've picked it up again and am snapping away like crazy!  Here's my  baby:

Happy Wednesday!


I'm so excited!  I just read Elaine's blog, Glow in the Dark Soul, and found out that I was chosen to win her Valentines Day giveaway.  I don't win things very often, usually not at all and to win something from one of the people who inspire me, too cool!  Happy Dance.  And this bracelet is too cute for words...

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This made my day.  Thanks Elaine!

Art Journal Inspiration

I know that I have mentioned this art journal now more than once.  I swear it is not just a figment of my imagination.  I actually have the book, I just have not put anything in it yet.  Tonight is the night.  I promise.  And once I figure out how to scan things in colour on my photocopier, I will post some pics.
I have to say, I am a bit uneasy about keeping two journals.  I have my regular Moleskine for writing in.  I sometimes paste random things (ticket stubs, fruit stickers etc) into it but I have never had a full on art journal that is mostly visual, rather than written.  I think this will be a good thing for me.  I love to scrapbook and this seems like the perfect next step in being more creative. 

I am so inspired by these ladies:

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This is a picture of one of Vivianna's pages.  She is running a class in March.  I am definately going to check it out.  I love her use of Japanese tape, magazine clippings and random scraps of paper.  Sometimes a picture can say more than words.

images via KillerKim's Flickr

I love the messy, creative, collage style of Kim's pages.  She's a very inspiring artist and crafter in general.  I love her pictures too. Check out her blog here.

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The above are some shots of Elaine's art journal pages.  I love how she uses scrapbook elements with everyday stuff, like starbucks bags.  Her blog is full of inspiring, crafty posts.  She's supercool. 

So now that I am properly inspired.  Time to get out the paper, scissors and glue!

Monday, February 15, 2010

To Whom It May Concern

I just want you to know that British Columbia should get a holiday today too.  It seems like every other province has a Statutory Holiday today and the US has Presidents Day.  It's too long of a stretch between New Years Day and Easter; it's plain unhealthy and unfair.  People need a break, especially those who live in the cold, mostly dark north.  I know that life isn't fair but this seems a bit outrageous.  So can you maybe call someone and get them to fix this oversight?


Jane Doe

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Day - The Movie

My mom is the sweetest.  Today we went to see the movie Valentine's Day.  I thought it would be a mushy, goopy mess of love and bitterness but I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to have an actual plot and some unexpected twists.  I don't want to give away too much since it just came out but I think it's worth seeing.  It won't be the blockbuster movie of the year, however it was funny and sweet and an all around feel good movie.  I'm not usually one who gets into the whole Valentines Day hoopla and it's kind of cheesy to go to a movie named Valentines Day on Valentines Day but that's how I roll, total cheese meister and really what else has a single girl gotta do on Valentines Day.  Popcorn and peanut m&m's, holla!

Today was a rather perfect day for me.  Lunch at my favourite place with one of my favourite people, movies with mom and a heart shaped pizza to top it all off.  And they say Valentines Day is for lovers!

Oh and I finally got pictures of little Ruby in the hat I made her from Elsie's tutorial.  Here she is:



Just thought I'd share some weekend purchases:

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I gotta have my Nylon mag, especially if there are pictures of sexy vampires on the front!  Nylon is a pretty cool magazine most days.  It covers everything from, fashion to music to movies and books.  I dig pop culture.  

I also had to have this:
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I am dying to see Alice in Wonderland, I am in love with everything Tim Burton has a hand in. And Mia Wasikowska is beautiful.  Maybe I buy this magazine once a month, just to make sure I'm not missing anything.  Maybe.

And these:
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I love pugs.  Especially ones that have bobble heads and come with seafoam green fire hydrants.

These are just a few things that make me happy.  I am hoping to work in my art journal today and take it easy.  That's what Sunday's are for right?

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Meet Ruby

This post is largely in reaction to a comment my friend made.  He joked that the reason to I started this blog was to post tons of pictures of my puppy in sweaters, like a shrine.  I have to admit that lately I've been obsessed with her because she's just a little pup and she's oh so sweet.  How could I not post a least one or two (or five) pics of her?
This is her whaddya lookin' at? face.

I got her on New Years Eve.  My friend Sam and I drove to Grande Prairie to pick her up.  I was super worried that something was wrong with her because she slept in Sam's arms the entire time we were at the breeders and then all the way home ( a two and a half hour drive).  Turns out that she and her brothers and sisters had been sleeping in the same cage but were about to be split up because they played all night!  So I guess she was just sleep deprived.  She was much more alert the next day but she still needs a lot of sleep because she's a puppy.  I'm so neurotic that when I was at the breeders, I was also worried that there was something wrong with her tail because it wasn't curly.  Her (eight year old) daughter pointed out that when pugs sleep, their tails relax and uncurl.  Who knew?

Recently, I've taken to calling her Ruby Pirhanna because all she does is attack my feet!  Puppy teeth are super sharp.  I bought her a teething ring and everything, just like Cesar said but to no avail, my feet are still her favourite thing to chew.

I love, love, love my puppy. She's 3 months old now.  Time flies. 
And Corey this ones for you:

And one more just because

I, Jane Cullen, do solemly swear, that I will not abuse this blog by hyper-posting pics of my dear Rubes.  (fingers crossed behind my back)

Friday, February 12, 2010


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I  love Friday's.  They're almost festive because everyone is looking forward to the weekend.  People are more relaxed and in a better mood than all of the other days of the work week.  This weekend I am looking forward to:
  • going to this movie
  • reading my newest issue of this magazine
  • making lists in my journal
  • cutting up stuff and gluing it into my new art journal
  • sleeping in on Sunday
  • babysitting the monkeys (niece and nephew)
Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Camera Stories

I love cameras.  So much so that I almost collect them.  My family always jokes that I literally wouldn't be caught dead without one of my cameras, in fact they have threatened to put one in my casket when I die.  What can I say?  I love everything about cameras, especially the cool photos I can take with minimal skills now that they have cameras that pretty much do everything for a person.  I digress.
For as long as I can remember, my Dad had this camera that came on all family vacations and I think it even went to work with him most days.  I coveted that camera, with it's sleek leather, snap off cover and the cool burgundy, leather bag that held it.  It had it's own smell.  To this day, if I smell that musty, leather, dusty smell, I think of my dad and his camera. 

My dad happened upon this camera by chance.  He and my mom were driving along the highway one day and he spotted it on the side of the road.  He pulled over and checked it out and it turns out that it was pretty much brand new.  Being the stand-up guy that my dad always was, he brought it into the local RCMP station and turned it in, thinking that the person who owned the camera would be missing it dearly.  He was told that he had to leave it with them for six months and that if no one claimed it, the camera was his.  Dad checked on it every month, each time surprised that it was still there and ever more hopeful that it might one day be his.  Finally, after six months, no one had claimed the camera and my dad became it's new owner.  That day he went out and bought a camera bag and thus his passion for photography began.  That was before I was born.

When I was about twenty two, I got a new camera and gave my dad my old advantix camera.  It was much smaller and more convenient for him to take with him to work, in case he saw wildlife or rigs or whatever he found interesting (I have to say that besides family photos, the bulk of my dad's pictures were of service rigs and drilling rigs - he loved them).  After that, my dad used a couple of digital cameras and when I was about twenty eight, he gave me the old camera.  Since then, I have looked at it a couple of times, mostly just to remember my dad but I have never used it.  Fast forward to the other day.  I decided it was time to start taking some pictures to see how they would turn out.  I opened the leather case and lo and behold, there was still film in it!  The last time my dad would have used this camera was maybe in the late nineties probably at least 15 years ago.  I am super excited to see what might be on the film.  I have been taking pictures like crazy so that I can take the film in to get it developed.  I promise to post them once I get them.  So, so, so excited!!!!
That camera began my love affair with cameras and photography in general.  Lately I've been thinking of getting a new bag for dad's old camera and re-purposing his vintage camera bag.  It would make a cute purse.  I've seen some cool bags online and am inspired to dress mine up a bit.  What do you think?

I'm sure dad wouldn't mind.