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Apple Picking …in progress

2 May

I’ve had the idea to use produce labels in an art journal page for quite a while, so today, making applesauce, seemed the perfect day.  This page is in progress and not complete, but it is fun to use everyday household things in an art journal page.  I’m going to call it “Apple Picking” because I am just terrible at picking fruit.

Art Prompt: Find something around the house and use it to create a journal page.

Writing Prompt: Use this page as a writing prompt…write about fruit, apple picking, applesauce, produce labeling….whatever comes to mind…or…

Cooking Prompt:  Make applesauce!apple labels 4


Over the moon…

12 Mar
Pink sky march 2016

Neon pink sky…

The sky was pink
And so in a blink
I grabbed my camera
There was no time to think
The picture does no justice
It doesn’t quite show
The exquisite sky colors
The brightness, the glow
So go get your camera
And shoot something neat
Right in front of your eyes
Or even at your feet
Paste it in your journal
And use it to inspire
A poem or a writing
Before you retire.
If not today
Then tomorrow or soon
Just do it, I say,
You’ll feel over the moon.

Life Lessons…

23 Feb

45 Lessons Life Has Taught Me, written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Ohio.  These are wonderful lessons, and make interesting journaling prompts. Write your own list of “Lessons Life Has Taught Me,”  or choose one of Regina Brett’s lessons that moves you and write about that.

45 Lessons Life Has Taught Me


40 lessons

Repeat after me…

13 Feb
Repeating girls

My cirle of friends…

Its interesting to experiment with repetition, of words or images, in your journal. On this page I began with a rubber stamp called “Girl Frolic” and stamped it reapeatedly in a cirle. I will use this as a journal prompt and perhaps write about ” My cirle of friends” or the power of sitting and writing in a cirle, as we often do, in my journal workshops. Rubber stamps can be stamped repeatedly to make a pattern on a page.  Words can be repeated to make an interesting journal prompt:

If only…

If only….

If only…

Prompt: Try some repetition in your journal this week and see where it leads you.



Six Word Memoirs…

12 Jan
I’m currently facilitating a Jewish Journaling Workshop at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County in Freehold, NJ.  Today I introduced the group to the book and website   where you write your life story in 6 words.  We had a great time with this.   Today I wrote “Me, myself, wife and grandma twice.”  There is also a section to write 6 words about Jewish Life which fit in very well to the topics covered in our workshop.  I wrote “Lost and found my Jewish Heritage.”  You can also submit your 6 work memoirs online, and I did.   I encourage you to write your 6 word memoirs, and submit them on the site.  You’ll enjoy reading all the others, they are fascinating, moving, fun and even a bit outrageous. My six words of advice:  Be brave and go for it.

Word “Press” Page…

2 Jan

You don’t have to complete a page when you start it. Sometimes I’ll go back into a page many times before I decide its complete, and then years later I’ll come across it and add something new.  This page is “in the works” … I looked for words that I liked, things that interested me etc., and pasted them down wherever they seemed to fit.  Art Joural Prompt: Try your own Word “Press” Page…just cut ’em out, add some glue, and press.


P.S:  I may decide to write/journal around the words, or I may add more words to fill the page. It’s very freeing and comforting not to have any agenda, rules or expectations.

word page

My word “press” page…in progress.

Adding color…

16 Dec

Its important to add color to your life wherever you can. I met this adorable pup enjoying a spring like day outside at a local Starbucks. How can you add some color to your life today?IMG_20151215_200950