We’re keeping the color train going with our ode to green and blue this week in honor of the release of My Life In Color, our new prompted journal. All aboard! Who are my green/blue lovers? We’ve been having a great conversation about color on our Instagram (head on over to check it out!) where I’m also sharing interiors and styles inspired by the colors. It’s making for quite the feast for the eyes. Join us as I show you how I’m filling out my own copy. You can see the red/pink chapters here and yellow/orange here.
It’s a tough decision, but I think the green chapter is my favorite in both Craft the Rainbow and here in My Life In Color. I love the way that all the various shades of greens work together. There’s something so refreshing about green–maybe it’s because it’s the color of foliage and gardens. On the other hand, blue was my favorite color as a girl. I think it was because of the grunge of the early 90s and inspired my love of navy. I’ve since replaced it with a love of more grey/blues and I especially love wearing it. I’ve noticed that a good portion of my closet is blue.
One of the prompts in the book is below:
Make a list of places, near and far, that you’d love to visit at some point. Here’s my list. What’s on yours?
We’ve been hinting about it here and there, but the secret is finally out!
We’ve released a vibrant collection of rainbow journals and notebooks and they are out TODAY! The collection features three designs including a guided journal titled, My Life In Color, a companion book to Craft the Rainbow, and a softcover blank striped notebook and blank hardcover marbled journal. With a hint of metallic gold and lovely textures, they just might be the prettiest journals you’ve ever laid eyes on. In my humble opinion, of course 😉
Like Craft the Rainbow, My Life In Color features 9 chapters divided by color and asks a series of questions based on color, your experiences with color, and associations with color. It’s hardcover and once you take off the dust jacket you’re in for a real treat, because it features an exposed binding showing off the gorgeous colors of the rainbow.
I’ve always been a color fanatic and have very vivid memories–good or bad–of specific items and rooms. Don’t you? For example:
I remember a burgundy sweatshirt that I wanted to badly when I was young. It was the 90s so it was very much a color of the moment. That, combined with a navy blue and a forest green, and you were SET! I added some classic 90s leggings and an oversized t-shirt and wore that thing out.
I also remember my bicycle that I got for Christmas when I was 10. It wasn’t sitting under the Christmas tree and I was so sad. My dad asked me to go get him a fork from the kitchen and there it was in all her glory. My Huffy White Heat bicycle. She was white with grey speckles on her and she was beautiful. I broke her after only 2 days and we went back to the store to get another and a replacement was nowhere to be found. We called every location in Southern California and no dice. My replacement was a blue and pink combo and I couldn’t STAND the color of the blue or the pink. To this day, those shades give me the icks.
I created this journal because one of the best parts in creating the Craft the Rainbow were the personal anecdotes of each craft and color, but I’m aware–not everyone loves to craft. I GET IT! But! EVERYONE has memories of color and this is a great way to capture those memories and impressions.
Take a look:
I know, guys! We all like color in some way!
BUT, what do we all need even more? Just a plain ‘ole notebook, and we’ve got two of them! One is a plain notebook.
And the other is blank journal.
The blank notebook is softcover in lovely texture. The journal is hardcover and has a gorgeously exposed binding, Isn’t it beautiful?! I love seeing the complete collection of books. From those who love to craft, those who love to journal, and those who love to keep notes and doodle. We can now offer something for everyone!
You can shop the collection in various combinations from our Shop here.
I’d love to hear what YOUR favorite color is and why. Please share using the hashtag #MyLifeInColorBook or #HueAreYou
Some of our favorite bloggers and Instagrammers are sharing their favorite colors. We’ll be sharing about them over the next couple of weeks. And stay tuned for a month of color-themed projects and posts, a color combination for each week!
I’m inspired by the clever work of UK based paper artist, Sarah Louise Matthews, and I was thrilled to find that she has released a paper craft book called, Paper Craft Home, which is available now! It features 25 projects to cut, fold, and shape. I already dog-eared the heck out of mine! It’s great for both beginners and advanced crafters so you can find a little something for everyone. Today she’s sharing a tutorial from the book, the origami lamp shade, which is actually similar in concept to a project from our book, Craft the Rainbow, with a different spin.
Strictly speaking, this lampshade isn’t origami, but it’s a great project to put your paper-folding skills to the test. Once you break the folding down into a step of valley folds followed by a step of mountain folds, it is fairly straightforward, and when mastered, you will be making bespoke lampshades for every room in the house!
Sometimes an occasion just calls for a tea party. And who does tea parties better than the Royals? We were inspired by the lush florals that adorned Prince George’s Chapel on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day. Were you able to catch a glimpse? The arches were covered with white roses and plenty of foliage to create an almost ethereal look. We pared down the look so it would be appropriate for an elegant centerpiece. We used a mixture of tissue paper, crepe paper, and cardstock to get a really lovely mix of textures. Of course, we have to include our Royal Wedding mugs to complete the look!
Find out how to recreate the Royal Wedding Floral Tea Party!
Chances are you’ll recognize her work, but if not, Lisa Congdon is a fine artist, illustrator, and designer you’ll want to get to know! I’ve been a fan of Lisa’s work for years. It’s bright, cheerful, and inspirational. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and she is the author of over 7 books! Her illustrations were featured in one of our last book club books, “Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History.” Getting a later start in the art world, Lisa is an amazing example of following your dreams and working hard for them. Make sure you download the book art she illustrated for us inspired by our very own “Craft the Rainbow!”
We hope you enjoy this inspiring look into Lisa Congdon’s creative process!