Friday, September 19, 2014

99 - School



After sitting down one afternoon and writing out a list of dreams and goals that I have one that came floating up was the desire to go back to college and finish my art degrees and Japanese minor.

SO...

I re-enrolled at Boise State University. Of course its been several years since I worked on my art degree and the Art Department has changed a few things in their program but more on that later.

So here is the rundown on my class schedule:

Art History 101

Japanese 101

Philosophy 321

And a couple of weekend workshops to fill credit hours.


Today: Art History 101.

Ok to be honest I am not loving my art history teacher. She doesn't listen to the concerns of the students and acts very contemptuous of the students. She also goes either way too fast or way too slow during class. Despite all of that though I am getting some inspiration from the class. There are style viewpoints that I have not tried my hand at in a long time and I think it would be interesting to see how they might coordinate with my own personal style.

Now to todays digital artwork:

A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art,around the web, and some of my own that I have created. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.



LH

98 - Health



So after getting off track in my life for the last several years I have been working hard to get back to who I really am and fix the problems that have been in my life. Things are slowly coming together. Its not 100% there yet but I feel like the universe is slowly aligning to bring to me the help I need to reach my dreams and goals.

Of course this has been an uphill battle, one of which my body is sadly fighting me on.

*deep breath*

I have fibromyalgia, depression, adhd, ptsd, stage two liver damage, and, I hope, nothing else.

Of all of these the fibro has been the worst.

I refuse to let these problems control my life however. So I am learning how much I can push myself each day. This means I have had to cut back on many things that I love to do.

But, as many artists do, I am choosing to use these things and other problems in my life as inspiration for more artwork.

So of what I have been creating has had darker tones to it but in channeling that darkness into artwork I am finding that it helps to heal what is broken.

This next digital piece isn't channeled from a darker side but its still a piece I am proud of.

A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art,around the web, and some of my own that I have created. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

97 - Swapbot



So if you have not had a chance to check this site out and you are a lover of getting snail mail, making new friends, and crafting, then this is the site for you!

Swap-Bot is a great online community where you can meet new people and exchange letters and other items.

Quick Tip: Before you sign up please read the faq's, glossary, and site information. After you sign up ask to get into the Newbie Helpers group and read their forum information. This will give you a good understanding of how the site works before you jump into swapping.

And now, after a hiatus of sorts, of which there sadly may be another one before the new year, I bring to you:

A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art,around the web, and some of my own that I have created. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

96 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

95 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

94 - A Digital Freebie!



A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

93 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Monday, June 9, 2014

92 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

91 - A Digital Freebie!



A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Sunday, June 8, 2014

90 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

89 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Saturday, June 7, 2014

88 - A Digital Freebie!



A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

87 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Friday, June 6, 2014

86 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

85 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Monday, May 26, 2014

84 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Sunday, May 25, 2014

83 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Monday, May 19, 2014

82 - Very Proud of Myself



So in an effort to get back to my roots and who I really am I have started submitting work again to various publications. Recently another artist in Italy named Irene Dose decided to do an open call for submissions for a zine she was putting together. I submitted my work but wasn't sure if I would get selected for final inclusion.

So I am sitting in Jack in the Box on Saturday morning with my kids waiting for a parade to start when I decide to go check on the status of the submission...

I think I scared the people in Jack in the Box.

My shout of joy startled several people.

Anyways... here is the link to the announcement.

LH

81 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

80- A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

79 - Craft Store Shopping - No Guilt



Thanks to my amazing friend Johnna (Hi! Johnna...wait...I don't think she reads my blog...I has a sad now.)

Anyways...

Thanks to my amazing friend Johnna I was able to do a little craft store shopping yesterday. (Heck Ya Giftcards!)

I scored this cute 12" tall dark brown wire hanging dressform that is going to go perfect with some handmade items I received from another friend awhile back. I also got some clearance 12x12 sheets of paper and some Project Life mini kits. I intend to use some of both in a personal journal I have been slowly working on.

Been doing a lot of yoga lately and stationary bike riding. I am now up to an hour on the bike, which is a huge improvement over the 15 minutes I was barely able to do a couple of weeks ago. While the scale says I haven't lost weight I know that I am feeling better. Now if I can just get to working out more than twice a week...

Yoga - Is something that I recommend to everyone. HOWEVER, start out in a beginners class to get the hang of it before you go into something else. I have a YMCA membership and many of the locations offer a beginners yoga class.


LH

Saturday, May 10, 2014

78 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

77 - Back In The Groove



Taking a break sometimes can be a very good thing. I can't say that I am 100% again but the last several weeks away from many parts of the internet have given me some clarity and a new focus.

There is a sign hanging in my bedroom right now it reads:

LIVE WHAT YOU LOVE

So I started a like/love list by year. As I have been working through each year and memory time traveling back to that point in my life I am amazed at how many interests I have had that have gone by the wayside over the years due to all the unplanned events in my life. And the bigger thing I realise is that I still like/love all these interests.

However I have come to dislike certain "so-called" interests in my life:

1. Facebook
2. Twitter
3. Posting YouTube videos
4. Blogger
5. Design Teams

I did the whole jump on the bandwagon thing and found that despite all the research out there, that proves the way to grow customers is to have a full SEO and all the bells and whistles, its just too much work for not enough reward.

So I decided to try something. I made myself a Tumblr account. And I updated it with only the things that I really like and love. I post when I feel like it. I interact with people on there in the manner that I want to.

And you know what?

I have had this blog for over three years and only have something like maybe 20 dedicated followers in all that time. I have only been on Tumblr since March 6th of this year and I already have 18 followers.

What does this tell me?

That being true to myself is more interesting to people than being mainstream and jumping on the bandwagon.

Starting today I am going to start clearing out the things in my life that do not help me or serve no purpose other than to "appear" normal.

LH

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Personal Note..


Dear Readers,

So today I am going to do something that I consider quite taboo in the blogging world. I am going to mix my personal life and business life. Normally I work really hard to keep my personal life and my business life separate as much as possible. But today I am going to break down that barrier for this one post and put it all out there, the good, the bad and the downright ugly.

Why am I getting so personal?

Because sometimes in order to start one’s life over you have to air a little dirty laundry, shake out the dust, and scrub away the grime.

For the last nine years I have been with a man who I thought was a dear companion, a good father and an honest person. Nothing could have been further from the truth. On December 17th, 2013 my whole world came crashing down around me. Hopes and dreams that I had for the future of my family had to be reevaluated. The man who I thought would never wrong me or my children… well I discovered that he was really a monster. I won’t go into detail as to what happened but know that this man, who I called lover and husband, is now sitting behind bars for a long time and left me to pick up the pieces. People that I thought I could trust either broke that trust or vanished from my life. Someone once said that you don’t really know who loves you, and will stand by you, until you go through a crisis. I have found this to be very true.

Trust is such a fragile thing, and once broken it cannot always be mended.

And it is because of this, and the fact that I have to protect my children, that I have closed some doors and broken some ties.

Now here I am months later feeling like a dense mental fog is being lifting, feeling like a thick veil that shrouded me from everyone and everything has been torn asunder. There are days of extreme sadness and pain. But there are bright points of happiness as well. I rarely talk about my personal life on this blog but due to the situation I find myself having to confess that one of the many reasons I am not regular with my postings is because of health issues, both mental and physical, that have been exacerbated by the events that started in December of last year.

So why am I telling you all of this?

I speak out on these issues because I think it is unfair that you my readers and peers should have to suffer consequences from my inability to balance my life at this moment. Because despite desperately trying to keep my personal life and my business life separate my personal life has been affecting my business life.

I tell you this because I have held back on posting certain things over the years because I was convinced by a master manipulator that who I was as a person wasn’t good enough and shouldn’t be shared. I held back because I was convinced that sharing my hopes, dreams, passions, interests, fears and goals would not be received well and that I just shouldn’t bother.

THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE.

I lost who I was as a person and now I am working on regaining who I am. I need to take some time to get my life back in order and to heal my heart and soul. I tell you this dear reader because I don’t want any of you to think that I have given up on my true goals and dreams. I may not post as much as I would like over the next couple of weeks but I will get back to regular daily postings very shortly.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,
Laurie Hansen

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

76 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

75 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Monday, March 24, 2014

74 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Sunday, March 23, 2014

73 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Monday, March 17, 2014

72 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Saturday, March 15, 2014

71 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Friday, March 14, 2014

70 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Thursday, March 13, 2014

69 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

68 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

67 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Monday, March 10, 2014

66 - Time Off


I decided I need to take some time off recently from my blog so I haven't been posting each day. Sometimes we just need to recharge our batteries. Spring is in the air which means spring cleaning. I got a jump start on the cleaning this year way back in January. So I really only have one room left that needs a deep cleaning.

As you all can tell I have been doing far more digital creating lately than I have anything else. Sometimes its like that when we create. You have to work with the creative energy you are given.

LH

Thursday, March 6, 2014

65 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

64 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

63 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Monday, March 3, 2014

62 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Sunday, March 2, 2014

61 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

60 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH

Friday, February 28, 2014

59 - A Digital Freebie!


A digital freebie for all of you! The images used to make this printable came from Photoshop brush sets found on Deviant Art and around the web. This one of a kind creation from yours truly that can be downloaded, printed and used for all your card making, scrapbooking, paper crafting and mixed media creations. Please do not re-distribute, link backs are fine and of course please do not take credit for creating this.


LH