What You'll Find Here

I post daily (photos of my journal pages, things that inspire me and personal bits and pieces) to inspire and encourage others. I have always believed that if I can do it, so can you.

You'll find resources (my favorite supplies, books, slideshows of my art journal pages, favorite bloggers, etc...) listed along the right hand side of my blog.

I've been teaching both in person and online workshops for over seventeen years now. You can find out more about my classes by scrolling down along the right hand side of my blog. I strive to make classes accessible to everyone (both beginner to advanced).

I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at EGorey99@sbcglobal.net

Thanks for stopping by!

-Kelly

Friday, April 30, 2010

May 1st Free comic book day!



http://freecomicbookday.com/

Small sampling of what we did last weekend at Frenzy Stamper

Barbara, Jennifer and Ms Frenzy Stamper Herself posted about the weekend. Photos above are of my sample pages from my 2 day Rejuvenations class and my Metamorphosis class.

Saturday, May 1st is not only Kentucky Derby Day but also Free Comic Book Day! also, National Scrapbooking Day! Tristan and I will be at Golden Apple Comics and Meltdown Comics in L.A.

Blog Love:
Zine Envy
Kindness

Patti Smith on Democracy Now

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The weekend...


I had a great time teaching this past weekend at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, Az. I just wanted to write a big thank you. It was a great weekend when I was teaching and with friends. Thank you guys!

On the home front, it was a weird weekend. Some would say it was a weekend filled with drama. One that you don't want to happen often as it would make you crazy. We had an Invasion of the Stupid Building Management company on Thursday. All caught on video tape (with their approval). Watching it makes my head hurt.

Saturday, we found out about some sad family things that have happened. My heart goes out to our family members who are going through all of this.

Saturday night, I found out (by accident) that my sister's beloved dog, Dewey, had died. He had been sick for a long time. It was the same day that my nephew was brought home from the hospital. My Mom had been taking care of Dewey (also known as the "Grand Dog") for the past few weeks. It happened at her house and the doggie died in his sleep. They found him curled up on the rug in the morning. I dreaded having to come home yesterday for the first time in my life. How was I going to tell Tristan that his best furry friend was gone??? Tristan talks about two things: Lego and Dewey, Dewey and Lego. I waited until Monday afternoon (after I got home from AZ and did all of the things we had to do-return the rental car, etc...) and we took him to a place far from home. I didn't want him to have to associate anything with losing his best furry friend that day.

So, if I am quiet and melancholy for a bit you know that we are all aching from the loss of a damn good dog. Dewey, we love you and miss you!

This was Dewey's "Want to go out?" or "Dewey, want a yum yum face?"

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Book of Intentions page 8

Blog Love:
Paper n stitch Workspace Wednesdays
Tara Ross new journal pages
Damn, I wish I had seen these on ebay. I usually check and haven't in a bit.
Fat Quarterly zine
Patty is cleaning house and the pictures make me drool (especially the wood handled rubber stamps)

Films Watched:
Rocky

FYI, for those of you in Hollyweird, Mel Brooks is getting his star this Friday. If I was home, you know I'd be there.

Quick update on Adventures in Renting:
Went to the Rent Stabilization board today. Spoke with four different people, all four said different things, contradicting each other. Was told by the main woman at Rent Stabilization that "they" would not come into our apartment today. One inspector said that they were only going to one apartment (not ours). The main inspector said that they were going into all of the apartments (yet the others did not receive notices), and that they would not come here today. We were also told that our building is not covered under Rent Control since the new owners bought the building (in 2001 with a loan of one million, seven hundred thousand dollars from the West Hollywood Community Development Commission-which is part of West Hollywood city government) and turned into low income housing (we are legacy tenants and not under the low income program). We went to the rent stabilization board to find out if the notice was legal. We showed them the agreement (that we have copies of) between the city of West Hollywood and the non profit that says specifically that we are covered under rent control. Yet, everyone at rent control said that because we are now owned by the non profit that we are NOT covered under rent control and that we are under L.A. County laws. WTF?
The adventure continues...

Trekking to Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale, AZ today. I can't wait!!!! If you see a redhead blasting music on the 10 going East, with art supplies bursting out of the car, wave!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Book of Intentions page 7

Blog Love:
Catherine Willis over at Dear Ada
Where it's always a Good Mail Day!
DIY: The Hanger Hook
I'm not the only one who LOVES this book.
Journal Page LOVE
Chiratorn

Films Watched:
Casino Royale (NOT the version you think! I *love* Peter Sellers!)

Adventures in Renting:
A notice was left on our door (4/20) addressed specifically to David and myself saying that the building manager,'s boss, a representative of the city of West Hollywood and a member of the people who own this building are coming into our apartment between and 1 and 3 on Thursday (4/22) for another "inspection". We one of two tenants who received this unit in the whole building. I spoke with the building manager on 4/20 and he told me that there is a concern that our unit is "too cluttered" to be considered "safe". We've lived here for 14 years and have never ever had this problem. I feel as if we are being harassed plain and simple. We are one of the oldest tenants in the building (14 years) and our rent is cheap (compared to the rest of West Hollywood). They want us out. They've tried things in the past and I wouldn't put it past them to do it again.

On a good note, my bags are packed. My handouts are printed. Clothes need to be packed. Art Journal bag needs to be packed. Paper. Paint. Stamps. Tape. Stickers. Bookbinding supplies. Stuff to make tons of cool pages. Check. Check. and Check. Frenzy Stamper, here I come!!! I can't wait!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Book of Intentions page 2

One thing that I love about the above journal is its simpleness. A glue stick. Some paper. A pen or two. A little bit of musing and a whole lot of love. I find that if I don't work in my journal daily, I get grumpy or bitchy. It's like eating or breathing to me, a necessity. A need, not a want.

Blog Love:
Michael DeMeng speaks the truth
Ali Edwards: Documenting a Week in Your Life
Che Guevara tape
More tape I don't have
PINK art show this Saturday
Supply Love
A Damn Good Mail Day
Some 2010 Craft Shows in So CA
Yellena
Hannelore Baron
I want to go to all of the places in these paintings. Now. Not Someday.

Films Watched:
The Children's Hour (more here)

Books Being Consumed:
Print & Pattern
Hand Wash Cold
Imperfect Birds
Uppercase
and a huge pile that has plopped itself at the head of my bed!

Teaching:
Sunday 4/18 @ Stampin From the Heart in LA (class is a GO, please phone the store to sign up)
Fri-Sun 4/23-25th Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale (I can't wait!!!!!)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Book of Intentions page 1

The pages of this book are nestled inside of two little flaps. When it's open the flaps can either get folded in or thrown open like shown in the top photo. I made the book small (4x8") because small pushes me and I wanted something that I could easily throw in my purse and bring with me anywhere and everywhere. Working in a large book is easy for me, small is difficult.

My class at Stampin' From The Heart on Sunday is a GO, so sign up while you can! I don't like to repeat classes at the same location, preferring to make way for new classes. So, if you're interested, catch it when you can. I promise the class is loaded with techniques and will keep your head spinning (in a good way)!

This is the page in my "Love Story" (previous) journal that I didn't show you here. Well, here it is on Creative Catalyst with the story that goes with it! Thank you, Creative Therapy for the opportunity!

Blog Love-
A thank you book over at oh, hello friend.
Camilla Engman cleaning and collections
I wish I could have gone to this.
I can't wait to get my grubby mitts on this book!
Love the journal pages here and here.
DIY shower curtain and recycled upside down planters.

Films Watched-
Boxcar Bertha

Thank you to all of you who wrote about my Dad and my cousin Bev. Dad is home on the road to mending after his surgery on Monday. The doctor said everything went well and his arm is looking good. My cousin Bev needs lots of good thoughts, prayers and all things good that you want to send her way. She heard back from the doctor that it is cancer and she has different things scheduled. It sounds like they are taking good care of her but everyone who knows Bev loves and adores her and wants her to be well and on the road to healing...Thanks for listening and for caring.
Remembering Emily Quinlan today.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Book of Intentions

I'll be showing you the pages in a book I made and completed within a couple of days. I'm calling it "The Book of Intentions". It's a fun book that can fit in your purse. It's an ideal travel journal, work journal or general "on the go" type book. I had a great time working in it.

Celebrating the Life of Howard Zinn this Sunday, April 18th at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Blvd 5 p.m. More info here.

Blog Love-
Bill Koeb
D'blogala
Jr_nal

Really? It was 20 years ago on April 8th that Twin Peaks debuted. I was in High School.
One of my top five favorite TV shows. Ever. Damn good show.

Monday, April 12, 2010

30 March 2010 journal page-last page!

Please keep my Cousin Bev in your thoughts and prayers. They found a small spot on one of her lungs and she's very upset and scared (rightfully so)! She hopes to schedule a biopsy asap. Any good thoughts and prayers would be appreciated.

Dad goes in today for surgery on his arm (he fell and hurt his arm while driving back home from a road trip a couple of weeks ago). So good thoughts and prayers all around are always appreciated. :)

Some Blog Love-
Jane has new journals in her etsy shop. Yummy.
Tree stuffies!
Jr_nal
I love Linda and Karen (who doesn't?)

Getting the most from your veggies.

Reading:
Hand Wash Cold

Watched:
Pinocchio

Sunday, April 11, 2010

29 March 2010 journal pagee

Blog Love-
I love when Sharyn and Jane post their journal pages.
Curious Girl meets Anne Lamott (totally jealous here!) :)
Lovely.
Luscious.
Layered and Fabulous.
Erin Faith Allen found via Teesha.

Home today. It's the last day of Tristan's vacation. We're laying low at home today for a fun day of art and Lego! Yesterday, Tristan and I went to KinoBuyItAll (aka Kinokuniya) where I was fairly well behaved and picked up a couple of pens, two rolls of tape and two books. We then hopped on the 110, took a detour (to avoid a big accident on the 5) and drove through Highland Park. Fun exploring L.A.! Porto's in Glendale. Lego store in Glendale where I swear we spent two hours filling Tristan's two pick a brick cups. A good day was had by all. :)

Friday, April 09, 2010

28 March 2010 journal page

Blog Love-

A Loving Eulogy to Our Friend, Renee.

Cousin George has a website! Yay!
Rambling Rose and her vintage finds and work in process.
Line Juhl Hansen and how very much I love her work (here too).
I love the looks of this magazine.
Little Paper Houses tutorial...follow the link
#531 The Big Night Nap of 1,000 Awesome Things.
Make stuff for 24 hours found via Life in the AZ Desert
Tea for Two by Kaili Ittensohn over at Huas Maus
I love Christine Mason Miller and her words of wisdom.

Just a little documentation (for future reference for me here), we received a notice on the door Wednesday afternoon from the building manager saying someone was coming into the apartment on Thursday to measure the unit. (Note: The notice wasn't 24 hours and that's illegal.) Note said that someone could come between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wasted a whole day as no one showed or left a note saying what was going on. Wouldn't have been so bad, but Tristan's vacation is this week and it's been two days at home when we could be out doing something. I love being a renter!

Don't forget-TWO classes scheduled this weekend. If you're interested, please sign up asap! I won't be teaching either class locally for awhile as I have lots of new classes that I'm eager to debut. Urban Craft Center on Saturday, Art Bar on Sunday. Have a great weekend!

Films Watched:
The Third Man
It's one of my favorite films. (I'll be humming the song for weeks...and now you will be, too!)