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happy new year wallpaper…

happy new year wallpaper…

i did post one of these on my facebook wall…but i thought i’d share them here as well! there’s just something about having a fresh and fun wallpaper on your mobile devices! i had posted one or 2 for Christmas, and so here is one to celebreate the NEW year!?

here is another one… i like to change them up! these are high enough res so they will work on the tablets as well:

you can pull them right from here, and if you need instructions to load them to your iphone or ipad, click here … if you have some of the other devices, maybe you can google for instructions to add them. i only have an iphone.


these just **might** be a little sign of something to come for  V A L E N T I N E S   D A Y from THE jessica sprague and me!

new years, new years resolutions get a bad rep!  you know… yea, i think that it’s normal to get caught up in that ‘NEW YEAR’ feeling, where you want to fix ALL the things that are wrong… you want to be BETTER!! last night i was at the gym for one of the classes that Eric and i like to attend, and even the instructor was illuding to the fact that after a week or 2 things would be ‘back to normal’ at the gym (since the class was packed with those who maybe this instructor considered only in it for the ‘resolution’ grace period of what, 2 weeks?)  i love ‘the middle’… do you watch it? it’s on before ‘Modern Family’ on ABC Wed nights. it’s a favorite of ours for sure! last night, the family went so far as choosing RESOLUTIONS for each other! (anonymously) and then were rewarded when they went a week KEEPING that resolution!  so funny! it made me wonder what my family would encourage ME to do for a resolution!  i have setteled for sure on TWO resolutions.  and i have resolved NOT to make weight loss one of them! ….. 🙂 never works fo me!… however, one of my resolutions is to take 4 online classes this year. I want to take them from 4 different people, on 4 different things that i WANT to learn. SKILLS that will push the envelope for me personally.  online classes are awesome– do at your own pace, in your own home. i LOVE to teach classes online- i love being able to film in my studio, and do things that you just can’t do in one or 2 or even 3 hour hands-on-workshop!  i have been in full swing working like crazy on my next online class “The Art of Observation” that will kick off in April –that will be a 12 week course. i hope you will plan on joining me!

for this first quarter of the new year, i have signed up for Jessica Sprague’s Digital Art Journaling class.


this i copied from her website:

Art journaling is the process of creating a visual diary – a very personal look at your own inner landscape, but also a place to experiment with art and mixed-media techniques that you can use in other projects, or that become an art form in and of themselves. For the first time ever, Jessica is teaming up with renowned artist & designer Nancie Rowe Janitz to bring you a class that combines traditional art journaling techinques with the ease and sophistication of a digital format! In this four-week instructor-led class, complete with an exclusive 200+ piece kit designed by Nancie, you’ll jump-start your creativity and learn gorgeous mixed media techniques to add to your digital projects.
In our class, we’ll experiment with adding brushwork from various media, including acrylics and watercolor, as well as combining traditional mixed-media techniques such as painting with bubble wrap with our all-digital format. At the end of class, you’ll have 12 artist journal pages you’ve created yourself using brushes, stamps, vintage and modern collage imagery, stitches, type, photographs, as well as a special surprise! You’ll be adding your own handwriting in a font we’ll help you make in class!
As a framework for the class, Jessica will provide journaling prompts for each project to help guide your writing and sharpen the focus of your pages.
What You’ll Learn in Class:
  • Writing journaling using prompts
  • Design theories related to art journaling
  • How to Install & stamp brushes
  • Blending multiple layers together
  • Digital painting
  • Create a font from handwriting
  • Use painterly backgrounds
  • Create a font with your own handwriting

Prerequisite: I strongly recommend that you begin your Photoshop journey with the Up and Running with Photoshop class, which walks you through the basics of Photoshop and will make this Instructor-led class more enjoyable for you with those skills under your belt.

*** the $48 class also includes a 200 pc digi kit. designed by Nancie Rowe Janitz (HELLO!)


**the reason i am taking this class is because i want to push what i know so far of photoshop. Photoshop is an amazing LIFE SKILL– whether you use those skills for digital scrapbooking or for every other area of your life (making cards, handouts, announcements, advertisements, business cards, note cards, calendars, chore charts, invites……and the list goes on…) Photoshop is a daily use operation for me, and not just in my work, but in my life! i LOVE learning each and every new thing. i am not really a ‘digital scrapbooker’…hybrid, yes… i like to make things i can USE on a scrapbook page. but  i feel that my photoshop skills are some of my most valuable. for 2012, i really want to grow my photoshop skills!  sounds like the class will be rewarding and challenging– but more important to me- valuable in the CREATIVE skills of photoshop. Jess is an amazing teacher. This class starts January 9th and goes until the 29th. Frankly, with CHA this month, i won’t be able to keep up with the class. but the beauty of the classes on JS.com… is that they are ALWAYS available to you- you can do them REALLY at your own pace. anwyay… i think that learning these skills are going to totally up my game. it’s a resolution i can’t screw up!


i must admit…i have seen the class samples, and i am looking forward to the creative push!  take a look at it, and consider jumping in! 2012 is looking bright!  This year, for me is all about having Courage.  2012 is Courage Bright!


oh… jessica is giving away a FREE CLASS on her blog… go enter to win!


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