March 29, 2014

She Follows Her Muse

I cut an article out of the LA Times Magazine in 2003 when Jillian was in Kindergarten and filed it away.  I knew I had put it in a "safe" place and was sooooo happy when I was able to find it recently.

Article by Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan
Illustration by Mark Gagnon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gagnon

The article, by Patti Davis is kind of a journey through her self-depricating acknowledgement of fashion faux pas, ending with her assertions of sartorial self-acceptance which seem to only come with the grace of maturity.
"Last week I bought an old cotton tablecloth at a flea market for $10.  Half of it is damaged, so I'm going to cut it in two and make a summer top from the undamaged part. I'll make straps from old satin ribbon.  I will hold my head high, and if anyone asks if I am wearing a tablecloth, I will say, "Yes, I am."

That.  Right there.  That is what I wanted Jillian to hold on to.  Unapologetic awesomeness.

I love this quote by Picasso, one of the little freebie niceties in the Cocoa Daisy kits.
The "<3 You" is an exclusive die cut by Evalicious; I put a clear bubble sticker over
the top for some flair-like dimension.

Jillian has always had her own sense of style, a unique way of putting outfits together and wearing them with an ease that is beyond quiet confidence and more simply natural.  She is so genuine in her unique look that it is clear she is not seeking attention from the world, but that the world cannot help but to turn head and notice her.  She is admired by peers and parents, teachers and passersby.

The background was created by coarsely outlining a stencil with liquid matte medium
to create a resist pattern and, once dry, adding watercolors. 

Yes, she certainly does follow her muse.  

I used Prima chalk ink to bring out the texture in the beautiful and exclusive "Love"
letterpress card by Cocoa Daisy.  I hand painted the word muse with black acrylic
paint and traced around the letters and the heart shape for more weight and emphasis.

My plan is to keep the article tucked in a pocket on the back of the layout or in an adjacent page protector.

More watercolor play on a scrap of white card stock used
for my journaling and tucked into a stamped glassine bag. 

"Jillian, I read this article when you were in Kindergarten and knew
I needed to save it for you.  Even then you were this amazing girl
with a unique style all your own.  I never wanted you to lose that.
Now here you are, a Junior in high school and looking toward
attending FIDM.  I am so proud of you!  My heart is so full that
you continue to stay true to your beautiful self."


I created this layout for a game of "Lift Me Up" over on the Cocoa Daisy boards earlier this month.  It's basically like playing Telephone where one person whispers something to another who whispers it to the next person and so on,  till the last person says aloud what they heard and everyone erupts in laughter because it is so far off from the original message.

In the scrapbooking version of the game a starting layout is used for inspiration and emailed to the first scrapper signed on to play.  She then "scrap lifts" the design and creates a layout based on what she's received. Her new layout is sent on to the next person playing the game, and so on, till the last person finishes.  Then all the layouts are revealed.

Here is Suz Mannecke's layout that was sent to me as inspiration.
You can check out her personal blog for LOTS more!

I took inspiration from the background paper, the multi-font title, the paper clips
and their placement,  and the diagonal striped element along the bottom.

It is so fun to look at the chain and see what parts of each design spoke to the next person in line and try to follow the chain back to the original lift.  Can you see a resemblance?  

You can click this link to see all of the lovely creations and the order in which the chain progressed.  It will take you to the thread on the Cocoa Daisy message board.  There were enough ladies who joined the game that two "teams" were formed, each using the same starting point.  Enjoy!  One of the things I love most about the CD community aside from how genuine, sweet, and supportive they are is the inspiration, talent, and variety of scrapbooking that can be found there.  Love them!

Thank you for visiting and following my muse! :)


  1. Jillian certainly has remained true to her muse! She is a lovely creative young woman. This page is wonderful, Lisa. <3

  2. I love this! Love Jillian's style and creativity!! She's awesome like her momma!

    Miss you! xo

    1. You are sweet, Mrs. K! I miss you, too!


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