get messy art journal | march

art journal | March | momentstolivefor.com

This month was filled with life. We went on a vacation in the Netherlands, I met a lot of friends, the weeks were filled with dates with friends and colleagues and work was full of meetings and tasks. Therefore there weren’t enough hours in the day for anything else, but I’m totally okay with it since time with friends and family is my highest priority. Living my life is important to me. So it’s okay, if I don’t find the time for crafting or blogging. That’s one of the main reasons, why I don’t monetize this blog. Because I like the freedom to blog, when I want and don’t have to meet any deadlines.

A few weeks ago I started a new Pinterest board about art that inspires me and would like to copy as art journal page. At the moment I try to change my style of art journaling and try a lot of new ways to fill a page. So these pages look a lot different than the ones I did until now.

art journal | March | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | March | momentstolivefor.com


art journal | Get Messy | momentstolivefor.com

get messy art journal | february

art journal | February | momentstolivefor.com

This month was a busy one. We had a lot of gatherings with friends and family. So not much time for anything else, like art journaling. But at least I tried something new, a new art journal format: a little Moleskine cahier in A6 format. It’s perfect to use up your paper scraps and the letters are looking really big on the pages. The only thing, that bothers me, is the thin paper. If I write on one page, you can see it on the other side. So not beautiful. But maybe I have to find a new way to work with this kind of paper. How do you work with too thin paper?

art journal | February | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | February | momentstolivefor.com

This is the February prompt from Get Messy: “What is the one thing you most want your children (real or imaginary) to know about love?”. I found it hard to decide, which ‘fact’ is most important, so I wrote everything down. But it was very interesting to think about, what I would tell my future children or a good friend, who is still looking for love and struggeling. As a background I used the negative surroundings from an alphabet sticker sheet. Not sure, how it’s called. Especially with the different colors it looks so fun.

Love | Get Messy prompt February | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | February | momentstolivefor.com


art journal | Get Messy | momentstolivefor.com

Sketchbook Project 2012

Create & Capture - cover | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

In 2012 I stumbled upon the Sketchbook Project. If you haven’t heared about it, it’s a collection of sketchbooks all in one library and made by you. To be exact, you order an official sketchbook on their website and when it arrives, you fill it up with your sketches, collages or whatever comes into your mind. When you are done, you send it back and it will be catalogued and can be viewed by anyone visiting the library on the internet, if you choose the digital version too. The little library of The Sketchbook Project is mobile and travels through the USA and sometimes even around the world.

When I ordered a sketchbook of my own, I was simply curious, what I would come up with. Since you don’t have a set theme to work around, you are free to choose whatever you want. You can even rip it apart and stitch it together, if you want to. It took me a long time to choose a theme, but when I found it (“Create & Capture”), I finshed the sketchbook within two weeks. And I came up with totally new ideas and styles of collages for me. It was like a journey to know myself better. I posted every page in 2012 on the blog, but since the pages look like an art journal and the photos are way too small, I thought it would be fun to share them again with you in a single post, all together.

Create & Capture this moment | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

The Big C | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Try again | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Sing your song | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Logic & Imagination | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Life is short | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Photography | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Create, don't be afraid | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

A wow moment | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

I see something beautiful | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Enjoy the little things | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Create | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

No wrong, no right | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Create something new | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

Create something, something bold | Sketchbook Project 2012 | momentstolivefor.com

If you are interested to participate in the Sketchbook Project yourself, you can order your sketchbook here.

what’s on my craft table?

make it happen | garland | momentstolivefor.com

‚Make it happen‘ – this little garland should spend motivation, when I’m working on my craft table. It hangs above my head in my chosen colors for this year. This year is about getting things done, staying motivated and share it with everyone.


Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

Since I decided to do this year’s Project Life album just with the colors black, white, grey and gold (more to that in another post), I collected and made a lot of cards. I cut some from scrapbooking paper like here from the awesome collection of Amy Tangerine ‚Stichted‘, painted some myself and collected beautiful pictures from Pinterest and put them in the right format. Now I’m looking forward to a lot of Project Life this year.


Project Life cards | momentstolivefor.com

When I saw all these beautiful cards on Pinterest and was inspired by all the gold used lately everywhere in design, I started to design my own Project Life cards. Some are especially focused on my one little word ‚share‘, since it will accompany me the whole year.


one little word calendar & project planner | momentstolivefor.com

The year of 2015 began with my one little word ‚share‘ and a whole lot of planning for smaller and bigger projects. I created a calendar with my „one little word“ to accompany while working on my craft desk. You can download it here. And I made a little board to stay focused on all the photography and craft projects this year.


Project Life album | momentstolivefor.com

Last week I finally ordered the rest of 2014 photos for my Project Life album and almost all photos of January 2015. I spend almost the entire Friday evening and Saturday with cutting, corner rounding and filling in photos into the pockets. Some of it I even did on Saturday morning in bed. Additionally I put some filler cards into old pages from my teen years and started with my 2015 album. So much fun.


origami fox & bows | momentstolivefor.com

Since I had so much fun with origami in December I made it a point to try some new origami projects in 2015 like the bows for gifts and the baby fox (found via How About Orange).


art journal | momentstolivefor.com

In December I was so busy with Christmas preparations and crafting little origami trees and Santas, that I never got to art journaling. Not until January, when I finally grabbed my art journals and started again and that with a big bang of an art journal marathon.


knitting | momentstolivefor.com

I don’t know why, but in January I feel like knitting. Like last year I started a new attempt. This is how far I’ve got until now. The problem is I started with too fine wool and knit needles. Therefore I don’t really see a progress and that’s not really motivating. So I plan to buy thicker knit needles and wool and hopefully I will stick to knitting for a long while.

get messy art journal | january

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

There’s a giveaway today on my Instagram @sabinecrafts. I’m giving away a free spot on the awesome Get Messy Art Journal community, that Caylee and Lauren worked so hard for the last months. It starts at Feb 5th and I can’t wait to see, what they’ve created. You can follow the community at Instagram @getmessyartjournal.

Inspired by Caylee, who filled an entire art journal cahier in one night, I journaled all Sunday through and made a lot of new pages. The “struggle” page and the black out text are prompts from the Get Messy Newsletter. The other themes simply crossed my mind. I tried not to overthink every page and instead just went with the flow. It was an fabulous experience to see, what I’m capable of, when I let my feelings reign and not my head.

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | January | momentstolivefor.com

art journal | Get Messy | momentstolivefor.com

Get Messy – the big announcement

Get Messy cover

“Get Messy is becoming a full-fledged art journaling extravaganza and you’re invited to the party! We listened to your emails and comments and the Get Messy that you know and love is growing and evolving into an art journaling program. It is for anyone who is a curious beginner or a seasoned artist. There will be prompts, linkups, tutorials, accountability, and resources. And our glorious GM community. Hop over to Lauren or Caylee‘s blog for more information and make sure you sign up for the Get Messy Newsletter to be the first to know when the program launches and to receive free prompts to work on through the holidays.”

Get excited. Because we’re about to Get Messy.

get messy: an art journal challenge | 23

Get Messy | simply happy | momentstolivefor.com

It’s Get Messy Thursday for the last time like you used to know it. The creative group of Get Messy vixens is looking forward to some amazing changes. More to that surely soon on Lauren‘s or Caylee‘s blog. The two creative, most inspiring founders of Get Messy. Thank you, you two for this fabulous journey. It was such a happy adventure!

I’m still not back from my blog break, most likely not till the new year, but I wanted to honor the end of the first part of Get Messy today with a post. Get Messy has given me so much, of ideas and inspiration for my own projects and life. The supporting and lovely group is just unbelievable and I’m thankful for knowing them and being part of it.

And here’s my page for the prompt today. You find the linkup on Lauren’s blog. The challenge was to choose one word, which describes yourself best at the moment and use it in your design for background or embellishments. The focus should be on the word.

Get Messy prompt | one word | momentstolivefor.com

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

get messy. get crafty.


Get Messy - Art Journal Challenge | momentstolivefor.com

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Get Messy | open your mind | momentstolivefor.com

Another two pages from my travel art journal. Since I had no craft supplies with me besides pens, most of my pages are text heavy. But it was a good challenge not to use washi tape or papers to fill in the blank, simply text. The snippets of titles from magazines I had put on the pages, felt like little prompts and therefore the themes of the pages were clear.

Get Messy | do & don't | momentstolivefor.com

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

get messy. get crafty.


Get Messy - Art Journal Challenge | momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

When we finally started into our vacation this summer, I wanted to be able to do a bit of art journaling. The problem was, I didn’t want to take a whole lot of crafty stash with me. Mainly because we were traveling on bike and I had no space in my bike bags for anything else than the necessary. The only option was a notebook, because it was small enough.

Therefore I started to collect title snippets from magazines, that spoke to me and put them into the lovely notebook ‘More ideas than time’ by SODAlicious. Here you can see the mess, I made on our bed. I used the washi tape to support the colors of the text scraps and get something like a design on the pages. All I took with me on our vacation, was this travel art journal, some pens (black sharpie, thin black pen and neon sharpies) and two roles of washi tape, just in case. I never missed anything. All I needed was my travel art journal and a pen to keep me going. I even journaled on the beach.

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

travel art journal by momentstolivefor.com

You can see some of the filled pages here and here. If you have any questions, leave a comment or write
an email to blog (a) momentstolivefor.com.

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Get Messy | girl power | momentstolivefor.com

These pages belong to my travel art journal I took with me on our vacation this year. Because I didn’t want to take many craft supplies with me, I prepared it in advance with scraps from magazines and washi tape. All I did on vacation was to fill in the words. But I loved it that way. It made me focus on the content rather than the design aspect. Although I tried to use the words to give the pages a special look.

Get Messy | little escapes | momentstolivefor.com

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

get messy. get crafty.


Get Messy - Art Journal Challenge | momentstolivefor.com