Thursday, June 21, 2018

Happy Summer

Happy summer everyone. It is now officially summer in every form-meteorological, astronomical and just plain in everyone's mind. I love these long days, and I celebrated the start of summer with my first swim of the of the year.
It sure felt nice.
 The kids finished school today and we have a teacher work day tomorrow. I am mentally exhausted from a year with so many changes at work, and I am excited to have some time to recharge my batteries. And maybe have a few little adventures as well.
So I have another page for Gill's challenge: Inspired By over at Art Journal Journey.  It's another spread in my Japan Travel Journal. On the left I printed out a photo and created a page using a piece of origami paper, a torn strip from a Japanese book. some stamped and an embroidered patch. On the right side I used this gorgeous temple die cut, a bunch of identical Japanese postage stamps, as well a embroidered fabric tag.
I'm  hoping to wrap up this journal in the next week and move onto some other inspirations.
I have a few ideas I want to experiment with.
But first, I need to wrap up this school year-number 34 for me.
Enjoy this new season.


Divers and Sundry said...

I'd gladly join you in a dip in that water :) It looks like the perfect summertime spot!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What wonderful memories of your time in Japan. The photo says it all! And what a great way to use your origami paper. I simply ADORE that temple die cut. It is unbelievable. Do you have the die? It is a gorgeous addition to your page, as are the postage stamps. This is a fabulous entry for Art Journal Journey and I am delighted you shared it with us.

Sounds like you have at least part of your summer planned out. Your school lasts SO much longer than ours. I can't begin to imagine why, either, since all schools must maintain a certain number of days each school year. I am glad your break is nearly here, and here's looking ahead to year 35 this autumn. But first, it's time to celebrate summer!!!!

froebelsternchen said...

Happy start of your well-deserved summer break after year 34 of teaching!
Great to tak a refreshing swimming just now as the heat gets more and more!
Summer is wonderful isn't it?
Both pages are so beautiful made. This travel journal will be a treasure of wonderful Japan memories in the end!
I would love to be able to flick through that journal!
Happy Friday my friend! Thank you very much for yet another fantastic entry linked to Gill's June theme! Your support this month is wonderful again!
Hugs, Susi

Valerie-Jael said...

I can imagine how much you are looking forward to your break from school, I know that feeling! The new page in your journal is beautiful, it will be a treasure for you when it is finished. Glad you were able to take the plunge! Have a great summer, hugs, Valerie

Astrid Maclean said...

Happy summer to you! (Just remember though that for a large part of the world it's actually winter).... :o)

Your journal page is super again, it's going to be such a fantastic keepsake when it's done.

That looks like one lovely place to go for a swim, you are so lucky.

Enjoy a well deserved rest and much art time and some adventures of course, - can't wait to see what you come up with!

Gibby Frogett said...

I love your wonderful Japanese spread Erika. The pretty papers and imagery are perfect to show your lovely photo.
Thanks so much for joining in again at AJJ.
I'm always in awe of your beautiful lakeside scenery - that water looks so cool and refreshing - lucky you!
Happy Friday and Happy Summer - enjoy!
Gill xx

craftytrog said...

Ooh! That water looks inviting Erika! I love your Travel inspired spread too!
Happy weekend,
Alison xx

Caty said...

This spread Art journal page is absolutely gorgeous Erika!! Love all the details, the temple die cut is fabulous, the stamps, the tag, and the so beautiful and unic embroidered patch. GREAT !! Enjoy your holidays !!
I wish you a very nice weekend, big hugss, Caty

kathyinozarks said...

Happy summer soltis so glad you could enjoy it with a swim
I have really enjoyed your Japan journal pages and all the photos you have shared too with your trip.
wow you have a very long school year-most around here are out just after memorial day--hope you have a good two months to enjoy time off
Happy Friday

Let's Art Journal said...

Happy Summer Erika and your first swim sounds like the perfect way to celebrate now summers officially here! I love your pages today, that's such a great photo of you and the papers, stamping, postage stamps and embellishments look amazing 😁. Glad you are now on summer break, enjoy! Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend! J 😊 x

Meggymay said...

Your holiday journal pages look amazing, so many memories for you to return to over time, a book to treasure.
Happy first day of summer and I hope you get many more swims in that lovely stretch of water in the coming holidays.
Yvonne xx

Jeannette said...

happy summer,dear erika,you looks so happy in the water,love your japan pages so much.
happy weekend,dear erika.

hugs jenny

CJ Kennedy said...

Happy dance, school is out! Your lake looks like a perfect place to recharge your batteries. Have a great weekend!

Jeanie said...

I love your Japan spread. And I'm so late in visiting that I really hope by now school is over and done with! You really do deserve a break.