Pamela Jane's Studio » Hand over Heart Designs

Down to last-minute packing for my winter visit with my middle son’s family in St Maarten. While there, I hope to share more photos of beautiful island scenery again this year. Meanwhile, we’re having odd winter weather here in Virginia, with temperatures today in the 60’s. But that can’t last, can it?

Before heading off, I mailed both my book and my first guest pages for a round robin book swap that includes 11 talented ladies. My super-organized first swap buddy obligingly mailed me her book early so I could finish her pages in time.

For my book, my “Tales of a Creative Life” covers are made of fun upholstery fabric swatches picked up at JournalFest buddy Michelle Geller’s favorite Good Will shop during my visit with her in Portland. She knows where all the best places are to find vintage goodies. I’m hoping the heavier brown textured leather, leftover from another of my book projects, will help protect the softer fabric as my book travels the country. I think the book feels so nice to hold.

First of several sign-in pages, with doodles and watercolor.
My first guest pages were to be in a soft neutral and pink palette,
so I opted to draw these two delicate sketches,
using faces I found on Pinterest for my reference.
I drew and lightly shaded the two faces with pencil,
then added just a bit of watercolor for contour and warmth.

Off to finish packing! Mustn’t forget my camera and doodling supplies!


I know, it’s a tough life …
lately I’ve been spending more and more time just doodling!
But really, I do have a good reason.
In April, Rachel Velder McGough will host her Second Semester of Handmade U near Omaha, and I’m so excited
to be teaching a fun doodling class during the weekend!
This intimate retreat held April 19-22 will take place
in Minglewood Lodge, where classes and meals will be held
and the majority of those attending will stay.
So cozy!
Registration for the event has just opened on

On the Friday, my journaling buddy Michelle Geller will be teaching
a full-day bookmaking class called Stitched and Stashed.
In the morning we’ll stitch our journals together,
using Michelle’s fresh take on the Coptic binding technique.
During the afternoon, we’ll add to our journals
with papers and ephemera from her wonderful stash and our own.
The next morning, in my doodling class called Doodle Ink,
we’ll make a small sampler book and then practice the fine art of doodling!
More than just a mindless gesture, doodling in art journaling
can be a joyful form of stylistic drawing.
Starting with my tips about tools and process,
we’ll approach doodling as a a serious but playful addition to one’s pages,
including lettering, borders and frames, and stylized birds and flowers.
It will be all hands on!

I hope you’re coming!
Please say yes!

p.s. By the way, I doodled this “Yes!” in response to another invitation
from Jenny Doh to participate in more doodle fun!
Hope to be able to tell you more soon.

–Percy Bysshe Shelley
a little penmanship practice on another cold and grey rainy day here in VA . . .
will the beautiful autumn colors still be there after these endless rainy days?
and if you’re wanting to craft fall roses from some of those beautiful falling leaves,
go here for a photo tutorial.

Over the last two weeks, while my middle son visits for too short a time, I’ve done very little that isn’t grandbaby related — lots of company, dinners by candlelight so little Eliää can sleep alongside us while we eat, some baking for the gaggle of sweet tooths, sitting in the sun listening to my son expound on the medical explanation for everything we can think to ask while we rock the baby and mama dozes on the deck lounge, and so on.

Somewhere along the way I started this doodle page to announce sweet Eliää’s arrival. In addition to banners proclaiming “soar” and “fly high” and other good wishes, I’ll add her name and birth date…and lots of color, of course. But since we still have company coming and going every day this week, culminating in a Friday funeral service in Gettysburg for the last of the great-grands, I’ll share the page-in-progress now, just in case she’s in college before I finish it. You know how that goes, right?

Hope you are enjoying some lazy days of summer!