a little about me…
Location: East Coast, USA (New England in her heart)
Known For: Mixing old elements with modern principles to create unique and original designs
Favorite Quote: “Remember: it’s the imperfections that make the charm” – Rebecca Moses, A Life of Style
Personal Philosophy: Strength in grace
Best Advice: Be true to your heart
I have been journaling and writing stories since before I can remember. I used to fill composition books full of my thoughts and fears, my hopes and dreams, and auto-biographical stories. Only around the spring of 2009 did I start to incorporate art and writing. I wanted to combine my expressive writing journals and my inspiration visual journals and my art journals are the end result of that.
In 2004 I started a blog called the soul of hope, and shared with the word collage art and thoughts that were in my heart. I quickly gained a following and my blog grew and I started a greeting card company (Paper Relics), offered online journaling classes (Besottment) and opened my freelance graphic and web design business (Hope Wallace Design). A lot has happened since then! But I am still at it, creating every day in my work and personal life. You can learn more about my freelance design services on the design page.
a little about this blog…
I picked up a book recently (see title below) while browsing in a book store, and opened to a line that said something about how we all spend so much time worrying about life and trying to better or selves (which is admirable), but it pointed out that many of who do so spend more time on that, then actually living our lives.
It made me want to take a step back and look at this life I am working towards, and consider that the life I already have is part of it. What is the story my journey is telling?
That is what I hope to work through with this new blog. To share with you my story, my journey, and how I process my growth, setbacks, and thoughts through journaling, focusing on the balance between analyzing and living life in a creative way, to inspire you to do the same.
“So let’s talk about the question – what is your quest? It’s not hard to imagine that if we added up all the hours spent trying to figure out life, for some of us they would outweigh the hours spent actually living life. Really. Living. Life.” – Designing Your Life: How to build a well-lived, joyful life
This blog is the answer to that question. This blog is about Art Journaling with Soul.
Baum-kuchen: Love of Analogue Stories, February 2022: The Charm of Vintage Photo Booths
My artwork, greeting cards, and art journals have been featured in national magazines, design blogs and print publications, including the following: