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The Black Victorian Digital Papers

In the year of our Lord 2020 People will become very clear on their directions in this life journey. The year 2020 represents “Perfect Vision”. Just a little something i wanted to share with you.

However on another note. I am working on some new digital papers. I want to focus on creating some very inspirational papers right now so i am working on “The Black Victorian”. The Black Victorian Digital Papers.

I wanted this lil lady to have an overall aura of regal grace so I exposed her collarbones
and gave her dainty hands lace gloves.,

The Victorian era in general was led during Queen Victoria‘s reign (she died in 1901) and defined by English pride and gentile behavior and fashion.

For the Black Victorians, they were first seen in New Britain as early as 1839, long before the much-credited wave of 1948, the “Empire Windrush,” when many of Jamaican descent entered the U.K.

I create art as if I am writing a storyline….Imagination is much needed here.
Therefore While creating, I imagined this lady going to a fancy dinner party on a warm spring day.

Many Black Victorians, regularly participated in the arts, such as the group the Fisk Jubilee Singers and The African Choir and were scholars and entrepreneurs, like Mary Jane Seacole. She was a skilled and educated nurse who built hotel spaces during the Crimea War for injured soldiers.

Other Black Victorians obtained celebrity status, like Sara Forbes Bonetta. She had arrived as a child slave and was adopted by Captain Frederick E. Forbes. In eradicating her African name and identity, she went on to live comfortably with Forbes’ family, even becoming the Goddaughter of Queen Victoria. (She was originally presented to her as a “gift.”) Forbes Bonetta (later married as Davies) is viewed as the ultimate Black Victorian socialite of her day.

The ideal man for me is one who is tall dark and handsome. I like a man I can look up to. A king in my eyes. One who exudes with his presence alone, yet displays the personality of one with the weight of maturity, genteelness and subtle authority.

I will most likely continue creating these images throughout the holiday season…I will post them all as I create them….

Funny How much this artwork resembled my sister and I. She is very sweet and gullible, I am always the stoic one. lol The storyline I imagine….My sister- as she looks upon one she is bedazzled with,”Oh my, look at how handsome he is in his new jacket.” Me-“Yes, but what was the true price of it, and how many will have to pay it for him.”

LOL I think I could write a book just from looking at these papers. Let’s take the cover for instance……….William was a very tall man, he towered over Rebecca like a tree over a small bush. However, one could tell right away that she was the dominate force within their relationship. To see them together was like watching a dance of beautiful coordinated colors flowing in the breezeway. In public appearances, William had a trepidation of nervousness about him that only Rebecca could sooth. Tho short, she made up for height with her enormous and elegant hats. Together they were a delight and a joy to behold.

So I started working on the papers- This is the cover page for my journal.
I have decided to call this collection “The Ebony Letters”

The Ebony Letters Collection

I want this journal to have a vintage old world flair to it. And so I started working on some page designs. I decided to call them the Ebony Letters. As these images just remind me of antique letter writing. I imagine before letters and writing them was most important along with journals. You will be able to find these papers in my etsy downloads when they are released. Here are a few to peak at as i make them.

With these papers I am thinking of a time when writing letters was appreciated. Now a day it seems we just take everything and everyone for granted…I want my work to represent a time of appreciation and gratitude for the simple things in life.

The Storyline Below

William was a very tall man, he towered over Rebecca like a tree over a small bush. However, one could tell right away that she was the dominate force within their relationship. To see them together was like watching a dance of beautiful coordinated colors flowing in the breezeway. In public appearances, William had a trepidation of nervousness about him that only Rebecca could sooth. Tho short, she made up for height with her enormous and elegant hats. Together they were a delight and a joy to behold.

The Storyline Below

As the two sisters stood in the window looking out, Rebecca found no pleasure in watching the army of men as they passed in the streets below, but her sister Janice insisted on being there to see the parade and relished every moment of it.

The Ebony Letters Journal Volume 1

This Ebony Letters Journal volume 1 is no longer available. The video walk through of this one and the making of it will come out in January. If this one is yours feel free to invoice me. Or Purchase N store

This first one is an A5 design journal. It measures 6 and a half by 4 inches with a 2 and a quarter spine. The cover is thin chipboard covered with the designer papers and my signature corset spine. It has a ribbon closure. This little journal is a lapbook with many pull outs. It also has a removable signature. There are also 2 sewn in signatures, 3 signatures in all. Lots of ephemera, envelopes and tags are in this one.

The Energy of this one is very festive and carefree with a touch of elegant regal peace. I simply love the way it is turning out. What an awesome heirloom, keepsake this one makes!

So I added this vintage gold and black trim to the outside, gives it a very vintage and powerful yet elegant and regal look. OMG I simply love the details of this one, especially the clock and the roses…gives it such presence! The colors of this piece are exquisite and forgive me as my images simply don’t do this piece justice. It is absolutely breathtaking. Of course, i wouldn’t present it if it wasn’t. lol

This Ebony Letters Journal volume 1 is no longer available.. The video walk through of this one and the making of it will come out in January. If this one is yours feel free to invoice me.Or Purchase N store.

More lace of course.

The Back

Now all of the pages are in place and ready to hold writing, letters, pockets, tags, little trinkets and memorabilia.

I love creating the lapbook style journals. This one is very versatile and even has a pull out signature.

Omg Look at the richness of those beautiful pages. The colors are simply fabulous darling lol.

This Ebony Letters Journal volume 1 is no longer available. . The video walk through of this one and the making of it will come out in January. If this one is yours feel free to invoice me. Or Purchase N store .

This Ebony Letters Journal volume 1 is no longer available. . The video walk through of this one and the making of it will come out in January. If this one is yours feel free to invoice me. Or Purchase N store .

This line of digital papers will have several designs and colors to choose from. They will be used in several of my journal creations, so you can see how they look. And eventually…they will be available in my download store. much love.

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How to succeed at your craft

Today I share some inspiration …

Jason C. Mayden was rejected by Nike three times before joining the company as a design intern. He climbed the ranks to design executive, working on everything from footwear to wearable, and with athletes such as Michael Jordan and Russell Westbrook. Mayden approaches design like a sport: relentlessly honing his craft, staying focused and cultivating new skills. “Discipline is what makes the difference between someone who succeeds and someone who doesn’t,” said Mayden, who’s now the co-founder and CEO of Super Heroic, which creates sneakers and apparel for children.

Former Nike Designer Jason Mayden saying…. 1. There is a difference between a response and a reaction. A reaction is very emotionally driven, it’s not calculated, it’s not thoughtful- a response is strategic, it’s intentional, and it’s meant to have a person understand your true disposition or reaction to whatever moment that you are in
2. Suffering is your way to overcome obstacles. you can’t have a testimony without a test.
3.I would rather try and fail than fail to try.
4.I don’t let someone else place their limits on me, I believe I’m Limitless.
5. People who master their craft never feel settled, they don’t believe that they have mastered their craft.
6. Excellence comes from consistence. It’s the small things over time. And it’s never the smartest, it’s the people who runs the hardest and the person who doesn’t quit that wins.
7.I look at my life as addition, I look at myself and say what can I do today to add to my abilities and skill set. What can I do today to serve someone else.
8. When you keep a mindset of service your problems and that darkness become smaller, because you’re not focused on self.
9. If everyone around me are fed and fulfilled, then I don’t have to worry about people becoming vileness and trying to take from me. So the way I feed is through time, joyfulness and good energy. Acknowledge other peoples existence.
10. Take inventory of your weaknesses-Be very honest with yourself. Figure out the ways people can tell you No, then take that No off the table, so the last thing they can tell me is a yes.
11. Learn from people who know what you don’t know, then add your skills to that layer.
12.Look at life like chess…think 5 steps out and look at what you’re not good at and improve on that focus. Turn your weakness into your strength
13. Your greatest enemy is your inner ME.

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