Muscles are for Girls!

Hello!  Happy Thursday!
Hoping your week has been fabulous so far.  It's almost the weekend!! Yay!

Today I wanted to share an altered project with you! (long post here...sorry)  I don't do these very often, but this one was so much fun, I just might have to try more!
Matthew and I have been trying to adjust our lives to live a more healthy lifestyle.  It hasn't been easy, but we are trying.  He will be participating in a Tough Mudder at the end of June with our best friends, so once we got back from Christmas vacation, the real work began.  We have been trying to run a lot more (our poor's so old, sounds like it's going to fall apart every time we get on it :) ), and we have been doing a lot of cardio/lifting.  I have started the BodyRock 30 day challenge, and I love it!

We bought a new set of hand-weights that we both can use.  They were pretty pricey, but we got a refund on our home loan, so we were able to purchase them.  I love them!  They are adjustable from 5 to 50 pounds and perfect for our lifting workouts where our weight tolerance varies from each move.

So with our attempts to better our lives, I decided I needed a workout journal.  I received a few for Christmas this year and figured one of them would work perfect!
Here she is in all her glory!
It took me the better part of the day yesterday to get everything put together.  All of the flowers are handmade.  So of course time is spent cutting, coloring, let each layer dry, assembling more, letting them was a long process.  But once everything was dry and ready for assembly, it came together perfectly!
I'm not used to coloring images this large.  I've used the image Jamie Workout from Saturated Canary.  She's printed out at about 4 inches, which is huge for what I normally put on a card.  But I loved that I could really get into the details of the image.  Normally when they are so small, the little stuff get's missed.  I tried to give her more of a tan coloring, but it didn't turn out quite the way I wanted.  Colored pencils can only do so much :)
I chose this image because (even as a drawing) I draw inspiration from it.  I loved coloring the hair!  She's fit and holding 15 pound weights like their nothin...and she's confident.  The perfect image for inspiration.
And she has a leopard print sports yeah.  I wish I had a leopard print sports bra...
The leopard background paper was a purchase I made about 3 years ago.  Before we moved to Montreal, I had repainted our bedroom in our Seattle house brown with a leopard spotted border.  So I was going to use this paper for the scrapbook.  I've been hanging on to it because I absolutely love it, and finally decided that this was a great project to use it on. 

This journal cover has all my favorites on it:  Leopard Print, Blue, Roses/Flowers, Glitter, Beads, Saturated Canary, Gems in her hair!!
So what's not to love :)
The rest of the papers are from my scraps stash that I have accumulated over the last 2 years.  I hang on to everything!  I figured, using some of them as little flag strips would work perfect, and they look great!  So good choice on my part :)

The last thing I did to the cover once I was done was spray the whole thing with some Pearl Ex glimmer mist. 
You know I love glitter and the glimmer mist just completes the whole gorgeousness of the cover!
I know this journal will definitely help me out!  Every time I look at it, I'll be driven to work out just so I have something to write in it!  Lol :)
Anyhow, have a fabulous day!!

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
    A Gem of a Challenge #62-New Beginnings
    By the Cute and Girly-Cute and Girly
    The Corrosive Challenge #165-Out with the Old
    Cupcake Crafts #225-Anything but a Card
    Deep Ocean #43-Anything but Square
    Designed to Color #8-Metallics
    Digital Tuesday #193-Flower Power
    Fab n Funky #154-Get Moving
    Incy Wincy Designs-Tic Tac Toe (Alter Something, 3 Different Papers, Embossing)
    Nutcrafters #34-Lots of Flowers
    Ruby's Rainbow #45-Smile
    Sassy Studio #160-Ribbon, Roses, Rhinestones
    Totally Gorjuss #166-Spotty (leopard spots right?? :) )
    Word Art Wednesday #63-Anything Goes


  1. Emily this is awesome! I love the flowers and your coloring is so beautiful! This would definitely be a motivating journal to record workouts in! Best of luck with your training :)

  2. a fabulous idea with a gorgeous look!

    thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  3. A fabulous creation, love the embellies...thanks for joining us at Cupcake!
    Helen x

  4. What a great journal cover - very inspiring. I need to get back in the gym. Had great plans for the new year, but haven't gone yet. Thanks for sharing this in our challenge this week, Emily.
    Blessings to you,
    Word Art Wednesday

  5. WOW!! This is stunning Emily. Such a wonderful image and your colouring is fabulous, I especially like her hair. The design and details are gorgeous, your handmade flowers are so beautiful.
    Thank you for taking part in A Gem of a Challenge

  6. Wow Emily, what a striking sports journal, I'm loving it! All your sports plans sound great too so I'm sure you will have a lot of use for your beautiful journal!

  7. This is just fabulous - your handmade flowers are sensational! - not mention that wonderful image - I just love all of this wonderful creation - thank you so much for sharing this with us at Fab'n'Funky challenges this week hugs Judith x

  8. Your leopard spots suit our challenge perfectly. Thanks for joining us at Totally Gorjuss. I just love altering journals as well. hugs Sharon

  9. WOW I love your journal, beautiful design, and those flowers are so pretty!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Deep Ocean, Love,melly. xxx

  10. Wow! those flowers are amazing. Love this journal.
    Thanks for joining us at INCY WINCY this week hugs Sheryl xx

  11. Emily, this is fabulous! Amazing flowers! Love the leopard print and the shimmer too! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!

  12. Good for you!!! I hope you succeed with your healthier living...I know that this is something I NEED to work on, too! This journal is fabulous--that image is perfect and I adore all the elements you put together! I hope you come and play along with me at Inkspirational this week and at Technique Tuesday this month--I'd love to see your take on our challenges! :) HUGS and happy weekend!!!

  13. WOW, I can't believe you made those flowers!!!!! They are AMAZING!!!! Love your book and your awesome colouring! Thanks for joining us this month at BTC&G and we hope to see you again next challenge. Hugs, Brigitte

  14. This is wonderful! I love how you colored her! I always enjoy seeing my stick pins on people's creations too...especially ones this fantastic! ;) Exercise is something I should really be doing too...according to the doctor. LOL
    Karen C

  15. this is fabulous, good luck with your goals x

  16. Fantastic cover! Gorgeous image and beautiful details! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

  17. What a super little book and loving all those flowers. Thank you for sharing it with us at Nutcrafters .

    Good luck with your challenges ahead

    Sylvia xx

  18. What a good idea, I could do with a journal like this!!! Thanks for playing along with crafty cardmakers, Rebecca x

  19. A fab card

    Thankyou for joining us at Rubys Rainbow for our "Smile" challenge

    Hope to see you again soon

    Ang x

  20. This is such an amazing project! I love all the detailing in this and the great coloring job you did! Thank you for joining us this week at the Dare to be Sassy Challenge at Sassy Studio Designs. I hope you join us again soon!

    Jackie, SSD DT