Friday, August 15, 2014


How does one sum up the purpose or content of ones blog in 10 simple succinct words to make it clear, understandable, relate-able,  leaving a positive impression of what it has to offer the reader?   The simple answer would be to have a good tag line.  The hard part is coming up with one.  I recently contacted my sweet friend and blog designer extraordinaire, Karen Valentine of Valentine Design and My Desert Cottage, to give my tired blog a fresh new look and she did just that.  Now I need to define the focus of my blogging.  That is where I need your help...please, pretty please, pretty pretty pretty please with a cherry on top?
Truth be told you only have a few seconds to make an impression on your reader and for them to get the content of your blog, hence the tag line.  Tag line:  a memorable phrase or sentence that is closely associated with a particular person. (ex: NIKE - Just Do It!)  I am looking for a tag line that will help define my blog content but also capture my artistic style and passion for words.
I am a self-taught mixed media Indie artist, hobbyist nature photographer, and word smith.  I consider this blog my online journal where my individual creativity and imagination are expressed in visual form of mixed media art (primarily collage, fiber & textile arts, book arts, and jewelry) and the written word.   I draw much of my inspiration from my natural surroundings and personal life story collections to marry art and words in one mixed media style or another.
Long walks and deep silences help me to get in tune with my intuitive creative self.  A saunter through nature with camera in hand connects me with creation which is an endless fount of inspiration of texture, shape, and color combination.  Many natural forms turn up as personal imagery in my work such as leaves, nests, birds, feathers, flowers, etc. My artistic style often incorporates vintage textiles, ephemera, and/or images, found objects, hand made embellishments, and careful attention to detail combined with text.
Here is where I need your help. Tag line ideas please!  For now I have my favorite art quote under my blog banner but I want to replace it with a tag line.  My first thought was to use the greatest compliment I have ever been given about the way I see my world..."She sees art in everything..."  But I thought that might be a bit general so I could tack something on the end like "She sees art in everything...mixed media art with a story." or "She sees art in everything...narrative mixed media art." or "She sees art in everything...narrative mixed media creations."  I am not sure these are quite right either.

"She sees art in everything..."
"Nature based art with a story..."
"Art with a story..."
"Narrative mixed media art..."
"A mixed media journal..."
"Shared moments, shared creativity..."
"Inspired by imagination..."
"Slapped by a frog..."

Ok, that last one was just to see if you were paying attention.  Seriously, any of the above, none of the above, I am completely open to suggestions.  If I use your phrase or the idea of your phrase then I will send you (could be more than just one of you if I combine phrases or ideas) a jam packed art inspiration kit from my studio to get your creative juices going.  For those that are not chosen, I will draw a few extra names from the comments and send out kits to those as well.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with a vote for one of the phrases above OR your phrase OR a 10 word or less sentence based on the above information I have given on who I am and what I create.  Any and all are eligible to enter, no standing on your head, linking, tweeting, or chirping required.

Thanks so much for your help and have a great weekend!


P.S.  The photos are this weeks inspiration as I walked along a country roadside with masses of Black Eyed Susan's literally towering over me and spilling out into the roadway.  Exquisite!


Vee said...

Slapped by a frog...hahahaha...

Okay, this blog looks so pretty! Karen did a great job.

As for help...r u kidding me? You don't need no help. You've thought this over very carefully and you know exactly what to say and how to say it. Of that, I am completely convinced.

Beth Leintz said...

I like "she sees art in everything" and the phrase "narrative art".

"She sees art in everything: Narrative Mixed media by Sandy Babb"

"Narrative Mixed Media Art by Sandy Babb"

Seeing Art in Everyday: Narrative Mixed Media by Sandy Babb."

Thise are just some ideas, I like to play with words. No matter what tag line you come up with your blog and art are always inspiring.

bobbie said...

Still cogitating, but I actually really like "Slapped by a Frog"!!

How about ~

'Nature's meditations in/with mixed media art'

'Nature's blessings in mixed media art'

'Meditations on nature's blessings in MMA'

You & Karen did a great job on the blog design ~

Hugs ~

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Giggling over 'slapped by a frog'....
"With a passion for upcycling, she sees art in everything"

Blessed Serendipity said...

Hi Sandy,
Your blog makeover is gorgeous. I like all your ideas but I also thought maybe "the story was (is) her art".


Decor To Adore said...

Very pretty!

Based on what I've researched/read about marketing your blog towards readers is you want more of the focus on the reader than yourself. It makes them feel more apart of the journey/process. The general consensus is that blog readers love pictures versus several words.

That said "Art With A Story" is short, sweet and easy to understand. It leaves a readers wanting more. :)

Charlene said...

Her ArtFul Journey Through Nature & Life...

Glad to see you're back to blogging too. I've been gone so long I wasn't sure I remembered how...

amy of four corners design said...

so happy to see you back in blogging mode...your new design is wonderful. As I read your descriptions, all I did was pull out your own words and string them together -
"marrying art and words to express my creative spirit"

though, I do have to admit that I like slapped by a frog...

Lululiz said...

A wordsmith's world of nature, art and creativity.

Although I really like the " Slapped by a frog " best, tehehehe

Lululiz said...

Oh dang, I completely forgot to say that I totally adore your new blog look, it really is beautiful.

lynn said...

I love your blog and missed you a lot when you were on a break. One of my faves & so are your creations. Are you planning to sell more things in your etsy shop? I bought several kits from you and they are also some of my favorites! I don't have a suggestion - I'm not real good with unique words. But I can say your blog has always had a certain feeling to it that I am drawn to. Good luck!

JD/ Jill said...

Nice to see you back again.
Your blog looks lovely...
and your photos are just great! (as always).
I am not good with words...(My blog shows so I'm not much help with giving you a new idea for a tag line. but I do have a favorite in your suggestions.
"Shared Moments, Shared Creativity..."

KittyAnnArt said...

Hello! I've just recently become acquainted with your blog via a link on Pinterest, so glad I clicked the as I love your art and your writings.

You've put out a very hard challenge, defining all the things you love within a phrase or sentence is indeed a task!

I'll give it a go...

"Creating art through nature's eyes."

"Sharing mixed media art, nature photography and memories."

"Journey with me via my art, photography, the written word."

And I'll vote for your phrase:

Nature based art with a story.

I wrote a haiku for you:

Art through natures eyes
Memories I write today
I am Sandy Babb

Ani in NC

Melanie LeGrand said...

Your blog is beautiful! I only joined shortly before you closed it down for a while. BUT, as a complete stranger asking questions about sewing machines and other mixed media ideas, you were so helpful and thoughtful in all you shared, not to mention very giving in all your responses. So with that said I am happy to give a few ideas. Things that come to mind:
-She sees art in the ordinary
-Ordinary items transformed into art
-thoughtful creativity blended with . . .
-Nature's art guided by . . .
-A creative artist bringing new life to . . .

Just a few random suggestions. Good luck!!

Cindy said...

Sandy - I agree you have a way with words and I think you have some great ideas. Here's a variation of your taglines -"Mixed media art inspired by Nature", Love the "Slapped by a frog" option - great sense of humor! :-)

suziqu's thread works said...

They are all such great ideas already Sandy! It is hard to create any new ones but I rather like:
Sandy's narrative expressions of Nature using (or through) Mixed Media Art.
Thank you for your wonderful tutorial on fabric beads.
You inspired me to create my first beads and I have created a recent post in which I have created a link back
To your blog.
Warm hugs,

ekewin said...

The blog looks great. One other thought on a tag line ... Seeing the world through art coloured glasses :)

Wendy said...

hehehe, you had me at "slapped with a frog" too funny...I like these two phrases together:
"She sees art in everything...shared moments, shared creativity"... your blog is so lovely and always full of inspiration...thank you for such a lovely giveaway.

Createology said...

So happy to find you posting once again. Your new blog look is gorgeous and very representational of your style and creative talents. "Slapped by a Frog" is quite unique. I like all the suggestions and especially your quote shown. "She sees ART in everything and Creates from her HEART." Hmmm...I might like that for myself? Creative Blogging Bliss Dear...

Lorrie said...

Thinking, thinking.

Art as Story: Telling Tales through Nature and Mixed Media

I sort of fixated on the story-telling aspect that you want to emphasize. It's great to really think about what you want to say and how to express that best.

Or --
Art as Story: Nature-inspired mixed media Tales.

Now I'll be thinking about it all day. Love these sort of puzzles.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Sandy
I love your "new Look" - Karen is a blessing I agree!

I'm with Vee - you've got it sussed! It's a bit like naming our children, we agonise about choosing the right name and once we do it - that's who they are - no other name would we right!

...but here's my 10 cents worth!

"Inspired to create by the beauty that surrounds me".

Good luck - what ever the tag line, everything you do inspires me Sandy!
PS I love the Black Eyed Susans too - now added to my summer planting list!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hello Sandy
I love your "new Look" - Karen is a blessing I agree!
I'm with Vee - you've got it sussed! It's a bit like naming our children, we agonise about choosing the right name and once we do it - that's who they are - no other name would we right!
...but here's my 10 cents worth!
"Inspired to create by the beauty that surrounds me".
Good luck - what ever the tag line, everything you do inspires me Sandy!
PS I love the Black Eyed Susans too - now added to my summer planting list!

ekewin said...

I so enjoy your blog. How about Seeing the aorld through art colored glasses

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