I just have time to quickly post this spread from my A4 journal which I did back in June. The Create Everyday page is on the back of a page where I used Fimo Light to create texture and as a result is very warped and distorted, but I don’t mind that 🙂
In a few hours time my local history group opens the doors on a 4 day exhibition at St Thomas Heritage Centre for Heritage Open Days. On Saturday we walked into an almost empty building and since then we have cleaned it, transported a whole exhibition, set it up and decorated the building. It looks great and now we can relax and have four days of fun!
I hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you when Heritage Open Days is over.
It’s Wednesday and it’s still sunny, so I think we are now enjoying summer, I hope it lasts a few weeks at least. It is so lovely, warm and bright.
You are probably wondering why I have posted my image upside down, but in fact it is the right way up, it’s just the quote that is the wrong way up. I really liked this background. It started off as a page in my journal where I cleaned off rubber stamps and stencils so it had lots of random words, letters and shapes on it. I collaged some vintage foreign ripped book pages, scraps of paper and some papers I had used to protect my work surface when spraying onto another spread. I added some colour with Inktense blocks on it and edged the pages with black watersoluable oil pastels. I really liked seeing all the layers so I thought I would just add a quote. I found this great quote attributed to A A Milne and I liked it because I am a very disorderly person. My OCD husband simply does not understand how I can work in my room surrounded by so much clutter and mess 😉 I used a new set of alphabet stamps I purchased and happily started stamping out the quote, I was pleased when I finished the first page, but I had just started the second page when I noticed the stitch I used to hold the feathers in place on my Follow Your Dreams page, then I realised that all the words were upside down! Well it was too late to do anything about it so I carried on. So should anyone look through my journal they will come to a page that looks like this. I guess that’s a happy accident.
At work we are undergoing yet another restructure in the function I work for so lots of things will change soon. I don’t know what’s going to happen with my job, but I have seen the new structure and my team does not appear on it. I do know that at the end of it I will still have a job but at the moment I just don’t know what it will be. The last time they did this to me I nearly cracked up, they put me in a role that I was totally unsuited for and still expected me to do all the duties in my old role, even though they said that role didn’t exist any more! Tomorrow I have to go to a meeting where I may find out a bit more. I am a bit more chilled out these days so I will just wait and see what they say. Lots of people throughout the whole company are worried for their jobs and I don’t think this is going to much for staff morale, we’ll see.
I hope you are having a good week. Mine is going fine.
For this spread in my 6×6 journal I started with a page that had some horrible dark green paint on it and the opposite page had dabs of pink ink. Not a great combination! I collaged copies of old maps and papers from the Papermania Bookprint collection onto the pages. I coloured them with Inktense blocks and water. Where I had used Mod Podge to stick the papers down it acted as a resist to the colour – a nice effect. I finger painted the whole spread with an ‘eggyolk’ yellow acrylic paint and then added the circles by stamping brown acrylic paint using bottle caps. I thought it needed some contrast so I stencilled blue acrylic paint through punchinella and a big dot stencil. Finally I added the words using brown Stazon and a set of tiny letters I purchased at Hobbycraft a while ago.
Making the spread was a bit of a journey, I had no idea where I was going with it when I started and I wasn’t sure where I was when I finished. It was good fun though 🙂
21 Secrets started on Sunday and I am so excited, there is so much choice I really don’t know where to start. At the moment I am just browsing before I make a decision. The playground is open for 9 months which seems like a long time, but it will soon fly by. In three months last year I only managed to do about 4 of the workshops, so realistically I will probably only complete half of what is on offer this year so I need to choose wisely.
The weather is still sunny here in the UK but not as warm as it was last week. It’s going to be a huge shock when it eventually rains as I can’t remember the last time that happened. I hope it’s not until after the weekend as we have a four day break this weekend for the Easter holidays.
The spread above is from my 6 x 6 journal and was created after I watched a YouTube video on circle fractals, unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the video now and I can’t find it again. But when I was doodling one day I thought I would give it a go and I really enjoyed it. After I had drawn all the circles I coloured them with my inktense pencils and when they were dry added the white dots and finally the words.
I created this bluish spread with gesso, Derwents Inktense blocks, a Tim Holtz reflection script stamp, some scraps of scrap book paper and edged the pages and the papers with irredescent purple ink. The phrase ‘Out of the blue, I found you”, kept coming into my mind so I stamped it with some tiny alphabet stamps I got from Hobbycraft.
I was thinking how lucky I was to meet my soul mate when I was still at school and how over time (over 40 ears) the relationship has changed in nature but is still constant and true. Then I found this amazing quote by Sir Hugh Walpole. You probably can’t read it from the image but it says:
“The most wonderful of things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one’s relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This progressiveness of love between two humans is a marvellous thing; it cannot be found by looking or by passionately wishing for it. Its a sort of divine accident”
I hope everyone is well. I am feeling much better and only had one day off work. My husband is now poorly but not with the same thing. He’s had a few days off work and has suffered much more than I did. Hopefully we will both be back on track again soon.
The spread above is from my 6×6 (handbag size) journal. I still don’t feel comfortable writing in my journals so I thought I would practice my lettering. I painted gesso in a spiral on the pages so that some parts were left without gesso and then I used Inktense block over the top to create the background.
I drew the ‘true love’ flowers in the middle and then started to write – from the inside out on the first page and the outside in on the second page. I coloured the petals of the flowers with glitter pen so they sparkle, and drew the wobbly border all around – et voila!
Not much else to say really and I need to get on with my scanning of old photographs. So far I’ve scanned and cleaned up 11 photos, only about another 100 to go!
Sorry I haven’t time to write much today, I’m in my usual seasonal panic before Christmas. I’m still trying to make the last of the presents and I’m struggling! Why do I take on these ambitious projects?! I am working on the last two and hope to get them done by the weekend. I’ve made a couple of errors which have set me back a bit, but I’ve just had to work around them because I don’t have time to start from scratch now.
This is another spread from my small 6×6 journal – textured gesso, Inktense and acrylic paint, some scrap paper and more gesso and stamped and written words.
Before I go I’m going to recommend you check out Gretchen Miller’s blog Creativity in Motion she has a great post today about a Gratitude Scroll. Gretchen ran my favourite workshop over at 21 Secrets where we made a Revo-lution book for ourselves. Eventually I will get around to sharing that with you here, but in the meantime check out her blog, it has loads of wonderful creative ideas.