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31 December 2012

2012 Review

Time to reflect on what I have created during this year
& I am glad to see that I have found new ways to use up my paper stash,
with very few non-paper purchases along the way.

A thorough sort out reminded me what was in stock,
which was a good place to start thinking about how I would use up my supply.

My mantra has been "No new paper until this is used up".

I have also worked on projects started in the previous year,
which is always satisfying.

Looking through all the projects, my favourite is the shadow box made in June,
which is the first shadow box I have made.

Another first for this year was making a video.
There are two short videos on my You Tube channel.

I have changed computers, which means I have lost the use of my Photo Impact software
& therefore restricted in what digital work I can produce.

I should embrace change, but sometimes that is easier said than done.
I miss the software & the creativity it gave me.

I found one new challenge site, Color Stories Inspiration,
which inspired me to record special memories from my life.
I enjoyed the journey through time & the memories rekindled.
It is important to reaffirm positive memories & not dwell on negative ones.

I am looking forward to what the new year will bring
& still have a few of this years projects to work on ...

26 December 2012

Wonders of Nature

I am ending the year with details of a long term project that I have been working on.

my Wonders
Nature Journal

Last year I bought an old book from a charity shop to make into a journal.
The book is The Wonders of Nature by C F Tunnicliffe.

To enable me to add dimensional elements to the journal pages,
I cut away the spine & punched three holes into the cover & each page.

I edged the covers with crocheted lace ribbon by American Crafts,

The journal is held together with three silver coloured book rings,
which need a few ribbons & fibres tied to them.

To create each new journal page, I glued six pages together.
I covered each page with Vintage paper by Hot Off The Press
& created my own hole protectors to co-ordinate.
Each page is turned using a butterfly tab.

I decided that this journal would be used to collect & publish my Haiku poems,
which are usually nature based, thus highlighting the theme of the original book.

The tags added in throughout the journal will hold secret notes,
hidden journalling, adding visual interest & an interactive element.

As there are so many photographs to look at, I recommend clicking on any of the photographs to open up the image library in a new window, then you can view each image in turn.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into my
Wonders of Nature Journal.

There are many spaces left to fill as & when new Haiku poems are composed.

I used rub ons & stickers by Kaisercraft from Merly Impressions
& dew drops by The Robin's Nest.

The spine, also edged with the crocheted lace ribbon, is now a bookmark
& I have saved a few of the original pages to incorporate into the journal.

A work in progress ...

24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

I have only made one Christmas card this year, using paper & elements by Cosmo Cricket, a star from a Lisa Bearnson Christmas kit & three gold brads.

Merry Christmas to one & all

23 December 2012

Seasonal Greetings

The countdown has ended with my final inchie today, which is S for Seasons Greetings, which I send to you all.

My inchies are one inch square mountboard, covered in paper by Cosmo Cricket, with dictionary definitions & images from Lisa Altered Art, with a dash of Tim Holtz Distress Ink (antique linen).

This is the complete set, with the initial of each word spelling out Christmas.

Whatever Christmas means to you,
may I wish you a very Happy Christmas
& a peaceful New Year.