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26 August 2015

Wide-Embracing Love

Waddington Weekly

A few lines from a poem by Emily Brontë inspired my altered playing card this week.

With wide-embracing love

Thy spirit animates eternal years,

Pervades and broods above,

Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears.

To the original papers I added a further stamp,
Rangers Glossy Accents & Tim Holtz Tissue Tape.

19 August 2015

To see a World

Waddington Weekly

For my altered playing card this week, I have chosen a poem by William Blake.

To see a World in a grain of sand

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Heaven in a wild flower

And Eternity in an hour.

The image of the rose is from The Graphics Fairy, printed out three times,
so that elements could be cut out & layered up.

Finally a sprinkling of gold Stickles was added to the centre of the rose.

12 August 2015

What a Poem should be

My poem for
Waddington Weekly
this week is by Archibald MacLeish.

A poem should be motionless in time

As the moon climbs

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees

08 August 2015

Butterflies Galore

The Brave Girls Club Soul School theme this month is
I am still becoming

Affirmation Card

I have added a copy to my pocket card book.

These are my Truth cards.

To fit inside my storage box,
I cut Dark Chocolate Soft Touch cardstock, measuring 3½ x 3½ inches
from Inspire Me Papers.

I printed out the coloured elements
together with butterflies from the online class PDF.

I also used Dovecraft Lace Ribbon (curiosity corner)
a red glitter Gelly Roll pen by Sakura,
Flame Red corrugate card  (from Inspire Me Papers)
& a three small adhesive red gems.

I have started on the lessons for this month, but I need to watch Melody's videos once more
before I begin recording in my Soul School journal.

Soul School Journal

There were three more badges this month & I have added them to my display frame.

Magnetic Pin Badge Display Frame
Last, but by no means least, is the butterfly embroidered patch.

Embroidered Patch

The Brave Girls Club is currently undergoing transformation,
with the Brave Girl University launching on 1st September.

To find out more, please click on the image below.

05 August 2015

Late Fragment

When my eyes rested upon the poem for today's
Waddington Weekly,
I knew it needed to be part of this series of altered playing cards.

Here is the poem by Raymond Carver, entitled Late Fragment, in it's entirety.

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?

I did.
And what did you want?

To call myself beloved, to feel myself
 beloved on the earth.

I used two additional images from The Graphics Fairy.

02 August 2015

Two sides to every story ...

The first page to show you in my Wreck this Journal is a simple one, using two pages.

Make a paper chain
Tear Strips - Rip it up!

I cut one page into strips & fed them through slits cut in the other.

Front of page

Close up

Back of page

Then I used some pages for a Brave Girls Club class.

I previewed their Soul Restoration class two weeks ago & was left in rather a quandary. 

I suppose that is the problem with a preview,
of only catching a glimpse of the whole course.

So, how could I draw value from this small portion?

I walked away from the course & came back just before the end of my two week preview.

Well actually it was in the middle of the night.
One of those times, when you wake up & your mind is in full flight.

I grabbed my pad & noted down what my subconscious was trying to tell me.

When I reread my notes the following morning, it all fell into place
& I realised how I could create something meaningful to me.

So to begin with, here is a two page spread of the labels that we give ourselves.

Some of which could be honestly considered to be true & of course,
some of which are total rubbish,
but we hear ourselves using them anyway.

I used 
Compost this page. Watch it deteriorate.

Here I dug down deep to bury the negative words,
the words that I no longer want to hear myself saying.

Once they start to deteriorate, to decay & turn into compost,
transforming themselves into something of value,
they will feed my Truth trees,
which will grow & flourish with the positive words.

The theme for Soul School this month is
Still Becoming 
in which Melody talks about leaving behind parts of us
which we no longer want to take forward into the future,
so this has turned out to be quite apt.

The trees are made from one of the Brave Girls Club graphics,
with the other words printed from the class PDF.

We should all be kinder to ourselves.

Next I took half of
Do a really UGLY drawing
(not sure where the other half has got to)
(Wipe your feet, Jump up and down)

I printed off the two sides of my personality traits.

One page shows weak elements of my personality;
those which I need to be aware of & try to avoid,
& the other shows the strong elements (& those which I mustn't forget).

I used a lovely image from Melody, with a slight change to her clothing,
just to make her my own,
together with the MY WEAK SELF & MY STRONG SELF emblems.

Turning the page, we find the Truth prompts,
methods for keeping my weak areas in check
& turning them into strengths.

This spread includes the page
Fill this page with circles

This page contains advice to myself.

In addition to my own text, I have used another of Melody's images,
this time unaltered, together with the word box
all of me is 
from the class PDF, finishing up with the lovely word image, used earlier for the trees.

The Brave Girls Club is currently undergoing transformation,
with the Brave Girl University launching on 1st September.

I am not sure how this will affect the classes currently on offer at BGC,
but there will soon be new classes available from a variety of other people,
to hopefully compliment & build on the success of the current format of BGC.

To find out more, please click on the image below.