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18 November 2017

The One Day Project: Lock & Keys

Today I would like to share another page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal is made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


Blending colours,
following the movement of the images
& enjoying the pure essence of creativity.


You can read the story behind this project here.

16 November 2017

A pocket full of Soul

So I was sitting staring at the last few blank playing cards
from the #52CafeCards challenge
wondering how to finish the project
before the end of the year.

It was Week 46, but I had 14 cards left of my 52 card pack.

Then, I had an idea.


A pocket size version of my recently completed SoulBook.

I took photographs,
imported them into a Word document to resize & crop,
then printed them out.

Added some washi tape to the sides,
some Glossy Accents where the glitter gems were ...

... et voila.  

15 November 2017

I have something to say ...

"Isn't the value of writing
in the very moment that something is written
&
thereafter in the rediscovery of that moment
when the words are found & read again,
revealing it's memories?"

These are the words that I found myself writing
in response to a question about whether there was a reason as to why
we keep notes, save quotations & record our thoughts.

This prompted me to think about whether I had a deep desire to write more.

I love words.

Words are so very powerful.

They can evoke memories,
trigger emotions,
prompt action.

They can soothe & calm
or enrage & anger.

Words have the power to change the way that we view our world.

2018
is going to be my year of writing
& finding ways to read between the lines of text.

10 November 2017

All wrapped up

As promised, here are the photographs of my completed SoulBook,
which I made alongside more than 3000 others around the world for
the SoulBook Gathering event
held by Melody Ross, her sister Kathy Wilkins
& all the Brave Living team.



So let's unwrap this ...












 There is a hidden pocket on the last page, on the inside of the back cover.


The event is ongoing, so there is still time to join in,
just click on the image below for all the details.


You can see on this post, details of what the basic book was made from.

The background papers I have had for years,
from a K & Company project kit
I think originally from QVC,
as were the glitter gems.

The ribbons I dug out from the back of a cupboard
& again I have had those for ages, origins unknown.

The additional images were all from PDFs
from Melody's classes at Brave Girl University,
with one single exception.

The image of the little girl near the back of the book
is from my own resource (a thrift shop purchase).

All I needed was to restock my Matte Mod Podge,
add a little washi tape from Tim Holtz &
a piece of his kraft cardstock to make the pocket envelope
& my inkjet printer.

If you have made one too,
leave a link to yours in the comments below.

I look forward to seeing them.

08 November 2017

10th Anniversary

Today marks the 10th anniversary of my first blog post.


I would encourage anyone who is creative to start a blog
or continue to update their existing one )
as it is a fantastic way to reflect on your progress.

I use my blog to remind me of the different techniques learnt &/or used
& old supplies that I may have forgotten about.

When I need an idea, I look back to see which projects brought me the most pleasure
or which type of project I have not done for a while.

It is a wonderful resource & 
sometimes I surprise myself at what I find!

Although few people visit
& of those that do, even less leave me a comment,
I am so pleased that I continued to record my creativity here,
with the hope that maybe it inspires someone else
or at the very least, brightens their day.

I wonder if I will still be posting here
ten years from now.

01 November 2017

Believe

This is my One Word card for November.


My word is
Believe.

It is important to believe in yourself,
your ability & your own creative ideas.


The One Word project was an idea by Kasia Avery,
during Week 33 of her Wanderlust 2017 online class.

Each month we choose our word for that month
& make a small card which goes into our One Word box.

The project is mainly about using up old scraps of paper
or recycling junk mail,
things that other people would consider to be trash.

I went for using up all those small scraps of paper
 that I have been hoarding over the years,
some pieces so small that most people
would have already discarded them.

I enjoy the process of paper collage,
combining different patterns & images together
to create a cohesive piece of art.

My previous One Word cards

31 October 2017

Wanderlust Mixed Media Art Journal Lesson

The Wanderlust class a few weeks ago
was with Marta Lapkowska.

We created a mixed media art journal page.
Marta used an old book for her lesson,
but I used a booklet that was recently put through my letterbox.


I tried to follow along with Marta,
being brave & copying her style.


It felt uncomfortable.


Not my normal style or method of working.


There is a long list of materials,
so I hope I have remembered everything.

Liquitex Clear Gesso
Golden White Gesso
Ranger Texture Paste
Dina Wakley Media Stencil (Cellular)
Matte Mod Podge

Tim Holtz Distress Inks
aged mahogany
antique linen
black soot
brushed corduroy
mustard seed
walnut stain

Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow Mist (Buccaneer Bronze)

Old pieces of lace, fabric & organza ribbon
wooden butterfly shapes
a white paper flower
white cotton thread
abaca ribbon
& white string

Ranger Liquid Pearls (White Opal)
Tim Holtz Distress Crayons

The butterfly image (from a collage sheet by Everything Art)
is one I had already printed off.
It is covered with Ranger's Glossy Accents.


I am not that happy with the final result,
but I enjoyed the process
& watching Marta's video lesson.

28 October 2017

The One Day Project: A Blackbird's Song

Today I would like to share another page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal is made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


Blending colours,
following the movement of the images
& enjoying the pure essence of creativity.


You can read the story behind this project here.

26 October 2017

SoulBook - Part Two

Following on from yesterday's blog post,
below are a few more photographs
showing the progress as I continue to create my SoulBook,
as part of the SoulBook Gathering event organised
by Brave Living.

First up is the front cover.

I wanted to honour the origin of the structure of my book,
which was made from cardboard postage boxes
from the Brave Girls Club.

I used a piece of silk screen printed vellum,
so that I could still see the original artwork through it.


I left a free edge so that I can lift the vellum to see the artwork underneath.


I have also begun work on the introduction page,
with a few more elements cut from the boxes.


I hope you enjoyed this peek into my creative process.

I'll write another post once I have completed the whole book.

Meanwhile, if you want to join in, it's not too late,
just pop over to their website for all the details
or their Facebook Group.

24 October 2017

SoulBook - Part One

In my previous blog post I mentioned the SoulBook event
organised by Brave Living,
the new name for Brave Girls Club.

I've watched Melody's how-to videos & started to plan my book. 

I need to restock my Mod Podge supply
before I can start to collage the backgrounds etc,
but I have constructed the basic structure of the book.

I have used old Soul School Brave Boxes,
each cardboard page measuring 4" by 6" (approx 10 cm by 15cm).


Ten pages in total, the two covers & eight pages inside.

The edges of the inside pages are protected with adhesive backed fabric tape
& the fabric on the spine is by British designer Vanessa Arbuthnott (I'm a big fan).

I am now spending time,
quiet moments,
reflecting on which words to include inside,
& gathering papers, embellishments etc
to decorate the cover & pages.

21 October 2017

Soul to Soul


In case you haven't heard the news
Brave Living
(formerly Brave Girls Club)
is launching a worldwide event on 28th October 2017.

The idea is based on one of their online classes, SoulBook
but this time, the idea is to create your own individual book
together in groups, with friends, family
or with future friends.

Even if you have made this book in the past,
if feels the right time to revisit this BGU lesson
& examine what we need right here, right now.

I will be working through the lesson on my own again
& share what I can here on my blog.

Click the image below for the full details.


It's free to join in
& you can use whatever supplies you have to hand.

You don't need anything fancy,
you can make your own book using cardboard for the pages
& your choice of embellishments, papers, paints, colours etc.

Just print off the free PDF & you are ready to start.

There is also a Facebook Group you can join.

The aim is to refocus on what is important to you,
right now.

07 October 2017

The One Day Project:Gentlemen & Goldfinch

Today I would like to share another page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal is made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


Blending colours,
following the movement of the images
& enjoying the pure essence of creativity.


You can read the story behind this project here.

04 October 2017

Looking for Inspiration

This is my One Word card for October.

My word is
Inspire.

It is important to continually look for inspiration,
to see the possible from the ordinary,
the beauty in the unusual
& translate this into our own creativity.


The One Word project was an idea by Kasia Avery,
during Week 33 of her Wanderlust 2017 online class.

Each month we choose our word for that month
& make a small card which goes into our One Word box,
which last month had a slight make-over.


The project is mainly about using up old scraps of paper
or recycling junk mail,
things that other people would consider to be trash.

I went for using up all those small scraps of paper
 that I have been hoarding over the years,
some pieces so small that most people
would have already discarded them.

I enjoy the process of paper collage,
combining different patterns & images together
to create a cohesive piece of art.

My previous One Word cards

30 September 2017

Be Still

This is altered playing card number 38 for 
#52CafeCards
which is the year long creative challenge organised by Marta Lapkowska
& we are currently taking inspiration from her Whisper Boards.



I used the prompts of the colour scheme,
birds, flowers & the lady.

#MaremiWhispersBoard12
The patterned papers are designed by Vanessa Arbuthnott.

The label is by The Graphics Fairy
& can be found in the Free Printables photo album
of Marta's Facebook Group.

The lady is one of the Tim Holtz Paper Dolls.

27 September 2017

Breaking the Rules

This is altered playing card number 37 for 
#52CafeCards
which is the year long creative challenge organised by Marta Lapkowska
& we are currently taking inspiration from her Whisper Boards.


I used the prompts of the colour scheme
& book text.

#MaremiWhispersBoard11
I made a cotton thread tassel for the bottom of the card,
using the colours in the mood board.


The background paper was designed by Vanessa Arbuthnott.

The label is by The Graphics Fairy
& together with the tag, can be found
in the Free Printables photo album
of Marta's Facebook Group.

Both the label & tag have text in the background
& I thought the angle of the label matched the angle of the staircase.

What do you think?