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29 November 2017

The One Day Project: Sing me your Story

This is the final page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal was 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
or
watch a flip-through of the complete set by clicking on the image below.


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