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31 May 2018

So they say

This project was an idea to use up some patterned paper
I had leftover from other projects.

It was from a docrafts Papermania range called Madame Payraud's.

so they say

Together with a selection of Tim Holtz Paper Dolls,
I cut out sentences from my Pride & Prejudice book
to complete each page.

be ready for anything/we will not expose ourselves

There is also a little ribbon & some washi tape.

and very pretty they were

There are 6 pages in total,
each measuring 3 x 6 inches.

perfectly indifferent

They are bound together using 6 Tim Holtz Mini Book Rings.

all wondered who he could be

To find the right caption for each page,
I search through the pages of the book
to find words that speak to me.

she remembered everything perfectly

I add a heart shaped gem on her belt.

he was the wisest and best of men

The next one needed a cover up as I realised,
once I had finish it,
that the printing on the dog had been misaligned.

he had a very good opinion of himself

More paper & a different dog to the rescue.

All were struck with the stranger's air.
The last page.

let me persuade you to walk up and down

Click below to watch a flip through of the project.

I hope you enjoyed looking through this little project with me.

29 May 2018

Be daring

This is another collage page in my Wanderlust journal,
prompted by Eliza's Art Jar on the new theme of Trees.

Be daring

My inspiration was a photograph of my Silver Birch tree.

I used Eliza's images from her collage collection,
(free when I purchased the online course at the Early Bird price).

The pages are from my Wreck This Journal book by Keri Smith.

The paper is quite thin, so today I printed my collages elements on
premium inkjet paper 160 gsm.

This thickness allows me to sand & distress the edges of each element,
whilst giving the collage page more strength.

I used a sanding block by PaperArtsy
& a Tim Holtz Paper Distresser by Tonic.

I also added a little black smudging
with a Stabilo All pencil.

23 May 2018

A Summer of Creativity

The annual Index Card a Day creative challenge starts on 1st June.

It runs throughout June & July.

This year I am using 4x6 inch ruled index cards,
which came from WH Smith in their own clear plastic 2 ring binder.

I am still in my paper collage phase,
so I am planning to keep with what makes me happy
& gives me the most enjoyment.

The aim of ICAD is to be creative each day,
thus forming a habit which you carry forward.

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16 May 2018

By the Sea

The theme on Wanderlust 2018 this month is the

This page in my collage journal captures memories of recent visits to the coast.

I used four of my photographs to create this layout,
including the one for the background.

This photograph represents the sounds of the seaside.

The familiar calls of the herring gulls.

The waves breaking on the shoreline.

The pier with it's noisy attractions,
bustling with people.

The promenade as visitors stroll, jog, ride & skate along,
people walking their dogs
& prams being pushed.

This photograph represents the smells of the coast.

The distinctive damp seaweed aroma
that immediate reaffirms where you are.

The last photograph represents the different textural surfaces found at the seaside.

Weathered wooden boardwalks,
pebbles, both big & small, smooth & sharp
& gritty sand.

I looked briefly for seaglass
but sadly I found none.

This one page transports me back there in as instance.

I can almost hear the waves & feel the sea breeze on my face.

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09 May 2018

Simply Charming

This month's
To Do List
inspired by a regular feature in The Simple Things magazine.

Each month they publish a list of things to try.

My prompt card can be used
to think about starting something new,
give focus in my journaling,
lead me on an adventure
or just spark my imagination.

I have taken their words,
adapted them as needed,
typed them onto background images
from Emily at Sweetly Scrapped
& adhered them to Tim Holtz Resist kraft card.
They measure 7.5 cms by 5.5 cms

04 May 2018

Wishing with all my Heart

This is an impulse mixed media project,
made because I had an overwhelming urge to be creative.

I found a 3 by 4 inch canvas in my project box.

I had previously painted it pink, don't ask me why.

I took it back to my desk & added a rough coat of
DecoArt Media Black Gesso,
using a spatula.

Once dry, I picked up my paper scraps folder
from the floor next to my desk
& had a quick rummage.

My inspiration for this piece came from that folder,
the butterfly image, torn handmade paper, printed pattern paper,
corrugated card, the string,
including the precut image of the girl,
which for some reason had been discarded

I turned to my copy of Pride & Prejudice
for the focal words 
& finally added leaf metal fragments by Eberhard Faber.

Where did you find your creative inspiration today?

01 May 2018

Cherish those you love

This is my One Word card for May.

My chosen word is

My father celebrates his 80 birthday this month,
so my focus for the next few weeks
is to remind myself daily of those I cherish
& find new ways to show them
how much they mean to me.

This project uses scraps of paper
for the background,
hand stamped letters with Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
on Dina Wakley Media Tape,
word definition patterned paper,
a Tim Holtz Paper Doll &
Glossy Accents on the heart.

My previous One Word cards