Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Journalling fun!

 I spent another lovely hour making the next page (right hand page) of my journal

The quote on the bottom caught my eye, so I just had to tear it out and use it.
It says:-

'Get ready to  meet your true, powerful, healthy, confident, amazing, self,'

I think that I should use that as my mantra!

These are just random pages - not intended to be part of a theme

I will use Kelly Kilmer's journal prompts at a later date, but for now I am just
enjoying playing - without a theme or 'agenda'.

All I used are torn out scraps from free magazines, a ruler, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick!

Thank you for visiting

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Another journal page inspired by Kelly Kilmer

This afternoon I managed to make another page for my journal
inspired by Kelly Kilmer whose online courses I have bought.
The weather has been cold and wet and miserable
so I thought I would make something that made me feel happy.

The little picture would have come from a magazine - junk mail probably
but she looks absolutely full of joy and positively glows with good health!
The background paper scraps are from rummaging in a drawer.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

My first 'artisan' ceramic bead bracelet

It's pretty dark indoors - no sunshine - torrential, never ending rain outside!  So any painting craft work was not really the thing to do - so I had a rummage in my beads drawer and pulled out a tin with a selection of ceramic beads which I have bought in little collections over the past couple of years.
 Today this little ceramic blue bird arrived in the post, along with four others which inspired me to get those beads out and try and make a bracelet that I would be proud of.
On the internet there are a number of amazing jewellery makers creating wonderful unique works. It's a great feeling to own a unique piece of jewellery.
The blue bird beads I bought from Blueberribeads
Each bead from Grubbi
is individually created by Grubbi and no two are the same.
Which is why I love them
If you are looking for inspiration then head off to Songbeads  blog
I am the proud owner of a few of her creations and it gives me a wonderful
 'lift' to know that no-one else will have a piece of jewellery exactly
 like the ones I have bought.
I decided to try using waxed cord for this bracelet, instead of wire
or a ready made metal chain bracelet. 
I have bought some different colours and thicknesses from Songbeads
so it was a great project to try them out on.
With no instructions to follow I set myself quite a challenge
But with the rain hammering down outside, and Mr Lottie out,
it was the perfect way to spend an afternoon!
Among my Grubbi stash I found this cute little kitten and beads
so she will be my next challenge I think - but I have absolutely no idea
what I will make with them.  Do you?

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

An attempt at making a bracelet

I haven't been crafting very much of late.  I have tried - really hard - and made attempts at creating journals - but nothing that I feel good enough to post on here.

I really am missing crafting - so last night I made an attempt at playing with beads.

I needed a bracelet to match a dark olive dress, 
which I wear with a pretty red and dark green 
and purple/plum silk scarf.

After a rummage in my bead tin I found just the right beads to match.  They have a lovely sheen to them and when they catch the light they have a rainbow of the olive and purple shades - it's like looking in a puddle on a summers day when you see those oily colours!  

There were only ten of them - but just enough for a bracelet with the added olive shades of the matte finished beads I used in between. 

 I found the old Chinese coin in my button box!  I think folks use them in crafting - but I like the flat disk, it feels comfortable on my wrist being flat, and it stays central, rather than with just beads that move around quite a bit and often the connectors ends up on top and not the nice focal beads.

Shame about the dark photos - roll on summer sunshine

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A life made by hand journal page 3

I will never look at the Sunday supplements as 'rubbish','junk' a 'waste of paper' again.

I have been looking through them with 'different' eyes for supplies and inspiration
for art journalling.   Gluing and sticking is probably a better term for what I am 
doing at the moment.  The 'art' perhaps will come later!

 The background and wording and the backing paper
are all from the Sunday supplement magazines.

The  blue backing paper is in fact a shuttering on a window which I managed to cut enough little strips, and turned them on the side and shaded!
I have inked around the lettering to make it show up - I think that was from a food advert which I cut and took out the words I wanted to turn into a prompt!

This is the journalled page.
I am not being 'picky' about my writing as Kelly Kilmer said not too.
I think that it will improve if I could find a pen that will write better on shiny paper
and also if I practice writing more.  I have been typing for so long on a computer
my writing has suffered as a consequence!

If any of you know of a pen that will definitely work on shiny surfaces I would very much appreciate the name and a link too if possible.

Thank you for looking

Sunday, 12 January 2014

A life made by hand - journal page 2

I managed to get another journal page done this afternoon.
This course differs from the others in that it is not an arty painty
type journal - its more like the very old original idea of scrapbooking
of 50-60 years ago - but with the twist of journalling  your thoughts.

I am not photographing this one close up as I have journalled 
from a prompt  and it is personal to me.

It is very liberating just cutting and gluing, then picking a prompt
totally unrelated to the pictures - and just write.

Kelly Kilmer stressed not to worry about our handwriting, as it doesn't
have to be beautiful - one just has to write what flows out of our brain.

A first for me!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

First attempt at my online journal course

Well it was about time I dived in feet first and had a go - wasn't it.
I must confess that I am finding it very very difficult.
I made my first page - then didn't know when to stop - as is usual with me
and ended messing it up, and it is in fragments in the bin!

This is my second attempt
I have had to photograph this on A4 white paper to make it show up better.
Why I chose black and white I do not know - I was just taken by the
image of the very elegant lady in a weekend magazine.
I had to resize her and cut her out of all the advertising, and outline her,  The background is strips of papers
torn and glued with a glue stick - and a bit of painting in the right hand corner.
I haven't braved any of the journalling on it yet - that is my down fall.  I will take my time and read some prompts to get subject ideas.
I really do not want this one to end up in the bin!

As I am following instructions which give no sizes, I am just using random pages torn from on old dictionary.   As you can see it is rather a  big page!

It is proving to be a relaxing past time -  but one needing lots of space and choice of papers.

I think that if I keep practising it should get easier - at least I hope it does