Monday 29 August 2011

My new project

I have been working for a while on a new project.   I am setting up a small shop on Etsy to sell handcrafted journals, prayer journals and travel journals.

The lovely Kirsty Wiseman designed a great logo for me

and a blog banner.

I set up a blog account and a website with a domain name and sorted out an Etsy shop.

I hadn't realised just how time consuming all the background stuff would be.   However I am planning to launch the shop (on the unsuspecting world) at the end of this week.

Here's a sneak peek of what will be for sale.

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Wednesday 24 August 2011

He-Art Journaling

This week's assignment:
Create a spread or a page using layering and paper piecing techniques.

I used an article in the May/June Somerset Studio magazine and the video on Dyan's blog as inspiration to do this journal page.

I met some ladies online through Soul Restoration 1 and an ephemera swap was organised.  I received envelopes of goodies from 6 ladies.  Thank you to Pippa, Mel, Judy, Dawn C, Dawn B Sue H and Juel.

Back to School

In the real world in the U.S. the school semester has already started.  Here in the UK, Scottish schools have started the Autumn Term and in England and Wales teachers, parents and children are contemplating the return to school in a couple of weeks.  (Sorry any readers from Northern Ireland, I have no idea how the school system works there).

And in Shimelleland it's time for Learn Something New Everyday 2011.  This is a class that Shimelle hosts every September with 30 days of prompts.  Once you are signed up for it you have access every year.  I signed up in 2008 and am pleased to say that I finished the whole 30 days.    I've just discovered that in 2009 I did the cover and nothing else.  In 2010 I decided I would do an altered book and I managed to day 12.

So this year I decide I was doing it and would complete it.  Then I decided I wouldn't do it.  Then yesterday I was watching a video on Shimelle's website about maintaining continuity and I had a flash of inspiration.  (Little did I know I had the same flash 2 years ago!!!)

I used to be a Creative Memories demonstrator and have loads of unused 8x8 albums but they are a bit wasteful on paper.  The flash of inspiration was to use a set of 8x8 CM paper that I have (actually about 5 sets of it) and cut Kraft cardstock into 6x6 and stick in the middle of the 8x8.  

At the time I couldn’t remember what I did for LSNED in 2009 but now I know!   I have just found the album and I had done the cover although as an inside page because of the type of album it is.  And guess what!  I had put the background patterned paper on each page and it is exactly what I had decided yesterday to use.   So I've just got to cut up my 6x6 Kraft cardstock and stick it on too and I’ll be ready.  Woohoo.

So are any of you joining me in Learning Something New Everyday?


P.S.  I bought the Kraft Cardstock from Sarah's Cards on a really good offer.  I ordered it at 11.12am yesterday and it arrived before 9am this morning.  How's that for service?

Sunday 14 August 2011

Did you know?

Did you know that I am a scrapbooker?   I don't do it very often I have to admit.  Mostly I do layouts for Scrapbooking from the Inside Out.  This is a monthly kit club which includes between 5 and 7 prompts/challenges each month.  The month has a theme and the prompts provoke some personal thoughts or journaling of life experiences.  This month's theme is Growth, but I thought I might share some of my layouts from other themes.  

When the journaling is very personal I usually hide it although apart from the other members of SFTIO no one actually sees the layouts anyway.  I haven't ever shared them on my blog.

So here are a few with the monthly theme identified.
 Theme: Enlightenment
 Theme: Nostalgia
 Theme: Renewal

And then every now and again we have an Ironscrapper.  This is where we are asked to use the same photo.  I used the photo in the centre of this grid.

Saturday 13 August 2011

The Girl in Me

The instructions for this week's Heart Journaling were:

WEEK 4 - The Girl in Me

Assignment: Create a spread or a page using the concept of hand-drawn girls. I want you to actually draw a character in your book!!! It can be sketchy, cartoony, realistic, or even stick figures.  

Try a different medium that you've never used before.

This was soooo out of my comfort zone. I really don't like doing journal pages with people on them whether they are collage elements cut out of magazines, photos or hand drawn.  However I thought I would give it a go!

I had previously put gesso on the page and thought I would leave it as a white background.  I drew with pencil and then coloured in with Faber Castell PITT big brush pens.  I bought these when I was doing the She Had 3 Hearts class but really haven't used them. I used the Dylusions Further round The Edge stamps for the frame and for the journaling lines.     I added some verses from Psalm 139.

And here is the finished page.

Friday 12 August 2011


I was mostly working on my Dylusions team blog post project.  Art from the Heart is having a birthday weekend and part of the celebrations is a Blog Hop which will start at 10am on Saturday 3rd September and end on Sunday 4th September at 10pm.

Here are some sneak peeks:
Inks and Stamps I was using

 Sneak views of the results

And a reminder of the birthday weekend