I have another project life layout to share today.
These are photos from our break to Oaklands in the Midlands in January of this year, I took Simon there for his 60th birthday - so we could get away and just relax.
I am not doing it week by week at this point, but rather using as a way to show more of my photos than I can on a normal layout.
Here are a couple of close ups.
The left hand side.
The right hand side.
I used water colour paper for this layout because I wanted to create a pattern on the papers with gold. I used Perfect Pearls mists with stencils, salt and a stamp. The patterns have come out quite pale but I still like them. I also used some bright green washi tape, ribbon, flowers and then I used some cork that I stamped and embossed white - an idea I got from Belinda Spencer. Works really well for me as we don't get a lot of project life stuff here so now I can custom make what I want.
My Journalling says
I really enjoyed our time in this beautiful place surrounded by nature at it's very best. Peace and quite enabled us to really unwind. I loved waking up to this each day. The sisters made us feel so welcome and treated us like part of the family.
Oaklands is a little hotel in the heart of the midlands ans is used for polo tournaments so there are lots of horses, a donkey names Sophie, chickens, ducks and four huge great danes. Run by three sisters and a brother. A beautiful retreat.
Here a a couple more close ups.
For this card I used my chevron wheel through the mists to create the pattern up the side. I used a cork chevron to reinforce the theme. The word is a rub on onto the washi tape.
I managed to find some bits a pieces that were the right colours for this layout.
Here is one of the journalling cards. The background is so subtle that it allowed me to write over it without being over powered.
Here you can see the cork embellishments stamped and embossed. I think they look pretty cool.
Some of the backgrounds were left plain.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.
I finally took the plunge into the world of art journalling. I bought this book a while ago when I was in Clarens with a view to using it for art jornalling and it has lain in my studio - untouched - for nearly a year now. The papers in this book are either kraft or white and all of them are printed with some kind of picture or words or borders.
I have been watching Marta's videos for a long time and pored over her work and wanted to try and do some art journalling. If you have never seen her work I can highly recommend taking a look.
Well I did it and this is the result.
I chose a kraft background for the first one and started by tearing this image out of a table napkin and adding the top layer to the page using podge. I then covered the entire page with a coat of clear gesso as I wanted the kraft to show through.
Next I used a script stencil with white gesso to create some interest and did some stamping in black ink on the background page. I used red and green spray mists and a lot of water to get the desired effect.
I covered the image and a little way around it with some picket fence distress paint to soften and age it a little. Then used picket fence distress stain to create the splats. The phrase and word were stamped in black ink.
Finally I used black ink to create some little splats.
This next one was done on a white page that had roses in the top left corner and in the bottom right corner.
I covered the page with clear gesso because I wanted to see the paper through. I used a Tim Hotlz stencil to create the lines coming down the page and the little circles were stamped in black in and then coloured in. The big coffee stains are also a stamp.
The quote was stamped onto white paper and cut out and stuck onto the page and then edged with a black charcoal pencil to create a shadow effect.
This image is a stamp. The face and one flower which I stamped out three times. All of this page was coloured using Perfect Pearl Mists... I added some dimension glaze to some of the petals just for interest. I shaded around the girl with the same charcoal pencils which I then smudged.
Lastly is this one.
I again used a white lined page that had butterflies stamped in the top left corner. This time I used a napkin that had this gorgeous image on it and put it onto the page with podge and then gave the whole page a coat of podge. Not the greatest idea because it stays sticky :P After that was dry I used the script stamp again with white gesso.
I used a postmark stamp with black ink randomly down the page. The quote was also stamped with black. This time I used my neo pens to create the watercolour effect. They are like wax crayons but are watercolours. Soft and so easy to work with. I used them to colour in the 'creativity' part of the quote.
The quote was stamped in black ink and the beautiful butterfly is vellum Don't know where I got it but it is gorgeous.
I used the peach and the green for my colour on this layout and I am rather pleased with how it turned out. I think I will be doing a lot more of these. I love the freedom of just creating with no thought in mind of a finished product. This is indeed a journey of self discover.
Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.
Today I have two DT shares for you and both of them are cards. Now I have said before that I am not much of a card maker :D and I really am not and I think I have made more cards in the last couple of months than I ever had and I am really enjoying them. Quick and easy and I get to use up stuff.
You have one week to create a card, layout, OTP project or anything you like as long as you use this sketch.
Here is my card.
I used the sketch to make a Valentines day card for Papa Si... He was blown away by it too.
Here are some close-ups.
I started with watercolour paper and added some strips of paper and washi tape and lace. The butterfly is fussy cut from some Tim Holtz tissue paper. I then gave the whole thing a thin layer of clear gesso, the a thin coast of Picket Fence Distress Paint. Then I gave it a watercolour wash just of interest.
The hearts were all cut out using my Silhouette machine. The big heart was then mounted onto cardboard to make it stiffer and given a coat of glue and red glitter. The little hearts were stamped onto cork and embossed with white embossing powder then fussy cut.
These flowers were originally pink and I sprayed them with a Heidi Swapp red mist to get them this colour.
This was such a quick card too. :D
The next card is my DT contribution to sketch #115 over at Feeling Sketchy.
Another lovely sketch.
You have two weeks to play along with these challenges.
Here is my card.
I rotated the sketch and used my favourite EVER papers. The beautiful Coffee in the Arbour Collection by Maja Design.
I used some petaloo flowers and some of these metal leaves that I found somewhere and kept for one day. The doily is die cut and the film strip is a chippie.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message, I really appreciate it.
I had the babies yesterday as we had some friends for the night last night who wanted to see them so I had a free day today and nothing to do so I got to play again. Seems like it doesn't happen too often at the moment.
I love the mood board over at Scrap Around the World, and it has been awhile since I last joined in so today seemed like a good day.
There is nothing like finding yourself in a place where you are able to connect 100% on all levels to yourself, the earth and the universe, a place that just feels right. Oaklands was one such place for me.
I just love the countryside of the Midlands it reminds me so much of Ireland. Gentle rolling hills that look like they are covered in emerald green velvet, animals grazing and roaming around. Misty mornings with beautiful sunrises and glorious sunsets. Wild flowers growing on the sides of the roads. A place where heaven and earth meet and all is right in the world. A place where you can feel the energy flowing through you and making you whole and strong again. A place where humans, animals and nature co-exist in peace and harmony. A place that allows your thoughts to float across your consciousness like the clouds drifting across the sky. Allowing you to see things more clearly without all the external interference of normal daily life. A place where you can catch your breath again and just be. A place where all your senses are heightened and you are so present. A place where time stands still and days melt into one another and you realize just how small and insignificant you are in the grand scheme of things. The place where ego is replaced by soul a place I always want to find a way back to.
Here are some close ups.
I used beige cardstock and some papers by Tim Hotlz Ideology, a little builders tape and some watercolour paint.
I punched the edge of the paper and distressed it and the title is from Heidi Swapp.
I found these cork embellishments in my stash and outlined them with a white pen to match the TODAY circle. The circle around the photo is made with raffia type twine and the film strip is a chipboard. I used a couple of flowers and added some bling.
I managed to capture the look I was after with this layout and for me absolutely captures the essence of getting back to what matters.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.
I have the new case file for CSI to show you today. They got an awesome and interesting case file with beautiful soft colors for you this week. It's sketch week, which means you also get a fabulous Page Drafts sketch created by The Nifty Pixel, aka our own Composite Sketch Artist Em Stafrace. Digital designers can pick up the digital template for this sketch right here at The Nifty Pixel.
Here is the case file.
Here is the sketch.
You know how to play along by now and if you are in need of any inspiration I suggest you hop on over and take a look and see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with.
The quote that goes around the edge of the layout says:
There is a slow growing beauty which only comes to perfection in old age.. I have seen much sweeter smiles on a lip of a seventy than I ever saw on a lip of seventeen. There is the beauty of youth - there is also the beauty of holiness - a beauty much more seldom met: and more often found in the arm chair by the fire, with grandchildren around its knee, than in a ballroom or promenade.
My journalling on the back of the layout says...
I don't think that we are much different than cars... we are both machines of sorts and we require regular care and maintenance for our longevity, we both reach a stage where the cost of that maintenance outweighs our usefulness too. We both start out shiny, new and beautiful, fast and racy, full of high hopes and expectations and gradually over the years of travelling on life's highways the knocks change us and we loose our luster, we get worn around the edges and we slow down and we require more care more often. There are creaks and groans that weren't there before and we no longer turn heads like we once did. Sometimes we are relegated to the back burner, parked and just forgotten. Our value diminished by the fact that we are considered old and out of date.
When I look at an old car like this one in the photo or any one for that matter, or an old person I don't see the chips and the scrapes and all the things that are wrong. I see the years of service, loyalty, love and hardship and perseverance etched deeply in their bodies and faces. I see the wisdom in the fading eyes and the gentleness of the arms and laps that have held and us and kissed away our pain. The years of love that have made them content and happy. I see the love that shines around them like a halo and I wonder about the secrets they hold and the stories that they could share.
Why can't I see myself the same way. I have have lots of stories to tell, I have endured hardships, I have had more love than most people will ever see in a lifetime. I have wisdom, not the kind that comes from books maybe but the kind that comes from living on the streets and facing each day in the harsh light of reality.
I am all to aware that I have wrinkles and crepey skin, that my boobs and butt are saggy, I have cellulite and stretch marks AND every one of these marks is the reminder of the fact that I have lived and loved and fought my way to where I am today. I should be proud of my marks and not trying to shy away from them and hide or camouflage them.
We live in such a throw away world that it is easier to just replace or refurbish, reconstruct and repaint. We are taught to keep up to date with the newest this or that, we have forgotten to put value and respect on age and experience. That is where the true value lies, if we just learned not to dismiss so quickly.
Here are some close-ups.
I loved this case file... it just came together so easily for me and the sketch was amazing to work with. I chose to add some glitter paper for the shiny stage of life and then I added the cogs for the workings of the machines and I covered them with paint and copper leaf to give a rusty effect.
I added a metal zipper pull to the flower cluster. My title was cut on my Silhouette machine in the glitter paper and I painted the inside of the letters too.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it and they make my day.
I have decided to play along with Tim Holtz and his 12 Tags of 2015, because I love his product and I love what he does with it. So here is my take on the February tag.
This is the tag he made...
This is the tag that I made. I didn't have lots of the stuff he used, so I made a plan. Clearly I am going to have to find it all now but I do love how my tag turned out... I like the grungy feel of it with the pops of red.
Here is a close up of it.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and I hope you will take a look and maybe play along too.