Monday, 27 August 2012

Scrapbooking With Yellow

The other day I read Scrapbooking With Yellow from the Get It Scrapped blog and I imagined doing a yellow layout right then and there. Imagine being the operative word!
I have no photos to scrapbook - that's my excuse - so I'll show you some yellow layouts that I have done in the past.

I don't mind a bit of yellow.

Big Idea Festival

The Big Idea Festival is on again from September 4th - 17th, 2012 and it's FREE!
It's is organised by Big Picture Classes and their classes and workshops are exceptional, imho.
I participated last year and had a lot of fun.
Just sayin'.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Down Memory Lane

Just today I was reading Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's second post about favourite craft/art books. Her first post on this subject reminded me that I want to make books. And quilts. The second post reminded me that, way back in 2006, I did Elsie Flannigan's 52 Scrapbooking Challenges - two a week for 26 weeks. That's commitment!
Back in the day I actually won an autographed copy of the book - yay for me!
I was also remembering that I did some of my favourite layouts then too. And maybe some of my least faves as well :)
Here are a couple of my favourites.

Ooh, and then there's this one...

Or these...

Sigh! It's just too hard to pick a favourite.
What do you think?
The rest you can see in my newly formed Flickr album - 52 Scrapbooking Challenges - cos I did these challenges before I started blogging.


Saturday, 18 August 2012

Art on Print

The time passes a whole lot faster when Susannah is refereeing if I am sitting in a warm car and occupied with art stuff (or playing word games on my iPhone). This morning I had the privilege of being able to see the games, and Susannah, from the comfort of my car and being able to do some more art on print. This time I used an old hymnbook that Sophie-Lee, knowing me, picked up from the side of the road in someone's council cleanup pile.

The flowers were inspired by my-twin-who's-not-my-twin's daughter the other day. She had used black and white stripy circle stickers and then added her petals and stems. I didn't have stickers but I did have a black pen and a white paint pen. I love the effect.

Something that adds a whole new dimension both literally (but not physically) and aesthetically is the sense of a shadow being cast making it look 3D. I used to do it with watercolour paint but I learnt from Lori Vliegen when I did her "letterLAB" class how to do it quickly and easily with a 2B pencil and a paper stump.

I was reading Psalm 106 this morning. A thought that struck me was from verses 6-8. The Psalmist admits his sin but then calls on God to save him, not for his own sake but for God's sake. It reminded me of when Moses pleaded with God to not destroy the Israelites, not for Moses' sake but for God's reputation.

Habbakuk 3:2
Lord, I have heard of your fame;    I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,    in our time make them known;    in wrath remember mercy.
That's all.


Friday, 17 August 2012

Hooked on Inspiration

It is so easy, for me at least, to keep drinking in all the amazing inspiration, pinning here, posting there, sharing with friends and family or just storing it in my head for an unknown future moment., but never actually getting around to doing something.
Well the other day my twin-who's-not-my-twin and I got together to actually do something that we have been inspired by.
After a very quick, for me at least, perusal of my Art/Journal board on Pinterest I found this cute little artwork - sadly not attributed to anyone but Pinterest.
That was just the inspiration my twin-who's-not-my-twin (and her daughter) and I needed and that is what we went with.
Here are my renditions...

It was a perfect little book that had great chapter titles.

There may be more some time.
Or maybe not.


Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Book Spine Poetry

Yesterday Annelise saw this post about book spine poetry and was immediately inspired to compose one herself.
Annelise showed me that same post and I was immediately inspired to compose one myself. I went straight to my art room Expedit (I had no desire to navigate the stairs to the main bookshelves) and started collecting and collating.

Who'd've thunk?!
I just love what one can do with words. (And numbers)

Here are my first attempts at book spine poetry.

 Love Life
How babies are made
Seven from Heaven
Gioie di una madre
(Joys of a mother)

 Yarns on women
The elements of style
It's not always black and white.

The lady and the chocolate
Sharing your story
Each new day
Living out loud
That's life!

How 'bout you have a go, eh? 


Thursday, 2 August 2012


Some time between last night and now 30,000 page views have happened on my blog (not including mine). I know that is not really very many if compared to a famous blogger but to me it's HUGE!

I have viewers from 57 different countries around the world. How amazing is that?!?

Just thought I'd share. :)

PS I hope you find just a little inspiration when you visit and I'd love for you to say a little 'hello' in the comments - that would make me VERY happy.