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11 December 2017

Be Free


Today's word is
Redemption.



Throughout this project I am using:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.

The small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

10 December 2017

Let Peace fill your Heart


Today's word is
Peace.



Throughout this project I am using:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.

The small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

09 December 2017

Everything has a Season


Today's word is
Coming.



Throughout this project I am using:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.

The small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

08 December 2017

Quiet Reflection


Today's word is
Reflect.



Throughout this project I am using:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.

The small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

07 December 2017

Promises, Promises


Today's word is
Promise.



Throughout this project I am using:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.

The small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

06 December 2017

It's all in the preparation ...


Today's word is
Prepare.


Throughout this project I am using:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.

The small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

05 December 2017

Looking Forward


The third word in this challenge is
Expectation.


Throughout this project I will be using the following:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.

The small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

04 December 2017

Be Still


The second word for this challenge is
Wait.


Throughout this project I will be using the following:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.

The small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

03 December 2017

Hope


The first word in the Advent Words 2017 challenge is
Hope.


Throughout this project I will be using the following:-

Scraps of patterned papers from a
Busy Scrapper's Solution Vintage Papers Kit
by Hot off the Press Inc.

Images taken from an old edition of
together with individual letters to spell out each word.

Word definitions torn from an old English Dictionary.

Printed text
&
Mod Podge.


This small album by 7 Gypsies is approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

02 December 2017

Advent Words 2017

Most of my art projects for 2017 are winding down,
but one last challenge has peaked my interest.

This month, Mary Brack (Found on Brighton) is doing an
Advent Challenge.


I think this is a wonderful way to prepare for the forthcoming season,
to focus on the true meaning of Christmas
& join with other artists at this special time of the year.

You can follow along on Instagram,
just look for
#AdventWords2017
or join her Facebook group
here.

I will be using a small album from 7gypsies.
It's called a Naked Gypsy Wire-O Album
& I have had it for years.


I love the description on the tag.

"THIS WIRE-O ALBUM IS THE REALIZATION OF THE DREAMS
AND HOPES OF A FEW STALWARTS WHO DELIGHT IN THE
MYSTERIES OF WIRE AND BOOK BOARD. THOUGH NAKED,
WITHOUT EMBELLISHMENT OR FLASHY PROTUBERANCES, IT HAS
A CERTAIN SOMETHING THAT SETS IT APART. IT MAY BE THE
HOPE IN IT'S UNCERTAIN FUTURE OR IT'S MODEST BEGINNINGS
ON A PATH TO HIGH ART AND DECORATIVE SPLENDOR. ALL
THINGS ARE POSSIBLE FOR THOSE THAT LOVE AND DREAM."

The pages are approx 4½ inches across
& 2½ inches high.

I am planning to use collage,
keeping it plain & simple ...
as an antidote to all that glitter.


ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
FOR THOSE THAT LOVE AND DREAM.



01 December 2017

Joy to the World

This is my One Word card for December.


My word is
Joy.

My definition of Joy is the physical expression of delight,
an outward display of being glad.

In these current times, we sometimes forget to show happiness,
we almost feel embarrassed to exhibit such seemingly decadent emotions,
but it is so important for us to reinforce these feelings.

So this month, let us be joyous.


The One Word project was an idea by Kasia Avery,
during Week 33 of her Wanderlust 2017 online class.

Each month we choose our word for that month
& make a small card which goes into our One Word box.

The project is mainly about using up old scraps of paper
or recycling junk mail,
things that other people would consider to be trash.

I went for using up all those small scraps of paper
 that I have been hoarding over the years,
some pieces so small that most people
would have already discarded them.

I enjoy the process of paper collage,
combining different patterns & images together
to create a cohesive piece of art.

These two little girls are
Paper Dolls from Tim Holtz.

My previous One Word cards

29 November 2017

The One Day Project: Sing me your Story

This is the final page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal was made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


Blending colours,
following the movement of the images
& enjoying the pure essence of creativity.


You can read the story behind this project here
or
watch a flip-through of the complete set by clicking on the image below.


18 November 2017

The One Day Project: Lock & Keys

Today I would like to share another page in my vintage collage journal.


The journal is made from altered 3½ inch square drinks coasters.


Just using scraps of paper & a gluestick.


Scissors & a sanding block.


Blending colours,
following the movement of the images
& enjoying the pure essence of creativity.


You can read the story behind this project here.

16 November 2017

A pocket full of Soul

So I was sitting staring at the last few blank playing cards
from the #52CafeCards challenge
wondering how to finish the project
before the end of the year.

It was Week 46, but I had 14 cards left of my 52 card pack.

Then, I had an idea.


A pocket size version of my recently completed SoulBook.

I took photographs,
imported them into a Word document to resize & crop,
then printed them out.

Added some washi tape to the sides,
some Glossy Accents where the glitter gems were ...

... et voila.  

15 November 2017

I have something to say ...

"Isn't the value of writing
in the very moment that something is written
&
thereafter in the rediscovery of that moment
when the words are found & read again,
revealing it's memories?"

These are the words that I found myself writing
in response to a question about whether there was a reason as to why
we keep notes, save quotations & record our thoughts.

This prompted me to think about whether I had a deep desire to write more.

I love words.

Words are so very powerful.

They can evoke memories,
trigger emotions,
prompt action.

They can soothe & calm
or enrage & anger.

Words have the power to change the way that we view our world.

2018
is going to be my year of writing
& finding ways to read between the lines of text.

10 November 2017

All wrapped up

As promised, here are the photographs of my completed SoulBook,
which I made alongside more than 3000 others around the world for
the SoulBook Gathering event
held by Melody Ross, her sister Kathy Wilkins
& all the Brave Living team.



So let's unwrap this ...












 There is a hidden pocket on the last page, on the inside of the back cover.


The event is ongoing, so there is still time to join in,
just click on the image below for all the details.


You can see on this post, details of what the basic book was made from.

The background papers I have had for years,
from a K & Company project kit
I think originally from QVC,
as were the glitter gems.

The ribbons I dug out from the back of a cupboard
& again I have had those for ages, origins unknown.

The additional images were all from PDFs
from Melody's classes at Brave Girl University,
with one single exception.

The image of the little girl near the back of the book
is from my own resource (a thrift shop purchase).

All I needed was to restock my Matte Mod Podge,
add a little washi tape from Tim Holtz &
a piece of his kraft cardstock to make the pocket envelope
& my inkjet printer.

If you have made one too,
leave a link to yours in the comments below.

I look forward to seeing them.