1 January 2018

Creative Dyary Update

I hope 2018 brings you much joy and is kind to you and yours!
I thought I ought to update my Creative Dyary posts (here) as it's a new year and I have a new Dyary! October looked like this:
The first page in my brand new 2018 Creative Dyary looks like this... 
Happy New Year!

31 December 2017

My Notebook

Hello. I hope you have a wonderful festive period and that, if you celebrate Christmas, you had some crafty goodies! I'm so sorry I've been absent for such a long time - I've had such a busy non-crafty life over the last few weeks that I hardly been able to craft, let alone blog.
I thought I'd share my altered work notebook. I use an A4 page a day diary - that way I make notes on meetings on the date it happened so it's easier for me to refer back to my notes. The cover was very textured (with a plastic coating) so I sanded it before adding paint. I used white and then blue paint before adding the stencilled green leaves and then stamping over.
The cover has a mixture of stencils as well as stamps with the stamped images stamped on old book paper as it's very thin - this was important as I have covered the diary with sticky back plastic to preserve it and thicker card would create bumps!
You can still see the black background of the diary through the paint - I like that effect!
I love the birds (which is why there are loads!) and this Wendy Vecchi pencil stamp. I use it such a lot!
Thank you, as always for popping by and for understanding me being absent these last few weeks - I'll try and be more active next year!

1 November 2017

Stencils rule!

I am fortunate to have been asked to choose this month's theme at Country View Crafts Challenges and it's... stencils!
I LOVE stencils. They are incredibly versatile and enable you to create fabulous backgrounds and foreground elements. This journal page has six stencils - two different numbers, arrowsspecklestracks (under the leaves) and plus symbols. 
The bottom has the same stencils:
Thank you for popping by - I'm really looking forward to seeing what you make this month!

26 October 2017

October Dyary Page

I am honoured to be featured on the Country View Crafts Project Blog today - I've created a page in my Dyary - please pop over to see how I made it!

17 October 2017

A world with Octobers

The new theme at Country View Crafts Challenges is Mixed Media with Autumnal hues and for my second project I mixed ink, paint and stamped elements to make a journal page. The fabulous quote is from Anne of Green Gables! I hope you'll join in with us this month, there's a prize for the winner if you do!

5 October 2017

Creative Dyary - September

September's been a busy month and I can't believe it's over! I really enjoy carving out some time each week to create a page in my Dyary. More about the Dyary and a weekly summary of my Dyary year so far can be found here if you're interested!
Week Commencing 4 September
Back to school featured high in my week and so it seemed natural to reflect that on that week's page!
Week Commencing 11 September
The very pink page needed a blue feature to balance it - I love this flamingo!
Week Commencing 18 September
My son had a birthday this week and so I made this page in his honour. I think it might be one of my favourites of the year...
Week Commencing 25 September
I wanted to use the flamingo again and contrast the pink against black and white versions. I'm not sure I've fully achieved my aim however it's important to document the "nearly but not quites" as well as the perfect ones - it's all a learning curve!