Sunday, October 15, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 41

I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 41 : Polka Dots
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 HERE : 
Theme: A look at life through pictures (drawn or photos)
Prompt: Use a tag some way on your page
Technique: Finger paint

I began by looking through my stash for possible tags and found this from some jeans which had colours I love and circles to start
Inspired with the Polka Dot theme I used bubble wrap on my gelli plate to create the initial background, and then added some more gelli plate printing with my small circle plate 
The other smaller tag had red on it, and I decided to add it as a collage element to my spread below. Grunging it up with some stamping and mark making with black and white, a cork, and fingers
I like the energy of this look, so rather than add a whole lot more (as is my tendency!) I decided to let this fairly simple spread stand pretty much like this. Just needed to attach the large tag as a flap, a little more finger painting with bright blue 
and added some found words 
Done ♥
Last day of our school holidays - back to work tomorrow. The weather has been disappointing to say the least (very very wet) but promised better yesterday so we were off on a road trip. We went to Wellington and visited the Zoo. It was a fun day and when I look at these photos in the future I'll immediately remember the new car, the lovely blue sky, and the happy family outing we shared.
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Second week of school holidays...I wish I could share more creativity but I decided there were some things I had to make myself do this week before I was allowed to be rewarded with fun creative pursuits! I've done necessary but boring things like cleaning the oven and the fridge, and a family member asked me to quilt a top as a favour to a friend of hers. I said yes without seeing the quilt and then regretted it. Not my style or colours at all and I was a bit stumped to know what to do. 
In the end I decided on simple loops - grey on top and pale apricot in the bobbin to match the backing fabric.
Thank goodness it's now checked off my "to do" list and I'm free to do something that makes me really happy...
More soon ♥ 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Daily Journaling Weeks 39 and 40

Hello - it seems a long time since I shared you. It's October! I'm so sad I haven't had time to blog, but I've had another very busy fortnight. I contemplated just one spread for Weeks 39 and 40 combined, then realised that I am a spread short in my journal for 52 weeks, so I've added a flap instead which gets me more room and also combines weeks.
I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life 2014Week 39 : Add splatters and drips and Week 40 : Paint or colour with 3 colours you never use.
And from the blog for Life Documented 2017 Week 39 : 
Prompt : Use distress inks to make your journal page background and add pockets to represent what makes you happy.  
Week 40 : Prompt:  To use something from nature to create a spread that represents the changing of the coming season.
Week 39 was the last week of September and our last week of term at school - I am in the midst of a library refurbishment so had to pack up EVERYTHING before I left on Friday....
As well as that, our school (my work) did a wearable art show that week. I helped with some of the costumes and was WOWed on performance night. Saturday it was time to set up for our eldest son's National basketball competition as part of the top team representing Boys' High. They played really well and it was a wonderful week of watching games, cooking, serving up team meals and generally supporting the team
In the end they finished 5th in the competition but only lost 1 game! A bit further down than they hoped, but some great live basketball for us to enjoy. I decided to begin the spread by using distress inks to make the background
I used 3 colours I never use (rarely together anyway) and a lovely floral stencil to represent the changing of the coming season : in NZ we are in Spring ♥
Simple documentation was as much as I could manage for the rest - photos, some pretty tape, some doodling, and some bits of paper serviettes. I didn't use any pockets, but this captures all the things of the fortnight that made me happy.
On the outside of the flap I did some drips from the top of the page (it's been raining a lot!) and some splatters of gold - because ♥ messy "SHINE"
Then I gathered some found words (large print book) to reflect my feelings of today related to the first week of October and the National tournament....
Here's the completed spread flap closed
Onward into the rest of October. I hope we all find more time to be creative this month.
You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HERE.
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