Good morning one and all - I hope I find you well - it's Thursday morning - "so what" you may all be crying - and my work place is used as a Polling Station - yep I can hear it now - "so?" - so it means we can't go into work today and despite the odd bit of begging and pleading I've decided - wait for it - to have a day off - yes you heard right - then added to that I've decided to take tomorrow off as well - well I've got 128 hours to get rid of - yes this is what I'm 'in credit' by at work - so you can tell why mentally I'm doing a happy dance can't you?
So what am I going to do as a lady of leisure today? Well off to Post Office to collect a parcel (which I'm hoping fingers crossed will be a circle journal that's on it's way to me) and then maybe a jaunt to Hobbycraft and then maybe a wander around Meadowhall, perhaps a tootle to a craft shop? Wander around a garden centre - are you getting the feeling that I'm going to be doing a bit of retail therapy? Yes I think I may well do just that it's good for the soul!
Talking of good for the soul - crafting (my eternal saviour in keeping my head together) - more pages to share - this one for Darcy's 52 words and if you've not joined in yet - why not - it's been a blast! This page is called 'Fooled' and shows 'art' that I didn't 'get' you know the stuff where you just can't work it out - now don't get me wrong I believe all art is good and that for someone this stuff would have blown their mind - but for me - it looked like someone had had a bathbomb fight in Lush and 10 attempts to put a shelf up on the wall - it just didn't float my boat and as it was in the long gallery so it had taken quite some time to trudge over there and find - so we were a little disappointed - however on the plus side we had a great walk!
Now onto one of my favourite layouts from this challenge - the word was 'today' and on that particular day we'd been to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and seen some amazing Sculptures - so this is the page I did - I love the summery feel to it - think it's the colour choice that I like! I did the journaling on the head on the right hands side of the page - can you see it!
Then onto a challenge that was set on Scrapology for their April sketch (I think I'm too late to join in the challenge but I did enjoy it so thought I'd share here regardless) I think it was the bunting that got me hooked and the one used on my page is a pale green and pink Union Jack and if you want to use it yourself head over to UK Scrapper - it's in their digi section and was a PDF download, I just printed it onto cardstock and cut it out - backing it onto green card (to match of course) and then using it on a layout! Don't you love a freebie and when it's as gorgeous as this - honestly you could have a field day! If you can't find it holler and I'll point you in the right direction.
I'm sure you are going to want a close up on this one buttons sewed onto cardstock and used as embellishments and cross stitch around the edge in little crosses
and then the title - using various different alphabets I've had forever and then drawn around not neatly (on purpose) with a co-ordinating blue pen!
Then a couple of layouts from my A5 journal - ooh aren't you lot being treated at the moment!
Planning on doing some more crafting later as I didn't get chance last night or the night before and I'm now behind on Darcy's challenge (I've got three words to go at) and I've found some more sketches to have a go at as well - bliss!
In answer to a couple of recent questions - Susie wanted to know where I find my images - in all honesty Susie I find them from all over - the 'Deceit' page (the one with the gagged woman being faced with a pavlova) was actually a Sunday Times image from an age ago - I remember cutting it out thinking - I'm never going to be able to use her but it's such a good image - the Sunday Times magazines often give some great images to use, other than that we have a great magazine stall in the local market and he charges between £1 and £1.50 for magazines and there I can buy some crazy magazines that I wouldn't normally buy! More recently as I've been documenting where we've visited I've been using the promotional leaflets they give you - which is fantastic because it doesn't cost a single penny - hurray!
Joanna has some mighty fine eyesight because she spotted the journalling on the A5 page last time with the words
"if I had my life to live over again, next time I'd find you sooner so I could love you longer"
These were the words inside my Valentines card this year and they stopped me in my tracks - they make a lot of sense when it comes to hubby and me and I didn't want them to get lost in the passage of time so my art journal seemed like the ideal place to put them!
Toni commented that she'd probably have thrown away a mistake (refering to the Deceit) page in temper and in times gone by Toni I'd have been with you - but I actually find it quite therapeutic to keep working on a page to get it right even if it means practically re-doing the page - the hardest part was toning in the flesh tones to try and make them not stand out but it was certainly a challenge - I've actually discovered that I'm quite good at picking colours out - it's something I've known vaguely in the past - you know the thing - when you buy a duvet set for the bedroom and then you spot something to go in the same room but you're not sure whether it's the same colour - I can tell if it is - or if it isn't!
Finally and if you've got to here - give yourself a clap and a pat on the back and reward yourself with a steaming mug of tea - but not before you leave a comment LOL!
- listening - Burning in the Skies - Linkin Park
- eating - actually eaten the usual morello cherry and blueberry porridge with banana
- drinking - it's empty - sod - was drinking tea it was nice hence it being empty
- wearing -green floaty top and leggings
- feeling - excited - retail therapy here I come
- weather - grey and overcast but it's brightening up a little
- wanting - to relax and enjoy a couple of easier days
- needing - some plastics for my 12 x 12 album - I'm running out and a flame thrower for our front garden which I hate with a passion!
- thinking - I've had a good week
- enjoying - listening to music
- wondering - whether little things sent in the post are going to reach their destinations?