Monday, 11 March 2019

Blessed is the one who delights in the Lord

I have been taking part in a study "Hope in the Psalms" with Karla Dornacher.  I created these in response to the first week.

You are very welcome have them if you would like them.

Till next time, take care x

Friday, 8 March 2019

Mulberry tags

I have been busy with about 140 mulberry tags that I bought several years ago, in various sizes and colours.  I am going through my craft stuff and trying to use or get rid of some of it.  These particular tags I had no idea what to do with them, they were too flimsy and quite uninspiring!  Every year I give away little cards to ladies I meet on holiday in the various churches I go to.  So I decided to turn all those tags into little Bible verse tags.  My first job was to cover the mulberry paper with some paper on both sides.  Secondly I measured the different sizes and printed off verses to fit.  Again I wanted to use stuff I was finding difficult to use up.  I bought several books from Hunkydory and in each book there are about 6 pages of each image.  Although I like these little books I couldn't see me using them up any time soon.  I also used paper napkins and little stickers.

These are all the smallest size,  I cut up images from the Hunkydory books, there wasn't a lot of room on these little tags, on some I put images on the back.  All I have to do now for these ones is to decide whether to add ribbon or not.  I think I shall.

I have a few more little ones to do, then I will be working on the medium ones.  Until next time, take care x


My beautiful Holly died unexpectedly nearly two weeks ago.  She would have been 14 this year.  These pictures are of her as a much younger dog.  She loved to go in the water, but would always turn to look as if asking permission.  If she was told no, she wouldn't go in the water, but once told "Okay" she was off.

Mornings were her "grumpy" time of later years.  If the other dogs went out of the bedroom, they couldn't come back in, unless I got up to give them safe passage!  She would position herself just a little way from the door and growl if they tried to come in.  It was the only time the others were very respectful of her.  Sadly missed.

Friday, 22 February 2019

New pages and paper clip embellishment (1)

I designed some pages for my new journal,  I wanted the images just be background images so I faded them a little.  It seemed  a good idea at the time, but now I'm not so sure :)   I gave some of the pages lines for journaling.

After watching  a couple of tutorials on paper clip embellishments I thought I would have a go.  I had quite a few mulberry paper circles that I has had for ages.  I decided to cover them with fabric using the sewing machine and discovered I do not have good sewing machine skills :(   My lines were very much off, so much so that I binned all of them!  The tutorial I saw used hot glue guns, but I used doubled sided tape.  I lay double sided tape on strips of paper a little wider than the paperclip.  Taking the double sided tape back just a little, I pushed the paper under the paperclip (1), folded it over and up the other side (2).  Then I got a second piece of paper, again with just a little tape peeled back and pushed this under the other side of the paperclip (3).  Fold this over and up the other side and trim a little short of the top (4).  Take the top piece over and slightly overlap the bottom piece.  The paperclip is now completely covered, it clips over a page (5) and is now ready to decorate to match your page colours or theme.  The paper provides a good surface to embellish.

Hoping to finish these tomorrow.  Until next time take care x

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Easy Duct Tape Journal Tutorial updated

The above two journals were made with duct tape as the binder that holds the pages together.  I used a silver grey duct tape for the above which I then covered with black acrylic paint and also painted all the edges as I did not want the design of the paper showing.  I did discover the acrylic paint didn't cover the duct tape very well in places, so I went over it again.  The paint tended to be a bit flaky on the spine, but I actually liked the effect.

This diagram shows how the pages are put together.  First decide on your pages sizes, the top ones were 6 x 6 inches when folded so 12 x 6 paper.  Each folded page gives you 4 sides, so the picture below shows 4 folded pages, giving 16 sides, including the covers.  It gets awkward after this point to add more pages because of the height difference, and also adding more pages will make the final journal quite bulky.

If you make yourself a base (I have used an old scoreboard, it is much easier to keep the pieces straight while you apply the tape.  I have an elastic band on the left to accommodate the increasing height of that side and a peg the other to hold that side still.  Simply lay the folded card till they almost touch (almost!) and add a strip of tape to secure.  Trim any excess and turn the right side over to the left.  Add a third folded piece the same way and then a fourth.  Take some time to check all the edges align neatly.  Below shows what the spine should look like.

(Update)  I realised that I had forgotten to mention how to finish the spine.  Using the same tape, position it over the spine with all the pages closed.  Press gently down along the spine, smooth then fold over the tape on each side.  Do not stretch the tape as you do this.
When you place the book face down (a real no no for a bought book!)  you will see it lies quite flat.  The spine can be inked or painted and the cover pages will need an extra layer to make them stronger, then the cover can be decorated.

I bought some cheap paper to start with which I am still using up.  There was a huge difference in cost between this paper (£2.99) and the better stuff £12 - £30), but if your paper was beautiful to start with, you could go straight to decorating your pages.  I have used a brown paper tape for this, it seems strong enough.  Any wide duct tape would do and you can even get black tape which I think would be ideal.

Join me next time when I will showing some pages.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Journals - What are they?

I am going to do a series on journals and try to answer all those questions starting with “What is a journal?”;  “What are they for?” and first decisions.  In order that you don’t have to go scrolling up and down, all the links to journal posts will be in a separate page “Journals”

So first question - “What is a journal.” Has a very easy answer-  it is a book!

Second question - “What are they for?”  The answer is whatever you want!  

A journal is a book in which you can write or draw, it can be a beautiful creation to be admired or it can be a mixture of all three.  You could make one for recipes, one on a particular theme (birds, Alice in Wonderland, butterflies), a travel journal, a prayer journal, a place to write your secret thoughts or your memories.  They make fantastic gifts, as you can make one tailored to the recipient.  

Think of a home crafted card.  You can make it very simple, or you can make a more complicated one with different folds and techniques.  This also applies to a journal, but they all need pages and those pages need holding together.  The pages can be plain copy paper or beautiful double sided patterned paper, they can even be made out of junk!  

So your first decision is “What do I want to do with it?”  In other words do you want to be able to do a lot of writing and do you want a particular theme?

The first one I will be showing is extremely simple and easy for you to adapt.   In the meantime if you want to ask any questions please do :

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Day 5 Dark Valentine Hop.

The is my last image for the Dark Valentine Hop over at LeighSBDesigns.    I made the original card about two years ago as a birthday card for my husband.  The drawing is one I did of a famous couple - can you guess who they are?  I kept the frame and drawing and added the spookiness.

Now I have to must finish visiting all the other people who have entered, which is all a part of the fun.  Till next time, take care xx