GET AHEAD, GET A HAT - Journal page for Pink Saturday

If you want to get ahead, get a hat!
Another journal page I finished earlier this week - it was so hot, I couldn't bear to sit at the computer, so I had a nice time playing around with paints and things. It's actually not that often I have some playtime, so I made the most of it.

This journal I made is upcyled and recycled: vintage book covers, a mad mix of papers of all shapes and sizes, including vintage children's stories, sheet music, art paper etc. Here, you can see the stitched satin ribbon layers hanging off the page to make the collar.
This one sort of made itself - I'd done a rough sketch demonstrating how to draw a face in one of my journal classes way back in May or June, and it was a real mess (green and black crayon). But as it was on the back of another (finished) page I didn't have the option of just ripping it out. So while I had the acrylics out, I started noodling around, and here you are!

Anyone who came to my journalling class should recognise this one - especially with that hat! Which, incidentally, now has a thick layer of Tim Holtz's Rock Candy crackle glaze to give that texture. The hair is Viva's Terra textured paint in Ayptian, applied heavily with a palette knife.

Paper dolls added with dimensional adhesive
The paper dolls are from a late, lamented Mary Englebreit magazine (I really miss those, what a shame she stopped doing them).

I've really enjoyed doing this one!

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I thought you might like to see another journal I've finished.

This one's called BINGO for two reasons:
  1. I've used a bingo card on the cover
  2. Bingo! She's got her man! Held down very firmly with a heavy hand on his shoulder. She may have been a long time waiting, and there's no way he's getting away from her!
View of the stitching on the spine

I've upcycled and repurposed the covers from an old book, and stitched in an eclectic assortment of papers: vintage, scrapbooking, sheet music, childrens' books, art paper. All sizes and shapes, with pockets and fold-out pages for even more journalling.

Inner front cover

I've put in blank tags for demonstration purposes, to show where the pockets are

This one was a lot of fun to do, and in fact I've made a couple more while I was at it. Pix to follow shortly.

BELIEVE journal page

For all potential high flyers, anywhere!


Just finished this journal spread, just in time for Pink Saturday. Phew!

This one, I roughly drew what I wanted in pencil on scrap paper, then cut the dress out freehand from scrapbooking paper. THEN I drew in the arms, legs and head with acrylic paint and a fine paintbrush... then really got to work.

The Broderie Anglais at the hem and page edges is real, and I've drawn and painted practically everything on the page. The pink house stamp bordering the side edges is by Lynne Perella, the Washi tape is 7Gypsies (I think, not sure) and the little houses at the bottom are an On The Edge die by Tim Holtz.

Much fun!

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Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!

GARDEN journal page

A Garden is Heaven on earth - journal page

I've been noodling around, painting in my journal (I MADE time for once - I was desperately in need of some hands-on art time to clear the cobwebs...) and this is the result.

Closeup showing the lace, the ric-rac braid, punched paper border - and lots of paint.
Closeup showing paper flowers with glitter, my handpainted flowers all over the place.  I drew back into the piece with a black brush pen to give a strong outline, then overpainted the black lines with clear water to smudge it all, to add shadow.
Hope you like it! I finished the lettering (painting the chipboard etc) Sunday night with half an eye on the TV. And before you ask, yes, the lace is real.

PINK ROSE JOURNAL for Pink Saturday

Showing the stitching on the spine
Here's one of my very favourite book formats: the Coptic stitch. I just love how the exposed stitching shows on the spine.

Rose signature wraps on alternate signatures. The paper throughout is vintage (1970s) Abbey Mills in Slate, a lovely dove grey, really ususual, and a perfect 115gsm weight. Perfect for writing or drawing, strong enough for collage.

Displaying the whole book - A5 size. I used an Anna Griffin scrapbooking paper for the covers and signature wraps. On the cover, I've collaged a vintage photograph, a wine label and cut out a flower (Tim Holtz's 'Tattered Florals' die) which I curled over my fingers to shape the petals. I added dimension and supported the petals with silicone glue.

I've also added photo corners, Broderie Anglais lace and die cut borders. And finished off with a couple of vintage buttons.

This shows the signature wraps - I used two layers of the rose paper, back-to-back, so they can be left as is, or a pocket or envelope added in between the layers.

Hope you like this! And if you want to have a try yourself, I have a tutorial (with photos and my own hand-drawn illustrations) in my Etsy shop. I've also listed the journal.

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Finally, please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see all the other wonderful Pink Saturday posts!


My Olympic Configurations tray
I thought I'd do a Configuration Tray in an Olympic theme - and I think it came out rather well, all things considered.

Closeup showing the muscle man - with weights - and a bust (thought it looks like an award)
You wouldn't believe how hard it's been, trying to find small things to fit the theme... and the tray...

The bunting was a little pack of die cuts, glued to ribbon. The medals are from a toy shop, and I stuck diamante stars in the middle.
The little enamel pieces in the London box are all from a keyring. One of Tim's' Frozen Charlottes' on the left.
Olympic mementos are really thin on the ground, so I compromised with scrapbooking papers, a wrestler doll (as a weightlifter in a power lifting event) and some vintage Guardsmen.

I added bottlecaps (see the medal theme here?)
Full view of the entire piece
 The flags the wrestler is holding are toys - they came with a packet of little plastic soldiers (I had to buy the pack to get the flags). The letters are vintage game pieces, and the date is from a bingo pack, with a big diamante glued over the numbers on one piece to make it a '0'.

In Blade Rubber's shop window
Closeup of the tray in the window

I have to say I really enjoyed doing this one!