Saturday, 17 April 2010

Circle Journal

Where does the time go? It's a whole week since I was at Ally Pally for the weekend, meeting my three blog sisters Elaine, Jo and Lesley with whom I run Craft Stamping Quartet  We stayed overnight, and made a weekend of it, and spent some precious time together. We hardly ever see each other, which is why we set our joint blog up in the first place, to feel as though we were crafting together, by completing projects together. We are planning a mini Retreat in June during the half term holidays, and have been busy planning projects that we want to make together while we are there. One of the items we intend to make is a circle journal, but we are going to end up with one each! This means that we each have to complete one page in each others journal, so that everyone has a completed journal at the end of the trip as a memento of our time together. Our covers, and a double page inside are to be completed in advance to give the others a guide as to what kind of person we are. What we are drawn to in terms of colour and style, stamps and papers, to give each other a starting point.
I have finished my covers, and will be starting my inner pages next. My front cover is very different to my back cover, as I have two very different sides to what I like. On the one hand, I love deep jewel colours, teal and aubergine, I love metal embellishments, Tim Holtz ideology, grungepaper, Paper Artsy stamps, etc. On the other hand, I love  the shabby chic, distressed look, handmade flowers, cream lace. I like creams, pinks, browns, printed book pages, script that has been torn and aged with Distress Ink.  Think Webster's pages and you aren't far off the mark. I like butterflies and dragonflies. So I have two completely opposing sides, so my friends should have lots of scope there!
I made a little motivational tag for one of my friends, using some of the things that I bought from Ally Pally. I used some of the new Paper Soft Colour, this is gorgeous, and so easy to work with. I blended the blue and green together on a chipboard tag. I then cut a dragonfly out with my new paper artsy die from some silver metal. I coloured it with Inka Gold in blue and green, lovely! I stamped some inspirational words over the tag courtesy of Wendy V and hung a Tim Holtz ticket from the bottom corner with some jump rings. This was also edged with the Paper Soft.I had fun making my bits and pieces. I should have been at a Donna Downey weekend of classes which were unfortunately cancelled. She is stuck in Germany due to the volcanic dust cloud. You can't control Mother Nature. Thanks for looking, Judith x


Aquarius said...

Your circle journal sounds like a great idea and I look forward to seeing more pictures as they progress. I like the start you have made

Elaine said...

Judith, what a great start you've made and given us lots of ideas to weave into our pages for you - lovely work. I love the butterflies and you know I am a fan of Webster's Pages too. This is going to be fun! Elaine xx

craftimamma said...

Oh Judith, what a beautiful beginning to your circle journal. The cover is gorgeous and as Elaine says, you have given us lots of scope and ideas for the pages we contribute.

Love the tag too and can't wait for our visit to LBCrafts. I have a feeling I need to save lots of pennies after seeing the wonderful colours in that glorious new product not to mention quite a few of the old ones, Lol!

Lesley Xx

Jo said...

It's me, it's me! I'm the lucky recipient of the gorgeous arch tag. I can see it now as I sit here and it is beautiful. Just what I needed to inspire me on a 'dry' day. I'm also hatching ideas for my page in your journal, Judith! So glad you've put all your new stash to work already. It's looking very exciting.

Anne said...

My goodness, these are pretty Judith!

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