Sunday 29 April 2018

Almost May

Colour me positive 

  1. Blue frame. Landscape through the camera lens. Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt

For this week I have a silver diecut star banner, I've added some blue to the "non star" bits, a stamped image of the globe and I've handwritten the quote. Sadly some heat embossing on the reverse has affected the page.

Art journal journey 

  1. Image: anchor. Word: fastening. Prompt: write about who or what acts as an anchor in your life. Technique: add a border. Quote: Life's roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.

Life documented 

  1. Theme: Rejuvenation & butterflies. Technique: Layering and resist. Prompt: Choose words that represent what it means to you to “rejuvenate.”  Think of these words as those you’d like to manifest in your life this year.. Quote:  You may chose your own!    

Some clear embossed butterflies, distress oxide inks and a few curling tendrils....


 April23-29: Three // scavenger:  colour of your pants, colour of something immediately to your left, scrapbook paper, something from the kitchen, something botanical, doodles, a key, a form or eve of a form, a bird, thread fibre or yarn.

I was wearing jeans at the time and had a pile of coloured papers beside me...

Every inchie Monday

Greece .....the acropolis of Athens, the oracle of Delphi, marathon, Mt Olympus home of the gods Zeus/ Aphrodite/ Hermes and more, the early writers, moussaka & taramasalata, stuffed vine leaves & feta cheese, retsina & ouzo and the remote monasteries in the peloponese. I drove through this country on our way to Abu Dhabi way 1977 and remember that the restaurants all seemed to have a standard menu & they only put prices beside the dishes that they cooked...nothing was written in English, I spoke no Greek so I'd get dragged off to the kitchen to see what was on offer & we would all rely on sign language- it was quite scary the first time it happened! This week I have map, flag & writing for you.

I had another visit up to Fraserburgh to visit Brodie on Monday, he's growing fast and going to be a handful! He moves in with us on Thursday.....

Sunday 22 April 2018

Marching on

Week 15 at life documented brings us this:

Theme: Rejuvenation – butterflies

Prompt: To create a butterfly to represent yourself, using paint and fold technique.

Optional: Create a corner pocket using same technique.  To make a snippet card/s

Technique: to use paint to create a butterfly image and to use snippets from your stash in the process.

QUOTE: “A woman is full circle, within her is the power to create, nurture and transform” Diane Mariechild or QUOTE: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2

I've used a diecut butterfly that I folded in half & added blobs of nail varnish in yellow, lime, red, blue & brown. As there were still gaps I decided to go over it all with distress stain in "dusty concord" - I added my face from a rare photo and stamped the quote.

Then at Art journal journey I had more fun with scraps!

  1. Image: dreamcatcher. Word: dream. Prompt: write about a recent or reoccurring dream you have had. Technique: draw or paint with unconventional tools (please share with us what you use). Quote: every great dream begins with a dream.

I use a new die & silver card for the main part, silver & some distress oxide scraps for the feathers, I used a strand of embroidery floss to tie it all together.

Whilst we are in among the many's what I did for art prompts galore:

APRIL 16-22: from my window// bright yellow, blue, postal ephemera, sticker, "funny" money, something received in the mail, something related to transportation, playing card, numbers, drawing.

Yellow acrylic background, blue stencilled months/dates ( the stencil came in the mail), postal ephemera (real & fake stamps + rush/fragil/first class stickers) all in blue, my funny money is an out of circulation bank note from the 70s in the UAE showing camels & a dhow which are both local forms of transportation (as does one of the stamps) a playing card and a selection of blue letter stickers that have been hanging around for far too long!

At every inchie Monday we have stayed on the African continent & moved slightly further south to Kenya and here we have Mt Kilimanjaro (that my granddaughter plans to climb next year) & the Great Rift Valley being amongst the geographical elements, the maumau rising, safari time in the Masai Mara where there are lions, elephants & rhinos - somehow I always think of the film "Born Free" when I think of this country, Nairobi where friends grew up, their amazing running athletes who partly owe their stamina to the altitudes that they are able to train at! This week I share map, flag & a lion.

We are now almost ready to have Brodie move to live with us! He's now been for his first injection & been microchipped.

Monday 16 April 2018


Our weather has seen a slight improvement so I've been in the garden!

Colour me positive 

Art journal journey 

Image: books. Word: wisdom. Prompt: think of a book you like. Write a brief summary or write about what you like about the book. Technique: incorporate book text. Quote: The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you. B.B. King


 APRIL 9-15: The ties that bind// Pale blue, colour of your choice, person, paint stamped with random object, napkin, thread/yarn/fibre, paint applied with credit card edge, triangles, something from the kitchen, key.

Every inchie Monday

This week we are on the African continent in the top right corner....

Egypt .....pyramids & sphinx, mummies & tomb robbers, endless gods (Seth , Thoth,Horus,Osiris etc) Nefertiti & Tutenkhamun, the nile & its ancient sites, fellucca, Oum Khalsoum the singer, Omar Sharif 

I give you a map, flag & the Sphinx in front of the pyramids.

That's all for now folks....

Sunday 8 April 2018


And more photos to go with the post further down the page!



Quote book



Art journal journey 

Art prompts galore 


Every inchie Monday 


Drives me nuts! You spend time typing everything up, add your photos, press publish....nothing there!
And so you start again....nothing!
Repeat....and get text but no photos!
Repeat.....same again.....
So this is a test....
Here's Brodie 


I never got round to finishing my dictionary pages last year & it would seem like no other group is doing any so I thought that I would just do one occasionally - today was one of those days! F was missing and I had a stamp sitting to one side that is destined for a friend of mine’s activity group - it was just what I needed!


Art prompts galore 

April 2-April 8: beginning// scavenger: A colour you are currently wearing, the colour of your vehicle, napkins, label, an item from your stash, a pocket, Washi tape, paper bag, something curved, something from a recent shopping trip.

I managed all bar the pocket and the paper bag this week. The colours are taken from the t-shirt I was wearing which is like the one shown but I had my long sleeved version on as it was snowing again that day!

Shannon has decided to add another theme to the group using quotes and I have the perfect notebook for these, someone sent me an adorable little one in happy mail a while's destiny is settled!

Colour me positive 

Bright pink frame. Image: crazy lights. Quote: embrace the glorious mess you are (Elizabeth Gilbert)

Art journal journey 

Image: flowers. Word: fragile. Prompt: write about growing something. Technique: incorporate flowers into your page, they can be real, drawn, painted, stickers etc. Quote: The most fragile hearts carry the strongest souls.

Life documented 

Week 14 with Linda-lee Wares

Theme:  Rejuvenation - butterflies

Prompt:  To create journal cards and paper clips using what you have.

Technique: To incorporate stamping and use of scraps into your process.

Quote:  Just as a bird sings or the butterfly soars, because it is his natural characteristic, so the artist works.  Alma Gluck

Every inchie Monday 

This week we are in Peru, South America! Llamas & alpaca  as well as coffee are amongst the country's natural resources. It's rich in history too being the home of Machu Pichu. The source of the Amazon when many an adventure has taken place!

I'm sharing map, flag & stepped pyramid for this country.

I have also made birtcards this week for my granddaughter 

And my grandson 

And so to close with news that we went to see the puppies again on Saturday and chose our little boy who will be known as Brodie. Here he is!

Sunday 1 April 2018

April showers

Colour me positive 

Medium mauve frame. Image: leaping figure. Quote: If you want to fly you've got to give up all those things that are weighing you down.

Art journal journey 

Image: boots/shoes. Word: grounded. Prompt: list 5 adjectives & use then in a story, poem or journal entry. Technique: incorporate footprints or shoes on your page. Quote: keep your feet on the ground when your head is in the clouds/ the thing that keeps you grounded is doing the things you love.

Life documented 

  1. April theme: rejuvenation  - butterflies. Prompt:  To recreate a collage using butterflies. Technique:  Use scrap papers and whatever you have in your stash - make it emerge into something quite beautiful!  Quote:  Never Lose hope, the butterfly is proof that beauty can emerge from something completely falling apart.  Jane Lee Loga

Paper scraps from my desk, diecut butterflies using positive & negative 



MARCH 26-APRIL 1: baubles, beads and buttons// scavenger: Blue, yellow, something that starts with M, torn pieces of patterned paper, splashes of white paint, something from your stash, postage stamp, three words, random marks.

Every inchie Monday 
This week we are back in Europe and a country much closer to me although I have only ever been there once way back in the mists of time.....we had a stopover in Frankfurt on our maiden flight to Libya back in July 1960!

Germany ......frauleins & beer steins, Bavarian beer cellars & Adolf Hitler, Berlin's Brandenburg gate/ under den linden/ checkpoint Charlie, Black Forest gateau & sauerkraut. I've gone with a map, flag, steins of beer & a postage stamp of the Branbenburg gate!