In January I sent off my circle journal out into the big wide World - well mainly round Wales - but you get the idea. Here is a link to my introductory pages. Now it's back in all it's gorgeousness, the swap is over, so I can share the pages I made in everyone journals.
My first page uses Dylusion stamps and some discontinued printout houses. I paper pieced all the leaves using paper I had painted and inked.
The lovely quote is "There is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it"
As usual I had no idea what to do for page two. The theme of trees was a bit of a challenge for me, so I decided to do a scrapbook page of the bluebell woods at the end of our road.
The next page used lovely paper from my monthly kit.
I think this was my favorite theme as it was the easiest!
I used my silhouette to cut the title.
Also used my silhouette to cut buckets. The jars are from American crafts.
My current passion is making yoyo flowers. I didn't like them when I was a quilter, but they look lovely on scrapbook pages. Very easy just cut a circle of cotton fabric, do a running stitch near the edge (don't turn under a hem or it will be too bulky) pull up the thread and attach a button.
The quote is "Flowers that bloom in the Springtime, fade in the early fall. But the lovely flower of friendship, never fades at all."
Here is a close up of the flowers.
I keep using my favorite papers for this swap and I love the Graphic 45 background flying pigs paper as it is so quirky.
This time I used the flower border I was saving for a wedding page.
I doodled the song words between the rows of music.
I bought the heart in Aberystwth for a wedding page, but had to use it here as it looked a bit plain without. Guess who bought the set of six types of wood shapes from Create and Craft?!?!?
Here is a close up of the figures made using a Tim Holtz die and Dylusion stamps.I love the saying and it is so true of my friend Sara.
Finally a close up of my metal flower heart. I'm still looking for another one, but so far the only one I've found was bigger.
This swap was great fun and really challenging. It helped me use up lots of new papers and things I would likely have kept as they are 'too nice to use'.
I've been taking the tiles off the wall in the bathroom and chopping down bushes in the garden. I think I must have a destructive gene as it's great fun and I can't wait for the rain to stop so that I can fill up the green bin, with my latest victims, yet again.
Have a lovely week, Anne x