Sometimes the therapy of making these little books can, for me, be in the use of colour.
I know I tend to stick to the exact same palette, but that’s because it rarely fails to have me end my scrap time thinking, “Yes: I needed that – and that page is yum.”
I chose this photo of a little coffee cup that a friend gifted to my daughter when we moved. It’s happy little face is just so cute and I do sometimes get fed up of using pictures of myself.
This page was about feeling hopeful and the dinky little cup – combined with it’s yummy contents – made me think of the simple little blessings that are all around us, even when we feel a bit flat.
I fancied making a double page spread today, as I had a little more time than normal.
I wanted to go artsy on the right hand page, and have a simpler, tidier page on the left.
The two still sit together nicely, as I’ve picked similar colours and repeated a couple of elements, such as the puffy alpha.
For my title, I’ve ‘worked with what’s there’ – a star instead of an ‘o’ and an upside down ‘d’ for the ‘p’ – I think it still reads okay!
I owe a lot to Wilna F for the techniques behind these pages, as they really are about daring to layer materials and techniques and just experimenting to see what happens.
I scribbled over my blue painty background with a marker pen, layered up punched circles of various papers, added more white paint on top, then finally stamped over the top of the lot.
I may go back and add some big white splatters too, but that’s always a bit risky as you’re never quite sure where they’ll land!
Very often, my journalling will take the form of a prayer.
It sounds odd, but the actual creative process itself feels like a prayer too… I can ‘express my heart heavenwards’ through the process of cutting and sticking.
By the time I come to the journalling, I feel like that part can be quite minimal, as I’ve already poured out my heart through the process itself.
And one final tip: don’t underestimate the beauty and scrap potential of haberdashery finds!
I’m currently obsessing over this pink velvet ribbon… so thrifty, yet it packs such a gorgeous visual punch: yum-my.