Wednesday, 2 March 2016

A second look on the 2nd and a double take for AJJ!!

Oh! The day I've had!! All good - my son came first, just after breakfast with a lovely bouquet of flowers and a card(for Mother's Day as he is off to Rome then Budapest and they are flying first thing Sunday morning)
While he was still here the HKA came to do my ironing, so then it was coffee time! 
Yesterday I had started to prepare my room for a change of desk drawers - I now have a small filing cabinet - so things piled onto my desk all needed to go away! So since after lunch I have been trying to fit in things that came out of two small drawer sets into one filing cabinet - err…they won't go…yet..I have started to look at my stash and consider giving some away!
All this meant that getting my journals from underneath everything had to wait! 

I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for a second look at something that has already been seen on my blog.
A second look on the 2nd
Way back in September 2012 I posted this(except when I came to post it the photo disappeared and I had to take another quick, very poorly lit one!!)

Final few pages

One of my journals is very nearly full - I can hardly believe its over two years since I started this particular journal at an Introduction to Art Journaling workshop with Lindsay Mason way back at the start of February 2011. We had some laughs that day!
The journal is a Rymans one that Lindsay provided for each of us and it has been a faithful friend for all that time. Around that time I had two other journals on the go - a small A6 one and another A5 one with watercolour paper but this has been the one I've turned to mostly - I love it so much there's already a replacement waiting to be started (although I now have a variety of journals of different sizes and with different papers)
Here is one of the latest pages 

This page came about simply because I was sorting through some old scraps(with the intention of throwing them away)They have been in a little pencil case for ages but when I found them I just couldn't do it! The white butterflies are from some cup cake holders(Sainsbury's I think)The tape and stamps are fairly new(TH). The stick on moth was also found during my sort out - tucked inside a folder - a whole book of crowded attic idea-olgy stickers with only a few used - how did that happen? I'm going to be using more of these now I've found them.

Now the funny thing is - when I saw the challenge at Our Creative Corner I scratched my head and decided this was one challenge I wouldn't be doing - I mean, I use all my stuff right? I don't forget what I have - I may mislay it but I know it's there - ahem! I'm saying no more till the craft police arrive!!!
So, yes, I am going to link to this challenge:-

Our Creative Corner - Forgotten Things

Thanks for looking, I'll be back with some more pages soon, Chris

Some of you may already know that I am hosting at Art Journal Journey this month with my theme of "If you go down to the woods..",
I was inspired to follow this template to make a new page.

I have used a Crafty Individuals photo of a bluebell wood, the tape is the same (except the red bird one)and the corrugated card is from the box our weekend croissants come in.
The birds are either stamped or from a napkin added with gel medium. The definition from an old dictionary.

I hope you will be tempted to come and join in at AJJ this month, I will enjoy seeing what you spy in the woods!

I'll be back with a scheduled post later in the week with a bit of woodland fun!!

Thanks for looking, Chris


Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful page Chis, love the soft and muted colours. Thanks for another lovely entry to Art Journal Journey, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Oh wow.. looks great Chris!
Your Second look also is fabulous!

Great that you have so much ideas to your theme !
I am looking forward to the scheduled post as well!

A wonderful page to the woodland theme!
It's a pleasure for Art Journal Joureny to have you as a host this month!

Helen said...

Loving the second look, and also your AJJ page too.

chrissie said...

What a lovely project to chose for a second look

Hope you will have a quieter day tomorrow

Love Chrissie xx

Meggymay said...

Love these journal pages and your wonderful latest one. Sounds like you had a real busy day.
Yvonne xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Goodness Chris, I don't see how you do it. Your latest creation is incredible. I adore your take on the AJJ theme, and hope to find time to join in.

Of course, your Second look was simply fantastic. I certainly wouldn't mind finding those forgotten butterflies, because they are just what I need right now. This is a genuine beauty.

Thanks for sharing this Second Look on the 2nd, as well as your latest AJJ entry. Good luck with the organizing, too!

My name is Erika. said...

I love pages about nature, so this is my kind of page. I love texture and all those buggies. Hugs!

hazel said...

A wonderful page, the images are lovely.
xxx Hazel.

Dianne said...

A lovely page! especially the texture of that cardboard, and the sweet birds! ♥

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow, I can't imagine ever getting to the end of one of my journals! Use job. I love this page Chris, the neutrals are so stunning! Just gorgeous! hugs :)

Sandy said...

Great page Chris -- I really must try to give this a go!
sandy xx

Redanne said...

Wow, oh wow Chris, your second look is simply fabulous!! Hugs, Anne xx

butterfly said...

I well remember your wonderful Forgotten Things - and it's just as beautiful today, as is the new forest version for AJJ - beautiful pages.
Alison x