Thursday, 26 April 2018

Recycled/Collage page and a mini notebook


I've another piece using a recycled Cheese crackers box for Alison aka Craftytrog theme this month  Recycle and Collage at AJJ and I must admit I really enjoyed making this particular one, probably as it was on one of the days we had recently that was more like summer than spring and that seemed to fire up my mojo too.

I covered my cracker box with some glossy pages from a wine magazine and gessoed over that.

Then I scribbled over the page with water soluble pastels and then gessoed over that to blend colours.

I found some left over flower diecuts and tore up a scrap of pinky/mauve craft paper and wrote the words - Summer in Spring seemed quite appropriate to describe the weather.

Finished with lots of doodling and shading and addition watercolour splashes.

And at last the Tulips are blooming

And the good weather is bringing the birds back to the garden
 The Goldfinch seems to be a regular visitor at present and hopefully nesting somewhere nearby

And do you remember the grey faux leather I was going to make another Traveller's Notebook with?
Well, for several weeks I had been putting off cutting it up in case I messed it up - and then Dave pointed out to me that if I did happen to mess it up - so what, it's not the end of the world I could get some more fabric and start again :)   duh - silly me! 

And so I (carefully) measured and cut the fabric to make a mini book to fit my handbag
I love the traveller's notebook style as it is easy to add and change pages which are held in by elastic cords.

Next project is to make an A5 size one as there is plenty of material left to use up.

OK that's all for now.
Thank you so very much 
for stopping here today
 and for any comments left.
Gill x


  1. Your SUMMER in Spring page is AMAZING - I love it and your traveller's mini turned out fantastic dear Gill! Thank you very much for joining Art Journal Journey again! Wonderful photos - so great that finally spring has sprung..and that we have had even some summerdays already!
    Hugs, Susi

  2. Your journal spread is fun and colourful. Great journal, too. Have a nice evening, Valerie

  3. It is a gorgeous springtime page Gill. I love the happy colours. I think we are all enjoying warmer weather.
    I love how you used the faux leather, it is a fantastic journal.
    Have a good weekend.
    Yvonne xx

  4. Crackers & wine - great combination! Love the result! And love those gorgeous spring photos, too.
    Great mini-notebook. So glad you plowed into it, Gill. Very clever to use the elastic!

  5. You are clever with everything you make, Gill. The beautiful journal page made me smile and I adored how you took us through your thought and creative process. It's a gorgeous spread and so appropriate for how you weather has been, too. So glad you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey, dear.

    Of course, I was in AWE of the fabric book you made, too. So clever how you put it together, and it appears it will be fun to see new pages as you add and replace others. Most impressive!

  6. What a fun summer the colours you used.
    Lovely photos too.
    x Karen

  7. These painted flowers are just bursting with life. I enjoyed reading how you made it - cheese crackers and wine to start with - right! I like your very upright tulips very much too and isn't it funny how goldfinch have suddenly appeared all over the UK from last Autumn up till now.
    Ah, the old "fabric too good to use" thing! Well done Dave for your advice, well done you for successfully making a really super cover for your lovely notebook and well done me for taking Dave's advice and deciding to use The Good Fabric the very next time. Thanks, you and Dave.

  8. A lovely colourful page Gill and a great piece of recycling. Your little travellers notebook looks great. Gorgeous coloured tulips and how lovely to have the Goldfinches in your garden.
    Have a great weekend.
    Avril xx

  9. I'm loving your artwork! Wasn't it lovely to feel the warmth of the sun and your page has captured the summer days we had in spring beautifully with the bright colours and flowers - perfect 😁. We have had sunshine most days this week with normal April temperatures so we've been enjoying our walks and ice creams too 😉. I'm in awe of the amazing journal you made and the grey faux leather looks so stunning! Wishing you a very Happy Weekend! J 😊 x

  10. A super summery page Gill, I love the colours! That weather was short-lived wasn't it?! I love the goldfinch and your journal looks fab too!
    Alison xx

  11. wow,your summer spring page is amazing,love the yellow blue colors and the beautiful flowers,love this a lot.
    happy sunday,dear gill.

    hugs jenny

  12. Summer in Spring - a great way to describe our weather now ... your journal page is gorgeous! I love how you began and how the process ended up wonderful!
    Beautiful photos - especially of the Goldfinch in the second one!
    And this mini notebook is amazing!

  13. Your recycled and collaged page is fabulous - and it was good to see the creative process.
    I haven't come cross binding a journal with elastic cords before; such a great idea!
    Fab photos too.


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