Tuesday, 14 October 2014

WOYWW Journal Catch Up !

Well this Saturday the weather was so-so - and I decided to ignore the demanding voice of the garden until Sunday and have a mad catch up on my Journal 52 !

The challenge for this page was "Use Newspaper" - this was far more of a pain then I anticipated as the newspaper was very fragile & very prone to tearing !
I have had these Woodware stamps for a while - they were 2 sets that came as freebies in 2 different magazines - but not got to play with them - so it was fun to give them an airing !

This challenge was "Rhyme" - I had considered picking a sunny up beat little ditty - but I can't get the vision of the Poppy Commemoration at the Tower of London out of my mind.

So I went back to the poetry books I had as an A-Level student (gulp was that 33 years ago !!) and chose this searing Wilfred Owen poem about the First World War - The Send Off.

It reminded me that rhyme can be bitter, emotionally demanding and so moving.
This page was" In The City" and I used photos I had taken around the Tower of London last month.

I love the city all lit up at night and the juxtaposition of the ancient Tower of London with the sleek modern Gherkin building behind it !
This challenge was to create a page with a new technique - so I decided to include two !
These were 2 techniques that JOFY taught us at our recent class at The Stamp Attic - the main panel is the Chalk Board technique.
This is taking a black background and stamping in Snowflake white Fresco Chalk paint - then adding colour with more chalk paints.
And a bit of adding back in the white lines with a white pen !

The 2nd technique was creating a master-board & then cutting it up to make a background.
I used a selection of JOFY stamps (including the new ones Lynda bought me for my birthday) in honour of our teacher !
 The final page - yeh ! this is the first time I have been up to date in months !! The theme for this challenge was to create a page inspired by mosaic.

I used a stencil called Greek Key then added the mosaic effect marking, Then I played with some Lavinia Stamps I bought at Ally Pally back in April.
The page is called Mosaic & Magic !

I was so excited to be all caught up & cross all the challenges off my list, that I just had to celebrate with a G&T !! Well it was evening by then !!

Tonight there are a couple of things lurking on my desk to be finished ...
I have been working on the giant MDF fob-watch I also bought at Ally Pally.
Still work in progress !

And the ABC ATC challenge Lynda & I are doing this year is up to "V" - tricky to decide what to do - Vegetables seemed a bit boring ! So I have gone with Vampire Bat ! Well it is Hallowe'en this month !
And some scribbled drawings - I have started the Sketchbook Skool "Beginnings" course - and am trying to build up the courage to actually pick up a pen & start drawing - these were the apple & pear in my lunchbox today !

And on the floor being packed tonight, a few bits to play with at Craft Club tomorrow !

Well I shall be AWOL next week as I am working at SIAL - the huge food industry trade fair in Paris - so will be in a state of collapse by this time next week as it is very hard work - and much more physically demanding than a normally desk-bound girl like me is used to - so extra comfy shoes are packed  !

So have a great fortnight & see you soon ! Ali x


  1. Oh Ali, what fabulous pages you've created - I agree about the poppies, they are stunning and make a great backdrop. I am off to see them again at the beginning of November. Enjoy your work trip... I think! See you soon. Helen 5

  2. Hello my friend...good news of sorts...we got mail for the first time yesterday, hoping the strike is over and your parcel will arrive soon, this also means I can get yours in the mail on Friday, I will however confirm this by SMS when I do. I love all your pages and would join you in a G&T if it was not time for work right now!

  3. Great pages, LOVE the poppies! In Canada we have quite a tradition of them as well, especially in November!
    Seeing your list all crossed off makes me want to do that to my own...but in a cheating fashion, because I am definitely not even close to finishing it!
    Hope you have fun at your crop and that your tip contains some fun as well!
    Lizzie's Workshop #17

  4. What a lovely album you've made. We went to see the poppies a few weeks ago & we were totally blown away with them & there beauty. It was also sad when you stop to think what each one stands for . Happy woyww Jill #24

  5. Well done on completing your list!! What a lovely lot of different pages you did...I think my favourite are the owls, they made me hoot :-) The London LOs are fab too, especially the poppies one. Hope the trade fair goes well :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 23 xx

  6. Wow, you have been busy. Isn't it satisfying when you finally catch yourself up. I'm afraid the garden won out for me last weekend!!
    The poppies look stunning, I would love to see them and I think the poem you chose works beautifully, it's very poignant.
    Hugs Lisax#31

  7. Such gorgeous pages!!! WOW!! Enjoy your trip and the city of Paris!! (Lucky duck!)

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #21

  8. Wow! You have been busy! Isn't it satisfying to have everything crossed off your list! I can emphasize with that... (as well as the G&T). All beautiful pages. How fortunate you are to be able to go and learn new skills and techniques. I can only learn from online tutorials and most of the time I can't get the materials.
    I love your poppy page. I was just looking at Chrysalis' page and she has done something poppyish as well. Beautiful.
    Thank you for letting me peep over your shoulder.
    Have a good week, and a great time in Paris (although it is hard work)
    PS I wrote two posts as otherwise it would be too long, but I did it the wrong way round. Now #26 takes you to the extra one.... oh never mind....

  9. Hi Ali, what an interesting post. Love all the artwork on display. The Chalkboard technique I have to have a go at! Have a great week, Hugs. Shaz #38 xxx

  10. Ali, you have so many great journal pages. I wish I could make time for my journal. TFS Joynana #49

  11. love that fob, cant wait to hear about your time in Paris
    Bridget #48

  12. Great projects on your desk my lovely. Love those bats! I am hopefully off to London to see the Tower on Sunday. I bought Hubster one to celebrate our 25th Anni. Cannot believe that we have been married that long.
    Good luck in Paris.
    xx 43

  13. You've got some great projects there! I love your journal layouts! Great idea to use newspaper in the background. Have a crafty week! zsuzsa @ InkyDinkyDoodle #50

  14. Super post, Ali. I so enjoyed seeing all your journal pages and I love the bats - much cuter than the real thing :) I have a giveaway on offer so do check out the sticky post at the top of my blog. Have a great time in France, Elizabeth x #53

  15. Hi Ali - what lovely goodies on your post today! I wouldn't know which to choose as a favourite, although I'm tempted to have a go at newspaper stamping. Have a wonderful time in gay Paree! Hugs, Chris # 16

  16. Hi Ali, all the way from Chicago , just waiting to board the train.
    What a busy girl you've been, all those pages, I love the poppies and the chalkboard pages.
    Jan x

  17. What wonderful journal pages and techniques! We will miss you next week! Try to not overdo it! #73

  18. Love the journal pages but the MDF clock is gorgeous. I have one of those and must do something with it soon.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 41

  19. Okay... I wanna come play at your house. :-D My APCs are in progress, I never started the 52 Journal (maybe next year?) and I am in LOVE with the fob art piece. Your Journal 52 pages are FUN! Thanks for sharing with this slacker lol Creative Blessings! Kelly #56

  20. What a hive of activity this week. Those poppies are amazing... I love the giant fob watch.

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #37

  21. whoo hoo! what a lot of work you have gotten done this week. You deserve a G+T whether it was evening or not! Love the watch fob and those tags! Glad to hear you packed good shoes for your job next week, I always say if you have the right shoes you can do anything. Sorry I am so late getting around this week but I can only sit so long and I start to hurt! I hate cold weather! Have a great week and thanks for sharing! Vickie #76

  22. Wow - you have been SO busy this past week. Well done with all your catch up! Some great pages there.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #6