Wednesday, 19 October 2016

WOYWW 385 - stitching and scrap paper

Morning everyone (or afternoon/evening).  If you want to join in with the weekly global hop around crafty workspaces, go to Julia's Stamping Ground for more details.

A quick post from me, as I had a slow morning (since stopping taking the codeine painkillers I am a lot more sleepy in the mornings, so I am listening to my body and adjusting my routine) and got a lot in my head to do today (with family visiting tomorrow I need to tackle some housework downstairs!).  I may well fail to get all of that list completed, but it is pushing me at the moment to get away from the computer.

My crafty table is showing signs that I have returned to finish the handmade journals I started back in July.  Two more to stitch up (and I have done the practice stitching for the first one) and then the set of four will be complete.  I am loving making books in this way.  Very satisfying.

There is also an increasing pile of scrap papers, ie paper that has been used to 'mop up' spare paint etc when doing other projects, plus some printed out photos (just on copier paper) to be used eventually - and my 'practice' journal which I use for first time experiments with different mediums/techniques.  This pile will have to move into a box this week, as it is getting out of hand on the table.



I plan to visit as many blogs as possible this week, but Happy WOYWW to everyone anyway.

Ali x

30 comments:

  1. Always lovely to see crafters experimenting and trying new things on their desk. Looks like lovely mixed media works.
    sandra de @28

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  2. Hi Ali, I've been practising technique in my notepad this week, I think I may have to upgrade it's name to art journal, lol. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #4 xxx

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  3. Hello! I see you have a load of scrap papers - I do too and they seem to be taking over my desk - I try to use them but sometimes I end up making more!! Hope you tackle the housework! I struggle with that - ha, ha I am alright crafting! :-)
    Have a lovely week and thank you for commenting on my blog last week!
    Lots of hugs,
    Cardarian

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  4. Loving your handmade journals - they are so much more precious than shop bought ones! Happy WOYWW! zsuzsa #22

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  5. Hi Ali. Hope you are getting at least part of your list completed, and that you are soon able to complete those lovely little books.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #6

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  6. Ali, what have you replaced your codeine with? I keep trying to cut my intake down but then I end up taking the full amount again because of the pain.
    I used to love making handmade books but don't seem to have done any in a while, maybe I should do some of my journalling backgrounds on plain paper and then make them into mini books or something similar. Love what you are doing with yours.
    Hugs, Neet 2 xx

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  7. love all the journal and painting scraps have possibilities! I think that is the hardest to do…listening to your body and following what it has to say. I some days sleep 12 hours or more cause it can be a restless sleep and your body just takes that to get by! I had my second injections on my back and was issued a back brace. Can't say that I am noticing much difference in either on my back but the shots are suppose to be a cumulative thing…here is hoping…btw the shots don't hurt but don't help the fibro just the back pain. Have a great week. Vickie #11

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  8. Hi Ali, I have a journal just like that which I play with but not as often as I should. I do hope you are feeling better, you are doing well to get so much done. Do try to take it easy. Have nice crafty week and great woyww, Angela x 17

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  9. looks like you have lots of crafty stuff going on, unlike me. thanks for stopping by. Helen #1

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  10. Love the handmade journals. Glad you are adjusting your routine to make it easier to cope. Keep on crafting!

    Happy WOYWW
    Sharon K #34

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  11. What a great idea to use the paints on scraps of paper. I do that with ink in my spraying box. Love the look of those journals. Happy WOYWW. Elaine no. 16

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  12. Thanks for visiting, I feel like a new person being able to play along. October has been busy, the fun kinda of way, which Sept was not, but we are having a beautiful fall. I was out all of the morning tending to fall clean up and was so happy there were NO bugs. We now have a clean garage, windows and got rid of lots of weeds, leaves etc around the house. DH is happily in the fields so I don't have to take time for meals. A hot shower, a pumpkin muffin and I am set to visit my WOYWW friends. Life is good !! Really love the colors you have used on the journal covers. Have a great week.

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  13. Enjoy the family visit tomorrow - but don't worry too much about the housework - they won't even notice! The journals look great.
    Bernice #28

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  14. What a fun project to be working on. So many possibilities for creativity! Have a great week! Heather (waywardgypsy) #50? #51?

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  15. Wow! I love those books! It is a relaxing pastime isn't it? Chris 38

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  16. Dear Ali.. first THANK YOU for the visit and the lovely comment you left me earlier, I feel so flattered that I was one of your stops! (hugs) I would LOVE if we could just wrinkle our noses and POOF appear in a home across the ocean, and spend the day being creative and the Poof back to make dinner! But you never know, maybe in our lifetime! Grin... Happy WOYWW enjoy your company... from Lynne in Canada (#3)

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  17. Your journals are lovely. It's nice to finish up projects. April #39

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  18. Isn't it crazy how fast those little piles tend to get out of hand? Here's hoping you have a wonderful family visit and that you continue to listen to your body and learn how to deal with it all. Sending you all the best!
    Hope #45

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  19. Lots of fab crafty makes going on. I had to come off codine meds to start my new regime of Tramadol and Gabapentin. On max dosages but still doesn't help when things really bad. Ah well. Dr's Monday so will ask. Hope you find a way and yes I've had to change my days as my body doesn't work in mornings. I can't even get up till gone 9 as legs don't function!! Gentle hugs my friend. Take care Zo xx 29

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  20. Cute books and scrap papers how quickly they can add up, if they aren't double sided then I just stamp on them and alter them for borders. Trying to keep them is check is the key to it lol. Have a great day hugs Nikki 7

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  21. Love what you've done with your inky papers, Ali. I've got quite a collection of these too, and some glorious richly-coloured kitchen paper too - great for projects! Thank you for your lovely comment - I'm afraid I'm still really suffering with my wretched stomach and have now decided enough is enough after nearly a week of it so I've booked in to see the doctor this p.m. Well done indeedy coming off the Codeine and I hope your routine sorts itself out in time. We do have to make room for these health issues, don't we, without allowing them to completely take over our lives! Quite a balancing act at times. If you drop some nice hints really early, Santa will have time to save his pocket money for an iPad for you I am sure!! The iPad Pro is designed with artists in mind and with the Apple Pencil it's an awesome combo and very natural to use. I really recommend it - it's a lot of fun. I am sorry to hear of yet another person dealing with elderly parental problems - much harder done from a distance too. My sister doesn't live very close (takes about 3 hrs to get here) and with my health problems and not driving, the lion's share of the burden falls on my wonderfull hubby who takes Mum on the chin - she is quite impossible!!

    Happy belated WOYWW,
    Shoshi #41

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  22. Oh and I forgot that skull is one of those basic white cheap plastic with black eyes they work great as bases for altering I attached tissue paper or paper mache to them as a base and then keep adding to them this is the first one that got clay on it and he's getting heavies incentives I've added more to him :)

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  23. lovely journals, and the piles running out of hand, can't seem to find them ;-) Have a great weekend, vciky

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  24. Your hand made journals look terrific and thanks for your visit

    Happy WOYWW

    Kathyk
    No 33

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  25. Ah wonderful Ali, clever you for making your books like that, I'm impressed, love the colours and pattern well don getting your meds sorted it can be a painful transition till your body adjusts, may the Lord bless you as you adjust. Xxx 31

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  26. I've always been fascinated by the process of making handmade books and journals - they look so pretty but I don't know how to do the stitching together. I'm sure there's a YouTube video out there somewhere.
    I hope that you're coping ok with out the codeine, it's a tough thing to get out of your system.
    Hugs, LLJ 10 xxx

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  27. You make lovely handmade journals!

    Have a great weekend!

    "Better-late-than-never"-wishes
    and Thank you for visiting me!
    from SusanLotus nr 32 WOYWW.

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  28. I love your journals, it's so rewarding to bind them yourself isn't it?! I hope you enjoyed the family visit. Have a great Sunday, love from Holland. Marit #24

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  29. I haven't made journals with stitched spines etc (yet). I have bought some book binding glue as I was thinking of making books for Christmas and yours are a great inspiration.
    Thanks for visiting my desk already

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  30. Greetings! I'm very late getting round...

    That journal cover on the right makes me think of a tree. I'm hopeless at art journals, just not quite creative enough in that way, I'm a bit more of a follower I think! Happy with a pattern and instructions!

    Thanks for stopping by this week,

    Morti @ 40

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Thank you lots and lots for your fab comments. I read and treasure them all. Ali x