Sunday, November 24, 2013

Chocolate Box Journal: Take One

I love chocolate. It just goes without saying. So when hubby and I don't feel that just a bar of chocolate is enough, we get a block. One night, I realised that the box that the chocolate came in would actually make a pretty cool cover for a journal, so I rescued the box from the recycling and put it aside to work on at a later date. I forgot all about it until the other night, when we were eating more chocolate! So, the next day, I decided I would make a start on figuring out how this journal was going to work.

I could have just altered this box by painting or collaging over the top, but I chose to use it as a template this time. Goodness knows, I eat enough chocolate, I'll just get a collection and alter them next time, because, to cut a long story short, this one didn't turn out the way I had hoped.

I wanted to make use of some of my recent Gelli prints (that, YES, I STILL haven't blogged about, and keep promising to and I WILL soon.... I promise! lol), so I cut this one up to stick over the top of the blue cardboard. I couldn't have used a crappier glue because as soon as I scored it with my craft knife to make the folds, it all started to separate.

I cut some paper to size to make one fairly thick signature and sewed it on using a basic pamphlet stitch and folded it all together. After all my hard work, I was a little disappointed. The gelli print, became unstuck from the blue cover, I should have doodled on the print before I stuck it on but was impatient, there was a fold where I didn't want one, I cut flaps off the template that I shouldn't have and made the folded book kind of cave in on itself, and I made the width of the signature too small.

HOWEVER! This WAS a learning exercise and I will not let these mistakes deter me from making another, even better one! So just you wait for Chocolate Box Journal: Take TWO..... after I've blogged about those Gelli prints I keep telling you about... 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Doodle-A-Day: Catch Up!

I've let a few days pass again before posting more Doodle A Day images. I've been meaning to post my Gelli Plate experiments too, but I want to make some more before I do, and decorate some of the ones I've made. I'm running a little bit behind on projects this week! So, without falling behind on blogging as well, I'll now post my recent doodles for you:

Only a few more days now and the challenge will be over for this month. I'm sure there will be a December challenge, but I have a feeling it's going to be pretty busy next month with the lead up to Christmas, so I might give it a miss until January. OH! But then I have Kristal Nortons ROOTS e-course to take part in, so we'll have to wait and see...

Friday, November 15, 2013

When I'm Not Doodling...

...I'm still doodling. I can't help it! But seriously, I have been keeping myself busy with other projects as well. Recently, I celebrated my 40th birthday and apart from getting a fabulous amount of birthday money to spend on supplies, my husband and daughter bought me an amazing colouring in book! I just love colouring in! So, they bought me a book called The Gorgeous Colouring In Book for Adults. Inside are so many wonderful patterns and designs to colour in. I have made a start on one. I am determined to finish it before I start another, so I will get a great deal of colouring fun from this book.

16/12/2013 EDIT: Images and text have been removed from this post. Many apologies if you have linked back to this post to discover they are not here.

Recently, I downloaded an app on my phone called Colour Schemer (you can download it for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch HERE). It also works in conjunction with the Colour Lovers website. Basically, you get to create your very own colour palettes and share them on the website, on Pinterest, or you can email them (to yourself or friends). Your colour palette will give you full details of the colours you've used, it will give you the option to name your colour palette and if you have discovered a new colour, you will be given the option to also give your new colour a name. On the website, you can create your own patterns, colour other patterns people have created and so much more. I've been having a lot of fun with it!

And of course, I can't for get my most recent doodle for the Doodle-a-Day challenge. Today's prompt was share. I found this a little tricky, so I took the easy way out and drew a few of the social media share icons! 

So, this is what keeps me out of mischief when I'm not doodling (but I really am doodling). Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed my recent creative adventures!

Doodle-A-Day: Pt4

Here are the last four images to catch up on the Doodle-a-Day challenge. I am now up to date and will add the images as I go for the rest of the challenge. I've been brimming with all sorts of arty ideas lately and I'm itching to blog about those and show you all some of the other stuff I've been working on. So, without further ado...

This last image is one of my favourites so far. It's a money box a friend gave me last year. The colours are gorgeous on it, so the image doesn't really do it any justice, but I'm just really happy with how the doodle turned out!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Doodle-A-Day: Pt3

Today I am posting some more of the Doodle-A-Day doodles, as promised. Here is a catch up of four more days worth of doodles:

Again, I will post some more in the next day or so. I'm really excited to show you some of my Gelli Plate experiments too! I shall also post these photos in the next couple of days. As always, thanks so much for popping in today! xxx

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Doodle-A-Day: Pt2

As promised, I said I would post more images of the Doodle-A-Day challenge, so here they are:

Some days are a little trickier than others! Mostly I try to draw from a real life object, other times I'll draw from an image. Needless to say, it really is a fun challenge! Stay tuned for more images in the next day or so. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 8, 2013


This month I have decided to take part in ElloLovey's Doodle a Day challenge. I usually do FatMumSlim's Photo a Day, but after taking part in that monthly, for over a year now, I decided I wanted to try something a little different. A friend on Facebook put me onto the Doodle a Day challenge by ElloLovey. So far, it's been loads of fun and indeed, quite challenging. In order to still work on my other creative projects, I have committed myself to only spending half an hour a day on the challenge, otherwise I would just get carried away and spend the entire a day on it. Really, it's called 'doodle' for a reason, otherwise it would be called Masterpiece a Day! Haha!

So, I'd really like to show you all the pictures I've done so far, but I'm thinking that 8 images might be a little too much to upload for one day, so I might just show you 3 at a time, and over the coming days I will post some more images. Here's the first 3 days of doodles for the challenge.

If you would like to take part in the challenge, you can still catch up! You can find Ello Lovey on Facebook by clicking HERE, and you can also find her on Instagram under the username @ellolovey. In the meantime, here is a list of this months doodle prompts:

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Come back over the next few days to see some more doodles and I'll continue to post throughout the month. 

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