Thursday, 2 February 2012

BLUE MOOD?

Well no, not particularly as it happens ... I know it might seem like it but I do journal when I'm happy too! At the beginning of a New Year I don't so much make a resolution as choose a word for each year that I want to focus on, and that's what this page is about. This is actually a background I made some time ago, just waiting for me to write something. I don't work like that very often because I prefer the subject to suggest the colours, but on this occasion I was experimenting. I borrowed an idea I'd seen online - Teesha Moore among others makes copies of old journal pages and then cuts them up to use as borders. This was me having a go at doing the same, and I do quite like the result, although I possibly won't do it very often ....
Before I wrote anything I added the wobbly black edge to make the page frame stand out more - being similar colours they were blending together a bit. It was looking at the black and white I'd added that got me thinking about using a black and white image. Once I'd seen the quizzical look on her face I wondered what she/I was thinking (well she represents me obviously). The answer turned out to be my one word for the year, so that's what I wrote about. Simples.

And it is quite a simple page in the end - sometimes you can say what you need to in just a few words and no more is necessary. Well apart from a few squiggly bits of course - every page needs a few of those!!
I've only been practising with the word "now" since the beginning of the year but its working already - every time I catch myself looking ahead and worrying about the future, I just remind myself to appreciate NOW, and all the simple pleasures of the moment. OK I admit it doesn't work all of the time, but enough of the time to make the exercise worthwhile!!

PS Linda was kind enough to nominate me for a Liebster Blog Award and got in touch to tell me how much she enjoys visiting. Isn't that lovely? You've made my day Linda. I'm suppose to nominate some other blogs too, but that will take a bit of thinking about ....

15 comments:

Boxoftrix said...

I like the technique I dont journal often but I love to visit your blog and see your beautifulpages and how they come together, very inspiring.
Yvonne x

Kath said...

A very inspiring blog. Your pages are fabulous.Someone earlier asked about you writing a book. You just need to publish your blog with all your pages and thoughts in it.I am sure it would sell. I am not a journaller (is that a word?) but I would buy it.

roc said...

great journal page rosie. you are so right about trying to be in the present more. it's hard to do but so worth the effort. life is too short to not enjoy each moment as it unfolds.

viv said...

Great pages Rosie. I agree with Kath you could turn your pages into a book. I'm sure people would buy it as an inspirational book.

alexa said...

I love the idea of cutting up old bits to use on a new one; and I love your word, too. Hoping it keeps unfolding itself every day ... Such a strong page!

muriel said...

Great page! I so love the border!

Pam said...

You have some fabulous pages here rosie!!

Pat Beaumont said...

Fabulous page - and sentiments are inspiring

Sid said...

Fab page, love your colours and choice of stamp !!

Sandra Hall said...

Great page Rosie... I do like this style with the borders - to me its kind of like framing your art :D

Linda said...

Did you use these colours especially for me? ;-)
Great page Rosie and I love that border.
XX

Deborah said...

I'm not an art journaller (not yet anyway) but I love looking at your art. There's an award for you on my blog, for inspirational blogs with fewer than 200 followers. I won't be offended if you don't want to display and pass it on but I think you deserve it.

Jackie said...

A fabulous page and I love that you show the different stages.

Stacey Morgan said...

I rarely, if ever, leave feedback , but you must know your journals are very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing this part of your life with the world. Your creativity is contagious.

Ed said...

Love this page so much, can you tell me the name of the stamp please and who makes her - I have been looking for her for ages, is it a Hampton Arts stamp? love Edna xx