About Moi

I was born in June 1981, I'm a hearing impaired paper-crafter who loves all things crafty. I sew, although I'm still very much a novice at sewing. I bake and cook hopefully all kinds of delicious treats. I have a huge passion for photography and the camera {yes I'm old school I still use an actual camera} is never far from me. I also love creative writing from making up sentiments/verses for my cards and other paper-craft projects to penning some fiction. I am an avid reader and if you are very unlucky I may even throw in some book reviews on here too!

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Altered art and Merry Christmas

This will be a quick post and I want to start it by wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.  I hope 2018 is all you want and more.  This will be my last post this year and I look forward to seeing you all in 2018 with what I hope is exciting new projects.

I had an easel once upon a time many moons ago but I have no idea where it went so I bought myself a new one and this time I have decided that I will alter it from plain wood this time.  So I painted a thing layer of gesso on and then used distressed oxide inks on it.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Scrapping, a double layout.

This is the one post that makes me anxious.  I'm not a natural scrapper, I find it hard to follow the "rules" that were talked about so often when Docrafts first emerged and now I feel a failure if I don't follow those rules. 

I admit I got part way through this layout and reached out to a couple of people who I thought still scrapped.   I didn't get any replies so kept to what I knew - journal straight onto the page and have a meltdown when it goes wrong, or hide it under a photo on a tag which proves limiting when you return to look at the pages once they are placed in an album.

As you can see I went for straight on the page style and by some miracle managed not to mess it up.  This layout is part of several pages using photos from a lipreading trip to Paignton Zoo.  We had a great time with wonderful company.  Nobody complained at how long we took at each exhibit and everyone got to see what they wanted to see.

I have happy memories of the day but for me personally I came away with a lot of unanswered questions such as -

  • How do keepers ensure animals such as saltwater crocodiles have an active and as near natural life as possible in an enclosure when they swim for thousands of miles alone coastlines and out to sea in the wild?
  • How do they help non indigenous animals adapt to the climate?
  • How keepers deal with dangerous animals like the cassowary?
  • How natural environments are recreated without native flora and fauna?
  • How they help animals adapt to different foods than they would have in the wild?
  • How they help animals to deal with the noise of visitors?
  • Why is there no information regarding if the animal is endangered and why, e.g. Rhinos and poaching for the ivory trade?
All these things bothered me at the time and creating these pages over a year later they still make me wonder.  The zoo states that it is educational but I struggle to see how when there is so little information offered.  

Now here is my layout of the desert and Cacti biome and what I hope is the start of many more scrapbook layouts in the coming year.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Why art journaling and what it means to me...with a humours page inspired by a good friend.

It has taken me a very long time to reach a point where I am confident with art journaling and feel as though it comes from my heart and soul.  It has become instinctive and cathartic helping me to express emotions and thoughts that remain confused in my brain until I complete the creation.  Often any text I add only comes to me at the very last moment if at all.  Almost all of my inspiration comes from stressful points in my life or from inspiring and creative conversations with friends.

Recently I have started to share my art journaling here on my blog but to be honest that is not the point of art journling, yet me for me it helps me to communicate to others the person I am and how I feel, think, express myself and of course a way to share opinions.  Yet despite this art journaling is not about it being liked, understood or for others to agree with it, it is solely about me.

I can be inspired by the most random of things and find that art journaling allows me the freedom to create things that are far from the norm without worrying that other people may be upset by it like they could be if I had made a card or something for another person.

Before I share and explain this current page in my journal I thought I'd be honest yet a little negative. I am having a bad day.  I am tired, cold, and have no balance at all, my ankle {an old injury mean's it's weak} hurts from losing my balance this morning and I just feel utterly useless, capable of nothing and just generally upset and pathetic...basically yesterday was a long busy day and I am paying for it so I am curled up under a blanket altering blog backgrounds and writing daft posts to annoy anyone unfortunate enough to read it.

This post was inspired by a conversation about plans and packing in people like cattle rather than giving them lot's of space on a plane.  I couldn't get he concept from my mind and made this page about how Cow's Can Fly, straight out a plane with a parachute.

Sunday, 10 December 2017


It's all about sparkle for this month, yes a whole month for you to enjoy this challenge, at International Art and Soul.  I've glittered this wonderful image for a friends birthday card.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Thursday Adventure ~ Wind in the Willows Theme

It's Christmas at Killerton and this year they have gone Wind in the Willows.  I also took a walk around the chapel grounds and to see the trees in the chapel.  I haven't posted all 222 photos as blogspot isn't too keen on that!  I think due to other issues this will be my last adventure this year.