I have been privileged to collaborate with OTBDS this month to make a collab kit called School of Thought. While it is perfect for art and art journalling there are some really cool elements that would add a touch of individuality on your scrapbook pages or personal artwork.
You can only get it at GoDigitalscrapbooking.com here.
 I hope you like it and would love to see anything you make with it.

Have you ever tried Art Journalling

I love Art Journals. I don’t think I am great at creating my own but the best thing is it doesn’t matter. It is not about pleasing to others but what you benefit from the process yourself. That being said I have seen some awesomely beautiful and/or inspiring pages and some amazing resources.
In an attempt to develop my own skills and actually just to make myself try it I am doing an online art journalling year long workshop called Artcheology of the Soul. It is hosted by Out of the Box Designs at GoDigitalscrapbooking.com and every week we get a new prompt and resource materials to help us in our journalling. You can do digital/ physical or a combination and work at your own pace. No pressure but just some great ideas and stimulus.
I have been totally inspired and it has taken me back to my very early days in digital design where I enjoyed putting together unique and unusual things to share with others.
I have been privileged to collaborate with OTBDS this month to make a collab kit called School of Thought. While it is perfect for art and art journalling there are some really cool elements that would add a touch of individuality on your scrapbook pages or personal artwork.
You can only get it at GoDigitalscrapbooking.com here and for those of you not familiar with prices in the digital scrapbooking world you will find it an absolute bargain. Remember digital products can be used over and over again unlike the printed version.
I hope you like it and would love to see anything you make with it.

The world up close

I have been really enjoying my macro lens. I have wanted one for ages so every day now I have been venturing into the backyard stalking anything I can find. it is definitely a learning process and quite hard on the old muscles. I need to contort around to get in the right position and keep the lens as still as possible. My first shots were not very good. It did however force me into learning more about my camera.
My cousin is a camera whizz – so I have pestered her with questions. She has a great resource website for photographers as well and is clever enough to have made an app that I downloaded to my iphone. My internet connection is not so good out the back so it meant I could quickly look stuff up on my iphone while I was immersed in the backyard.
So my photos have been getting better. The best part is seeing things you would not normally see. I have been amazed by the beauty of simple things. This little spider was lucky to be a cm including his legs. he hangs around my clothesline and just looks an insignificant dark brown. There are a few around the yard and with photos I can see how different they all are. He very kindly one day made a web right near the shed so I could lean on it to steady myself. WOW what awesome shiny metallic colors he is up close. You can see my macro photos on Flickr if you are interested.

In case you suffer from arachnophobia here is a pretty pic 
This is a hibiscus flower. 

OK back to that old table

First step was dragging out some of my favourite scanned family photos. I then designed the top using some scrapbooking graphics. I am really sorry but I don’t have references of the designers but if you know or recognize anything of yours please let me know and I will credit you appropriately.
These are all my own photos of my ancestors. I divided the table top size in 2 and prepared each half in photoshop at the correct size. I was limited to printing at normal A4 size so divided each image up to print it. The dilemma I had was I didn’t want obvious joins – you will see my solution in the final pics.

And here is the finished table

In this last picture you should be able to see my solution to not having
lots of straight edged joins.
I decided to make it look like lots of tears – it took a little planning 
with the printing but worked out pretty well.
I tore the paper glued it on and then covered with a few coats of a 
varnish I had in the shed. 
A quick coat over the rest made it loo better without 
distracting from its origins.
The result is one of my favourites and it is a very useful little table.
I keep some odd things like pens, a pair of pliers, a little screwdriver,
some batteries etc in the drawer.
 

I used a varnish with that slightly yellow look which worked great
as it made everything look a little more aged.

My Garden

The weather has been beautiful here in my part of Australia. Sunny clear days around 22 celcius and cold nights around 10. The mornings in my backyard are perfect for gardening or just sitting in the beautiful outdoors. Our backyard is a bit of a mess as we had a water leak and had to dig up a bit around the back of the house to find it. I also had decided to rejuvenate an old large timber get that was suffering some rot.
I took it apart and then made a smaller one with the good bit of the materials. This also gave me more room to plant. Having recently bought a macro lens I aim to attract more butterflies and other insects to the backyard – as well as have some flowers to inspire me. I got help from my dear hubby on the mother’s day weekend and bought some plants with my gift vouchers so it is all go.  I am getting my daily exercise out in the garden.

Here is a couple of pics and if you like my photos you can see my Flickr photostream here.

Tis one shows te new deck in the foreground. Beyond it will be my new flowerbed and the pot is to rehome my goldfish as I demolished his old horrible pond.

This is my herb garden. The ladder was rehomed from a neighbors shed.  The pots are held in place by a large nail in the rungs that you simply place the pot hole over. I also have herbs scattered through my gardens – these are extra ones. We have had to move this to dig up near the back of the house where the water leak was but hopefully it will all be back in place next weekend..

A bit of Family History

I came across this old table under a relatives house that was being cleaned out after her death. I was told it belonged to her husband and was an old Dr’s table. I couldn’t let it go to the tip so bought it home and after not very much thinking it seemed to be it needed a new lease of life involving some family history.

Here is the table – stay posted to see what i do with it.