Welcome to Life Documented Week 44 with Claire Ann
This week I have been inspired by some of the Happy Mail I have created for a friend here on social media. I have also been admiring many bullet journal layouts and have decided I would like to incorporate a little into this week's prompt.
Prompt: To incorporate a pretty pocket and elements of a bullet journal in your layout.
Technique: Use deli paper and the art of brush calligraphy (you can use India ink if you have any or simply use watercolours and a brush)
Quote: Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
I have taken inspiration from a number of places on Instagram: @artgirlcreations78,
@dreams.into.plans, @misfit.plans, @alisaburke and @kinueko as well as a little inspiration from my recently attended brush calligraphy workshop!
I decided to keep the background rather plain, and as I had managed to get blotches of paint on my page I decided to try and cover it with white acrylic to get it back to a blank canvas!
|My blank canvas!|
|I decided to make a small ATC to incorporate into my page as a tip-in.|
I had some old postcards that I thought would look lovely cut down and rounded on the edges (I used myFiskars corner-rounder-twist-and-flip-2-in-1-punch - it punches two different sized corners) I cut the corners first as I find when I stick more onto a piece of card the little machine can't quite handle it!
Below is a piece of gelliplated yumminess I made on a paper bag I acquired. I grabbed my circle stencils - of which I have many, all shapes and sizes! I made two stencils out of card and a craft knife to make my pretty hearts.
Next I stuck the paper onto the postcard with Pritt Stick glue and used my brayer to flatten it on securely. I trimmed around the edges of the postcard to make it fit neatly then took to my sewing machine to edge it with a single running stitch.
|ATC tip-in complete - I think! I may add to it later..|
Next I decided to pencil my lettering at the top - this I used a fine brush and India ink - you can use watercolours here or brush pens if you have them instead - I am just trying to practice my brush calligraphy again!
I decided to write week forty four the the top of my page, having found and downloaded a brush calligraphy font from an internet search. I chose two but found the second one much easier to do.
Sophia calligraphy font and Hensa calligraphy font. You may find something that suits you better or you may be a pro at creating your own!
|I wanted to show you my paint brush, it has a fine strong nib.|
I will come back to this page and add some pretty zentangled flowers I think, around the Week forty four - we shall see!
Next I decided to incorporate the theme - Life through pictures - by drawing a huge camera and putting a precious picture of a memory to treasure whilst off on school holidays - time with my sister and her beautiful - growing up too fast - girls. I found some recent pictures of things I had done or looked at during the week, that I would like to be reminded of. I used my Canon Selphy to print them off once I had edited them in the PicCollage App on my phone. I then sewed them into my page with a pretty zigzag stitch.
|I drew a picture, inspiration taken from a google search online, and drew this camera that filled most of the page.|
|I used black Stabilo worker + pen to outline in black before using my India ink to colour in the background of the camera in black also.|
|I had tried to colour it in with my Stabilo but found it much easier to use the India ink - it dried with a super sheen!|
Back to the first page - I talked about self discovery - below is a list you may want to consider this week:
1. How do you feel at the moment?
2. What do I need more of in my life?
3. What would make me happy right now?
4. What is going right in my life?
5. What am I grateful for? List at least 10 things.
6. When did I experience joy in my life this week?
7. What's bothering me? Why?
8. What do I love about myself?
9. If I had all the time in the world, what would I want to do first?
10. What advice would I give to my younger self? (Do I follow this advice now?)
11. What makes me come alive? When was the last time I felt truly alive?
12. What is something I would like to learn?
13. Where would I like to travel in the next 5 years?
14. Where would I want to live in my ideal life?
I finally decided to make a photo pouch out of a piece of acetate and some left over gelliplated paper - sewing around the edges to keep it all in tact! I will simply print more photos off from the week and wedge them into it and washi tape it to the page somewhere!
I chose number 13 btw!
PS I will go back and add zentangle or some form of brush stroke flowers to decorate around my 'Week forty four' , I'll check back with you once I have had the brainwave of what to do!
Enjoy, I look forward to seeing your take on it x