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Friday, September 19, 2014

easier

Searching the net for quotes that spoke to me with the words easier or childhood was way much “easier “ than last challenge.
I found this one: life was much easier when apple and blackberry were just fruits.
I wanted to use this one, but I didn’t seem to get any ideas on how to start.
So yesterday I sat myself down and just started and went with the flow.
What happened was that I created a page that I am very pleased with, but has nothing to do with the quote I had in mind, so instead of fighting it, I came up with my own quote:
Sewing is so much easier when you know how to.
I still need to learn to sew, but it’s not high on my priority list, I  rather be busy with paints and inks, so for the time being I’m rubbish at sewing.

I started the page with collaging some textbook on the page (I think a good place to start if you have no clue what to do)


Next I added some texture paste through a stencil and did some random stamping. To add even some more texture I added a piece of string.


All the circles and string  all of a suddon reminded me of buttons and sewing. Recently I bought some sewing dies so this was the perfect opportunity to use them.
I used the die cuts on a tag. I added a flower with a button as heart and wrote my quote along the string.



So another great example of how when you stare yourself blind on an end result you can get blocked, just go where the creative juices take you is a wise lesson I take from this page.

And who knows I still might make a page with apples and blackberries.

27 comments:

  1. Love your page and the details. Like you I have trouble getting ideas for the quote I choose most weeks... If that happens I just do what I feel like because after all it's meant to be fun and not a chore!

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  2. Loved the thread on the page and also the tag with the sewing dies, great spread!

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    1. Thanks Ruth, when adding texture I often think about you :-)

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  3. Me too Ruth and I think I just really like the subtleness of it, but that it also makes a pop, if you know what I mean! Nice job!

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  4. One way i learnt to enjoy sewing was to stamp onto lightweight fabric and add Fabric Medium to my paint or pencils, the textures you get just from this are amazing. You can stick your painted fabric piece onto card or add felt to the background and use as a tag/charm for one of my bags.

    I do love what you have created here, loads of layers, great stamps and a wonderful idea to use the string to journal along.

    Really beautiful entry, very inspirational:-) xxx

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    1. thanks massofhair.It's not that I hate sewing but I don't do it at all and even struggle to threat my machine.

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  5. Fabulous collage, love the touch of string! Fun quote too.

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    1. made the quote up myself, hopefully that's in line with the rules for the challenge.

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  6. Nice job - loved how you shared your process

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    1. that's the way I try to set up my blog, I also like to read the process when visiting someone else's blog, not only interested in seeing the end product.

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  7. A fascinating page and love the description of how it came into being, love the changed quote too x

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  8. I really like your choice of quote and the resultant piece is really good. Very creative, if yu'll forgive the pun. I do hope you manage to come up with an idea for the apples & blackberries quote. I have an image in my head, but would not no where to begin in transferring it to paper, lol :o)

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    1. I had a piece of paper out of a magazine I was going to use, but needed a background first, but this was what turned out which I'm very pleased with but wasn't what I was looking for for the image.

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    1. Probably the best things happen when you let go, something I'm still learning to do :-)

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  10. I was laughing at the end of this post, partly because I actually HAVE an apple stamp, something I can't say very often. And of course, I DID like the quote.

    But the quote you used hit home. It was so true it's scary. And the illustrations are simply gorgeous, maybe because I'm so fond of sewing, something I do poorly. So glad you settled on this one.

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    1. I also had already an apple image out of a magazine, but the background turned out completely different and directed me in another direction.

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  11. Lovely textures! Adding the string is a great idea!

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  12. Your piece came together perfectly. I love the idea of writing the quote around the string/ thread.

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