Thursday, 21 May 2015

Visual Journey #21

Well it's so lovely to be home and back at my craft desk. We had a fabulous holiday visiting friends in California and catching up with my very dear friend Terry but this time we were waylaid by a few problems particularly a touch of food poisoning which we both had and I also got phlebitis in my right leg which was quite tender and sore as well as a bit worrying. But we're home safely and now catching up with the washing and shopping etc and I've now got to meet some vital deadlines for projects.


This was one of them. I had done the background before I went away using decoart media paints to create a very grungy and rusty effect .......


.....  but I had no idea how I was going to finish them - until today (wednesday) when putting things away I had bought back from America and clearing my desk again I found some butterflies I had been playing with a few weeks ago and some lovely white wings cut through the middle.


'Out of the shadows' was part of the original book page which I had left peering out of the background


As you can see I chose a found relative and isn't she the most cutest little girl and so suits a pair of angel wings .... and really only needed something to ground her on the page.


The other side I just added some collaged ephemera around the book words and stamped a quote.


Some simple pages although I love the white pigment ink stamping over the dark background - it makes for a very different deign and effect.....


.... and another double spread added to the altered book.

Before I go I thought you might like to see what I came back from America with -------


It's not quite everything I bought, there were some other bits as well that didn't make it into the photos but this is quite a large tote I bought in Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, it measures 30 x 20 cms and is 18 cms deep.


You can see I packed it with new goodies .......


.... and loved getting a bargain or two lol.

As always if you would like to share the visual journey collection you will find the code to add to you post here -


... and I look forward to sharing in your pages through the linky below.

Take care and thanks for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx



14 comments:

Jac Desordre said...

oh my, this is a stunning piece, I also adore the white on the darker background and I love the saying peeping on through the gap, thats fab. Looks like you got your self some fab goodies to play with there x

Annie said...

Stunning pages Brenda. Love the co,ours and details of the layered ephemera. Hope you are feeling better and what a stash you brought back.

Huge hugs
Annie x

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic pages, Brenda! I'm glad you were able to enjoy your trip despite some of the problems you encountered.

Margreet said...

Glad you're back safe and well Brenda and that you have enjoyed the journey!
Your pages are awesome...love the native girl with her wings and all other details are gorgeous too!
xxx Margreet

rachel said...

these pages look amazing and your stash looks pretty awesome too - fabulous! Big hugs rachel x

Joi at RR said...

First of all - your tote bag full of "stash" is SUPER - YEAH!!! You will have so much fun with all that :) Second.... what a MARVELOUS project. So true - it's all about perspective. Your perspective here is perfect! Love the background and that you left the Out of the Shadows. Seems like sometimes the best end results comes from stopping, starting, combining etc. This is INCREDIBLE. j.

Gina said...

I love the image with the phrase "out of the shadows"...very moving :D XXX

Jane said...

Great to have you back Brenda. I love it when you leave something alone not knowing where it is going and then out of it comes wonderful work...this really did work out for you, great pages. I am still loving my journalling. Take care and hope to see you soon xx

Anita Houston said...

So sorry you got sick...not fun while vacationing! Gorgeous pages though! I LOVE the rusty background, and LOVE the girl with wings....she's fabulous!!!

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Welcome home Brenda! Beautiful page, love the grungy background in contrast to the white stenciling and your little angel is so adorable. Lovely tote filled with goodies, looks like you had a profitable trip! Sorry you and your hubby were sick though and keep an eye on that phlebitis, not something to take lightly 😯

Buttons said...

Utterly superb journalling with that incredible rusty base. LOVE everything about it. One day a trip to the US will become more than necessary if only to go and visit one of their craft stores! So glad you spoiled yourself. Jenny x

Julia Aston said...

Love these pages Brenda - great brown/white colors, images, ephemera and stampings! I really need to sit down and try to make journal pages - I am quite hopeless at it - and know I just need to relax and play - but never find the time - well done on your shopping here in the US!!! Julia xx

butterfly said...

Gorgeous page spread... love the white stamping over the grungy background, and the focal elements on each side are wonderful. Enjoying drooling over your US goody haul too - fab new toys to play with.
Alison xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Lovely pages, but I am so sorry to hear you were ill. Hope that retail therapy helped you feel a bit better - so kind of you to contribute to our economy!