Friday, 31 August 2012

Timely...

Hang on a minute!! Is today really the last day of August??? But - you know what that means, don't you? Yes - tomorrow is the first day of September!! Yay!!

I've always loved August :) It's my birthday month, it's the summer, so the whole month off school (and as I'm a teacher, that still applies!), the weather is (supposedly) better, the rhythm of life is slower and lazier.... But for the last few years, I've coped well with the end of August, because I've been so excited about one of my very favourite Shimelle classes - Learn Something New Every Day :) I've decided to go in a sort of journal-y/art journal-y direction with it this year; I enjoyed limiting myself to 140 characters a day last year, but I think I want to write more this time. And I think I want to do some messy painty, doodly, drawing kind of things. And maybe some collagey cutting and sticking type things, too. And whatever I feel like at the time, basically! Plus, I'm starting a new course and I'll be doing more hours at work and I'll generally be being even busier than usual, so I want the flexibility of doing simpler pages when I need to and more complicated, time-consuming pages when I need to, too. So that's the plan :)

I've got my journal ready - it's a spiral-bound book from Tesco that comes with a plain canvas cover ready for decorating; I used some gorgeous Fresco Finish paints from PaperArtsy and grungeboard alphas from the one and only Sir Tim of Holtz, plus some scraps of sequin waste, corrugated cardboard and bubble wrap for stenciling and stamping purposes:



And as soon as it was dry (or, *ahem!* possibly slightly before it was dry...) I was keen to get started, so I made an intro page with smears of paint and lots of lettering cut from magazines:



I do, I do! I want to do all those things, right through September and beyond - and I want to have such fun doing it :) How about you?

PS I couldn't not mention that this particular 1st September will be even more special, due to the return of another 'old friend'...


So excited for tomorrow!! :)

26 comments:

Jo.C said...

Happy belated birthday back. I wish I was as excited for September. I didn't manage at all last year so if I quickly adapt the scrapbook I did for that I may try to join in on a smaller scale. maybe the 140 ish words. It looks fab and I can't wait to see what you produce.

Mary B said...

Love your book, I haven't prepared mine yet as I don't know where I'm going with it. But today it has to be done.

JO SOWERBY said...

yep, Dr who is back with a bang and exterminate!! Have u seen the posters for the five episodes.........the weeping angels look awesome.
jo xxxx

dogmatix said...

I love that first page...great colours. I am supposed to be getting my journal ready today ...:-/
Have you seen the Pond Life clips that are running on Dr Who TV on You Tube? I am so excited, I am not sure I will be able to concentrate at work tomorrow lol

Cheri said...

love the start to your book. almost makes me want to participate!

Melissa said...

Happy birthday month! I can't believe it ends today either - how did it go by so fast? Your journal cover & first page are fabulous - I really like the blues & whites. Have fun with it. I'll be reading along with the prompts, but not fully participating as it's I have a busy September planned.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm doing cutting and sticking myself - not much room for journaling because it's a really small mini album. It's going up on my blog tomorrow.
Rinda

Scrappi Sandi said...

I'm impressed with your prep Mel! I'm ashamed to say I will still be working on completing the original project I started in Sept 2010!!...& oh yes!! I'm looking forward to Dr Who tomorrow too!!..(& Dowton Abbey will be back very soon too!! Yay!!) :D

Nicole K/GothamGal said...

Love the look of your album!!!!!

And yes, welcome back Doctor. We've missed you!!!

Abi said...

Beautiful book. I wish I did the course now but figure september will be busy enough without that as well! Thank you for the scripture you put in your comment- beautiful choice! I will hold onto that one! xx

Jane said...

it's looking great, can't wait to see more and I am a Dr Who fan too!

scrappyjacky said...

Love your preparations.

alexa said...

This looks lovely, Mel - I especially like that second page with all the cut-out letters, and the colours are some of my favourites. Looking forward to more - I'm not going to have time to participate this year but will be eagerly popping in!

Missus Wookie said...

I've just bought a canvas covered book but didn't think about using it for LSNED... but have been tempted. Going to limit myself to 15 mins creativity a day - we'll see how that goes :)

The Creative Beast said...

WOW!! I love how you've embellished the cover of your notebook Mel and I also love your use of cut letters to create your 'page of intent' =-)

I wish I was in England so I wouldn't have to wait so long to see the new season of Dr. Who - it will be months later on BBC America =-(

Amy said...

I am not participating this year and I know I will miss everything and everyone, but I am going to do a WITL and DD in the latter half of the year.

Miss Smith said...

Doctor Who and LSNED all on the same day! Trying not to explode with excitement :D

But first I am going to leave the internet alone and do some school work like a sensible person.

(Eeek!)

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

I am so looking forward to Who tonight! Though I may have to wait until tomorrow because my folks are visiting & they don't understand it so I have to constantly explain it.

Love the cover of your journal!

Alison Charlton said...

Great journal - cant wait to see what else you do!!!

Clair said...

I've been thinking a lot about this little book since I saw it - and you - and I do love that you'll be experimenting with techniques in it. I suppose that's the essence of learning. You're awesome! x

Clair said...

Or was I awesome and you were fantastic? I can't remember? :)

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

I love the colour of the cover and the mix of paints and cut out letters on your first page. Have decided to join in (and made a quick note for today) but still dithering on the format!

laura said...

Love your LSNED book....but more important, when does Dr. Who air here in America? I've bought all the seasons DVDs so far.

Debbie P said...

Wow, your journal is awesome! Love it! Thanks for the inspiration! This is my first time in this class. I'm anxious to see what unfolds.

The Mann Fam said...

My, you have been busy! The journal looks great. I haven't really figured out how I'll be recording what I learn this year, but I'm excited about what I'll be learning.

Julie H. said...

Love your book! This is my first time to participate and i still feel a little lost so decided to cruise through the forum and see if it helps me out. Yours was the first blog i stopped at. I lean toward the 'art journal' style too so that helps to know that works for this class. Will follow along with you to see what else you to. Blessings! Julie in Indiana, USA