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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Nature's Blessings

I've been working on two swaps over the summer -- both due a couple of days ago! The Nature's Blessings journal pages swap was organized by Karla of Karla's Cottage.



The idea was to create pages -- some fully decorated, some with room to write or draw on -- for a beautiful journal that she will assemble. (I'll share the finished one I received in a future post!).



A theme like "Nature's Blessings" leaves lots of room for interpretation and I couldn't pick one "blessing." My pages mostly celebrate the beauty of birds and flowers.



We sent in six four-page pieces -- 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 when folded into four pages. These are some of mine!



I don't envy Karla the task of choosing those that work well together and putting them into the bound book!

 

It was a challenge keeping the "binding" edge clear of embellishment! Some of the things that look a little off-balance in a single shot should look in better balance when the book is bound!



But it's hard to look at a page and think "I can only really put anything thick or puffy on two thirds or three quarters of it!"

 

And every time I stuck something down I thought "I can hear Karla saying 'that damned Jeanie -- can't she follow directions?"



Well, I hope I did! And I can't wait to see everyone else's work. You can check out Lorraine's HERE and Leann's pages (some of them) HERE and HERE. For more examples from Karla, check it out HERE. And enjoy!

23 comments:

Willow said...

Very lovely and creative pages.
I adore the one with the little bird diving into the seed dish.
Look forward to seeing the finished product.

Marilyn said...

Your book is beautiful. I would be thrilled receiving something like that.

Shelia said...

Hi Jeanie! Oh, these little pages are just lovely and you've done a beautiful job! I participated in a circle journal a while back and there were enough of us that it took a year to get our journals back! I will cherish it! Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Beate said...

Those pages are absolutely beautiful! I love them all and it's obvious how many thoughts and loving work you put into every single one. I can't wait to see the finished book!

gigihawaii said...

Not only gorgeous, but so artistic and fun to look at.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Every page is so pretty and so detailed. I'd have a hard time knowing when to stop. Great job!!!

Joanne Huffman said...

What a wonderful book all of you will have! Looks like a fun swap to work on.

Linda Jo said...

Looks lovely! Those will be great journals. Yes, keeping the binding area free is always a challenge! ha! Looks great!

anno said...

What a lovely, richly satisfying project, and a great way to capture the warmth of your summer adventures. Something to appreciate when the bleakness of winter hits, I suspect.

Beth Leintz said...

Beautiful pages & some really pretty papers. You'll love your book and whoever gets your pages will have a great book.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Oh, Jeanie, these are beautiful! Such a creative way to use all kinds of things to create pictures. I especially like the one where the bird is dipping into the corn. Great job!

Barb said...

You are always creating! You pages are great, Jeanie - I can't wait to see the finished product. I like people who don't follow (all) the rules!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Jeanie,
I just adore your artwork.. You have such a wonderful imagination.
You have created some beautiful pages.
blessings,
Penny

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I so wish I had the time to engage in such relaxing and creative work! THIS IS FUN! I so love taking scraps of paper or fabric and making someone a little gift. Lovely work sweet friend! Anita

shoreacres said...

Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules! Well, except when there's a good purpose for them, like binding up a journal. What a fun project, and satisfying, I'm sure. I hope we'll get to see the finished project.

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh these are pretty. And so different from each other. It must be absolutely absorbing sitting down and doing these.

Bella Rum said...

So beautiful and such a variety.

The Artful Diva said...

wow - you put a lot of time and effort into these journal pages - someone is going to be very happy!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

How sweet of you to come for a visit.. I am so happy you enjoyed White Bear and owl. Thank you so much for leaving such sweet words.
blessings,
Penny

I need orange said...

One of the things I've always enjoyed about swaps is seeing the different spins different minds put on the topic. Birds and flowers are right up there on my list of nature's blessings.... :-)

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Beautiful! I love all the different textures, from the lace to the use of flowers. You are so talented!

Lorraine said...

All your pages are just beautiful, Jeanie!! I was lucky enough to get some in my journal, I have the irises and rose wallpaper girl, sooooo lovely, thanks so much!! xo Lorraine

psychelyn said...

I had to come and see this first to understand the full idea of your finished product.

Your pages are wonderful, generous with design and colours. Very likeable...something like, if I see it in the stationery shop, I'd get one for sure. :)

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