Tuesday, 8 October 2013

An Autumn Journal

Hi Everybody!
I made this journal as part of my guest DT work for Gecko Galz, but didn't get round to showing it till now.
The papers used for the covers, inside and out,  the tag pockets and the little illustrations in between are all from Gecko Galz collage sheets. I used cardboard from an old painting pad for the covers, and distressed the edges, after gluing on the papers, with DI in wild honey, rusty screw and Inka gold. I tied the book together with ribbons, as I noticed after I had punched the holes, that I didn't have wires in the right size. This is a great alternative, as it gives a much softer finish and the book always opens flat. I have just shown a few of the pages here, so as not to make the post too long.










I am linking to Artful times - Autumnal Colours

On my walk through the park I discovered lots of mushrooms /toadstools.
This is the biggest puffball I have seen there till now,  much larger than a football!
I think they are edible, but I left it there!


And there were lots of ink-caps in various stages of growth and decay:

I love the view from above, it looks like an UFO!



Have a good day you all, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!

31 comments:

  1. Fun journal, Valerie! I actually like the effect of tying it with ribbons. Our backyard is being over-run with mushrooms at the moment!

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    1. I think this is the mushroom time of year!

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  2. Absolutely fabulous Valerie. Love all the artwork (such a cute squirrel) and the toadstools are amazing.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  3. Love the journal, the ribbon trim is gorgeous! Great photos, too, you have had fun! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Sweet book. Love the ribbon as binding. Super photos too. I've noticed we seem to have a lot more mushrooms around too especially as I'm trying to keep Jess our puppy away from them. I wouldn't know what is edible and what isn't!

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  5. Your Journal is beautiful, the cover is gorgeous, love the binding. The photos of the mushrooms are amazing! Take care, Shirleyx

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  6. LOVE your Autumn journals and all the mushroom pics! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥ ( ppsstt...discounts and give away on my blog, just sayin' )

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  7. Hi Valerie, Your journal is beautiful. You always have the best details to accent your creations.
    The mushroom pics are so interesting. They are beautiful in their own right. I love mushrooms, the edible variety. My grandpa used to pick mushrooms and I remember they would boil them in water to see if they were poisonous or not. Something with the water turning black to know. Not sure, but I was really young. We all ate them, and no one got sick!!
    Your pics are so unique and that one does look like a UFO.
    Have a great week and Happy Creating.
    Hugs!

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  8. lovely pages! Your mushrooms are fascinating!

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  9. A beautiful Autumn journal! I like the way you did the binding.
    And those mushroom photos are pretty fun. It's amazing how big they get.

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  10. Your book look wonderful. I LOVE the cover. And WOW those are some pretty amazing mushrooms. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

    Hugs

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  11. ** fantastic ** book Valerie!
    What delightful photos of **mushrooms** :]

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  12. Love the journal Valerie with it's beautiful cover and bold pages inside.

    Terrific photos as always-not sure I would dare to eat any of them though I know many do forage and enjoy them.

    Have a great day

    Love Chrissie x

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  13. Such a great book! And those mushrooms are really cool ~ love that UFO!!

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  14. such beautiful journal pages, i love the nature theme, stunning photos of ink caps and puff balls, wow!

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  15. I am so glad you shared it with us now as it would have been a pity for us to have missed out on seeing this beautiful Journal. You made such great use of the GG images.
    Those mushrooms are fabulously cool!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  16. Beautiful journal and the covers look amazing. Super photos of the mushrooms, it looks to have been a real interesting walk.
    Yvonne x

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  17. A beautiful autumnal book Valerie - I really must learn how to use my bind-it-all! Fabulous mushrooms too, must be lots of fairies where you are! Xx

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  18. This book is just fantastic, I like that it opens out with the ribbon binding and the way you have illustrated the pages, and pockets in books are always fun. I also like the way you use everyday objects in your art (here, cardboard from an old painting pad). Thanks too for the mushroom photographs, I always like to see mushrooms in the garden although we never eat any.

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    1. I recycle as much as possible, and the paper recycling bin next to the house gives me a wonderful supply of art materials!

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    2. I seriously love the idea of recycling the paper recycling bin. I can imagine what treats would be in there.

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  19. Das Album finde ich GRANDIOS--- wunderwunderschön und Deine Megapilze sind ja wohl hammerstark!

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  20. Lovely book, I do like the addition of the pearls on the spine. Some beautiful work in there which I hope you are going to enjoy seeing as you use it as time goes by. Thanks for entering into the Artful Times challenge and thank you for taking us on your journey through fairyland. I am sure there are many fairies, elves and such hiding amongst those gorgeous ink caps.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  21. Oh I agree... I like the ribbons on this. Wow I really love your pics .. from your walk. Those mushrooms looked great.. but I wouldn't eat them either. You captured some great shots for sure.

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    1. They are supposed to be edible, but I prefer to be on the safe side! Anyway, the fairies need them for homes!

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  22. Your book is wonderful Valerie :) with it's sweet squirrel and colourful pages
    Love the fungi photos too
    Von ♥

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  23. Ups, hier hätte ich ja fast was übersehen. Das wäre echt eine Schande gewesen, denn was ich sehe ist einfach großartig. Valerie, das Journal ist ja klasse geworden und die Idee, wie du es gebunden hast, werde ich mir gut merken.
    Herrlich auch die Pilzfotos. Einer schöner als der andere. Die kannst du bestimmt auch gut in deine Werke einbinden, wenn du sie auf normalem Papier ausdruckst, oder?

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  24. Valerie, I always love your pictures. I am only sorry that I cannot join you on some of your walks. Your journal is wonderful and I am so glad you did not have the right size wires. I love the ribbon with the embellishments - so perfect for this journal. I am looking forward to seeing more! As my friends say in England - smashing!!!!!
    Sandy

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  25. Hi Valerie your journal book is wonderful I love the idea for this and used such wonderful images. Also just love your Autumn photo shots from your home area soooo pretty.
    Take Care & Hugs Sandra XXX

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  26. Your journal is magnificent!! Hope you didn't step on any faeries on your walk. They always live where mushrooms and toad stools are. hugs, Donna

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  27. Absolutely beautiful journal, I love all the gorgeous images and how you tied the journal too. Love all the great tag pockets too, excellent ideas! You have the most interesting mushrooms I have ever seen, the photography is gorgeous too! ~Diane

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