Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Duck tales (tails) and an altered note book

Hi everybody!
Today started off very overcast, and in the course of the morning black clouds did their best to hide the sun. This afternoon the sun managed to take a front seat and beamed at us, sending the temperature up a few notches, which was pleasant. I was able to take 2 walks along the Rhine, and around our little town, where I explored all the little paths on or around the old fortified walls, and found a few corners which I hadn't seen before. And of course, I visited the ducks, they just seem to wait for me!

For one of my DT pieces at Gecko Galz I made an altered notebook. I used some background paper from my stash, and images from the 'Celtic Twist' digi-stamp set. I measured the notebook, and cut the paper exactly to fit the height, and  4" longer than the all round width, so I had enough to make 2 flaps inside to take tags or notes etc.  I used the image ct1 for the front and back covers, mirroring the image for the back. The tags have been made using ct22. The digi stamps can be printed out to almost any size. I glued the flaps with double sided tape.

The tags fit into the pockets at the front and back.

 Material list: Notebook, BG paper, Gecko Galz Images Celtic Twist 1 and 22, glue, ribbon, double-sided tape.

 The clouds today were really impressive and beautiful - 50 shades of grey?

The ducks were happy as always

There was a  picture was in our local paper today, showing 2 geese, who knocked on the door of a bus with their beaks and tried to get into it. No, they didn't want to go anywhere, but had seen that the driver, during his break, was unpacking his sandwiches! You can see the photos here.
And my ducks were waiting for me at the corner of Market street as always!

Have a great day, take care, and thanks a lot for coming by!


  1. Beautiful notebook, love the images you have used. I looked at the photo with the geese waiting for the bus, so funny! Great photos from you, too! Hugs, Sarah

  2. Beautiful notebook and tags. Love the story of the geese wanting done sandwiches and more lovely photos from you xx

  3. Hello Val. Fantastic notebook. I love what you have created and extra pockets is such a Good idea. Lovely pictures of the ducks and the story about the bus driver was hilarious. TFS. Hugs Rita xxx

  4. Those images are just gorgeous! I really like the seahorse.The picture of the ducks & the geese waiting for a hand-out are cute!

  5. Lovely black and white artwork today and some good duck stories. I always enjoy your duck stories and pictures. That was a nice tale about the geese and the bus.

  6. fabulous clouds...love your book print creations :)

  7. Wundervolles Notebook,und ich mag diese tierchen soo gern.
    tolle bilder hast du wieder gemacht,der stürmische himmel sieht soo irre schön,man spürt direkt die kraft und energie die da drinnen steckt,die entchen sind ja sowas von süß,und bestimmt wollen sie immer futter,nicht wahr??mir sind auch mal ein paar entchen hinter her gelaufen,ich fand das soo drollig*gg*

    wünsch dir einen wunderbaren tag heute :-)

    GLG Jeannette

  8. Das notebook ist wunderschön! Ich mag diese Schwarz-Weiß Designs sehr! Sie sehen immer sehr eleganz aus. Die Enten sind echt drollig!
    LG, LonettA

  9. Guten Morgen, liebe Valerie! Bin so ganz verzaubert von Deinem schönen Buch und den schönen Tags! Ich liebe die Kontraste in schwarz-weiß und sehe immer mehr davon auch in meinem Arbeitszimmer. Auch die Kombination der grafischen Muster mit der Schrift ist herrlich.
    Viele liebe Grüße zu Dir
    Deine Erika

  10. So lovely to see your special ducks waiting for you :) I love that idea it must make your walk so wonderful.

    The celtic art stamps are terrific and look great against the newspaper background.

    Have a good day today

    Love Chrissie x

  11. Hi Valerie, Your notebook is lovely with the celtic stamps. Great with the background. Your walk looks like it was a pleasant one today too and the ducks have become good friends waiting for you to come by.

    1. I think they know I always have something for them in my pocket!

  12. Love how you used the newsprint on the altered notebook! The Celtic images give such a dramatic look! Love this project! That certainly is 50 shades of grey and yes, beautiful! I am off to visit my daughter this weekend in Portland, so I think I will see 50 shades of grey as well! Hugs! Oh send me an e-mail with your address just in case I don't have it!

  13. wundervolle Bilder Valerie und Dein elegantes Notizbuch sieht so toll aus!

  14. The Celtic stamps, stamped in black, you used on your notebook and tags are gorgeous and complement the background paper. Great project!

  15. Wonderfully monochrome. Love your ducks they do seem to feel at home.

  16. Loving the wonderful designs on your projects Valerie. Annette x


  17. Ein tolles Notizbuch ist das geworden, Valerie! Ich mag diesen Schwarz-Weiß-Kontrast total gerne. Und wie praktisch, dass das Notizbuch jetzt auch Einsteck-Taschen hat. ie Tags machen sich bestimmt gut darin, sie sind ebenfalls super geworden.
    Die Fotos vom Himmel und den Enten sind wieder wunderschön!

  18. Love that notebook, those stamps look gorgeous on the covers! Loved the duck couple knocking on the bus door too, ha ha! Have a good evening. Big hugs, ~Diane

  19. Fantastic altering. Love the images in black and white.
    Yvonne x

  20. Sweet DT work, love your bitsy tags and the book. xox

  21. This is one funny duck story -- I knew they were smart! Pretty son they will be catching a ride into town for more begging. I only hope that the bus driver will let them on the bus free of charge!
    Your make is really neat, I have a friend that does tangles and makes wonderful deigns. They are so interesting!
    Sandy xx

  22. These are fab Valerie, the text goes perfectly with the images. You'll have to train your ducks to catch the bus lol, I hope the driver took extra sandwiches the day after xx

  23. Your use of the GG images is fabulous Valerie - the word that comes to mind is power, there is a real feeling of power.


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