Wednesday, 8 February 2017

That n this

Hi Everybody!

We had another cold and hazy day here,
but at least it was dry, so I was able to have a nice
walk along my beloved Rhine.

I would like to remind you that TAG TUESDAY is now an open 
challenge blog, and our theme is 'Bookworm', chosen by Chrissie -
hope to see you there:

For Linda's theme, '50 shades of red' at Art Journal Journey
I have a hybrid collage, using my own elements combined with
parts from Mischief Circus:

And I would like to share a little journal I finished today. Some of you 
may have seen this collage I made recently:

Now I have at last got round to making some pages to sew into it
and can use it as a journal. I made an old earing and some ribbon into a pretty clasp:

The pages are all water-colour paper: 

In between I sewed some smaller concertina pages,
perhaps for some private journaling:

I had to sew it with my machine as my fingers are not being
cooperative enough for hand-sewing:

But all in all, I like it!

I am linking to Paint Party Friday, hosted by Eva and Kristin

Ans as promised yesterday, I have some more photos from
my visit to Schloss (palace) Benrath. A wedding party was being held

The island in the middle of the lake was well visited by
water fowl:

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


  1. Fantastic photos, but I'm surprised you dared to go back to that ice parlour!! Wonderful journal page and a super-duper journal, everything 1+++- Hugs, Sarah

  2. What an amazing journal cover. I was in awe of it. I, too, can't hand sew because I have NO pinch grip to hold a needle. So, seeing your machine sewn journal made me smile. I like how all the pages aren't the same size. That is a clever idea I may have to incorporate, too.

    Your AJJ entry is fantastic. I love the mustache on the man. It is very clever.

    Once again, I was in awe of that castle. I assume the bride and groom had no idea you were taking their photos. I bet it's a popular place to get married. Thanks for taking us with you because it makes me think of late summer, which I need right now.

  3. What lovely art! There are so many beautiful details! Your photos are wonderful too.

  4. The journal cover is just tremendous with all the little images and interesting pieces. Good idea to machine sew the pages, I've not tried that.
    The Schloss looks like an idyllic fairytale place.

  5. Such beautiful artwork Valerie and your hand sewn journal looks wonderful.
    Love all those lovely photos too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  6. Beautiful artwork Valerie and the book and pages are a terrific project..

    What a marvellous setting for a wedding and all the other photographs are fantastic.

    Sleep well

    Love Chrissie xx

  7. I love this book and the way you have made the pages! Lovely views of the Schloss at Benrath again! Hugs, Chrisx

  8. I love this book and the way you have made the pages! Lovely views of the Schloss at Benrath again! Hugs, Chrisx

  9. such a creative page for the red theme Valerie. Your book is -wow! I love to machine sew paper-even though it's not so good for the needles...
    How nice to see a beautiful wedding couple at such a gorgeous place. I do love your everyday walks along the Rhine too.

    1. I use leather or jeans needles, they are tough.

  10. Wow, your book looks AWESOME love how you used an earing for the closure and great that you could use the machine to add the pages.
    Its a fantastic red journal page, its a super silhouette image, I think I have one similar, seeing this has just reminded me.
    Lovely photos from Benrath again today.
    Yvonne xx

  11. Your mosaic collage makes a fantastic journal cover. It should make you want to open it up every day-at least it would me. And you really made an interesting piece for AJJ. I love all the images you chose. they work together really well. And lastly, your final photo today of the canal has a great depth of field and is a beautiful piece. Enjoyed my little visit to Schloss Benrath. Hugs-Erika

  12. Amazing work on your book, clever you... love the stitching and that gorgeous page displayed today...your photos are just breath taking, love them.xx{aNNie}

  13. great photos from your visit to the Schloss, but I especially love that last photo - a great Autumn shot! Love your new journal. I've been thinking of using some of my unloved earrings in my crafts - thanks for the tip :-) and I like the idea of private journalling on those concertina pages. I still haven't got around to hooking up my sewing machine, but it would make putting together some of my junk journals a lot easier I suppose. Happy Friday!

  14. A fabulous red journal page and a gorgeous album, I love how you've stitched it together.
    xxx Hazel.

  15. Wonderful this all Valerie! Great page, amazing journal and fantastic photography! Have a nice day!

  16. What a fabulous post this is Valerie... starting with the cool AJJ piece and then your absolutely gorgeous journal with the great stitching ( I always wonder do people have a separate machine just for their mixed media or use the same one they might make curtains with? )
    Great photos again - what a lovely setting for that wedding.
    Have a great day.... Gill xx

    1. I just have one machine and do everything from mending my tatty jeans to mixed media with it. You just need a strong needle, like for leather or jeans.

  17. What a great idea for the clasp on your journal.
    And what a lovely walk.
    Take care.

  18. Just read your question about the mail. It's barely after 8 am here, and if there is any, the mail won't arrive till around 2 pm my time. As of yesterday afternoon, it had not arrived. Be assured, I will let you know as soon as it does.

  19. I just love your collaged journal! And your idea for the closure is oh so clever,Valerie! You inspire me!
    Yes, the world has indeed gone crazy, so smiling is the order of the day!
    Thank you for more photos of the palace, incredible statues! What are they made of to have stood the test of time, and what year was this built? Amazing!!

  20. Love the 'red' theme for AJJ, beautiful art today! That couple might love that photo you took of them. I love this baroque style too.

  21. oohh wow,dein genätes juornal sieht wunderschön aus und deine rot schwarze seite ist klasse.
    das schloss ist ja zauberhaft,wie gemacht für eine hochzeit,das pärchen ist zauberhaft,sie sieht aus wie eine prinzessin mit dem diadem im haar und dem tollen ballkleid.
    schöne bilder hast du gemacht,wunderschön.
    danke dir sehr für die guten wünsche,es wird alles gut.

    hugs jenny

  22. Gefällt mir sehr deine neue Rot-Komposition mit dem tollen Farbsplash. Diese Patchworkarbeit ist total klasse und macht sich perfekt als Journal-Cover, schöne Idee. Die Benrath-Fotos sind schön, auch das Brautpaar aus deinem Blickwinkel sehr schön getroffen.
    Big Hugs

  23. You are totally amazing!! Love your art so much!!! Your photos are breath taking! So beautiful! Love the couple! Big Hugs!

  24. Beautiful work! I love your the collage cover to your journal.

  25. Gorgeous photos of the happy couple, very creative journal pages.

  26. Phew Valerie, there's so much creating and beautiful images here today. I love that red splash with the black! You collage cover and journal is so clever and beautifully created. Happy PPF to you

  27. Your new journal is so pretty. I love all the pictures in the collaged scraps. The Red page is fascinating. What is above his head? a Kippah? How is that different from a Yamaka? So much symbolism and mystery!

    1. Yarmalka and kippa are the same thing, different names!

  28. Wonderful art pieces today, Valerie! I love your journal! And your photos are beautiful too — I especially enjoyed seeing the water birds. Happy PPF!

  29. The red piece reminds me of Hercule Poirot! Beautiful pieces, both of them and I loved the photos of the beautiful pink place again and all the area around it. Lovely study of the bride and groom.

  30. Thank you for sharing your lovely crafting for our More Mixed Media February challenge – hope to see you again soon – Hazel DT x

  31. Couldn't have said it better myself...great journal page. Love your journal book cover, it's stunning. I have often used earrings for hats and such. Great idea!! Wonderful photos too...thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

  32. WOW! And I almost missed this post and that would have been unfortunate for me. Some much yummy good art and those castle pictures are amazing!!!

  33. The journal is lovely especially the collaged cover. The red card is charming!

  34. Journal pages are great. . lot of work, did great on them. The photograph is tremendous. . .Blessings, Janet


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