Friday, July 10, 2009

A creative summer

At the beginning of June I took one of Rachel Denbow's art journalling classes. We had to think about how we wanted to make the most of the coming summer and do some art journaling about it. These are the first three pages I made (more to come soon!). This was the first time I did art journaling, so, please, be nice :)

Prompted by The Fragrant Muse, who also took the course, I've recently came back to them and been thinking about summer. When I was a child summer meant time to play, no responsibilities, no homework, nothing to do until September. Although I can't exactly recreate that anymore (I need to work, after all), at least, I want to bring back the fun, and that feeling of having all the time in the world that it's so difficult to experience once you grow up. As I said in my pages, I want to make things, I want to spend time outside, I want to go for picnics and read on the grass, I want to dance, I want to write, I want to eat strawberries in the garden....

So these are just some of the things that I've planned and I'm looking forward to this summer:

Latitude Festival! It's next weekend and we are ready for three days of music, film, poetry, literary conversations, alternative theatre and lots and lots of fun!!! We went to Latitude two years ago, when it was still pretty small and unknown and absolutely loved it. I've been reassured that despite the fact that it's quickly growing into a big Festival, it still retains its charm. I remember thinking after the last time that I had seen more cultural acts in three days than during the rest of the year. I seriously CANNOT wait!

Jewelry workshop: I'm taking another silver jewelry workshop with a friend at the beginning of August. It'll be only the two of us and we're going to the artist's workshop to make a piece each. I'm going to make a huge pendant!

Workshops at The Make Lounge! I've been wanting to go to one of their workshops since Rachel took a bookbinding class there. They are not organizing any more bookbinding workshops, but I'm going to learn to crochet better than this and I'm going to make bags! By the way, Decor8 blogged about The Make Lounge today.

And of course, I'm looking forward to many picnics and days in the park! I really need the so-called heatwave (We call 32 degrees a nice summer day where I come from!) to come back.


  1. Ooooh it's lovely, well done!! I like your list of things to do, Iagree...whilst we can'tspend the summer skiving anymore..we can seek out a little 'summer me'time.

    Latitude, yay. you know it's not just my boys' first time at a festival, it's mine too! This is despite being born and bred about 30 minutes from Glastonbury!!

  2. Heat wave or no heat wave you got me envious!
    Journal looking good, and I'm looking forward to seeing pics of crocheted stuff that actually looks crocheted, instead of just knotted... ;o)

  3. @ Spud, Latitude is the BEST festival, you'll love it!!

    @ Ext, sorry, you can do the same to me next January! I'll show you my crocheted pieces, oh you, Ja of crocheters!

  4. I want to come spend summer with you! love your journal pages, especially the 3rd one.

    have a great weekend!

  5. yay for a creative summer and i think your pages are lovely! want to see the others.

    latitude sounds heavenly!! you must blog it!! :-) and tweet it, of course. since you've got your iPhone now. ;-)

  6. I think a creative summer sounds wonderful. Unfortunately I've been working so much I don't have time to be creative, and it kinda sucks.
    I love your journal pages tho and Latitude sounds wonderful!

  7. What a great post....the pages are fabulous!!! what I liked the most is the very rare picture of beautiful you!!!! Thanks B... enjoy summer..besos... Ali.

  8. Your pages are great - and they involve yellow [what a surprise B :)]
    Wishing you lots of it (and sunshine) and of course good luck with your creative endeavours. x

  9. beautiful journal. makes me feel like i need to do SOMETHING other than jusy running. maybe I can take pictures of things I see when I run (you wouldn't believe the things I see!) and do a running photo essay?!

  10. I love your pages! I particularly love the third one and the row of stamps. Your colors are so...summery!

    I look forward to hearing more about the jewelry class and the huge pendant.

  11. Is that a photo of you reading? I love it :)

  12. Enjoy all the things you planned in your journal. If the summer will be as your beautiful pages, a lot of very nice weather lies ahead.

  13. Oh I so want to go to the Make Lounge! I live half an hour away and I've never been. They've got a jewellery workshop listed that I really like the look of, but I don't think I'll be in London when it's on :(

    Love all your journal pages but the red one with the legs is my favourite!

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    I love your blog, it is so craft inspiring.

  15. Hope you'll have the nicest of heatwaves, but I'm sure you'll have a creative summer anyways. I also do believe that the trick is in recreating that special feeling that has just something to do with actual free time and temperatures, and probably more to do with longer days.

  16. you are doing so much cool stuff!! I wish there were jewelry workshops here for me to go to....look forward to seeing what you make!

  17. I think you did a great job at making your journal.

    Have fun at all your workshops. I think workshop are fantastic because I don't have a lot of time to commit to things. I need short and fun course to extend my knowledge and creativity.

  18. I remember doing one of those journal classes in college and it was so much fun because you really had to be creative about it, and not just with your words. I should look up the one you mention and take it.

    I wish I were in London to go to the Latitude Fest...I checked out the website and it looks damn cool!

    Thanks for all your well wishes BTW...means a lot! ;-)

    Seems like you have a lot planned for the summer...have fun!!

  19. Holy Cow! Look at all the stuff you have planned! Looks like a very "cool" summer is ahead of you!

    You have definitely inspired me (yet again!) with this post...I have no idea what I plan to do...but I am now motivated!!!

  20. Buah pues no te imaginas lo Nice summer day que está siendo hoy...38 grados po lo menos!Me aso viva!

    Cómo vamos a criticarte eso si es una pasada?Eres súper creativa,de verdad...La de veces que he intentado que me salgan cosas así y nunca lo consigo.
    Aprovecha tus días de pic-nic,tus clases de danza del vientre y ese festival,que por lo visto es lo más moderno de lo moderno!Tiene pinta de proporcionar un placer interior jajajaja Me encantaría estar ahí.

    Bueno un beso muy gordito y rechoncho!

  21. lovely journal pages and great plans! i you have inspired me to make summer plans as well. strawberries are going on my list first...


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