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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Handmade 'Journey' paper bag journal. SNEAK PEEK- pre ebay lisiting

My love is to create handmade gifts with spirit and with soul.
My aim is to be the very best that I can be, having a reputation for quality creativity, excellence and inspiration.
The pieces I create have soul and integrity-not just albums and journals for their own sake and to make a quick dollar. But sacred spaces to inspire and treasure memories.
Pieces of art with a spiritual base, places to explore, inspire, create,
for wishes, dreams, hopes and musings.
I believe we have lost a little of the magic in the world and it’s time for us to reconnect with ourselves.

My philosophy is

I believe that we should all be surrounded by beauty that  inspires, touches the heart and satisfies the soul.
For when we open our hearts and follow our dreams, we bring love and light into the universe.

I have been inspired to create a new paper bag range of soul searching Paper bag journals.
This is the first, of which I hope- of many!
I think this is THE most detailed and complicated piece I have created yet.
Paper bag books/albums are so versatile- not only can their pages hold photo’s memorabilia and journaling. I believe they are less intimidating than a blank lined book. MY own gift is to create beautiful spaces, if you are not visually inclined or don’t have the time and inclination-this journal is for you!

Here I wanted to create a place that was easy to use with lots of nooks and crannies to jot thoughts, quotes and secret musings throughout.
Lately there has been a lot of loss in my life- through friends passing on and also friends on their final journey in life dealing with illness and death.
I am a massive fan of John O’Donohue  who wrote“ Anam cara”.
THE definitive book on celtic wisdom- life and death.
He speaks of the need for the dying to be able to go back over their life and share with their loved ones, the highlights of their journey (and of us to do the same with them!), in order to help them come to terms with their own passing.
Deep stuff I know!!
I AM coming to a point here- and that is I have a deep feeling that this particular journal could also serve to help on a journey such as this.
A place to store wisdom, thoughts, memories, messages, and also to console those left behind.
I have added stamped words and life affirming phrases throughout.
I hope will be a stepping stone to start your own ‘conversation’.
Then again- whoever purchases this, it may just speak to you and say “yes” time to express yourself “ this album is ME!”
A perfect place to take flight and spread your emotional and creative wings.
I have 12 pages here that’s 3 bags folded into 6 pages with 2 sides. Don’t forget there are also 3 open ends  to slip in photo’s memorabilia, ephemera- whatever your heart desires. The book itself is 6x6 inches.
There are NO RULES- follow your heart and do what you feel.If i have done my "job" right it should flow easily for you!
I have even written a little ‘my wish for you’- which is not featured in the pictures but will be hidden in a pocket!
I am very excited to see where it will go.
Looking forward to your comments
Love and light fairy leonie xx

NOW SELLING  click here to see all the pics and purchase!

K & comapny
DCWV Mariposa
Bazzill  family tree
Websters papers pages
Acetate misc

kasiercraft- pearl swirl
kindy glitz
assorted silver heart charms- 
Stamp it silver metal  key
misc dragonfly
Misc silk flowers
organza ribbon
satin trimmed ribbon
Susan wingit  K & company 3d embellishments
misc metal trimmed embellishments
eyelets- francheville

creative memories butterfly
ink versacolour copper and black


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WIMWSW? What's in MY work studio wednesday!!WOYWW?

Wednesday's rolled around AGAIN!
Not much to share today, as i just finished and have listed my dream album ( see below posting).
My desk has the remnant's of that project and possibilities for the next.
Last week i got in some new kaisercraft stuff- thus the pic of the back wall! There's some inspirational stamps, wooden keys and a truck load of rhinestones. Unfortunately/ fortunately because i have a wholesale account it means when i want 1 pack of stamps i have to have 5! So the rest are for sale- .....mental note - must take them to markets on the weekend.
have a great woyww!
If you get a chance- hop on by the desk queens blog
Julia- stamping ground

EBAY NEWLY LISTED ITEM-"Dreams"paper bag journal

A Unique Paper Bag Journal Scrapbook Album.

I love to create exclusive, unique one of a kind HANDMADE gifts. I specialize in handmade paper bag albums, Gratitude boxes, beautiful flirty purse cards, and altered canvas and beyond the page quirky gifts. Every piece is created to be spiritually uplifting and comes from the heart. I pride myself in creating one of a kind pieces made with love that will last a lifetime. Each piece is created as if I was keeping them for myself!  I'd love to help you with any special requests you may have. Custom made items made from your ideas in my style!
I hope you enjoy my work and the spirit that it was created with!
This is my own original UNIQUE handmade design
Welcome! Art to inspire- spirit to enchant!

My wish for you is that this journal should be a friend for life- a place to explore.
To share within, your insights, wisdom and awareness-all that you have gathered during your life’s path.
For when we open our hearts and follow our dreams, we bring love and light into the universe. I believe that we should all be surrounded by beauty that inspires, touches the heart and satisfies the soul.
When you open your heart and follow your dreams you bring love and light to the world.

Wishing you joy.

My paper bag albums are so versatile- perfect for photos or a diary, but this one I designed especially to be a treasured journal. Beautiful, one-of-a-kind, uniquely handcrafted sacred space- ready to carry within its pages your hopes, dreams, fears and secret musings. Even to store your precious memories and memorabilia, feel free to add photo’s, pictures, quotes that inspire you- this is your space to be creative!
This It has been designed with love.

This album is approx 6x6 inches with 12 pages- that’s 3 bags with 6 sides, which fold to a total of 12 pages front and back!

I have created 2 pocket “pages” with tags for you to write your journaling on or just add little photo. There are also fold out elements for extra space and hidden journaling or photo’s. There are lots of gorgeous glittered 3d layered embellishments throughout.
This is a full of detail; beautiful papers and lovely rub on embellishments too.
Did you see the metal silver heart, key and feather hanging on the spine?
A perfect to give as a gift – or if it touches your heart and inspires your soul just keep it for yourself!
Either give it blank or fill it with photos for a really personal gift.
Let my work inspire your thoughts to fly!

Click here - "DREAMS"  purchase and to see more photos 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Custom made "Precious memories" keepsake journal paper bag album for Sasha

Custom made album for Sasha.

This is an album I am a little nervous about- as I had complete choice in colors and theme.
So I’m hoping that I’m not too far off the mark!
I started off by looking at the previous purchases and trying to get a feel for the things and styles she liked.
I had a tiny bit of this beautiful paper left, which I had shipped in especially from the USA  for my own private collection and thought it was perfect for this creation.
The papers are floral, vintage and also glittery and funky at the same time.  Soft blues,creams and beige with a hint of green. There is even a pattern of an old map on some pages and I thought it represented the theme “journey” beautifully.

Its not a conventional modern memories album- lots of interactive spaces for writing thoughts along with different photo spaces.
I love the idea of this being not too dated and that it doesn’t scream ‘2010”-
But it’s also not too old fashioned too.

I have sprinkled spiritual quotes throughout, added LOTS of flaps and a couple of  pockets with extra tags in.
The library pockets I’ve left empty, so that notes/secrets/ messages can be hidden inside.
The front cover has a beautiful flock texture within the cream pattern and feels velvety soft. I’ve hung a key ( representing the future) and a heart from the ribbons on the spine.
I’ve embossed a subtle swirl pattern through the photo matts and circles and the glittered them to carry the theme throughout.
I have used a mix of polysparkle and holographic embossing powder to highlight the edges of journaling areas and of the tabs to the fold out elements.
I have tied organza ribbon around the photo matts in a way that means you can easily slip your photo’s underneath.

Metal embellishments throughout include- dragonflies, a little silver key and silver daisy photo corners.
There’s a scatter of pearls and I have glimmer misted some 2 crafty chipboard embellishments- then glossy accented and kindy glitzed them!
A mix of rub ons and stamped images and words are scattered throughout.
I have so enjoyed creating this piece and I really hope that Sasha likes it!!
Fingers crossed :-)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Newly listed on E-Bay- "I wish you love" paper bag album

 I've had so much fun making this album- fast running out of these papers - so i decided to challenge myself and see what i could do with the remaining couple of sheets.
I can feel a change in the air ... I'm on a hunt for some new, inspiring different papers that not everyone else is using on ebay! But first i will be using up my 'stash'... then??? who knows what!!
anyway as much as I love my albums they are for SALE!
so please check out my listing on ebay- see all the pics!  and have a squizzy in my shop

Click here-  "I wish you love" 

Overseas buyers are more than welcome- just drop me a line with your postal region and I'll organise a price on shipping for you- at the moment i have it listed on australian ebay only- but i can easily change all that!!
thanks for looking
have a fairy happy day

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Custom made order- Christmas cream Dove paper bag album- Brenda

Hot off the craft table-
Custom made -Cream toned Christmas paper bag album
6x6 inches- 3 bags folded to make 6 pages with 2 sides- so that’s a total of 12 pages!
I’ve used 2 tones of cream and a matt gold. All the chipboard embellishments have been distressed white, then stamped and embossed with ancient gold embossing powder, it’s really sparkley- but not to OTT.
I have created lots of artisian shaped double matted journal areas for titles and writing.
I have hand embossed a gorgeous raised bird and swirl pattern throughout- which is christmasy but not too christmasy!! There are 2 pockets- one for tags and one blank for memorabilia- I've added a couple more tags to the empty open ends of the bags too.
 Hope you like it Brenda?
Have a fairy happy day!
Leonie :-) xx