Thursday 21 June 2018

Welcome to today's Guest Desginer, Alison !

Today we are welcoming a very talented lady who I'm sure most of you will know in blogland, Alison Bomber ! Alison was the winner of the In the Meadow challenge and was therefore invited to join us for a day. Let's move on to see what Alison has created !

Hello all, it’s Alison (a.k.a. butterfly) here from Words and Pictures.  My “real” job is as a Text and Voice Coach for the theatre, specialising in Shakespeare, so that’s where the words come in, and these days I love combining words with pictures as an addicted mixed media crafter.  When I’m working on a show it’s quite a struggle to fit in as much crafting and blogging as I’d like, but between shows I get to play whenever I want, so I feel very lucky.  I love that I get to spend my life following creative journeys at work and at play.

I’m delighted to be a guest here at Stamps & Stencils this month, and what a lovely theme to get to play with.  I've altered the cover of a very cheap journal to create this grassy meadow.  I think it will inspire me whenever I pick it up to play.

It's actually very good quality for the price - nice, strong kraft pages on the inside and sturdy kraft cover boards.  (It's from The Works - good news for those of you in the UK.)

I had to get rid of that black ribbon closure, of course (not my style), and then I was ready to start getting painty and inky. 

I forgot to take a picture of the very first step, which was just a plain coat of DecoArt chalk paint in Vintage (a soft, pale green).  Over that I sponged some PaperArtsy Fresco paints using a natural sponge.  The grassy bottom is a combination of Dusty Teal and Hey Pesto, and the sky is made up of Sky (of course!) and Ice Blue.

I did take some pictures of the next steps, but sadly my camera didn't capture them for some reason.  It was all pretty simple really to get from the stage above to the finished stage below.


I started by stamping some of the lovely new meadow flower sketches designed by Lynne Moncrieff for That's Crafty.  These ones are from Lynne's Wildflowers Set 2.  

They're stamped in either Olive or Leaf Green Archival, and sometimes a combination of the two.

They don't have very long stems, but because they are clear stamps (which I really don't use very often) you can line them up very easily to re-stamp the stem part until you have a long enough stem to reach the ground.

I also used the partially-inked stems to create some grassy stamping at the foot of the cover, as well as adding some freehand brush strokes of grass.

I added some doodled spots to the flower heads with a white pen, and in the long run added some spots of white paint too for a softer look.

The wispy grasses in the background are done with a paintbrush using the same grassy Fresco colours.  I like the depth they give to the scene.

Any paint left over on the craft mat got spattered onto the book covers to create that summery haze.

There's a Quote Chip to remind me what we're here for.


The ring binding just got coated in whatever was going on and, yes, I'm happy to say the pages all still turn perfectly happily.

I really like the contrast between the soft blue/greens of the cover and the earthy interior kraft pages.

 And the back cover allows you even more space to wander...

The final touch was to add a lightly-inked piece of seam binding to create the closure... far preferable to black in my opinion.

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour round my altered journal cover.  I always like to spend time wandering in the meadows!  Thanks so much to everyone here for having me along to play, and I hope you'll be inspired to come and judge a book by its cover this month.

Alison xx
Thank you Alison for such an inspiring post ! There is still plenty of time to join us for the current challenge Do Judge a Book by it's Cover.


  1. Thank you Alison for being our guest today and sharing such a beautiful project with us. Your post is both informative and inspirational. I for one, shall be heading to The Works this weekend ! Toni x

  2. Stunning makeover Alison!
    Lula xx

  3. I think quite a few people will be heading to The Works to buy some of these Alison! The summery scene you created is beautifully soft and serene - and the pale ribbon is just perfect. Anne x

  4. Delightful details on your beautiful cover Alison and yep, I will be looking out for the journal xx Wonderful colours and I am so fond of Lynne's wildflowers x TFS all the wonderful details of the process...Love it xx

    Huge hugs to you and everyone at Stamps and Stencils

    Annie xx

  5. Dear Alison,
    I did spot Lynne`s beautiful wildflower stamp on your blog- and they looks so lovely on your cover , with the elongated stems .
    Like waving peacefully in the meadow , and with little flower particles . flying through the air . Also love the way you used the stems, to create more grasses ... a beautiful, beautiful, cover, you created.
    Dorthe, xx

  6. This is so utterly beautiful ! I am thrilled Alison!
    Hugs, Susi

  7. Lovely, all round, Alison! As always, wonderful palette, and images - will have to go look at Lynne's stamps, as these are gorgeous! You've created a perfect meadow for the imagination to take hold - love all the splatter, and the free spirit of this piece! xx Lynn

  8. Alison, Oh my word this is so beautiful and in the colours that I associate you with. To have you ink up the new stamps, I cannot begin to express how much this means to me, an absolute thrill and honour to see you inking them up for this stunning project.
    Beautiful post.

  9. I love this album cover - gorgeous colours - and I "might" just be going to the~Works very soon.

  10. It's classic "butterflies "! I shall have a look in The Works on my way to the ferry next month....

    Sally xx

  11. So many lovely meadows in your head, lucky lady transforming the kraft of everyday existence. x Amanda

  12. So enjoyed reading the post. Lots of fabulous inspiration and what a wonderful creative and beautiful project....Thank you x

  13. This is beautiful Alison, I can feel a trip to The Works coming on too!

  14. What a fantastic project Alison, I just love what you have done with Lynne's stamps. :-)

  15. What a fabulous cover - at this time of year the meadow cover is perfect and those blues and greens using Lynne's stamps are wonderful! The specs of white are the ideal finishing touch! Now, where is the nearest Works? Chrisx

  16. How beautiful is this Alison, such a gorgeous soft and ethereal meadow scene and you've made Lynne's wild flowers look absolutely stunning.
    Fliss xx

  17. What a lovely transformation! I'd be tempted over and over again to open this us and journal. Those meadow stamps are wonderful! Thank you for your inspiration! Hugs!

  18. What a wonderful journal. Love how you layer paint and images Alison. -- Mary Elizabeth