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A-Z Journal - C (for Crumpled Roses)

Hello all! What a crazy few months it's been. I've finally finished school, handed in my projects and went for the final assessment interview about 2 weeks ago. I've now got my Diploma of Graphic Design and have decided at this stage that going any further with it is not for me. I don't think I can bear to sit in a classroom for another 1-2 years. That said, I absolutely loved learning what I have over the past year and a half and plan to put it into good use on my own projects.

So, finally, finally, I have gotten around to a new instalment of my A-Z journal........today featuring the letter C for Crumpled Roses. "Crumpled Roses?" you say. Well, here's the thing - I tried to find an existing C pattern that worked for my journal, but it just wasn't happening for me, so I decided to make one up.

These "roses" remind me of the crushed paper flowers that I used to make when I was into paper crafting, hence the name.

To be honest, I'm not sur…
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PATTERN - Faux Weave

I am getting ever closer to the finish line of my course. I have one more round of assessments to go and should be done in around 6 weeks - I cannot wait! I have enjoyed it, but am more than ready for it to be over. Thanks for hanging in there with my erratic posting over the past year or so :)

My desk, which has a myriad of buried treasure amongst the clutter  (my organisation "system" tends towards scribbling things down on scraps of paper when I get an idea then throwing them on my desk). Anyway, I had a bit of a clean up last night and it offered up this pattern ready to scan and share.

I love, love, LOVE easy patterns and how, often, from a simple construct the illusion of a more complex design can be created.

I think that "faux weave" is one such example. What could be easier than spiralling around a single line? Stack these spirals together using a square grid, alternate the direction, add some basic fill and shading and all of a sudden you have a woven effe…

A-Z Journal - B (for Buttercup)

I've got a short break between school assessment tasks and I've been spending most of my time gardening - we are having the most amazing Autumn weather here and I have a lot I want to get done in the bee garden. I've just about finished all of the paths (finally), and there is a stack of pruning and planting to do as well as lots of seeds to sow and cuttings to take. I really want to put in a rustic looking water feature, too, so that's next on my task to research :)

Here's the next instalment from my A-Z journal. I've used one of my longtime favourite tangle patterns Buttercup. Love. Love. I discovered Buttercup early on and it's shown up in many of my designs since - in fact it made it's debut in my first tangle journal back in 2012.

I love it's simplicity and, well, because..........FLOWERS.

For this page I've used a wonky grid (1) and then added additional lines to create a grid in a grid (2) so that there is a bit of variety in the flowers …

Heart2Heart - PATTERN

It's the month of love. Yep, the big L. Hearts and Roses.

So, I've already shared some String Roses, now it's time for a heart2heart (see what I did there?)

I was pretty surprised to find I had another heart pattern left in me, but here's one that I've been playing with and am really loving:


heart2heart starts with an alternating s-grid - add some v's to create the outer heart then a second heart shape is added inside. Variation - try alternating the direction of the hearts (panel 6).
You know what else I'm really loving of late? The way I can quickly record and edit insta-videos from my phone. Here's a little heart2heart demo.

String Rose PATTERN

Well, d-day has almost arrived. Tomorrow I head back to school. Where did the summer go? At least the class schedule is looking pretty light and I'll only be at school for 2- 2 1/2 days a week.

Today I want to share a really simple technique/pattern I've called "String Rose". This idea first made an appearance on the blog during the old into new challenge back in 2014. I named one of the experimentation tiles as Trentwith and though this pattern was the initial source of inspiration, my version takes a different approach. I had always meant to share the technique as it's so simple, and fun, but I just didn't get around to it. Until now! 2 1/2 years later.....haha.

O.k., here goes........

The String Rose Pattern - this shows the base technique.


As it's all done in one continuous line, I thought a little insta-video might help out:

A-Z journal - A (for Abeko)

I cannot believe how fast the summer holidays have gone! I am back at school next Monday and will have completed the Diploma by June. I'll be glad to be done with it. At this stage I think this will be the end of the road for my graphic design study. I'll see how things pan out, but I feel ready for a new and different challenge.

Despite the hot weather, I did manage to sort my old scrapbooking supplies that have been hanging around for years and adding to the general feeling of clutter in my little studio, so far I've taken 3 boxes of stuff down to my local library for them to use in their kids program. I get a more focussed workspace - they get some fun supplies - win/win.

Over the past few months I've been (very) intermittently working on an A-Z journal. It's going to be a long-term project.  I work on a pattern from each letter of the alphabet in order. The journal pages are A5 (approx. half letter size).

I meant to start sharing these pages a while back (hence…

The 2016 Pattern Folio

Over the past few weeks I've been working on the updated 2016 version of the Pattern Folio. I've also had to have a hard think about how I was going to make it available this year.

As many of you know, in the past, in order to send out free e-books I use a 3rd party delivery service - this is different service from the one that delivers blog updates to your inbox. Over the past few years I've been experiencing issues with spam filters and an increasing number of people not receiving the free e-books because their mail servers are identifying the emails as spam and blocking them. Frustrating. Stressful. Beyond my control. And time consuming. At the end of the day - it's just not something that I have the resources to deal with, so, I had to make the decision whether to continue with the Pattern Folio at all, and if so, how best to go about it.

So, here's how it is going to work, there will be 2 available formats:

Update Edition: this will include only the 4 patterns …