Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Explore WOYWW

I am finally moving into to my new craft space, very slowly and not in the organised way that I had hoped.  My  plan was to decorate and move storage in before I started working, but I realised I had missed birthdays and needed to make cards among other things.  So bit by bit boxes and paper crept in and I’m now partly installed.  And my workspace is as disorganised as ever!

On it you can see:

1.        My Journal Your Christmas Album.   Yes... the fat pages are finally held together by ribbon and I am pleased to have it finished.  Not relieved, because I enjoyed it to the end, but it will be nice to move on to something new.  I will gradually add the pages to the forum, so anyone who took part in Shimelle’s online course will have access. 

2.        A big pile of of cut mountboard bought for £1.50.  I love a bargain don’t you!!  I will use two sheets as front and back page for a new album.  The size was even a perfect fit for pages I cut this morning.  Perfect!

3.       Printouts of Shimelle’s new online course – Explore.  The focus is on discovering more about yourself, and so far I am slow in starting.  Nothing new there then!  But I have proved that I can finish, so my pages are waiting to be put together and I am keeping it simple this time. 
Remind me please if I forget I said this!

4.       One of the other things Shimelle suggested was to send yourself a postcard of one of your best adventures.  We could use a picture postcard or make our own.  There was one photo that stood out for me, of my Nan on the beach as a young woman.  If I could turn back the time I would ask her more about her life as it is only in recent years that I have learned more and feel it was an opportunity missed.  I don't know what I will be asked to do in this album, so this in itself is part of the adventure.  And because I like to follow my intuition I stuck the photo onto a post card and posted it to myself.   There was no room for writing other than the address, but I can do that in my Explore album next to the postcard.  I am interested to find out where this will lead, I just have a feeling it will be exciting though.

If you want to know more about the Explore course go here

It's not to late to join in and the thing I like about Shimelle's courses is that you can work at your own pace.  And it seems I am not the only one to have taken my time over my Christmas Album so I am in great company!  For the Explore course Shimelle has come up with the idea that we can sign up to be 'accountable'.  And so as well as having a network of online friends and co-students, I am excited to have not one but two partners for this course!  I have exchanged emails with Pauline and Ali today and we plan to support, encourage and prompt each other along the way.  What's more, Pauline lives quite local so we may even get to meet!

So here's to unknown fun and adventures as I go and Explore! 

I wonder what's on your workspace this Wednesday?  Go here to see what others are busy with.


  1. Hope we get to see your new work space all prettied up. :) Great stuff on your desk. Thie explore album really sound great. I'll have to check out the course. :)

  2. Love the photo you have used as a post card. I have an old postcard that was sent to David many years ago of some boys in the 50's working on a car and I think I will stick a plain post card onto the back and resend it to myself. I do so love old black and white photos.

  3. I don't think that you are slow in starting Sandie, you have completed more of the course than I have. Yes I took your advice & I have signed up :)

  4. Looks like a great course and looking forward to seeing how it develops for you. Love that pile of pages!

  5. I'm doing the explore class too, so really looking forward to seeing your creations :) loving your work space, it's so creative

  6. What a fab postcard of your Nan... will be great in your Playbook.
    Mandy McK (Moogieof4)

  7. I love that - all the best laid plans..are over taken by real life! Great to see your space - and hey - there's always time to move in, less time to get a fantastic idea from head to paper!

  8. You know what they say..tidy desk, empty mind I like to see a few things going on at once!

  9. Your space is looking full of lovely things. I think we all plan things perfectly in our heads and then necessitity and practicality happens and those plans disappear don't they. I'm sure you'll get decorated eventually!
    Well done on completing your JYC. I always do one, although not on the course but have to admit to not having finished last years yet, it sort of got forgotten about. I must get it done.
    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Lisa#72

  10. your Christmas album looks amazing! how nice for you to have a new craft space! I am sure you will enjoy it!

  11. This sounds like a great course, and if you're like me, your workspace is never truly organized! :-) :-)

  12. You definitely have your hands full. I am also in the process of organizing and cleaning my work space up. =)


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