Monday, 24 February 2014

A light went out in my life last Monday

I have tried three times to write this post and I find it so hard. Last Monday morning, I lost my dear, old companion and friend of the last sixteen years, Barney.
If you know me, you will know just how important he was to me and just how bereft I am feeling. I am grieving, my heart is broken and it hurts. He was more than just a dog, he was my baby. I would not swap any of the last sixteen years at all and I knew at some point this would be the difficult part, the worst part for me was deciding when it had to end and I am struggling to forgive myself for making the ultimate decision to end his life. That's the bit that really hurts. I so wanted him to drift off in his sleep, but it just didn't happen and I'm left with the guilt.
I could not have had a better friend and companion through the last 16 years. I will love and miss him always and I have a hole in my heart just for him. 
RIP Barney Jan 1998 - Feb 2014 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Altered book, an unfinished symphony

This post is about how to turn some unloved, ruined layouts into a mini album inside an altered book.
I came across some old layouts where the colour had bled out of the photographs and onto the page protectors. It was from when I used to print my photo's on an old printer. The layouts were ruined so I decided to find the old photographs on my hard drive and re print them and then trim down the best bits from the layouts to add to an altered book.
I prepared the pages in the old book in exactly the same way as I have done in the past. Trim 6 pages out, then stitch the next 6 pages together etc.
 Here are a selection of the pages I made. I think it is a great way to recover things that are ruined.I like it much better like this, as I always do holiday mini albums now, not layouts.

If you want to look at some other altered books I have made, or are inspired to make things from old book pages, check out my Pinterest board here. TFLx