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Topic: Orkney 2011 Journal - Finally Finished!! (pic heavy)  (Read 1300 times)
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« on: January 04, 2013 03:47:38 AM »


So in 2011, I, my parents and my older sister all went on a holiday to the Orkney Islands Since we are all grown up now I realised that this would probably be the last family holiday together, so I decided to keep a visual journal & photo album while we were there.

I started with this blank, canvas covered journal to which I stuck an old picture mount and, using some tips from this craftalong, I painted the cover. The photo was added last as it was the only shot of all 4 of us on the first day together in Orkney.


I did have some in progress shots showing this but they got swallowed by my PC in a hard drive crash  Cry

Once we were in Orkney, I did a few colour washes on each page in a colour I thought would suit the day's sight seeing and then took it with me every where we went. I stuck in all sorts of little bits and sketched whatever caught my fancy. I also stuck in leaflets and pressed flowers/plants (all carefully collected and not endangered/protected species)

You can see at the top of some of the pages I also made a 'luggage tag' for each day and on (most) of these I noted what & where we ate (lots of nice eating out & tasty things) As usual for me I didnt actually manage to complete the last few 'days' during the holiday. And since coming back and getting the photos printed this has sat until I decided to join the 50 in 2013 craftalong - this gave me the incentive to finally finish this journal Smiley
















I have now stuck in all the photos and finished off each page as you can see. I'm really happy with how this has turned out and that it it FINALLY done  Grin

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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2013 04:56:37 AM »

What a great memento of the holiday.
I have a few tears in my eyes looking at your wonderful pictures - I used to live in Orkney (it is just Orkney - the 'ney' bit means 'island' which is why so many of the smaller islands' names finish with it or a variation) - on Eday, one of the north islands, and went to school in Kirkwall, on Mainland (the main/biggest island in the group).
I remember so many of the places in your book - The Italian Chapel, the standing stones (SO many of them on so many of the islands (including Eday), St Margarets' Hope, Stromness - the second town on Mainland and so different from Kirkwall. I love St Magnus Cathedral - worshipped there many times.

I really want to go back at some time as it is so peaceful and spiritual up there.

Thank you for bringing back so many memories!
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2013 06:58:49 AM »

Thanks mini_mum - and you are so right about there being no 'islands' - silly brain! I was just so pleased to have finished this  Roll Eyes

Orkney really is one of those special places in the world, it's just so serene. I probably wont be able to go back since I & hubbie don't drive and we certainly can't afford the plane fare, but I am very lucky to have been twice with my parents. Like you I will treasure the memories.

Im really glad you enjoyed the pics  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2013 04:28:21 PM »

The painted album cover is really effective
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013 10:02:15 AM »

Beautiful album! Will you make copies to give to your family?
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013 10:51:27 AM »

The painted album cover is really effective

Yeah, I was really happy how it turned out for just throwing paint at a canvas  Grin

Beautiful album! Will you make copies to give to your family?

Thank you. No, I will keep this one to be brought out on special occasions, although we have all traded copies of the pics we all took.
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013 08:47:13 AM »

It looks absolutely fantastic! Smiley I'm able to bind a notebook or journal, bit never have been able to fill any in such wonderful detail! Such a skill.

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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2013 07:51:53 PM »

This is brilliant. I did something similer for my mom when she went to cuba....i made it picture ready and she got to put all her pictures in it
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« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2013 12:46:36 AM »

This is beautiful finally finished!  The front cover is lovely.  I like the delicate colour washes on the pages - it is a very good effect. 

Now you make me want to go back to Orkney!  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2013 04:08:18 AM »

This is beautiful finally finished!  The front cover is lovely.  I like the delicate colour washes on the pages - it is a very good effect. 

Now you make me want to go back to Orkney!  Grin

Thanks Smiley  It was quite a good way to get the pages started and keep me going - I have that "blank new page" moment in a new sketch book!

Yeah, I'd like to go back too. might happen next year - we will see how things go.
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