Just over twelve months ago, the girls on It’s A Creative World started on an extended project that would run all year.
Like all embryonic ideas, we were not sure quite how it would run until we started it, but knew that the aim was to record, each in our own unique way, a project based on simple little words.
We had great fun coming up with words that were at the same time simple and yet terrifically complex in the ideas they portrayed. The words were emotive and conjured up all sorts of different feelings and memories, inspiring each of us to create in different ways.
And create we did; some made albums, some made art journals, some used paper and paint, some used fabric and stitchery magic, some created boxes of treasure in different forms. The talents that the girls of IACW have are so varied, which is why you will always find something here to inspire you, no matter what you enjoy doing.
It was such fun to see, each month, how everyone interpreted the words in different ways and then expressed that interpretation creatively.
Although the year is up I know many of use will continue with the project in our time and our own ways, adding to the albums or journals or quilts as words move us and ideas come to us.
However, whilst we may continue individual projects it is time to wrap up the project as a whole and what better way to do it than each of us showing our favourite creation from the past twelve months of Simple Things.
Here are our own favourites.
I have to say I am loving my little album and I will carry on doing other words throughout this year too so I end up with a good sized book at the end.
I am glad I went with a floral theme and picking my favourite entry was hard, but in the end I have gone with this one....
I loved that entry of Dolly's as well, but I didn't actually manage to make my own Gratitude square yet, not because I am not grateful, but precisely because the things I am so grateful for just now, our new home, new jobs and new life, mean that I am so busy, I haven't as much time for crafting as I used to have.
However, I did manage time to stitch many squares, and even though they will not now be a quilt, but individual items like wall hangings, I am glad I chose fabric as my medium. My favourite of all my 'words' was honesty, and this was my interpretation of it.
It is really hard to pick a favourite page as I have really enjoyed the challenge every month. I never fail to be amazed by the entries every month by the other girls. My personal favourite was inspire because I got so many different techniques on my page.
When I started the 'Simple Things' year long project, one of my aims was to try out new products and techniques. The word back in May was 'CREATE' and I really really enjoyed creating this page. I played with mists, gesso, alcohol inks, wire and beads. I layered up loads of texture and drilled dominoes for the first time. This all went on a page made of felt to go into my fabric book. I had a blast and that's why it's my favourite page.
Thanks for following along.
Hi, Kel here. I hesitated to post today, because for me this project has been a rocky road. It reminds me of the difficulty I used to have with circle journals. I love the idea, and I love seeing the incredible variety in everyone's take on a theme. I have trouble though, it seems, working to the timetable and the theme. The posting day (whether project or CJ) always seems to come in a week of craziness. I feel intimidated by the quality of the other work, and my inspiration seems to flee when it comes to crunch time. My work ends up feeling flat and mediocre. I decided to share these thoughts today, in case some of you have felt the same sometimes - I wanted you to know that you're not alone!
My first page is still my favourite, and like some others, part of the reason is my attachment to the word itself. It's also a page I did before I got hung up and started to find the project so hard. What I have learned about CJs and projects like this, is to push through (and try to relax). I am excited about spending some time with this journal and completing the words I had to miss out. Today has rekindled my initial excitement and I feel challenged to tie it up into something that I will love to revisit.
Hiya Claireliz here...
I've loved the Simple Things project & seeing the different ways in which we all interpret the words each month & then created something in our own crafty styles, we have had a huge range of different ideas on this project & all from a few little words. My favourite page from my simple things album was this one...
for me this was when my album statred to come together & I found my groove, paper, ink, fabric & messiness.
Thanks for joining us in our Simple Things project & for stopping by to see us on Its A Creative World.
Hope to see you soon