Posted on November 3, 2015

The Autumn Pages

I feel like I’m ‘missing out’ on autumn because I’m so invested in writing my novel and it has me firmly in its grip (finally).

I’ve neglected my art journaling and I miss it, collage-ing too.

But, sometimes you’ve got to ‘single focus’ to make progress with your passion-project, and that’s exactly what I’m doing (it was in my New Year Fortune Cookie manifesto at the start of 2015 – to write my novel, to write everyday, to single-focus. Tick, tick, tick).

My beautiful acer tree in autumn

My beautiful acer tree

Autumn in my local park

Autumn in my local park

Occasionally I’ve allowed myself some respite from writing to rip and glue and stick and create colourful pages in my scrapbook.

'The Autumn Pages' scrapbook pageInspiring a mood: one of my scrapbook pages 'Fall in Love Again' scrapbook page Autumn Scrapbook Page

There is no real theme for them except the beguiling season of autumn, and of course, I’ve been pinning like mad on my ‘Oh So Autumn’ Pinterest board…

Follow Rebecca Johnstone (Dainty Dora)’s board Oh So Autumn… on Pinterest.

When I’m out and about surrounded by pretty autumn leaves decorating the pavements in red, yellow, orange and plum, or clumped in puddles or laid out on the grass, I want to keep them all, save them, cherish them, take them home and decorate my mantelpiece with them. But after a day or so inside they crinkle and die and soon disintegrate to nothing.

I want to be a leaf-warrior (or maybe a leaf-goddess?); preserving what cannot be preserved.

My only solace is the fact that each year there will be more. There will be more because nature just keeps on doing her thing.

Red Leaf in the dirt - autumn

I’ve seen some beautiful examples of leaf art; so much detail like a whole other world on a leaf (in a leaf?), floating around for someone to find. It made me think of a snow-globe or a painted leaf as a souvenir.

But Guerrilla Leafing could be a new autumn concept: leaving (leafing) pretty leaves around for others to find… OK I’ll stop now.

In other inspirational news, when I read this post by the lovely Deb at Sew Crafty Goodness about her amazing new purchase, I couldn’t stop thinking of how it could revolutionise my life and inspire a million projects.

Paper words. Fabric words. The possibilities are endless. OMG!

I’d seen a die-cutter before at a craft exhibition, but didn’t really understand the practical applications until Deb explained the projects she had been experimenting with (that teabag cover – *swoon*!)

I also really fancy getting a small photo printer for printing images for little arty projects, but the cost of the printer together with the paper feels like a real barrier.

I had to recycle a Kodak photo printer recently because it had become obsolete and I couldn’t get the ink for it. What to do? Is there a solution that doesn’t feel like it costs a fiver each time to print one teeny image?

I’ll close on that thought (with solutions most welcome), and here’s another little page from my autumn scrapbook. I’m calling it ‘Ripped Horizons‘.

'Ripped horizons' scrapbook page

The image of the cushions and canvases is from the Cath Kidston catalogue, and I love keys, anything to do with a key. I found the photocopy of a leaf amongst my stash of papers. I must have done that for another project, because have I mentioned that I LOVE LEAVES?

Autumn provides a whole new perspective on life with just as much colour as summer, and the atmospheric, foggy mornings the last few days have made me feel like I’m on a film set…

Is autumn whispering to you? What is it saying (apart from wrap up warm!)?

Wishing autumn joys and an inspirational month ahead :)


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  • Reply Clare November 3, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I hope the novel writing is coming along well! Exciting stuff writing a book! I like your autumn pictures, I usually get my photos printed at a local Boots type place, but my own printer would be cool, but more expensive.
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    • Reply daintydora November 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Thanks Clare. I think I’ve nearly got the first draft down but am getting myself tangled in all the details…

      I think the photo booths at Boots might just be the best option – saves all the faff and storage of yet another device. I would just like the freedom and flexibility to print things quickly/spontaneously but perhaps I need to practice my patience a bit more!

  • Reply Emily November 3, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Well you are amazing , writing a novel and great blog posts and still making scrap book pages aswell! You are so clever to focus on one thing and I’m sure that strategy will get you over the line with your novel ( how exciting !!!!). Your art journaling friends will still be there when you have the time to get back or even just when you feel like a distraction haha. Love your words and images Rebecca ! Emily x
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    • Reply daintydora November 4, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Aw thanks Emily for such enthusiastic and motivating words! It is hard to remain focused on one thing when you want to participate in other great things, but hopefully it will all be worth it. I’m definitely making progress and it feels like I’m a ‘proper’ writer when I write everyday.

      I’m hoping to catch up on my art journaling a bit before the next season and also do nothing but creative things over Christmas. Looking forward to interacting in the group a bit more too and it’s great to see so much creativity from you and everyone each day/week – yay for creative communities, friendships and support :) xx

  • Reply Gill Welch November 4, 2015 at 10:34 am

    First Call Inks – Amazon UK are brilliant, really cheap & reliable! I print all my photos at home on an ordinary Canon printer…saves so much money & time! I also love Autumn….knowing Christmas isn’t far away!
    Good luck with finishing your novel.
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    • Reply daintydora November 4, 2015 at 11:35 am

      That sounds interesting Gillian – thanks for the tip. I do have a home printer but it’s the one where you buy toner and it’s only black and white…

      Yeah Christmas is definitely creeping up and I can’t wait to get into some more crafty things – once the novel is done!

  • Reply Deb Baker November 5, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Hi Rebecca – Thank you so much for the link to my post. I reckon you would love this machine. I can see so many uses for collage and journalling. Good luck with your book. That is amazing!! How do you manage to find the time to fit so much into your life?! Good on you. It’s so important to make time for our creative pursuits. Autumn is my absolute favourite season – shame it doesn’t last long here. I swear one day I am going to live in Scotland. So, so beautiful!!
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    • Reply daintydora November 6, 2015 at 12:01 am

      You’re welcome – you’ve totally inspired me!

      I definitely struggle to fit everything in that I want to do (and NEED to do!) each day, but I think all the different creative things feed into each other. I just wish autumn was a bit brighter/drier/warmer here – the darkness makes the days so short this time of year!

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