Friday, November 24, 2017

Lisa's Favourites in Jan's Journal!

Jan's Favourites journal is a lovely A5 sized one full of deliciousness.  As I looked through it, I realised that getting near the end of a journal swap gives you a bit of mixed emotions - wonder and amazement at what other peeps have done before you, and also a tinge of sadness that it's soon coming to an end.  But then there's also the excitement of getting your own journal back and seeing the gorgeous creations in real life!  But anyhoo, back to Jan's journal.

Favourites is such a broad term.  Favourite what?  Technique? Medium?  Song?  Yes.  To all of these!  While I was still umming and ahhing on what to do, I heard one of my favourite songs on the radio - One, by U2.  So I decided that this would be the basis of my page - the lyrics are really special, so I'll share them here:

Is it getting better, or do you feel the same?
Will it make it easier on you now, you got someone to blame?
You say, one love, one life, when it's one need in the night.
One love, we get to share it, leaves you baby if you don't care for it.

Did I disappoint you, or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
You act like you never had love, and you want me to go without.
Well it's too late, tonight, to drag the past out into the light.
We're one, but we're not the same.  We get to carry each other, carry each other... One.

Have you come here for forgiveness, have you come to raise the dead?
Have you come here to play Jesus, to the lepers in your head?
Did I ask too much, more than a lot?  You gave me nothing now that's all I got.
We're one, but we're not the same.  Well we hurt each other then we do it again.

You say, love is a temple, love a higher law.  
Love is a temple, love the higher law.
You ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl.
And I can't be holding on, to what you got, when all you got is hurt.

One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should.
One life, with each other, sisters, brothers.
One life, but we're not the same.
We get to carry each other, carry each other... One.

Some of my other favourite things are collage, gelli printed papers, tea bags, and watercolour.  So these things all went together to finish the spread.  

I didn't plan on using all of the lyrics, but... look at them.  I couldn't choose which part I loved the most, so had to do it all.  So the end result is... squishy.  Not quite what I had in my head, but I do like how it all came together.  

And here's a close up of the right hand side.  I thought the colours were a bit too vibrant to write over, so whitewashed the whole thing.  Quite like the effect!

So.  That should have been the end of it, but I decided that while I liked this page, I didn't love it.

What else is a favourite of mine?  Painting bright, colourful gardens, using primarily Dylusions paints.

So I did another page too!  Hope you like both of these Jan!  "They're quite different" remarked my daughter, in her role as Captain Obvious. 😜  Cheers, Lisa xx


  1. Love your U2 spread Lisa. The colours, the layout.....awesome. And then.....the fun other spread :) Well done.

  2. I do love them both! So thoughtful and I feel privileged to own the journal that has such special pages! My hubby is Irish and we both love U2. Thank you!

  3. These are both wonderful spreads Lisa but I think I love the lyrics best. I too love U2 and have often wondered about the back story of these lyrics. You rock with all of your spreads

  4. Oh wow Lisa! I love both of your pages. They are amazing.


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