Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Recycle Mania

Recycle Something,
Lots of ideas to see on the
  Try it on Tuesdays Blog,
 please pop over to take a peek and get all the details of the challenge.
 There is still another week for you to join us there.
 I am enjoying this theme and here is  another  make over  I did before we went away in the caravan.

I  decided to change this rather tatty old  paper covered  box [1].
First a coat of white gesso  and a thick cover of Crackle paste [2]
I left it over night to dry out.
I mixed some brusho colours in small spray bottles and kept adding light sprays of paint until I was happy with the shades. [3]
I used a strip if bulap type weave material around the side of the box [4]
 The top I wanted to leave quite plain only adding a ribbon and a spray of paper flowers recycled from a gift I received some time ago. 

Needless to say I did have a few mugs of tea during the altering of this box,
so I will be calling in to see friends at
Bleubeard and Elizabeths

where we are always made very welcome with a drinks related post.

Now for another Recycle /collage page,  made with bits and pieces  for
  Alison's theme at
 Art Journal Journey

Made with cuttings from magazines in the stash I have to hand in the caravan , these ones mainly came from a Daphne's Diary magazine.
To fill in some spaced I added a bit of book print.
I toned the bright colours down a little by spreading some white watercolour over the page,
 using my fingers

On the opposite side of the journal spread I added some cup cake stickers--
cakes go so well with a cuppa.
The wording on this side of the page was computer generated , the trusty old lap top computer  gets well used when we are away.There is quite a large white space, but it is a bit calming after the opposite side looks do busy.
We are on our way home today I may be late in calling in to see you.

I hope you all have a super day .


  1. You've done some creative recycling Yvonne. The box looks great and I really love your journal page. It's full of cute images. A bunny in a teacup- I love it. And you do have a nice tea mug selection yourself. I like this week's also. Happy T day. hugs-Erika

  2. The box looks really good with the new cover, and the journal page is fabulous, even if it is about tea time and not coffee time! Have a lovely day, enjoy your time in the caravan. Hugs, Valerie

  3. You are endlessly inventive, Yvonne. The box looks marvellous and the flower spray is a nice finishing touch.
    I like the way you made the two journal pages using the magazines, it all goes together so well, the busy colourful one with the robin and the quiet one on the left.

  4. What a transformation, your box looks amazing with all the texture from the crackle paste and material that you added! I love your journal pages too, the robin and clocks is beautiful and the white background really showcases those cupcake stickers perfectly 😀. I hope you had a lovely holiday and your journey home was a good one. Your bunny mug is adorable - sending you Happy T Day wishes! J 😊 x

  5. Once again great journal pages Yvonne. The box looks lovely!

  6. I love the crackle on that box Yvonne!
    And your teatime spread is wonderful! Thanks for joining my challenge at AJJ again!
    Alison xox

  7. Love the crackle and color of your recycled box Yvonne, and you journal pages are so delightful-marvelous imagery and colors!! Happy T day!

  8. I love what you have done with your box-awesome recycle project and I love your art journal pages.
    Your bug is too sweet perfect for spring. Happy T Day Kathy

  9. the crackle texture on the box is awesome! and i like your bunny mug. and it´s definitely time for robins... awesome collaging!
    happy t-day:)

  10. Your ideas are exhaustless Yvonne! I love the techniques you used on your box--- just great - it looks fabulous now! And the pages are so beautiful as well! I love the robin and the bunny in the cups and your own bunny cup is also a stunner! You have so many beautiful cups - great!
    Hope you have a good trip home and happy week to you my freind !
    Happy T-Day and thank you for another fab AJJ page and
    hAPPY TioT as well!

    oxo Susi

  11. Wonderful makeover of the box, and pretty tea pages, cake sounds good! :)

  12. love robins and the pretty box

  13. Your box looks amazing and its always great to recycle items x Your journal pages are perfect too ...so lovely and colourful......hopefully our days will be more colourful soon as its been pretty dark here today

    Sending my best wishes
    Annie x

  14. Oh wow, the box has become fantastic.
    The journal page is also very nice.
    Greetings Carola

  15. Love shades of the box! That collages page is just fabulous, really made me smile:-)

    Sally xx

    P.s still waiting for spring!

  16. What a beautiful box! Tea and cake is always a welcome treat. Happy T Tuesday :)

  17. Beautiful crackle-finish recycled box, Yvonne. Your crackle skill is amazing! I know it's a large part luck, but expert application certainly helps ;-)

    I love all the clocks and bunnies on your tea time spread.

    I hope you've had a good stay at your caravan.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  18. Wow! You really did get some good crackle going there Yvonne! Your box looks very elegant! I love both of your journal pages! I occasionally buy Daphnes Diary - they are so good to cut up after they are finished with aren't they? Happy T day Chrisx

  19. I had planned to be here sooner, but my keyboard had other plans. Your recycling efforts are fabulous. From the crackle covered box to the fabulous art journal page, you have made this a recycled post to remember. Your journal spread is incredible. I adore the way you combined the bunnies, the clocks, and the tea. It is a beauty and a perfect addition to Art Journal Journey, for which I thank you so much.

    Of course, I'm also thrilled to see your mug of tea you drank while creating those pages, too. So sweet of you to share your tea with us for T this Tuesday.

  20. Your recycled box is lovely but those tea themed journal pages are absolutely fabulous. The cake stickers and the cups are so cute. I love anything that has to do with tea.
    Happy Tea Day,

  21. Well Yvonne i'm late and i don't even have the excuse of traveling...lol I've just been busy around the house.. I'm loving seeing all these recycling posts and i LOVE what you've done here. Fantastic save on that box..I really like the crackling... crackling things has always been a challenge for me.. And I like to do collage to and what you've done is beautiful. I like steampunk so the clocks really catch my eye.. Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  22. Wow, this is just stunning Yvonne! Your crackle effect is amazing, such depth and texture. Love the soft tones with the contrasting florals, a wonderful altered project and beautiful mixed media work! Beautiful timepiece collage as well. hugs :)

  23. Great crackle on your recycled box Yvonne, the brushos really make those cracks stand out!! What a sweet bunny mug with that morning cuppa. Great journal pages... of course it would be rude not to have cake with our choice of tea, would it not??
    Wishing you a creative week ahead Tracey xx

  24. gorgeous journal pages! love the images and colors of what you chose to use...darling recycled box too, I would not have thought of the crackle paste. Very pretty! happy T day very late!

  25. Love the recycled box, gorgeous colour and the crackle effect looks amazing.
    Love the journal spread and of course you have to have cake.
    Avril xx

  26. Oh My! I do love what you did with the box!!! I have a thing about boxes. THe journal pages are fantastic too. You have been busy doing great things. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such kind words. The friend is doing much better now.
    I am so late getting around to visit this week. The sun has been shinning so I have been outside :)
    Happy Very Late Tuesday!!!

  27. Two wonderful creations! Your Teatime pages look so merry and nice, I love the m much.
    Dear Greetings