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you do everything that they ask you to...cause you...
we’re up all night ‘til the sun
immersed in water, immersed in dirt
lie for a while with your ear against the earth
brainy, brainy, brainy
you know my darling I can’t stand to sleep alone
it's in my honey, it's in my milk
I won’t treat you like you’re oh so typical
give me the creeps of painful like
what’s in your handbag? tag, you’re it!


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Layout by Swoon for the Moon. Copyright of Holly Cassell and The Persephone Complex 2015.

You spoke like broken thunder deep into the centre of me

Most of the scrapbook art I’ve put on this blog so far has been about  pain, pleasure, obsession, secrets, manipulation, loss, the fear of loss, and yearning. All the pages that are now in my Artwork section are drawn from the darker side of my life and self - from nights spent with people that enjoyed giving me pain, in one way or another, and whose torture I sought as if there were nothing else worth having. From nights spent in tears, or re-reading emails until they lost the ability to make me smile. None of it has been about love. They were about the absence of love, which can sometimes feel like the same thing. I’ve started a new scrapbook recently, one given to me by Maija, and so far the pages are very gentle, and focus on 3D embellishment. And they’re totally free of bondage, you’ll be happy to see. I wouldn’t say they are about love exactly, either…but I’m getting there. Hopefully one day I will be able to make something unashamedly romantic without vomiting into my Earl Grey, but that day is not come yet. 

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The original photo-spread underneath my text/embellishment is from Lula Magazine, and was shot by Yelena Yemchuk.

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At 4 September 2013 at 13:37 , Blogger Katie Parker said...

I actually love the 'Look at me' one :O so good. You have said what is implied in most fashion editorials, but it makes it a more powerful image.

Love Katie xx

At 4 September 2013 at 14:35 , Blogger Amber Callender said...

These pages are beautiful

At 4 September 2013 at 14:58 , Blogger Elif said...

Your art is amazing! I always want to see more of your work :)

At 4 September 2013 at 15:14 , Blogger Amy ♡ said...

your artwork is so gorgeous, it speaks to me and inspires me. I always get excited when I see you've created a new post :)

amy x

At 4 September 2013 at 16:10 , Blogger Pooja Mittal said...

I loved look at me one .. You are so creative .,
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At 4 September 2013 at 16:49 , Blogger Edie J said...

Your collaged embellishments never fail to impress me. Love and passion are such broad subjects you can take it wherever you wish, positively or negatively! I think mushy romantic collages wouldn't have the same powerful effect - most perceptions of true romanticism are warped by clichés anyway!

Amazing work as always hun!

At 4 September 2013 at 17:40 , Blogger Nagore Gonzalez said...

I love the first picture!
very nice art!

At 4 September 2013 at 18:42 , Blogger Maija said...

I love these, especially the first one, your art is getting better and better xx

At 4 September 2013 at 19:01 , Blogger said...

This artwork/collage stuff is so good, feel free to check out our newest blog post xx

At 4 September 2013 at 19:51 , Blogger Lady Vintage said...

Your vision is a way!! Holly you're too great to be real :)

At 4 September 2013 at 22:46 , Blogger Ony said...

Amazing! Youran amazing writer. The art is beautiful :)

Smiley Face,

At 4 September 2013 at 23:42 , Blogger Katie said...

Looks very pretty so far! I'll be interested to see how it progresses- love the idea of putting the gems over the lips by the way.
I get so inspired by your blog posts to unleash my creativity! I haven't done any scrapbooking for a while, need to get back into that sharpish! xx

At 5 September 2013 at 01:52 , Blogger snow said...

Ohhh, I think I love you! :) you always amaze me.

At 5 September 2013 at 03:41 , Blogger Olia said...

It is said that all art derives from pain, but I want to believe it is possible to make beautiful art driven by joy and amazement.

At 5 September 2013 at 03:52 , Blogger Chloe said...

You are so inspiring!

At 5 September 2013 at 04:04 , Blogger Saskia Sacro said...

Love this scrapbook! You're an artist!

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At 5 September 2013 at 12:17 , Blogger Sun Jia Hui said...

BEST scrapbook I've ever seen! Would appreciate if you could check out my blog and let me know what you think. We can follow each other on GFC too if you like :)

At 5 September 2013 at 14:08 , Blogger Holly said...

I want to believe that too. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. I have no idea if it's possible for me, but I hope it is.

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At 5 September 2013 at 15:21 , Blogger LETICIA said...

you feed your soul with creativity and it shows. beautiful scrapbook!

At 5 September 2013 at 20:39 , Blogger Peet said...

Why would we/I be happy there's no bondage??:) I'm red from your kiss... I remember when me and my boyfriend got first together and we used to kiss like we're getting payed to and we were both red like we got lipstick smeared all over our faces.:) Oh, the good times...

P.S.: Rhinestone lips, those would be so cool. J Lo has them in one of her videos, it looks so ... Bling. I guess that's the only appropriate word.:)

At 5 September 2013 at 21:33 , Blogger Peccati e moda said...

Really love this photos, but the first one is our favourite!
Lots of love,


At 5 September 2013 at 23:53 , Blogger LT said...

I wish I could scrapbook as beautifully as you can!! You have such a gift :) I love the last line of this post because it completely sums up my feelings about romance xxx

At 6 September 2013 at 07:30 , Blogger rae said...

lovely post. really inspires me to get my own creative juices flowing!

rae @

At 6 September 2013 at 11:30 , Blogger amy said...

Ahh Holly this is wonderful, the first one is my favourite. In reality love isn't all that bright and colourful and movie like anyway so these are perfect- It definitely puts me in a mood to collage!

At 6 September 2013 at 15:30 , Blogger Poppy Lee Jones said...

some really cool stuff, i'm a sucker for collages! very inspirational! xx

At 7 September 2013 at 21:19 , Blogger Corinne said...

I love seeing your art work! The words are so powerful, kinda like a punch in the heart.

I'm not sure if I told you about a softer world before? Anyway - I think you might like it

Corinne x

At 8 September 2013 at 17:50 , Blogger Laura said...

it's always lovely to see your scrapbook pages:-) very pretty! xx

At 8 September 2013 at 18:55 , Blogger hannah said...

I love the new, gentler feel to these scrapbook pages. The faces in the photographs look perhaps innocent, naive. The simple statements you pair the photos and embellishments with are really striking, they really make you think :) I love all the detail xx

At 9 September 2013 at 03:45 , Blogger Blythe said...

These pages are beautiful, I think one day you will be able to make some about love or anything you want them to be about. Oh I love Lula Mag!

At 9 September 2013 at 15:50 , Blogger Gabriella Wolf said...

Hello dear,
would you like to support each other's blogs via facebook and bloglovin? Or maybe you would like me to write a guest post at your blog? It is really sweet, congrats!

Best wishes,

At 9 September 2013 at 20:00 , Blogger AVY said...

I can never find anything worth holding on to in happiness, it's so uninteresting. Dark people intrigue me so much more.


At 10 September 2013 at 06:51 , Blogger N said...

I love this pics!
I would like to invite you to my blog site:

At 10 September 2013 at 07:36 , Blogger Manon Margaretha said...

Beautiful collages, you did a great job!

At 10 September 2013 at 12:27 , Blogger Vilte said...

ALI MICHAEL :) Still forever jealous that she went out with Matthew Gray Gubler

At 11 September 2013 at 03:14 , Blogger Ashley said...

SO creative and fun. I really love the first one xx

At 11 September 2013 at 09:09 , Blogger Gabriela said...

This is beautiful and creative! Love doing projects like this.

I would love if you checked out my blog! I just started it. Hope you like it!


At 12 September 2013 at 22:18 , Blogger Drunk'n'Funk said...

looks very interesting!like it!
xo xo

At 12 September 2013 at 23:14 , Blogger London Loafers said...

This might just be the best scrapbooking I've ever seen. Really beautifully done!


At 20 September 2013 at 21:01 , Blogger Emma Jane said...

Obsessed with this. And this line: They were about the absence of love, which can sometimes feel like the same thing.

Your writing is spot on incredible. I love scrapbook art. It is seriously my absolute favorite kind of art. I am so glad I found your blog. It's already one of my favorites.

Tightrope to the Sun

At 29 September 2013 at 07:39 , Blogger Flow Disruption said...

These are gorgeous! In fact, you're totally inspiring me to wanna make a collage right now, 'cause I haven't made one in a frighteningly long time. Also, I'm sure whatever inspires you to make a collage (or anything else for that matter) can be appreciated and loved by someone, even if it's bondage or pain.

At 29 September 2013 at 20:39 , Blogger Marieke said...

Very nice!

At 1 October 2013 at 14:46 , Blogger Poppy said...

stunning work xx

At 1 October 2013 at 14:47 , Blogger Poppy said...

stunning work xx

At 7 October 2013 at 11:47 , Blogger Kaye Miole said...

i'm your newest follower in bloglovin..
"i am so impressed my your magazine arts"


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