The Apple Store

After an enjoyable hike to the top of Nicky Nook, in the Forest of Bowland, we stopped by The Apple Store Café to regain our strength. We had such a wonderful day I decided to capture it in my journal.

The Apple Store - Art Journal page

The background was inspired by some ironwork I had seen in the village and café. To replicate the look I used a doile stamp with Memento Ink and a fretwork stencil with Distress Ink, along with a diluted Spectrum Aqua Marker which I applied using an acrylic block. The advertising leaflet from the Apple Store had a vintage image of apples sat on a table and made a wonderful addition to the page. I added the map from our hike and highlighted areas to show the loop we walked and where the café is situated. As the café is set in a restored glass house I used some potted plant stickers which I fussy cut and added black doodle lines to blend them into the page. I just love, love, love this page; it has really captured the mood and magic of our wonderful day! I’m so pleased to be able to link my page to this month’s Maps theme over at Art Journal Journey.


Scorton is a really picturesque old style village and the starting point for our hike.


We passed through some of the most beautiful countryside and farmland, woodlands, across streams and alongside lakes on our way to the summit.


From the summit of Nicky Nook there are spectacular views over Lancashire’s coastal plain including the Fylde Coast (where we live), Morecombe Bay and the Lakeland fells. It was so worth the visit!


The Apple Store Café is situated in the grounds of Wyresdale Park, it is very charming and full of character with its mismatched crockery, old wooden tables and chairs and metal lattice pathways which is part of the original Victorian glass house flooring.


We had a pot of green tea and the biggest prawn sandwich imaginable accompanied by side order of chips. As you can see the sandwich was so big it obscured the tea so I’ve added a separate picture so I can join the T-Gang over at T Stands for Tuesday, wishing you all a Happy T Day! We had such a fabulous day! We will definitely be exploring this area again and visiting the café very soon!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Memento Dye Ink (London Fog)
  • Spectrum Aqua Artist Markers (Terracotta, Charcoal, Lime)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Brushed Corduroy)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt Artist Pen (Black 199)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Dutch Doobadoo stencil (DDBO Dutch Mask Art A5 Vintage)
  • Dovecraft Curiosity Corner clear stamps (A5 Lace and Doile DCCS009)
  • Penny Black 2007 Stickeroos (Painted Vases #10-191)
  • Map and leaflet
  • The Range glue pen and glue stick

25 thoughts on “The Apple Store

  1. Wonderful journal page and lovely photo – you visited a beautiful place. The food looks great, too. Thanks or joining us again at Art Journal Journey, your support is much appreciated. Have a fun T Day, hugs, Valerie


  2. your page is truly delightful-yes, you captured “happy” for sure! A lovely cafe- and wow that sandwich sure is BIG and looks so good. Gorgeous scenery too. Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

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  3. The perfect place to stop for tea. I simply adore the mismatched tableware. It looks like a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a meal with tea. And I agree that’s a HUGE sandwich.

    You live in a gorgeous area, and so very, very different from where I live. The landscape is beautiful and haunting. It’s like scenes from a movie. Even the architecture is so very different. I adore that you shared this walk with us for T this Tuesday. So glad you could join us again.

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  4. Oh!
    Nicky Nook in Bowland Forest sounds almost enchanted Jo!
    Your page is beautiful with your stylized background and special touches.
    AND your tea = ooh la laa it looks scrumptious and oh so charming with the mismatched china.
    I do enjoy that sort of detail very much. I’ve been to places where the tables and chairs were all mismatched too which is also delightful.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely getaway and Happy T Day.

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    • Thank you Patty! The woodland we passed through with the bubbling streams and dappled shade definitely felt enchanted 🙂 I enjoy that sort of detail too, the mismatched china was truly delightful. Thanks for your kind comments. Happy T day! 🙂


  5. I love your journal page. The background really does look like the fretwork from your photos. It looks like it was wonderful day. I’m with you, when I have a great day I love to make a journal page to remember it. Happy T day! Hugs-Erika

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  6. Great journal page and that sandwich is HUGE!!!! The photos were beautiful too. I need to get out on a hike somewhere instead of just roaming back and forth on our lot. It’s big but I need to get away for a day or two or three or four ….you get the picture ♥

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  7. what a great Journal page and your Pictures evoke the desire to make Holidays there! wonderful shots, i especially love the sight with the Stone wall and the pink flowers – beautiful composition.

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    • It sure is a beautiful part of the world. The pink foxglove flowers were all along the hedge rows too, we were pleasantly surprised to find them sitting on top of the summit and dancing in the breeze ready for us to take a photo of them! Thank you for your lovely comments, wishing you a happy week! 🙂


  8. Oh wow.. the page is absolutely super… I love the flower pot stickers – they look like some I had on a Penny Black collage sheet some years ago.. I loved them. What a fantastic trip – a wonderful landscape and the food in that cafe` looks fantastic.
    Thank you very much for joining us again at Art Journal Journey Jo !
    Happy belated T- Day as well!
    oxo Susi

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