...and reporting for Journal Duty, Sir!
Just recently, I saw a really cute little snowman, over at Audrey Pettit's Weblog, and I thought he was so darn cute, I didn't waste a minute, scampering around my house, gathering up my materials to make one for myself! Originally, I was going to make one to decorate a basket or shelf somewhere, but then as I was making it, I remembered I hadn't yet made a cover for my Winter Junque/Art Journal. I loved the way Audrey did her scarf with ribbon and a pleated rosette, but I decided I wanted an element of crochet on my snowman, and so I proceed to crochet him a scarf!
The first page of my journal has pockets to store various images, papers, etc, that I think I may want to work with...
and much like my other two journals, the right side of this layout will be my introductory page of sorts. Isn't the paper beautiful? It's from an Elizabeth Brownd, K&Company line of Christmas paper. I won it in a giveaway, and I am having so much fun with it. I'm sure I'll have plenty to still use next year too! (Thank you so much Sue!)
The next two pages, ready for journaling and photos, are inspired by two individual sources.
First my colors are inspired by an "artful color play" prompt at Whimspirations: Artful Musings By Joanne Sharpe. Here she suggested making a journal background page using just the colors blue, green, and purple. Of course, can I follow directions? Not really thinking, I threw in some WHITE snowflakes, but I'm happy with it still! My second inspiration for the layout of the two pages comes from Sketchy Thursdays. The entire layout is done using acrylic paints, chunky stamps, a Crafter's Workshop stencil, dark and light purple colored papers, lace, index cards for journaling or photo placement, and a couple of plastic snowflake embellies.
Next, I want to show a couple of ATC cards... Little works of art/craft, made for trading, much like trading baseball cards! I was recently in a swap, hosted by Creations By Tee- The Altered Paper Crafts. I received a package from my swap partner yesterday, and here's what Kelly, from Dreaming of Vintage, sent me!
Here's the very pretty Christmas ATC she made,
and then the little pocket she sent it in!
She sent me various other scrappy little goodies along with it, and I loved it all; so thank you again Kelly!
Here's the card I then sent to my swap partner, Mercedes... I'm hoping she got it by now, having sent it out on the 5th!!
I hope she likes her ATC, along with the goodies I sent with it! I thought the little girl in the image was so sweet, and I just loved the colors!
Next, I wanted to share why you shouldn't throw away that makeup catalog quite so quickly. I made myself a Christmas tree with mine!
Then my daughter saw it, and wanted me to make her one too! Done easily in front of the t.v. some night, all you have to do when you're done is maybe add some glitter, or maybe a star for the top. I haven't gotten around to that part yet, but I just think it's really cute recycling project that anyone can do! If you'd like, HERE'S a great source that shows you how to make one!
Finally, you might remember from my previous post that I made some cinnamon ornaments? Well, I couldn't stop there, could I?!!
Measuring at about 13" across, I made this gingerbread man wreath, and I just LOVE it! Perfect for decorating my country Christmas kitchen! Here I have the glue holding the bow onto it still drying; but this was very easy to do, and you can find how to make one yourself RIGHT HERE!
So much to still do, so I'm off and running!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!