I have filmed a flip-through of my finished Christmas Journal, that is in a Traveler’s Notebook regular size insert that I made myself. I have also edited it and uploaded it, and for that I am very proud. It’s this years first video and my aim is about 30-40 more this year!
I’ve journaled on the last couple of pages of the Christmas journal, and printed a few more photos for it. I feel that it’s full to the brim, and finished. I can not add anything more to it, or it will burst, so it’s time to archive it. Shelf it. Say good bye and move on. It’s a keep-sake and rather personal, but now it’s time to move on.
But before I put it away I wanted to film a “quick flip-through” for you guys!
I love Art Journaling a lot. In previous years I’ve kept one big Art Journal that has housed all my art and experiments. But for a couple of years now I’ve let the journal expand into several different kinds of books at the same time, thus destroying the lovely chronology I had going, but also giving me more room to work in different ways.
I love them all, but it was easier to just snap photos and share the progress I made before this “split”. But I want to continue to share art journaling here. I still consider this to be a blog that is a lot about art journaling. Art journaling, along with collage and mixed media art, is my big passion in life.
So I’m inviting you, and myself, back into art journaling this year!
Art Journal Invitation
I want to work with all the different journals I have going, and document them here. I want to share more art journal pages, and most of all, I want to invite you to Art Journal along with me. As I share my pages, some made just for fun and others more personal, I want you to work along with me. I always hope that my sharing here will encourage you to start your own creative practice back up again…
Life is not a dress rehearsal. Stop practicing what you’re going to do and just go do it. In one bold stroke you can transform today.
Let’s be honest. Doing a 365 is not for the faint of heart. I have been so nervous about it for a long time now, because to me it’s a big commitment to my art practice. I want to do it but I also feel fear and hesitation at times. I tend to slack of when I don’t have clear deadlines and outer accountability (as in posting to my blog about it). I’m definitely an upholder in that way.
But once I decided to give it another try this year, I was all in. There’s no looking back now, so I decided to go have a wonderful and golden start to the year!
My nervousness did not stop after I announced the project and so many of you, seemingly without hesitation, jumped in and are posting like crazy using our hashtag #365somethings2018 on Instagram and FB. I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to make art collages again, it’s been a couple of months since I made any at all, and before that a couple of months more… I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to finish seven in the first week of 2018, and I’m still nervous that I won’t be able to make seven more this week…
Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you’ll be glad to remember.
So, I announced the awesome and exciting project of 365 Somethings 2018, hashtagged #365sometings2018, before Christmas, and I have gotten so much awesome feedback. All of you who joined in, spread the word about it, and already started your own personal 365 creative project – you all rock my world! This adventure is going to be so cool to do now that we’re so many doing it together!
Yay, I’m so excited!
Happy New Year 2018 dear readers! It’s time to set a Creative Intention for the year, and go forward with confidence and joy. Right?
I’m popping in to wish you all a happy new year. May you sail through the clouds of life to find your own sunshine this year. It’s a new year and it is full of potential. 365 days of possible new beginnings where you can start new journals, new projects, new sketchbooks or anything you can think up. I love this time of the year.
In December, and to some extent into the two first weeks of January, I can imagine myself as a new person that is more organized, that wakes up earlier and finds energy every day. That gets to start the day in a great way….
What each must seek in their life never was on land or sea. It is something out of their own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.
Once more with love, here’s another Journal with Me Video, where I am working in my Christmas Journal. And a few photos of it too. I promised another video this year, so here we are. Enjoy!
I have loved filming the process of these pages, and watching it myself, and I hope you’ll enjoy it as well. I also plan to make many more videos like this is the upcoming year, free on YouTube as well as paid content in the form of workshops.
Right now all I really want to do is keep filling my now very chunky Traveler’s Notebook with more yummy stuff (but I can’t seam to convince my family that that’s all I need and want to do)… Inside the DIY Traveler’s Notebook cover I’ve got a weekly DIY calendar, my Christmas Journal, my current Randomosity Journal and a Brain dump book where I write notes and lists…
I am about to embark on a big creative journey that it will take me about 365 days to accomplish. It is a 365 Project of Somethings in 2018, and you are invited to join me!
Are you daring enough to give such a huge project a try? It can be scary and lonely out on the Creative Sea, all on your own, so that’s why I thought we could go together? If you’ll take the leap with me?
Christmas journal with me, will you? Just remember that journaling can be what ever you want it to be. In previous Christmas Journals, both spiral bound, I have mostly glued in found imagery when I made them and stopped using them in December. Inspiration, prints and cards with a holiday theme. In the end I never found anything to write in them, and they’re mostly still blanks, although decorated to the teeth.
This year, I’ve done it differently. I have added printed dates to all the pages, and journaled a little snippet about my day. I even printed a couple of photos, and I have taped in business card that I collected at a Christmas Design Market we visited. I’m using it in a different way, probably because I’ve practiced this style in my Randomosity notebook.
I filmed a flip-through of the whole Traveler’s Notebook before I started using it, and then a couple of days in to December I filmed a little journal with me, showing my process. I mashed it all together into a new video for you guys.
I hope this video will ignite your own creativity and inspire you to do some some Christmas journaling or cut and paste on your own, maybe it will not cure the Christmas Blues for everyone, but I hope it will cheer you up as it did me, if you need it…
I have had forbidden thoughts… Because lately I have felt like Christmas is not very interesting any more. I felt like I couldn’t get into any kind of Christmas joyful mood. And without kids, what’s the point? It’s super dark outside, and if we get snow it melts straight away and creates iced streets or gray water that leaks in and makes soggy socks. It’s just not the kind of weather or time of year I enjoy the most, you know?
You are never so lost that your angels cannot find you.
Jeff Rees Jones
Also, I am not over the moon in love with our regular Christmas food, I don’t like to drink julmust and I am not a fan of gift hunting. And cutting down innocent trees and slowly watch them die? No thanks.
And I know I’m not alone. I saw someone posting similar sinful thoughts in a Facebook group I’m in here in Sweden recently. They were saying that they wished we could just skip the whole thing of Christmas altogether. But instead of being called out for Christmas Blasphemy or being too negative, she was acknowledged and sent hugs and support.
I made a couple of Christmas Journals in the beginning of the month. Yay! They’re up for sale if you’re interested, although I know that I am late posting them for this Christmas. But I just can’t keep these goodies to myself until next Christmas – so here we go!
I want to share them with the hopes to inspire you just a little bit. And maybe, just maybe, one of you will be tempted to buy one of them. *fingers crossed*
They’re looking for nice homes right now…