Dear Photo Diary | a winter without colors

I believe in process. I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.
Steve Southerland

Dear Photo Diary,
I am sorry that I have ignored you for so long. It feels like winter has been long and harsh, and quite colorless.

Dear Photo Diary, a winter without very much color 2018

It has not really been a lot of snow around here this winter, but when there was snow on the ground it made the day a bit brighter. Swedish winters are so dark it’s depressing. I wish I could’ve traveled somewhere else from November until the end of February. But I couldn’t, so when we got a little snow I tried to enjoy it…

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Pink and orange wrist warmers

Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.
Elizabeth Zimmerman

Knitted Wrist-warmers by iHanna

I love wearing wrist-warmers when I sit by the computer and write blog posts. My hands often gets really cold, and even with a thick sweater it’s the fingertips (and nose) that gets cold in the winter. That is one part why I like to knit wrist-warmers.

I also think that this kind of wrist-warmers are fun to knit, and so easy that anyone can do it. I’ve also been obsessed with this color combination for the past year: magenta pink & orange. I must say I think it’s the perfect color combination. It just sparks fire and joy, don’t you agree?

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Creating in January | Time-lapse painting video

I captured all the 31 first pages of January on video, so that you can take part of the creative process (in a rather rushed time-lapse way)!

I’m really excited to share it with you today.

Daily (almost) Creativity in a little notebook by iHanna - see all time-lapse videos here #artjournaling

I have shared just a few of the time-lapse videos on my instagram, but now I’ve compiled them into a 12 minute long video that is pretty cool to watch…

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Introducing the blank Kikki.K 365 Journal

I have always doubted my ability to do anything daily, and it’s not because I have low self-esteem (which I often have) but because I know myself too well to even try it… That said, I also knew when this year started that I wanted a kick in the butt when it comes to painting and art journaling. With the 365 Collages of last year, my art journal practice had a really bad year with me not giving it much attention at all… So this year I want to play more often.

A Creative Habit is the Artists Best Friend

And since I had, without much of a plan, already bought a little journal with 365 pages, I thought to my self: Heck, why don’t I start playing in this little notebook? As I’ve stated before: A Creative Habit is the Artists Best Friend!

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New A6 planner for the first quarter | Print your own today

Some of you might remember the DIY Planner that I designed many years ago, and that was all the rave at the time… I have since stopped using it, and when I found out about Traveler’s Notebooks, I just knew I would want to design my own little booklet for on-the-go planning and such.

So I did!

iHannas A6 Planner - Print your own today

I have made a design for regular TN’s and used that in previous years, but now I wanted one for my A6 Traveler’s Notebook, so I created one – and you can get it too! It’s a quarterly planner, so it’s okay to start on what ever quarter of the year that you want, and use it as long as you want to!

I know we’re almost half way into this quarter, but it’s on sale right now in case you want to get it for February and March, and quarter two is already up in my shop (April, May and June) so why not get both at the same time?!

I made a video showing how I printed, cut and assembled mine in the beginning of January although sharing it today. Watch it so that you can figure out if you’d like to have something similar or even get this particular planner I made…

I do love mine!

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The Right time for some Art Journaling

Those who stand at the threshold of life always waiting for the right time to change are like the man who stands at the bank of a river waiting for the water to pass so he can cross on dry land.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

Time for some Art Journaling

When is the right time to start something new, like say, a new habit? To start being “more creative” for example? More meaning “more than nothing” or more than last year? More can mean a lot of things…

Is there a “best time” to get started? And why is that time always either in the past or in the future somewhere undefined far away in the distance? I’m just wondering, why is change so hard? Does anyone know? I don’t.

I stumble forward in this new year, and I have no good plan for what to do, although I have one suggestion…

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December Daily Journaling + snow, baking & finished cover

Yay! My Christmas journal / December Daily is all done! I’ve filled every page of it and it is now so chunky I need the silk ribbon to close it.

I love how it turned out, with all the Hello Kitty images, the glitter tape and the yummy snowflake cover.

Christmas journal completed

Before Christmas I recorded a video of how all the pages up until the 20th looked. It’s about 15 minutes of me speaking about what I added into the pages, from cut out magazine images to my own printed photos (mostly from my cell phone) and such.

I love every little bit of it, and hope you’ll enjoy watching the whole thing.

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365 Collages | Week 52 | The End (for now)

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson

Yes! I finished on time, before 2018 ended I had successfully made 365 art collages!

Yay! I finished the 365 collage project /iHanna #365somethings2018

Yes, it felt good, almost profound. Like the biggest win of the year, actually.

Yes. I was making the last couple of collages with a big grin on my face and in a lovely flow, a flow that comes from doing art regularly for a whole year, no matter what. That’s the biggest reward. How easy it gets when you keep at it. I love that.

And no. I will not be making another 365 collages in 2019. I need a breather, and I long for Art Journaling and other fun stuff, thinking I might sew a quilt this year. And maybe finally launch another online workshop? We’ll see.

Anyway, I’m done and here are the last seven collages of 2018, made for my project 365 collages 2018.

If you have gotten anything out from this, found the collages inspirational or just wanna cheer projects like this on – please write me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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365 Collages | Week 51 | Incredibly valuable & transformative

And now let us believe in a long year that is given to us, new, untouched, full of things that have never been, full of work that has never been done, full of tasks, claims, and demands; and let us see that we learn to take it without letting fall too much of what it has to bestow upon those who demand of it necessary, serious, and great things.
Rainer Maria Rilke

I finished 365 square art collages in 2018! Although I did this just three days before New Years Eve, so I didn’t have time to title, scan, edit and upload all of them before we entered into the new year. But it’s never too late to finish, and it’s never too late to start either (just as a reminder). You do not need the magic of January first to start on a year long project. You can do it at any time! Today, tomorrow or next season. For me, I’m finishing my year-long project in a few days, with the last installment of collages, into a new year. Who cares, it’s all good and done now.

Counting on you - Collage no 351 by iHanna a.k.a. Hanna Andersson #365somethings2018 #art
Counting on you – Collage no 351 by iHanna a.k.a. Hanna Andersson.

Firstly today though, I want to wish all of you a happy new and very creative year.

I’m looking forward to this new year a lot. It didn’t happen before the end, but now in the beginning of a new year, I find myself looking forward to the months ahead, and all the new things I will be creating, making, doing, feeling, hearing, eating, seeing and loving. Yay!

I look forward to working more in notebooks and journals, doing more painting-like stuff and stitching more – all things that has been a bit on the back-burner in 2018, because of the 365 somethings in 2018 project. You might not realize it if you haven’t tried it, but it does take up a bulk of your time to do a huge project like this! It’s deeply satisfying, but for me, and Tammy who also finished her 365, it’s not something that you do two years in a row. And as Tammy wrote in her Daisy Yellow group on FB:

…while I have no doubt that we will each create MANY, many things in the year ahead it is not a project that we can do two years in a row! Whew! After all, breathing space between ginormous projects is a good thing!

If you are thinking of a 365 for a future year, we dolove 💛this concept because it is flexible, you can work in batches, and you have so much space to explore and take tangents. Creating within this framework is incredibly valuable… and transformative.

New Square Art Collages

That is so true. And for now, seven new collages (or actually eight this week to make it even with the weeks) for week 51 of 52 (!) in 2018:

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365 Collages | Week 50 | Explained with other words

Without great solitude no serious work is possible. Pablo Picasso

I took some time for solitude and creating in the studio this week, and finished the last pile of collages. Yesterday I posted week 49, and today I’m here with week 50, which makes this collages 344 to 350 of 365 Collages in 2018. Yay! Celebration is near, but of course around here, we celebrate all blog posts and creative expressions, right?!

Life Map - Collage no 344 by iHanna
Life Map – Collage no 344 by iHanna.

I will let these collages speak for themselves, but before that, if you do plan to do a 365 project next year, I have some recommended reading for you. For example, read How to Plan for a 365 Project of your own from 2013, where I outline what you should think about when deciding what kind of project you want to do. From there you’ll find posts I’ve written about how to stay organized and other useful information.

Let me know below what you’re planning for 2019!
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