Christmas Journaling in a Traveler’s Notebook

I’m filling my December Daily / Christmas journal with stickers, photos and journaling. Here’s an update on what’s on the first couple of pages in my current one.

Christmas Journaling in a Traveler's Notebook with iHanna

I don’t know what it is about a traveler’s notebook that makes me so very happy, but I’m guessing it has something to do with it’s compactness. And the size, the feeling of a small notebook in my hand, with room enough to cut and paste, journal and enjoy myself while documenting the season we’re in. I like that it has small enough pages that you don’t need to plan anything out, you can just fill a spread with one big picture if you want to. Or leave it a lone, since this journal is a junk journal and most pages has a little something on them to start with.

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Getting Started with Christmas Journaling

I journal all year, all the time. I fill up notebooks with text, images and what-not like a it’s my only task in life. But in December, I do Christmas Journaling, or what might be called December Daily journaling. A little switch turns on in my head and I’m all into glitter washi tape, snowflake stickers and pink Christmas tree images…

Wanna join me?

Yes, it's what I do in December: December Daily or Christmas Journaling in a travelers notebook junk journal made by me, iHanna #journaling

Do you remember the craze from last year? I filled this chunky Traveler’s Notebook to the rim! It is made out of an eclectic mix of papers, with everything from wrapping paper to ordinary printer paper.

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365 Collages | Week 48 | The glory of being alone

Language has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.
Paul Johannes Tillich

Going to Portland Someday - Collage no 329 by iHanna
Going to Portland Someday, a collage by iHanna.

I have not fallen of the face of the earth. I’m still alive and well, kind of. Even when I’m not blogging or keeping up with anything, just know I’m trying to get back on the bandwagon, or is it horse?

I have fallen a bit behind on the collages, but not too much. And today I’ve scanned seven new collages for the 365 project I’m doing this year, and I’m here to share them with you.

I hope you will like these collages. The end is near…

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Traveler’s Notebook Video | Randomosity vol 2

I have finished another flip-through video, and it is ready to inspire you today! Grab a cuppa and take a look.

Travelers Notebook

I’m using a regular sized Traveler’s Notebook for journaling and Memory Keeping, and I have been using this kind of notebook for about three years. This is volume two, that I finished a long time ago but have not, until now, taken the time to blog about it. I just edited the flip-through video, so I thought I’d share it with you guys.

On this particular notebook the spine is sewn on the sewing machine by my skilled mom (I couldn’t do it on my sewing machine that’s for sure). The cover is a very pretty yellow scrapbook paper with a butterfly pattern, and the inside pages are miss-prints discarded from another of my creative project, that of making my own planner inserts, another thing I love making.

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365 Collages | Week 47 | Stupendous Fiction

I continue to be interested in new things that seem old and old things that seem new.
Jaquelin T. Robertson

Not Your Ordinary Quilt - Collage no 322 by iHanna
Not Your Ordinary Quilt, Collage no 322 by iHanna.

I love my world of fiction, created in these collages. I feel a little like it’s a vintage photo album, at times. Like I want to step into the collages and live in these environments, created by serendipitous moments in my studio…

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Always try New Things

Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?
Michelle Obama

This weekend I took a workshop that was arranged by my local embroidery group. The teacher was called Lotta Frost, and she has made some beautiful things in paper with stitching. We learned some new-to-us ways to stitch on paper, which was fun. You might have seen some of it in my stories on instagram if you follow me there.

Stitch with love Workshop

Learning new things is always invigorating to me, especially when you get to dive into topics you are already passionate about. And I love embroidery! Sewing on paper is something I have tried before a couple of times, but not like this. I look forward to explore it more, sewing on sturdier paper, which you do by poking the wholes before you start sewing, kind of making a path forward before you start walking on it.

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365 Collages | Week 46 | A Positive Conquest

Garden Cress - Collage no 315 by iHanna
Garden Cress, a collage by iHanna.

Week 46 feels like a positive conquest, won at the last hour. I hope you’re winning the week too. I’ve sent out all e-mails for the Postcard Swap. If you haven’t gotten your list, please contact me ASAP and I will re-send it.

Today I’ve attended a workshop on doing embroidery on paper, and finished this blog post, with seven new collages. I hope you like them!

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Last Chance Saloon

Hey there! Do you wanna join me at the Last Chance Saloon?

It’s not a sad place, I promise. It’s where you’ll jump in and make 10 postcards very quickly, and sign up for the DIY Postcard Swap before I close it for this time!

DIY Postcard | Give love as much as you can

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365 Collages | Week 45 | Target Practice

The things one experiences alone with oneself are very much stronger and purer. Eugene Delacroix

Collage therapy with iHanna
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Pink Happy Mail Opening

Life is tough, sometimes. You know what I mean, right?

This autumn has felt particularly harsh to me. First my bike got stolen from outside our house where it was locked, then a month after that I got my smart phone stolen. And I know things like this happens all the time, and it could be worse… but it’s never happened to me. Ever. And it happens right when we’re at an economic low in this household.

I’m not going to go into my personal struggles more than that right now, I just wanted you to know that the happy mail that this post is about came at the right moment. Loosing two of three of my most expensive items in such a short time (my most expensive is the computer I’m working on to support us) was a blow. Things like this can really get me down. Not just loosing worldly things, but thinking about the people who steal, and the world’s state in general, it all makes me so sad.

So endulge me.

Video: Opening pink happy mail from a blog fan

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