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 do love 💛 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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365 Collages | Week 49 | Going in both Directions

I got busy with my Christmas journal, but I haven’t forgotten this years big project: the 365 Somethings in 2018. I’m making collages, as you might know by now, and here are seven more, freshly made and scanned today.

Miss Kitten is doted on - Collage no 337 by iHanna
Miss Kitten is doted on – Collage no 337 by iHanna.
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December Daily Flip-through | Traveler’s Notebook style

Dear all,
I hope that those who celebrate had a nice Christmas holiday? And that everyone else survived the madness. I feel a bit silly coming in with this post today, after Christmas. It was meant to go out on the 22nd, as it contains my Christmas journal video number three, and it was filmed in the beginning of the month. But the week before Christmas Eve is really short, you know? I just didn’t find the time to post it, so I’m doing it now. Better late than never, right?

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Collecting Snow Globes

I have a very small collection of Snow globes in my Christmas box, that we take down each year in December (although not last year because the living room was a mess after moving here.

My small collection of Snow Globes (photo copyright Hanna Andersson, Studio iHanna)

I think that Snow globes are such a darling cute thing, and I’ve always liked them. I don’t think I had any as a kid, but one of the first years I lived away from home, I bought myself a big snow globe with an angel in. It might have been my first Christmas decoration as an adult…
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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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