Dear Photo Diary | Creativity is a drug

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.
Cecil B. DeMille

Diamond Stitch Art Journals x two 2014 by iHanna
My two diamond stitched art journals on the table. Yum!

Hello 2015!

The month, and the new year, got of to a great start around here, and I hope you too can feel the positivity buzzing in the air? If not, turn to painting or some other creative outlet and see what shifts for you…
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Year in Review | Looking back at the Creativity of 2014

Impossible to see, the future is.

Another year, this one called 2014, has passed and is soon over. It’s time to say good bye to this year and hello to another one. Time to plan for the next 12 months or so… But first, always, there must be time to reflect, to look back, to ponder what was and what might have been…

This is the year at a glance in a few favorite snapshots (flickr slideshow) above, and a few words to finish it all of below.

Last year I wrote extensively about how important it is to look back and write a list of Achievements, but right now I can not muster up the willpower (the irony, because willpower is my word of the year) to write such a list. I might do it in January next year, or not at all. We’ll see.

Anyway, it’s been a quiet year where I have done more stuff than I’ve shared on the blog. Some of them are ideas that I want to dive into and explore more in the future, where it felt that it was a bit to early to share them. Others are very private and/or personal, like diary writing etc. But I have made time for my Creativity, that’s the important thing. I think I could’ve done more and pushed my boundaries a bit better, but I did my best. And that’s what the future is for. Improvement and change.

Projects I’m proud of

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You have to keep Evolving

I canít keep doing the same thing forever. You have to keep changing and evolving. Thatís the magic of what we do. You canít be predictable. The second your fans think they know what they can expect from you, you become uninteresting. You have to keep moving forward.
Michael Jackson

Inspiration Mosaic December 2014

Winter inspiration! Inspiration Mosaic December 2014, compiled by iHanna.
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Art Journal Peek: Some Christmas Pages

My December Journal is bound into a thick and wonderfully merry book, but as life goes, I haven’t worked in it much. I’ve been journaling in my regular diary, and even kept a list of three things I’m grateful for for most of the days in December, and with all that I haven’t give the December Journal as much attention as I had planned…

December Journal: Welcome page

The poor December Journal has lots of blank spaces for journaling and playing – but they’ll be there later too. Anyway, today I thought I’d share the few pages I have worked on. I’ll then leave the rest until another December, perhaps the one next year (2015 coming up soon). We’ll see how I feel about it then.

One dark Swedish afternoon, I did some “coloring in”, while sipping my coffee.

December Journal coloring in

Then I had to play with some cut and paste as I have lots of overflowing Christmas ephemera that needed a place to live:

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A Miniature Christmas Tree

Glass Christmas Tree from Venice

I’m popping in to wish all of you a Merry Christmas today!

It’s Christmas Eve and we celebrate Christmas today around here. My tiny Christmas tree is out, a gift from the glass blowing island outside of Venice this autumn. But even though it’s a tiny tree the celebration is not tiny, nor is my heart. As I woke up alone this morning, no husband and no kids, I was thinking about all the lonely people out there. We’re a big bunch and we’re looking for each other. But on the way there is hugs to give, family to spend time with and love to share if and when we can. I have a great family that I get to spend the holiday with, but not all are so lucky… I’m sending out lots of metta love today, from my heart to yours! From my family to you, because even though we all feel lonely sometimes and there are lots of trouble in the world – I believe we’ve gotta stay hopeful and inspired – especially today.

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Inspiration | 5 Productivity Hacks for the Creative Soul

Tab Words for my personal DIY Calendar Sections by iHanna,

I’m not really there yet, but next week I’m gonna be doing some introspection as the years ends. Thinking about what was, what went down and what I want for the future. If you’re there soon too, here are a couple of links on productivity and creativity that might be interesting to read as you sit down to plan.

I also want to point out that your DIY Calendar needs to be created now if you’re want to DIY:it in time! There are new pages for sale in my shop: Calendar pages for 2015! Just print, decorate and start planning the most wonderful year ahead! Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions…

Links to Productivity Hacks for the Creative Soul

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Christmas Paper Crafting

We got copies of a Swedish craft book called Julpynt, Christmas Crafting for fold, cut and paste nerds like you and me. And it’s filled with pretty patterned papers.

Folding Paper Stars by iHanna, Photo Copyright Hanna Andersson
Christmas Paper Crafting by iHanna, more ideasat

Book cover of a Swedish Craft book called Julpynt, on www.ihanna.nuMy favorites from this book are the garland stripes with owls, penguins and squirrels in winter wear like knitted scarfs and hats (illustrated by Caroline Johansson)…

The folding ideas in the book are simple and easy to make. They are also pre-printed on the pages, so all you have to do is pull a page out and fold it. We made stars, hearts, paper garlands, snow flakes, angels and there is still plenty of papers left for another time. My brain doesn’t really work for origami, but here I had both clear instructions and lines to follow. I liked the starts the most. And we listened to Christmas carols, had coffee, glögg and lussebulle while the candles flickered through the evening…

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December Daily Art Journal | Covers and Spiral Binding

Hello again My December Journal, it’s time to make you into something more than loose papers spread out on my desk…

December Journal Cover 2014

And Hello dear reader, you might remember that this themed art journal had a lot of yummy pages even before it became a book. I also finished the book covers (extremely yummy covers if you ask me) before I assembled the whole thing. The above two covers became the inside of the covers, all dressed in my favorite Christmas wrapping paper as you can see. I imagined the outsides like that too, but then I got into cut and paste mood, and added other things and some heart stickers…

Here are some close-ups of the covers:

December Journal Cover details

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Color Inspiration | Glitter tape

Color Inspiration December 2014

In winter I crave even more colors than usual. Nature turns gray and the sky has been the same, so I’m looking for color inspiration everywhere to give me energy. And I am so loving this glitter tape that I bought recently. I think it looks like a roll of happiness… Yum!

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Blue Altered Vintage Postcards

Time to write the addresses by iHanna, of - Copyright Hanna Andersson

Observant readers might have noticed that in my pink postcard post I only featured five out of the ten postcards I made for the DIY Postcard Swap I host. So let’s take a look at the rest of the altered vintage postcards today.

Most of them have more blue than pink, hence the title of this post. The last two are predominantly blue, which is a bit unusual for me. It’s not that I don’t like blue, because I do, it’s just not what I’m drawn to when I paint. But as you will see blue can be incorporated in my style more… And like I mentioned before, I see each postcard as a canvas for experimentation…

DIY Postcard: Wishing you all the best by iHanna, of - Copyright Hanna Andersson

DIY Postcard: Happy joy joy made by iHanna, of - Copyright Hanna Andersson

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