Be the change you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

Make this year your Art Journaling Year by Hanna Andersson
A spread in my current Art journal/altered book. View this page large!

Chris thinks she needs to say thank you to me in her open letter, but of course I’m the grateful one! This is how she describes me:

    Hanna, maker of plushies, taker of pictures, writer of books, painter of canvases, collager of journals, and lover of little SmillaPie…

Read Chris’s Open letter to me!

She is making 2009 her Art Journaling Year and I think that is so fantastic! I’m thrilled and excited because I know how fun Art Journaling is! My Art Journals are my favorite books to look through even though that sounds pretentious and boastful! But they are so full of stuff they surprise even me when I look through them – did I do this? They are full of so many different things it is a truly amazing experience to have them and to have made them!

Detail from iHanna's Art Journal

If you haven’t started an Art Journal yet I think you should, right now! Today. Take any blank book and do some doodles and you’re on your way. It is not difficult and there are no rules. It’s just you and your imagination. Plus a thousand ways to experiment with a glue stick, tape, scissors, ephemera, crayons, pens, ink, stamps, prints, fabric, embellishments, yarn, postcards, glitter… So if you’re longing for more play and fun in your life, and haven’t tried this yet why not make 2009 your year of Art Journaling?

Make it your own Art Journaling Year

Join Chris and me (and the rest of the journaling world – maybe I’ll even convert crafty sister Diane to something arty now that she has got pretties from Hanna) and fill a notebook with your sweet nothings! You’ll get your creative juices going for sure with the fun job of filling that notebook!!! :-)

Detail from iHanna's Art Journal

Katie is very creative but on her blog What Katie Did you can read this her confession right now:

I collect blank books. I always intend to write in them – useful things – important events – musings – ideas – but I never do, because the pages look so nice and clean and I think I will spoil them – so I have a lot of blank books. This is why I visit Hanna so often because she really knows how to fill up those blank books!

That’s true. I do. It’s a passion and I almost never hesitate to start in a new blank book. Do you want to know the secret to that? It’s not that I’m always confident that what I create will be Beautiful or even Artistic or Worth Saving (though I always save and never rip out – I just turn the page and keep going!)… It’s a simple truth that I believe in: a filled notebook is a happy notebook! And I think (truly) that a notebook that is bursting with doodles and ideas is so much more beautiful than that crisp newly bought one!

Detail from iHanna's Art Journal

And more love! Miss KoolAid sent us gifts! I got a handmade macram owl that she did, I’m the faraway friend she wrote about when she made the owl! Who knew? Well, she knew I like owls anyway!

From Miss KoolAid
Sophie (Miss KoolAid in Canada) is doing a project called The 29-Day Giving Challenge which is described like this: “Give one thing away each day for 29 days. Why? Because to see your world change, you have to DO something to change your world.” Isn’t that a nice thing to do? I love my macram owl, it has a honorably place by my bed.

Smilla got a crocheted white mouse, but I don’t know where it is. I think she might have eaten it. She attacked it aggressively when I gave it to her, but with a cat that’s just love as you all know.

Smillis
But most of the time she is a friendly sleeping piece of art next to my Art Journal!

Smillis

Thank you to everyone who is sending me e-mails, comments, adding me on twitter, flickr etc. and to you who have linked to the collage pack and entered the giveaway!

Thank you, thank you thank you!

Inspiration for your Art Journaling Year

Oh, and these links might come in handy today…

* Properties of gesso – Crusade no 25 is up!
* Create an Artist?s Sketchbook! – new article at Creativity Portal that will get you going on your Art Journal (or sketchbook, diary, life book, visual diary or whatever you want to call it)
* Journal inspiration set at flickr by joeilau- yummy mark making!
* More reclaimed Artist book pages post and journal inspiration by Kelly who writes:

One thing about when you work in a journal, remember: It’s a journal. It’s your safe haven. It’s your place to explore and test and play and document and see what happens. It’s not a place to judge. It’s your journal.

Hear hear!

Here’s to your Art Journaling Year!