Thursday, January 19, 2012

Art Journal

I have realized that I'm even grumpier than usual when I don't get to dabble in creating once in a while.  My family might say that they can't tell the difference between grumpy me and not quite as grumpy me, but there is a difference.

I mentioned in my last post that I've started an Art Journal.  I've had this particular journal kicking around for a few years, made from an old book and a kit that I bought from Teresa McFayden that had some gorgeous old  Autumn Leaves papers and watercolor paper as the inside pages.

This book is covered in some of my favorite things:  damask print, gold, red, scallops, and book print.  The clips are just there to hold the pages open flat for working.

This page was meant to be a jumping off point for my One Little Word: Thrive.  I didn't overthink the pages (obviously), and it took me just 15-20 minutes plus dry time, but I knew that I wanted to use this saying:
I Can Do Hard Things

Gray and aqua is a favorite color combination of mine right now, and the pops of pink added a little warmth to the coldness of it all.  I added some simple stamping and just a little bit of doodling.  (maybe could have added more doodling, but like I said, I didn't want to overthink or spend too much time on this.)

My journaling reads: 
With a new year comes new goals and resolutions.  But change is hard.  Stepping out of my comfort zone is hard.  Stretching beyond my limits is hard.  But...
 I Can Do Hard Things


Corine said...

Annie, this is fabulous! I LOVE the idea of making a special journal for your word of the year!!!! (You don't know how happy I am that you shared this idea...:) Also, I did a circle journal once (you probably remember seeing pages from it on my blog, unless you started reading after the journal was done. I'm still waiting to get it back). I would LOVE to do another one with you in the circle. Wouldn't it be fun to make another book - similar to this one (and perhaps with the same theme) then send it around to other women and see what THEY have to say about the subject? Let me know if you are interested.
Corine :D

dawn said...

I love love your journal, how cute the page is. This is a great idea having a journal for your OLW. This might be something in my plans also.

Would love to see more pages when you get them done. Good luck with your word.

Anonymous said...

Oh this is lovely! I'm so glad you shared! Like you, I find I need to make room for creativity in order to be the better version of myself.

I am also following Noell's Thrive posts, and am trying to find the time to take some photos of some of my journals to post as well.

Anyway, I'm off to wander through more of your blog. Thanks for posting the link! Have a great day!

iHanna said...

Beautiful book, and awesome way to think about hard things - continue like that for sure!

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