Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Journal Your Christmas and December Daily again this year. I used the JYC prompts mostly as an art journal last year, and it was so much fun (I did complete that one!) I have opted for the art journal format again this year. Last year I altered a Little House on the Prairie book (it was a Christmas themed one, so the cover was perfect), but this year I have slightly altered the strata. I have a couple hundred loose vintage book pages left over from another project, so I gessoed those individually, then sewed them into a folded felt cover. Super duper easy, tote-able, and doesn't take up much space on my desk. I also like how I can fold the pages all the way back, unlike a hardcover book. Today's theme is the manifesto. I'd like to think of it more as an invitation. You are cordially invited to view my entries throughout the season. I'd like to say that I will post them daily, but I don't think that could ever be a reality. We'll see. At least, here is day 1.
Friday, December 5, 2008
The challenge of using a pre-made scrapbook is making your picture and page work together. For Day 3 I had this great Daisy D vintage Santa paper, but pictures from my walk by the creek. To tone down the print, I used parchment paint over some of it, then glued down a couple of layers of tissue paper. My paper buckled a little, but overall I liked the effect.
Day 4 - a simple sketch. We are a bit advent crazy this year, and it spread to the Christmas books. They are numbered one through 24, and the kids look forward each night to seeing what the book will be. Pussy Cat's Christmas is not in the box, because that gets read every night, just like last year.
Journal Your Christmas Day 3 - Cards. This was last year's card, but I'm putting out the disclaimer right now - it may not happen this year. The calendar is pretty full, and I just don't know if I'll get to cards. Not that I'm not thinking about you all, but I may not show it through the postal service.
Day 4 - Your Perfect Christmas. I think this is my favorite entry yet. These are little sketches of decorations I could see from the living room couch. I've made many changes in the Christmas decor this year, and I just love it! It's been awhile since I could just sit and sketch, and it was so relaxing. This is just a tiny piece, bookmark size, that slips into the pocket of my journal. Love it.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
So, crazy woman that I am, I decided to add TWO dailies to my holiday experience this year. I have season two of the December Daily album (about twice the size of last year's) and also the Journal Your Christmas art journal. Day One of the art journal was your personal manifesto for keeping the book, and day two was simply the weather. I'm still lovin' the masks and stencils right now, so the background for Day One was gesso through sequin waste (and I used my finger to paint it! As my student's know, I like the fast and lazy way of getting things done!) and for Day Two, I used a hand cut paper snowflake as a mask. The Weathered Wood Distress Ink was the same color as the sky today.
Even though the December Daily album is much bigger this year, I have vowed to keep the pages simple. I want to focus on the story, and not take too much time away from the holiday to-do list to complete it. The Day One page is a total scraplift from Ali. I plan on using lots of page maps and scraplifts to get this one done this year. Day Two has been a day - lots of not so great stuff going on today, and my little camera finally gave out, so it's all journaling. Not much to look at (so I didn't post it). At least it's Day Two and I'm still caught up!