Thursday, 16 January 2014

Journaling in a different mood

Hello everyone and lovely to have you drop by here.

It's been a bit quiet here in the last few days, because I've been down with the flu, but I am slowly getting back to normal, so today I wanted to share another double page in my positivity journal with you.

A very different mood from the last one, which you can see here, but using very similar techniques: Layers of Gesso, texture paste through stencils, background stamping and on this one also some stamping on tissue paper, and of course colour. For this journal I am mainly using Gelatos and Distress Paints, both of which I love because of their translucency.
Here are some closer views
The wording was done with the little Tim Holtz letter stickers, the stencils this time are all from Tim too.
This side has a pocket for journaling spots again. I made it with the help of a Spellbinders die which I ran through a Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder before colouring and embellishing a bit.
I love how when you blend out the Gelatos over Gesso you get this lovely distressed, faded look around the edges.
Rather than making tags this time, I created a little accordion folded mini book to fit inside the pocket and to provide plenty of space for journaling.
As you can see, I decorated the one side (with little scraps of a very old collection of Graphics 45 papers, I think it was called Botanical or something). The other side was left blank to record my daily positive thoughts.
Well, that's it for today. The journal is getting pretty fat and bulky already and we are only half way through January, I have no idea what it will be like (and whether it will still close) a few months down the line, - I may have to start another one....

Thank you for taking the time to visit like always and stay happy, inky and creative!!

46 comments:

Marianne said...

Sorry to hear that you had the flu. Your journal pages are wonderfull as always and I love the little book!!
xxx Marianne

Sue C said...

Fabulous pages Astrid! Love the colours and all the texture you've created. Sue C x

Sue Butler said...

Hello Astrid
Hope you are better now, I love this double spread, and your little tags are an] wonderful compliment to the page.
Smiles:)
Sue

Maryanne said...

I love these pages, Astrid. The colors are beautiful and I love the idea of an accordion book for recording you positive thoughts! I'm glad to hear that you're starting to feel better. I hope you are back to normal soon!

craftytrog said...

These are beautiful pages Astrid, I love the embossed pocket.
Glad to hear that you're feeling better.
Hugs,
Alison xxx

Claire said...

Sorry to hear you've had the flu Astrid, hope you are feeling better now. your journal is looking beautiful, those pages are such gorgeous colours and all the texture looks stunning
Claire xx

Sandy said...

The flu is bad business for sure. I am sorry it found you but hope you are doing better. Plenty of fluids and REST!
I love your journal entries Astrid - you have great ideas and do make beautiful pages.
Sandy

Inkypinkycraft said...

Your pages are just gorgeous use of distress paints,gelatos, gesso and great textures . is book will be a stunning collection of gorgeousness! Hope the flu ison it's way out, take care huge hugs trace.

Neil said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colours and the texture.

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid what an amazing double pag with a pocket, great colours great design and great structure!! I really , really love it, I hope that your flue will pass very soon, we don't need that, be good to yourselfs and all the best!!!Take a lot of tea and honey, and very soon you will be back and as new!!!

Greetings
Maria

Maryann Laursen said...

There´s just noone, who can use these mediums like you Astrid, and always make them look this good. Your pages here are absolutely gorgeous, and I just so love the colors, you´ve used as well.
Sorry to hear, you´ve been hit by the flu, but unfortunately sooo many people are here too for the moment, and hopefully you´ll get all over it again very soon and back to normal days again, and then it´ll be another year before you feel any of it again.
Have a wonderful week ahead now, I hope, take good care.

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work and lovely colours and textures. Hope you are soon feeeling 100%! Valerie

froebelsternchen Susi said...

o.k.---with this colors, textures and the composition you have stolen my heart completely!

barbarayaya62 said...

I hope you're feeling better! To see your journal you would seem so!! It's an art journal fabulous, I love the colors and textures that you used and then ... I am going to buy myself the Gelatos! I can not wait to try them! BArbarayaya

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, that flue lasted some dayes for you,- they does, don`t they !!!!...I so hope you will be all well and feeling good for the weekend.
Your newest pages shows happyness and joy in colours and the gorgeous pocket you created for the accordion book, which is so beautiful!! Your background stamping is also amazing!!
Warm hugs and energy wishes.
Dorthe.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful spread with great texture. Love your idea of incorporation the accordion folded mini book. Fabulous.

Redanne said...

Hi Astrid, I am so pleased to hear that you are feeling a little better. Your journal pages are beautiful, I really love what you do with Gelatos, the colours are quite stunning. Hugs, Anne x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Beautiful pages Astrid. I love the look of the gelatos on the embossing and your little journal book is adorable! I hope you are feeling better soon x

May said...

Glad to hear you are feeling a little better...your journal pages are Fantastic...beautiful colours & texture..Love the little accordion book too... Hugs May x x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous colours and textures, its a super mini book as well.
Yvonne
Hope you feel a bit better today.

Stempeln und mehr - Evelyns bunte Welt said...

So wonderful pages again, dear Astrid! I want to make at least one positive page this month, although it´s a little bit stressy here and because of some trouble it´s hard for me to find the positivity.... but I´ll try.
I hope, you feel better soon!
Hugs
Evelyn

butterfly said...

Beautiful ocean depths to these pages - those blue-greens make my heart sing. And the embossed panel is inspired, as is that gorgeous little accordion album - another delight of a page spread, Astrid.

Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery... hope it continues smoothly.
Alison x

rachel said...

the colours and the textures are just amazing - this is stunning Astrid xx

massofhair said...

Glad you are feeling a little better today!

Beautiful journal pages, gorgeous colours:-) xxx

toni said...

Hope you're feeling better Astrid , your flu certainly hasn't affected your wonderful creativity! This journal spread is lovely, full of gorgeous colour and texture, love the little embossed pocket and book. X

Brenda Brown said...

Stunning work again Astrid, the colours blend beautifully together and I love the little accordion book.
Glad you are picking up and feeling better.
hugs {Brenda} x0x

Heather Jacob said...

stunning, so rich and deep with creativity .. hope you are feeling better now xoxo

chrissies said...

So pleased you are feeling a bit better now Astrid.

What a wonderful page with the pocket and additions--you are so inspiring

Love Chrissie x

Netty said...

Gorgeous page Astrid, love the textures and colours. Hope you feel a lot better soon, hugs Annette x



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Ros Crawford said...

Sorry to hear you haven't been too well .. there is a lot going around lately ... My son has been ill for a few days too ...
Love your journal pages ... so vibrant ... Tell me do you use a special journal to do this or can one use any paper note book?

Terry said...

Astrid, I am always in such awe when I come to visit! These pages are gorgeous and beautiful coloring and design elements! Love the contrast in the little folded mini! Happy weekend and feel much better! Hugs!

Margaret Mifsud said...

So glad you're feeling better Astrid, the flu can be a real bitch can't it?? Another stunning page for your journal. Brilliant colour as always (I am in awe, as always) and I love your little pocket. Looks amazing as does the little accordion booklet!! I just want to say I really love this project. My booklet is not as colourful as yours (not as professional) but I am so enjoying the process. It is very relaxing and it's going to be so nice at the end of the year, looking back on the positive things that happened. Thank you so much for the inspiration!! ox

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Stunning pages, with such beautiful colours and texture. The little book to go inside fantastic as well. Looking through this journal IRL would be a real treat. I hope you feel 100% soon, there is a lot going around here too. Take care, Shirleyx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Really beautiful, Astrid. Love the rich colors and all the wonderful stamping. So sorry to hear you have been down with the flu. I had it over Christmas and it took me forever to shake it off. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Hugs,
Linda

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Gorgeous! - Hope you are feeling better soon :)

Buttons said...

So sorry to hear you've been poorly Astrid. Hope you are getting back to health now. Love the depth of colour in this journal spread. It is going to be quite something when you finish your journal. Jenny x

Jann said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Hope you're all better very soon!

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous pages Astrid, love the colours and textures...

Anne

bockel24 said...

Beautiful colours, Astrid! Hope you´re feeling much better by now ...

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful journal Astrid! Love your choice of colors and the beautiful butterflies fluttering about! The textured label looks fantastic!

Candy C said...

Hello Astrid! Oh my goodness..you've done it again! Your art journal is absolutely breathtaking! I love the butterflies of your take out little book. So lovely. Your blue/green background and stamped pages are such lovely blended colors. LOVE THEM! I also love the stamping in black and the white accents on the numbers. Your art truly is amazing and I am always so inspired by it. I also wanted to thank you so much for your very very sweet comment you left on my blog regarding my last post for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. It's bittersweet but I am so looking forward to the unknown...and the next bend in the road. I am so happy to hopefully now have some time to start my positivity journal. I love that idea and am itching to get going on mine! Thanks for the inspiration! <3 Candy

craftimamma said...

Your Positivity Journal is looking wonderful Astrid. These two pages are ruly stunning with gorgeous colours and content. As always your choice and balance of embellishments is really beautiful and the little concertina booklet is a very special addition.

I do hope you are free of the nasty flu bugs now. There do seem to be lots of folk suffering with various germs at the moment. Perhaps the beautiful frosty day we have here will help to kill a few of them off ;-)

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Martina2801 said...

How awesome!! Love your pages, Astrid!! You are soooo talented my friend and your work is truely inspirational!!

Hope you are feeling better soon :-)

Jools Robertson said...

This is gorgeous, love all the beautiful textures and colours and a stunning little book too

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

The little booklet is a piece of art all by itself but to tuck it inside the pocket of your astonishing journal page is beauty itself.
Wishes
Lynne

Marjie Kemper said...

Scrumptious colors and textures, Astrid. Gorgeous pages!

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