Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Mixed Media positivity journal

Hello everyone and thanks so much for dropping by!
Today I want to share a new journal that I started, well I am sharing the first page lol...
The journal itself is quite small, 3 3/4 by 6" only, but it has a lot of pages. I want to use it as from January. A few years ago I set myself the challenge to for a whole year write down every day, one positive thing that had happened on that day. Nothing big, just something positive, say someone who gave me a smile, held open a door, or even just the sun light falling through the trees. I managed to keep it up for most of the year, and it's amazing once you start to look for the positive, how many things you suddenly notice. So starting this year I thought I would do it again, but this time in a fun little art journal. So right now I am preparing the pages, ready to start in the new year.
I am following the same technique that I describe in this post, using Gelatos, stencils and stamps etc.
I have to say, I have fallen in love with this technique, it is so versatile and makes a nice change from the usual paints and inks. I have also just discovered stamping with Faber Castell Stampers Big Brush pens, LOVE IT!!! I have added loads of colours to my Christmas wishlist.
The flower is from a large Prima 12 x 12 stencil, using Golden moulding paste.
On this side I created a pocket with a Tim Holtz In The Bag die. I am going to create loads of pockets for the pages in this journal with lots of tags to write those positive thoughts/happenings on..
Here is one of the tags:
The pocket is deep enough to hold several tags, so I may well create some more, though I will only be using one a day!

I have just had an idea, - wouldn't it be fun if a few of us started doing this....? we could share our pages on our blogs as we make them and fill the world with lots of positive thoughts..... now how is that for a good start for 2014? If you are interested, email me, -just so I can come and visit your blog, no other obligation and no pressure what so ever, just an idea.......

Well, that's it from me today, I'll leave you with a quote for once
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” 
― Marcus AureliusMeditations


Stay inky!!

61 comments:

  1. Everything you do is so beautiful!

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  2. Fabulous journal. Love the details :)

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  3. I love this project!! Great colors!!

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  4. Wow Astrid , this is again an amazing project, I really, really love it, great colours , great image , again a beautiful page in your journal!!!Super!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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  5. Astrid your journal pages are amazing! love the colors, so bright! Wonderful! barbarayaya

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  6. This is gorgeous and wow what a wonderful idea....I would loveto give this idea a try and may not manage one a day....but a weekly page ? Maybe that would be okay ? But a really cool idea and your pages as. Always are stunning.....I tried to email but couldn't find your address?!
    Hugs trace x

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  7. Gorgeous work & such a beautiful idea Astrid....your pages are simply Beautiful... Love them...Hugs May x x x

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  8. I really love this idea and I'm sure you'll own a treasure book at the end of next year.

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  9. This so beautiful Astrid, lots of wonderful colour and texture and with images that are perfect for positive thoughts. As I was reading your post I was thinking I would love to do this, a tag a week with seven positive thoughts, one from each day, how lovely that would be, so I am definitely in.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  10. Beautiful work Astrid I love these pages and the tag. Sounds like a brilliant idea! Would be a great way to start the new year ! X

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  11. This is such a wonderful idea Astrid, and I might give it a try too. Boy if we could just get a few more people to look and think more positive, it would be sooo awesome. And I absolutely love your little journal here, as usual your work is just gorgeous and it just put a smile on my face by itself, because it´s such a pleasure to watch.
    Have a wonderful day dear friend and loads of fun, and I´m looking forward to see lots more of this beauty later now.

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  12. Wonderful pages for the start of your new journal and an inspiring idea to write something positive each day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  13. Back to the C&P I am afraid but wanted to pop in any take a peek at your latest make and say hello.

    B x

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  14. I really love the idea of doing a positive journal! I think I shall join you in doing this for the new year.

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  15. Beautiful work once again and that's so good to think of one positive thing each day ...

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  16. Positivity seems a wonderful idea to face each day and reflect it in your journal pages Astrid. Gorgeous project.

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  17. stunning journalling Astrid - really beautiful! Hugs rachel xx

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  18. Astrid, your pages are fabulous, so rich in colour and dimension. I think it is a wonderful idea and like a few others have said, a weekly one (for me) would be ideal so I may just have to get started on one too. Thanks so much for thinking up the idea! Hugs, Anne x

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  19. this is such a good idea, and... your creations are so full of details, perfect as usual !!!
    oxoxo

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  20. Precioso, lindo demais, parabéns. Beijo.

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  21. I love this little journal, Astrid. Your pages are so beautiful. I have to try using Gelatos. I have one but I really haven't done much with it. As I was reading I was thinking that this was a wonderful idea. I've been trying to find more positive things to be grateful for but I don't record them. I'm definitely going to join you in this year long journey. Your idea and journal are my positive things for today! Thank you!

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  22. Such a great idea, Astrid - I´m going to join you too in the new year!
    Your pages are so beautiful again, and I see - I need Gelatos *lol*.
    Have a nice day!

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  23. Great idea and beautiful pages! I do believe I will do this - no blog, but would love to see others ideas also! Thanks for sharing this wonderful little book - positively wonderful!

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  24. Gorgeous pages, love them. I also really like your idea to create focus on the positive. Have a wonderful day, Shirleyx

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  25. This is a wonderful begining to your project. Its a fantastic idea, to make time to get a little crafting done each day.
    Yvonne

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  26. Oh wow! love the idea and your creations! You are such an inspiration!!
    Suzi B xx

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  27. Beautiful pages Astrid, Annette x

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  28. Not only are your pages beautiful, but such an inspiring and great idea! I have never started a journal and actually the entire idea around it confuses me. Maybe starting 2014 on a more positive note is just what the doctor ordered! Hugs!

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  29. Gorgeous!!! I really love all of the texture!

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  30. Astrid, what a wonderful idea, and what a wonderful book you started- it would be good for me to take part, but I dare not say yes,-yet , I will see in January, my dear.
    Your finished pages are gorgeous , I have to reread about those Gelatos- what beautiful tones you have mixed up, and the pocket idea, is great ,too, filled with tags, and positive words, this will be something beautiful, to save and look through sometimes!!
    Hugs, Dorthe xx

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  31. I love the idea, but I think I don't have enough time, for I have so many hobbies :-) I love your pages; they are awesome. And I love to se more !
    xxx Marianne

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  32. Beautiful pages, love the idea of a "Positive" journal will probably join you in January.

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  33. beautiful work, bye from France,
    Pitchoune

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  34. What a beautiful idea Astrid.I love what you've done. Hugs Rita xxx

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  35. What a fabulous journal for a wonderful idea :-)
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  36. Gorgeous and very, very positive! :)

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  37. what beautiful pages Astrid, such lovely texture and your flower is just gorgeous.

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  38. Magnificent post, Astrid... I feel more positive already just from reading it and seeing your beautiful pages, pocket and tag. A wonderful idea, and while I might not manage a daily commitment, I'm certainly up for recording positivity in 2014. Thank you for the inspiration (as always).
    Alison xx

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  39. Outstanding!
    It has taken my breath away, the level of artistry.
    This is similar to a Gratitude Journal I keep except I only jot down in my Journal.
    Astrid I would so love to be part of this but I cannot commit, I know you understand but I wanted you to know that in an ideal world I would be e-mailing you right this minute!
    This is going to be such an amazing success.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  40. You've certainly set something in motion here Astrid!! First up ... what a wonderful start to your positivity journal. You know how much I love your creations but, I think, these might just have become my favourites!! Not just for the wonderful art but for the idea too. I would love to do this but, considering how long it takes me to do one of these pages I might have to make it once a month. hehe!! Once I'm done with my Christmas preps I am going to give this some serious thought!! Stunning, stunning work Astrid!!! oxox

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  41. What a wonderful idea !! And an Ab Fab project xx having a positive mental attitude has got me through a lot over the years so I can thoroughly recommend it :) huge hugs x

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  42. Cant get enough of it! Astrid.. I love the idea of the Positive journal.. something we all should be doing.! Thank you for the idea.. my head is rushing now.. xox darlene

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  43. You are such a wonderful artiste Astrid - this is all absolutely beautiful. A brilliant and inspiring idea too - it can happen so often that one's day is brightened by "the kindness of strangers". These colours are fabulously uplifting. Nicola x

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  44. This is a fabulous journal, I love positivity. Your pages are gorgeous and you have a natural ability for journals. I love the colors and pocket and flower and butterflies, it is all so gorgeous!
    Looking forward to more of these!
    Hugs Kelly

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  45. Stunning Astrid, Just so very beautiful and so fitting for your positive messages

    I can't wait to see more next year

    Hugs

    Jools x

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  46. I got so carried away with the idea of the positivity journal, and trying to think how I could fit it in, that I neglected to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE that meadow flower (but you could probably guess that!!).
    Alison xx

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  47. Hi Astrid, I love the idea of this and the start you have made on your journal is stunning. I have never tried journaling but would love to give it a try and this may just be the inspiration to get me started, more weekly than daily though as a few have said. Hugs Mo x

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  48. You are such an inspiration of positivity and happiness and beauty in evertthing you do! This is gorgeous, the colors are wonderful! I admire you so much! And , I just love that quote!

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  49. super duper stunning Astrid, loving all the texture and rich colors , beautiful art weaved with love xx

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  50. So beautiful Astrid! Love the tag and holder and the colors are sumptuous!

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  51. what an excellent idea! I think I will join you!!!! Your artwork always amazes me!!!

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  52. Wunderbare Journalseiten und Tags, liebe Astrid. Mich begeistern wieder die Art der Gestaltung und die wunderbaren Farben.
    Liebe Grüße, Bärbel

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  53. This is another stunner Astrid that must spread a smile across your face every time you look at it. Beautiful is not the right word but it's all I can find at the moment. Speechless.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  54. Forgot to say I am so interested in this idea what a fabulous way to start 2014 with all those positive thoughts from people.

    Cheeky I know Astrid as you are so busy, but how about making up a little logo so that the ones who are interested can place it on their blog to say they are having a positive day. lol Food for thought sweets.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  55. Beautiful art journal Astrid - it is amazing how writing down positive things everyday can really help one become more positive. I believe that the act of making an art journal is a positive act that feeds the soul.
    Happy Holidays Astrid!
    sandy

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  56. What a gorgeous project and what a wonderful idea Astrid. I think writing down a positive thing from each day is a wonderful idea so I'll try and join you when I can too
    Claire xx

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  57. Hi Astrid,

    I'm in love with all your réalisations !!

    You are the personn than I prefere all around the world,... it's always so amazing !!

    I'll be interest to do the same like you, but I'm not abble to do that every day, I need so much time to do something like you !!!

    But I 'll try to do it often, always positve words, this can be my reallity in 2014

    Hugs from France, Cricri

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  58. This is so gorgeous, Astrid. I've wanted to come by since seeing it on FB last week. Your pages are just stunning!

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  59. Love the concept of this. I am taking a class with Jane Dunnewold on Artist Strength Training and I this concept will fit in nicely. Glad I found your blog. Following through netvibes. thanks as always for sharing.

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