Monday, 6 January 2014

Positivity journal update

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, so happy to have you visiting.

Just before Christmas I posted that I would be starting to write a positivity journal in the new year. You can find all the details about it here
Having started before Christmas I have created several double pages already, but as from the 1st of January I have started to write down one positive thing that happened that day, I write my positive happenings on the tags that I create alongside the pages. I have really enjoyed the process so far, it's such a fun thing to do, I create the pages as and when the mood takes me and then every day I write down one good thing that has happened. Even on the busiest days that's easy to do, because really it takes less than 2 minutes.... the hardest part is probably to decide what one thing to pick, because when you start to look back over your day, there are usually so many things to choose from....
Anyway, enough talk, onto the today's spread:
I created the pages in pretty much the same way:
1. Add some texture through a stencil
2 When dry, cover everything with Gesso
3. Add strips of Washi tape and in this case some scraps of a paper serviette
4. Add colour with Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Gelatos
5. Add background stamping.
Create vocal images of choice (I fussycut some elements from the G45 Place in Time collection as they fitted my mood right now)
6. Add shading around the images with Faber Castell Big Brush pens. As the pages are Gessoed, these blend beautifully when wet and when dry are totally permanent.

The tags were done in exactly the same way.
Here are some close ups still:
 Left side page with a pocket for the tags, created with the help of a Spellbinders die
Right side page, I just love the image of those sweet little girls.

 And here the two tags. I covered the backs with some pale coloured bits of scrapbook papers, both for strength and to have a good surface to write my positive thoughts on.
I found in practice that in fact I can sometimes fit two days onto one tag, so I am well ahead of the game, which is of course a good thing as no doubt there will come times when I have little opportunity to create further pages.

Several of you have been in touch to say you are creating your own positivity journals, so I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am.
I'll leave you with a little quote:

Thank you for visiting and see you next time!


Rita said...

Astrid, your pages are stunning. I really need to make a start on mine. Hugs Rita xxx

Maryanne said...

Your pages are fantastic, Astrid! I have started my journal and you're right about deciding which positive thing I'm going to chose to record. It's amazing how many good things happen in a day that we just don't think about unless we choose to. At any rate, I love your pages and I need to post some of mine sometime soon.

sharon said...

I love everything about this Astrid! It's all so gorgeous!

butterfly said...

Gorgeous pages and tags... your journal is going to be such an uplifting object in every way!
Alison x

butterfly said...

Oh - and a wonderful Hemingway quote today...
Alison x

Rebecca Deeprose said...

A very beautiful project Astrid!! I love the combination of textures and background colorations and the fussy cut printed images....fabulous!!
((hugs)) Rebecca

c.szyba said...

Gorgeous tags
bye from France

Dagmar said...

oh - it´s so fantastic! I Love the pages and the tags.

craftytrog said...

Beautiful colours & wonderful texture! These pages are gorgeous Astrid!
Alison xxx

massofhair said...

Love this idea, someone on Twitter told me about something similar and i thought i would like to do this.

Your positivity Journal is amazing and so full of colour and texture, stunning Astrid :-) xx

Marianne said...

This is a lovely idea to bring (back) positivity in ones life. But I'm a little busy to make a journal, so I'm enjoying yours!! What a marvellous pages and tags!!
xxx Marianne

Annie said...

Gorgeous journal pages and tags Astrid. Love the beautiful colours and yummy textures. Real sweet images too and of course todays quotes are very inspiring :-)

You can tell that you are enjoying this journal.

Huge hugs

Annie x

Maryann Laursen said...

WAUW this is so gorgeous Astrid. I really love your idea of this and also how it turns out too. Just beautiful work as always hun. I´m totally in love with these 2 little girls too, they´re sooo beautiful and sooo cute, but everything on this journal is. And thanks sooo much for the saying, it´s sooo true, and we all should try and live after it.

Terry said...

Astrid, this is again a beautiful addition to your journal! Love your positive approach to each day and I am going to try to start a journal! I think that is the scary part!!! Have a great week! Hugs!

Marilyn J. Rock said...

Absolutely stunning Astrid!

Sue Butler said...

Oh Goodness Astrid, this is a beautiful double page, I have made a page, my first one, this will be a learning curve for me BIG time!. Great Inspiration.

Helen Hapsi said...

What a lovely project!! Pleasant to create and with a positive impact on our soul !! I have to make one too!!!
You are such an insiring person, thank you Astrid!

Anita Houston said...

SO GREAT! Love the colors, texture, and the tags are beautiful!

Claire said...

Oh my Astrid, how beautiful! You are so creative! Absolutely gorgeous as always
Claire xx

Suzi B said...

This is fabulous Astrid as usual. I love the quote and and to add to positivity my year has started in a positive way.. here's why... My house went up for sale in Dec and today I accepted an offer!! and my offer for a house has been accepted! so after a most terrible two years this is a New year, new house, new beginning! but my positive journal will be on hold untill after I've moved! sad about that but there will be time again.
Suzi B xx

rachel said...

wonderful - pages and tags - love all the texture - it looks so very beautiful! Big Hugs Rachel x

Anonymous said...

The texture and colours alone are stunning!
I will so enjoy the times when you share your journal with us.

Netty said...

A positivity journal as beautiful as yours will give you such a lift through the less positive days to look back on. Loving both your tags and the fab pages. Hugs Annette x

Meggymay said...

Stunning pages and textures, as always its a joy to see what you have been making.

Paper Profusion said...

How inspirational you are Astrid - I'm loving your journal - its absolutely wonderful. Nicola x

Redanne said...

The pages themselves are very uplifting Astrid, I love the wonderful colours and textures you have created. Love the quote at the end too. Hugs, Anne x

Brenda Brown said...

A positively stunning project Astrid. Love the pages and tags for your daily positive words. I must get going on mine.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! Again ... Wow!! I just love the pages you are creating for this book Astrid, they are so beautiful!! I just adore the images you've used here and you've given me a couple of ideas for my Journal, so thank you so much!! Absolutely stunning work as always!!! ox

Marisa Job said...

Stunning project!! Love every detail!

Shirley Chillman said...

I am a complete sucker for pretty and sweet Astrid and when I saw these pages I just melted.

Your work really inspires me so much it helps me to drift away from wanting everything neat and tidy. I will be popping back to these pages often.

I have a little diary on my desk which I have been adding my positive thought of the day ready to add to my pages. Thank you again for your beautiful inspiration.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Buttons said...

So impressed with how you're creating this Astrid. It will be the most wonderful record of 2014. I love your use of texture and colour and I'm intrigued with your use of gelatos and big brush pens. Jenny x

Candy C said...

Oh've done it again! I love these pages in your positivity journal. The colors are exquisite and I love all of the pattern and texture peeking out from underneath the colors and layers of such sweet images. This makes my heart happy jut to look at it! I am off to CHA this weekend and then when I return, I hope to get my positivity journal started! I'm taking a couple of art journaling workshops while at hopefully those will give me a jumpstart, too! Love LOVE LOVE your pages! <3 Candy

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid,
Your pages are truly so very amazing,- just love the many things to experience, the texture, and colours. The pocket is lovely, and your tags filled with beauty- the little one looking so bored over her books... glad schooltime is over for me-us!! :-)
Sending hugs and smiles your way, my friend.

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow what a gorgious project , I love it so sweet and so colourfull , you make the past alive again, that's what I love so much!!!


Jools Robertson said...

Beautiful, the colours, images and textures are just amazing your art is exquisite

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