Monday, 27 March 2017

Off to Japan

Hello lovely blog friends, thanks for dropping by.
Today I have a few pages of a little travel journal I made to share with you. Tomorrow I will be off to Japan to meet up with my family and grandies, that live in Australia. We decided to meet up "half way" so to speak.
The actual journal is a Midori Traveler's Notebook, I first read about these on my lovely friend Anne Redfern's blog, (she makes the most amazing notebooks using Eileen Hull's new Journal die that will be available in the UK from the end of April onwards) I have mine on pre-order, but as I am leaving tomorrow I checked the Midori travelers notebook out and as they are actually made in Japan, I decided I just had to have one to take along so I prepped a few pages before we go.
Here's a close up on one of them.
These two sweet little Tim Holtz paper dolls are representing my two grand daughters.
The background was done with the new Oxide inks. I also did quite a few pages in junk journal style. All of them are adhered to one of the lined Midori notebooks pages, so that there is plenty of space to journal in between. Below a few further samples of those pages:
Using lots of my hoarded scraps, with a spring time feel (it's cherry blossom season of course in Japan right now).
Some Tim Holtz papers from his new Etc collection, these papers are just perfect for this style collage.
A close up of a little tuck spot with a tiny book tucked in for further journaling, held together with a little altered paperclip.

A couple more collaged junk journal style pages, with pockets and ephemera for hidden journaling, keepsakes and notes.
And finally my personal favourite page so far, playing some more with the Oxides, Tim's new Washi Design tapes and Botanical Layers and so on.
Well that's it for now. It has been and will be pretty quiet here for the next few weeks, , I have a few scheduled posts while away, but hopefully come May I will have more time again to blog and visit. Hope the sun shines where you are and have a creative week ahead!


Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! This is just gorgeous Astrid!! Fabulous mix of colours and textures and lovely collages too. I really adore the background on that last page .. absolutely stunning. What a brilliant little book to record all your travel memories in. Have a wonderful time in Japan with your family and looking forward to hearing all about it and seeing some photos too when you return. Safe travels. hugs xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Have fun in Japan. Love the journal. Valerie

chrissie said...

Fabulous journal pages and such a great idea record this amazing tyrip to meet up with your family. Have a wonderful time

Love Chrissie xx

Brenda Brown said...

Stunning Astrid, each page beautifully put together that I know you will fill with wonderful memories. Have a fantastic time with the family and enjoy your break. Huge hugs xxx

froebelsternchen said...

AWESOME work Astrid! Gorgeous! Enjoy the time with your family! We will miss you!
oxo Susi

Maryann Laursen said...

Outstanding work here as always Astrid, I really love your journal here, it looks just fabulous.
Have a wonderful time in Japan with your lovely family. Hopefully you´ll alæl get some totally amazing memories to share in the future andI wish you a wonderful time with wonderful weather and good times all the way through it

Redanne said...

Oh wow Astrid, this is absolutely stunning, each page is just so beautiful! I too, love the Oxide page, the depth of colour is just incredible and I am sure your granddaughters will love seeing how you portrayed them. Thank you for the shout out, you are very kind. When you get home and have your die you will find this Midori journal fits perfectly inside the covers. I hope you have the most wonderful time, what a beautiful country to meet up with your family in too!! Hugs, Anne xxx

Annie said...

Stunning Journal Astrid x love the fabulous details you have incorporated both inside and out x have the most amazing time with your family in Japan xx look forward to hearing about it in May xxxx
Safe journey
Annie xx

sarascloset said...

Beautiful journal, Astrid! I love the Oxide page and cover! And those papers and collage items are gorgeous! I hope you will fill it will many wonderful memories! Enjoy your visit with your family and safe travels! Hugs!

eileen hull said...

This is just perfect Astrid- love the junk journal style with all those extra little elements! Enjoy Japan and your reunion 😘. Safe travels!

Dorthe said...

A beautiful travel journal, filled with very lovely pages, -so many details to see, and fall in love with, dear Astrid.
I wish you a wonderful time, with your family, and a safe travel, my friend.
Hugs, Dorthe

suzyb said...

The term junk journal really doesn't suit this at all. Your pages are incredible and love those kids. I hope to get some Oxide inks once they are here in Canada. Ranger "ran out" and my gal here in Victoria, is having a dickens of a time getting them in stock.
You are going to have a great time in Japan and your journal will be filled up with lovely things.
Safe travels
Sue in Victoria, BC

Lisa H said...

beautiful!! I hope you have a wonderful trip Astrid. =) Share some cherry blossom photos with us.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Hope you have a wonderful time! What a great journal to take along wth you - such beautiful pages! Hugs, Chrisx

SewPaperPaint said...

What could be more appropriate for your travels than a Midori journal! Love love your beautiful pages thus far, particularly the top one of the girls with your trademark vintage textured background. Fantastic inspiration. Enjoy your trip and those sweet grands. <3 Hugs, Autumn

Diana Taylor said...

Utterly delightful - beautiful work as always. I'm off to look at some more of your wonderful posts that I've missed while on an unplanned blog break! Hope you have a wonderful trip to Japan - enjoy grandies xx

Mrs.B said...

This looks fabulous and each page on it's own is so beautiful, enjoy filling it with lovely memories.
Have a wonderful visit to Japan.
Avril xx

Meggymay said...

Its a beautiful travel journal Astrid. I hope you have a safe journey and a lovely holiday with your family.
Yvonne xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Astrid, your journal is gorgeous. I love the embossing , looks so deep and the oxides work beautifully . Love how,you embellished too. Have a wonderful time in Japan. Tracy x

Hazel Agnew said...

Wow Astrid, this is stunning. Enjoy Japan. X

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome journal pages, Astrid. Have a wonderful trip!

Paula Cheney said...

gosh Astrid this is just beautiful - so well done. Happy traveling my friend!

Jenny Marples said...

First up I hope you have the most wonderful time in Japan Astrid and enjoy taking in the sights and sounds with your beautiful family by your side. And how special is this altered Midori! I love how you've collaged the papers and ephemera in your own unique and wonderful way with those incredible oxides. Take care and have fun lovely xx

Jackie PN said...

Oh dear Astrid!! Have most wonderful visit in Japan with your family!! Safe travels and journal some great memories!
This is wonderful! At first glance, I thought those dots on the vines were ladybugs!lol Beautiful work on your Midori journal!
hugs & love,Jackie

Pamellia said...

Beautiful book Astrid! So many wonderful elements, love the florals and all the fantastic textures! I hope you have a fantastic time with your family, such a great idea to meet halfway, have fun! hugs :)

Pawsitively Creative said...

Ohhhh how fun! What a wonderful tribute to your journey and it sure sounds like fun. So many textural details abound in this delightful project. Awesome sauce and fantabulous! ~Niki

A Pink said...

Konnichiwa! Astrid What a fabulous idea to get a midori journal to take with you on your travels and record all those happy memories in . Your finished pages are wonderful - love the two little girls representing your granddaughters and I too share your love for the oxide page . Wishing you a fantastic holiday spending precious time with your family . Safe travel . x

Sandy said...

Wonderful Astrid - I know you are having a fabulous time with your family!!
Sandy xx

butterfly said...

Oh, lovely, lovely pages. I've been coveting the Midoris for several years now, and I can see it won't be long before I give in! Love the TH surrogate granddaughters! And fabulous Wallflower collaging... altogether a treat, and I hope you're having a fantastic time in Japan and taking lots of photos to include in future pages.
Alison x

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