Friday, 21 December 2018

Friday Postday, December journal

Hello lovely friends and followers, thanks for checking in here this Friday, which from now on will be the day I post here.

Today I am sharing some pages from my December (almost) daily journal;
I used the Eileen Hull journal die to cut the cover from mounting board and then decorated it with various Tim Holtz products, - collage paper, ephemera, a paper doll and some stamped elements.
Here are a few details:
The background to this lovely lady was a stamped piece of card, using one of Tim's new background stamps, to give her something to stand on I added some cheesecloth, adhered with mat medium.
A few ephemera tugged into the side and some splatters for a wintry feel.
Here is the back, just some coloured collage paper.
I added some glitter to the berries, to add a bit of sparkle.
The inside of the cover was made with a piece of Stamperia rice paper. I used a lot of traditional Christmas colours for my cards this year, and wanted to use some different colours for the rest of the journal.

Alright, now to some of the inside pages. All of them in my favourite vintage style, using scraps of rice paper, paper serviettes etc from my stash, - so good to use up some of those hoarded pieces. The challenge is always to integrate these scraps into the rest of the page, using paints, stamps etc.
For the top side I used another bit of Tim's collage paper. He did another coloured Holly one for Christmas, which at first I regretted not getting instead, but now I am actually glad, as this one I can adapt to whatever colour scheme I am working with....
This page uses another scrap from the Stamperia paper and a paper doll. I tried to pick up some of the colour from the paper in the background.
I always think that  adding some shadows to these collaged people really helps to integrate them into the page.
The quote I found in a wonderful alternative advent calendar which has a quote for each day.
Another wintry page. At the bottom I added some stencilling with a brick stencil to link to the bricks on the image. At the top another bit of the collage paper.
And a close up of the stencilling....
And here is the final page I will show today, using a paper napkin for the main image and then some paint and stencil work to pull it all together.
As you can see I also used some washi tapes to kind of frame the main image.
Well, that's it for this Friday, - a lot of photos today...…
Like usual, thank you so much for your visit and I hope you can find some creative time during these last few busy days before the 25th!


Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful journal pages as always. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Valerie

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, your journal is spectacular! The cover is amazing and I love the collaged pages and the TH collage paper with the Vintage photo of the children feeding the birds caught my eye, it looks so beautiful 😁. Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful Christmas! J 😊 x

My name is Erika. said...

This is gorgeous Astrid. What a beautiful journal. You are the queen of vintage art. You have such beautiful background papers. Did you get any new supplies you used in this journal on your trip? Hope you have a wonderful weekend and have a happy Christmas too. Hugs-Erika

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! This is such a gorgeous journal Astrid! Loving all the beautifully collaged images and fabulous techniques and, once again, your colour choices are simply perfection! Love this!!
Thank you for your visits and lovely comments left on my blog this past year. Each one was greatly appreciated.
Have a wonderful Christmas Astrid and wishing you and your family all the very best for 2019. hugs xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Awesome pages! You make the most fantastic vintage projects, Astrid!

Theresa said...

Lovely pages Astrid. Merry Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year. thanks as always for sharing.

froebelsternchen said...

You are such a pro with all this collage and the vintage look and those fabulous media... incredible is this x-mas journal! UNIQUE!
A blessed Christmas and a happy New Year for you and your family dear Astrid!
Hugs, Susi

Redanne said...

It is always a pleasure to see your daily journals and this one is a real beauty, I love the colours, your wonderful collages and your eye for detail. Just beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

Meggymay said...

Your journal looks stunning, each page is so inspirational.
Hope you and your family have a very Happy Christmas Astrid and I send you my best wishes for the coming year.
Yvonne xx

Kate Yetter said...

Astrid, your December daily is lovely. Every single page is a work of art! I love all the vintage ephemera/images that you used.
Merry Christmas,

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

I just find the December daily thing so wonderful. I wish I could make the time. Each page a delight with this vintage images and love the sweet cover.

Brenda Brown said...

Such a fabulous journal both inside and out with wonderful layers, techniques and festive images. Merry Christmas my friend xxx

Maryann Laursen said...

Such a wonderful journal with sooo many amazing and beautiful pages. I love all the wonderful images in the papers and the cover is just amazing. As usual you have a really good eye for the details in your work, and this is fabulous. I just love it.
A very Merry Christmas to you and your family, and I hope you´ll have a wonderful holiday with friends and family around, and looking forward to many new ideas in the new year too.

Rose said...

How beautiful and inspiring! I so admire your work, Astrid. Happiest Christmas to you! May you have a wonderous holiday season!

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Brilliant journal Astrid, love it. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and creative New Year. Angela xXx

Pamellia said...

Hi Astrid. Just wanted to drop in and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a wonderful holiday and I'll see you in 2019! hugs

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Just popped by to thank you for the lovely comment you left me and fully understand how you feel about the blogging, it is or can be very time consuming and family life must come first but I shall be watching out for your posts my friend be sure of that. Merry Christmas, Angela xxx

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

A vintage treasure Astrid, so pleased I got to see what was inside it. I say time after time given the chance to explore all those hidden elements makes my heart sing so much.
Wishing you and the family a wonderful Christmas & a Happy & Healthy New Year.
Please do not worry yourself regarding not visiting as often I know blogging can take up time and what suits one does not suit another. I'm sure our creative sides will meet somewhere along our creative journey, it's a pleasure to have you as a valued creative friend.
Big Hugs Tracey xx

Jackie PN said...

Dearest Astrid,
Popping in to say very Merry Christmas wishes to you,my friend!
I wish you many blessings in the new year of good health,happiness and much joy!
May you find that place that you and your muse can enjoy your art time and not worry about "catching up"! I think we may have all fallen into that trap!
I look forward to sharing with you again, and I am sending huge hugs from afar!
lots of love,Jackie xx

chrissie said...

Very beautiful pages Astrid. Hope your Christmas time is going well

Love Chrissie xx

Gosia said...

Wow, amazing. I love this!

Dorthe said...

I`m sorry for my absence but my little family have visited already from 21`th so I have been very busy . Thank you for your comment on my blog, dear Astrid, - I understand you, with the schedule you have of creating and writing up posts for companies,-and everything else we have in our calender :-)
I too have slowed down on my blog, but still want to keep it going . I hope your Christmas has been lovely, and filled with joy - and I wish you a very Happy New YeaR, and all the best for you and your family for 2019 . Big hugs and kisses from Dorthe

Paper Profusion said...

Magically vintage Astrid - so much to admire and contemplate. I hope you have had a lovely Christmas. Wishing you and yours a most happy, healthy and adventure filled 2019. Nicola x

butterfly said...

I've been feeling very sorry for myself with a stinking cold which won't let go - so I'm late to the Friday party, but it's a joy to see your December pages - so full of festive colour and decoration. I love all the sprigs of greenery and bright holly berries, and beautiful vintage images throughout. I hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve and here's wishing you a wonderful 2019!
Alison x

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