Tuesday, 29 December 2020

New Beginnings, a big thank you and the final freebie of this year

 Dear friends, Hope you are all keeping well and healthy. I did not want to end this year without one final post to say a big thank you for all your lovely comments and visits during this very strange and different year.

I know Christmas itself is over, but I like to celebrate right through the 12 Days of Christmas, so today I am sharing my final Christmas journal for this season. It is a bit more grungy than some of my other journals and I used a mix of one of my downloadable Christmas Collections and vintage papers, mostly from Paper Garden Finland. Below some photos with brief descriptions of how I put it together.

Here is the cover, the journal is Travelers Notebook size (roughly 8 1/4 by 4 1/4") it has one insert stitched inside the cover on my sewing machine and then I zig zagged right around the out side. As you can see it closes with some crinkly seam binding and I collaged and stitched some bits and pieces from my stash to decorate the front.

A large tag fits inside a full length pocket made from one of the papers in the collection. I sewed around both the tag and the paper that makes the pocket and then glued around 3 sides onto the cover from the inside. The closure ribbon is glued behind it. Hope this all makes sense.

Here is another large pocket that has two flaps, each holding a pocket too, so the whole thing is very interactive with lots of space for journaling cards, smaller tags etc. I used various images from some of my other Christmas Collections and freebies to decorate these flaps and pockets.

Another double page with a little fold out booklet that tucks inside another pocket.

Some of the vintage papers sewn inside

And here a bookmark or tag that fits under a belly band enhanced with some lace.

Here you can see some of the tags and journal cards that fit in the pockets.
Below is an image from one of the embellishment papers that comes with the Christmas collection so you can see what I used for some of the tags etc.

Now the freebie I put together for you matches this pretty well, and even though Christmas is now over, I hope you can still use some of them for your winter projects or otherwise use them for Christmas in another year.

Like usual, if you want the full resolution for printing, just email me and I will finish by wishing you all a very happy and creative New Year!
Thanks for your visit like always


Bella said...

So very pretty Astrid! Love your Christmas journal! Please send me the hi-res freebie! xoxo

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Always a treasure to catch a blogpost from you Astrid I really do miss seeing your fabulous work ans way of putting everything together with elegance and beauty. What a treat for us all. I too am one to celebrate Christmas for all 12 days and on previous years there has always been so much to celebrate with family and friends. Wishing brighter and happier days ahead after a very hard year for us all, stay safe & every creative Hugs Tracey xx
Happy & healthy New Year x

Let's Art Journal said...

What stunning makes! Loving the images, they capture the spirit of Christmas so beautifully 😀. We are still in celebration mode here as we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas too and we even had about 15 minutes of snow today, it didn't settle though ...lol 😉. Enjoy the rest of the festive season and all the best for 2021! Hugs, Jo x

Maryann Laursen said...

This album is just absolutely gorgeous, and I love, how you´ve put it all together of this amazing collection here. Stunning work as usual hun, well done.
And finally a very Happy New Year to you, your family and everybody else inhere too. May the new year be a much better one for all of us.

Trella Hughes said...

Everything that you do is very beautiful thank you for sharing. God be with you and bless you.

Trella Hughes said...

Everything that you do is very beautiful thank you for sharing. God be with you and bless you.

Annie said...

Your journal is fabulous Astrid and I adore those beautiful Christmas papers x Each page and every tag, fragment, pocket are divine xx Love it my friend xx

Happy New Year

Annie xx

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