Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye, 2012

It's been a good year.
I made a point to make time for more art in my life this year.




 






I hope you have great memories of the year that was. 
Stay safe tonight; and, happy new year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Journaling with ephemera

On Christmas afternoon, I printed out some of my favorite shots of our holiday season onto 4"x6" photo paper; I also printed forty or so smaller photos onto cardstock to cut up; then, I put them all into this Christmas ephemera journal that I had for sale in my handmade Etsy shop.  Two had already sold, and this one remained so I snatched it up for myself!
The front and back covers were an accounting book in bright red that I'd embellished.
Inside, the journal was ready made with Christmas-themed ephemera pages -- like the Hallmark postcard, to which I added a birds nest and the word, Noel.
A photo of our Christmas tree fit nicely on the back of the postcard.  Then I added some photos to the sheet music pages that followed; I used a vintage gift tag as a journaling spot.

I journaled directly on the page elements, like the envelope (oops! 'just noticed it should say Littleton instead of Castle Rock!), and sometimes I just wrote right on the page itself.
Some of the pages were scrap booking paper, not ephemera...but I used pieces that had a vintage "look".
But, most of the elements are genuinely old.


Many of the pages already had journaling spaces built in...like the shipping label above.

It was super QUICK and easy to fill the book: just glue in the photos, add a few Christmas themed word stickers, and journal a bit!

I like working with the different-sized pages.
All the pages I'd added to the journal and purposely left blank made it easy to fill with photos that fit.
The different colors and textures are eye-catching.
The page on the right, above, is actually a vintage Christmas napkin!

Later I will punch holes into this card from my husband and add it in; I also glued in a favorite gift tag from one of the my presents.
I had already sold two of these Christmas journals this year; I hope the recipients had as much fun using theirs as I did!  The journals have always sold well, but I must say the holiday ones sold more quickly than the non-themed ones I have in the shop.  Now, I think I will get busy and make up a bunch for the upcoming Spring celebrations -- in Valentine and Easter themes!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

This Christmas

Christmas at our house
See's Santas
family portrait, 2012
Conrad and Rebecca
and the kids; wonderful friends!
the turkey Matthew got, in Kansas; it was DELICIOUS!
Maggie
Snoopy
Dennis' VERY SPECIAL gift: a painting of Maggie by Lisa Hildebrandt
Dennis got me a tiara; I was ALMOST as excited as Amy Farrah Fowler was...!
iPhone-controlled flying things
the gift that brought out the kid in my teenager

I hope yours was just as lovely!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to you

We're waiting to see if we'll have a white Christmas this year.  Chances are very good.
The sunrise on Friday, December 21 -- the day the world didn't end!
Now that they've all been received I'll show you the pendants I made for some crafty friends for Christmas.  I wish the photos were better but I was hurrying to get them photographed at night so they could go out in the morning mail!
They are tiny French candy tins with one of those wonderful vintage Christmas seals inside.  I added glitter and mercury glass beads, plus a bit of tinsel here and there.  And did I mention, glitter?
I attached a silver bail to the back so it can be worn as a pendant or used as an ornament or hanging decoration.  Then, I backed them with velvet.
I've been delighted with the compliments I've received whenever I wear the one I kept for myself.  They are surprisingly sturdy and don't leak glitter everywhere!
I packed them up with some vintage paper: a lovely silver leaf and Hallmark coaster; I decorated the bag with vintage red and green striped crepe paper and a great old Christmas sticker.  It was fun.
One of my favorite Christmas images, courtesy of the always generous Karen of Graphics Fairy
  I wish you a very merry Christmas and I look forward to hearing all about it!