It’s been a while…But I just had so many things on my mind, and didn’t do much work lately. Except for journaling. I am getting more into this form of art and self expression, and find it really relaxing. What ever I feel, how ever I feel, it’s always nice to take some paint, paper, pencils and pens, and just play. No worries, no rules, just play. And even when I don’t intend to express a particular feeling, it’s therapeutic to throw anything on the page and not worry if it’s “ok” or not.

I have so many journals waiting for me to write in them, but I just can’t resist making new ones. It’s almost equally relaxing to make them as it is to work in them.

I made this little recycled one last evening:

It’s filled with all kinds of papers, from scrapbook papers to paper bags. I think I will use it to write down parts from the books I read that are worth coming back to from time to time. I’ve always done that, but never in a handmade journal, and now I have something for it, made by me. πŸ™‚

I also recycled some kind of file folder that my husband brought from one of his business trips, and now I am adding to it all kinds of pages, with writing, photos, old bits and pieces that before were just tossed in a box.

Then there is another journal I made recently, which will probably go for sale or as a gift.

And some of my journal pages. I apologize for the ugly green parts, I had to hide some of my writing. πŸ™‚

And that’s pretty much it.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Kiss! πŸ™‚

It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect!

Hello my lovelies!

I’ve been reading about Art Journaling, and how it doesn’t have to be perfect or done “by the rules”, and to tell you the truth, I found out that it is absolutely true! Well of course it’s true,Β  people who are doing it for a long time surely know what they are talking about, but since I’m new in that area, it took me some time to figure it out. But now I know, and now I can have so much fun playing with my journals and albums.

As I told you before, I can’t draw or paint. And it’s true. But I don’t have a problem with that, because I know that I can’t be good in everything. I weave and I make books and journals, and that’s “my thing”. But I sure can have fun with paint and express my feelings in the way I like. I also found over the time that my scrapbooking and art journaling are connected, which is probably absolutely normal for other people, but as I said, I have been learning and exploring over the past few years, and it makes me happy to finally find my way through all that.

I started making an album over a year ago, and I had a theme – black,Β  white and purple. Then, I kinda stopped, like I didn’t know what to do next. And it may be strange because I have made so many albums for other people since then, but my album was just sitting there, waiting for me to continue working on it. Then, I heard about Art Journal, so I wanted to see what that is. I started to draw, it was horrible, I got frustrated and didn’t want to do it any more. And that story continued for some time – trying, not liking it, and so on.

But then, it came to me that I should let my self (or my journal, or both) be imperfect, messy, or what ever, and that’s when I began to really enjoy it. I am certain that it is good for me, as I always seek perfection in my work, especially in pieces I sell, but we all have to let go of those expectations and rules and perfection, and just have fun!

I also love to recycle, reuse, I like to find a way to make something out of nothing, and now I can do that in my journals.

So here are a few pages from my (still unfinished) scrapbook/journal/junk journal:

Some pages are finished, some still need finishing touches, or some journaling, and not to mention how I don’t care about the color scheme anymore, and I love it! I feel so happy that I’ve let my self make an imperfect album! πŸ™‚

And my Art Journal is like that too! Here are some pages I did lately:

And it also made me more confident to show you all this, because I am my worst critic and I used to be very shy in showing my imperfectΒ  journals. But I am not anymore! πŸ™‚

This and that

Hi everyone! How are you? Having fun? πŸ™‚

I just wanted to show you some of my latest creations, because, to be honest, I needed to step away from some “not that nice” things that were going on lately, and just blog it away (if I could say it like that). Well, you know what I mean. It’s nice to put problems aside and dive into fabric and paper and beads…

So, here is something I made for my hubby.

What is it called? An accordion book? Or folder? I don’t know, but my husband has a ton of papers, bills and things like that, so this is going to be very useful. He loves it! And the thing is, I never made something like this before, so while I explored and had fun, I created a gift for him. I only wish I could embellished it more, lol!

Then, there are two new fabric covered journals with my handmade paper inside, and I just love the texture of both paper and fabric!

This one has a handwoven cover:

I do love to play with my fabric. This one is the same as the one I used to make those cute makeup bags.

The other journal also has a heart on the cover, which is no surprise. I am mad about hearts. πŸ™‚

And a bright and fun little album made with corrugated cardboard, my favorite material!

Have a great weekend!

Makeup Bags

As you can see, I have been very busy lately, and I hope I’ll stay like that for a long time. But, every time I get into this “crazy” state, I seem to “burn out” after a while, and then loose my muse, or energy, or how ever you might call it. But, I intend to enjoy it while it lasts.

Sooo, I have something small and cute to share with you. I have been playing with my handwoven fabric again, and made these makeup bags, or small purses, or just something to put whatever you’d like in. πŸ™‚

Two smaller ones are about 6.5 inches by 5.5 inches, and the bigger one is 8.5 x 5.5 so that one could be used as a lovely clutch, maybe with a Summer dress or jeans…

Two of these are going to my friends as birthday gifts, and I am seriously tempted to keep one for my self, even though I already have quite a few. But I just love them!

The flowers are suede that was cut with Sizzix. Fast and easy.

The next clutch was actually made a long time ago, it just needed some finishing touches, and I finally finished it! I guess some things have to wait for the right moment. But you should put your sunglasses on, because this one is very bright!

Crazy, huh? I call it “Neon”. I am so clever, right? LOL!

Have a wonderful day everyone! xo!

A New Shawl

I finally took the photos of my newest shawl and added it to my Etsy shop. It’s beautiful, light, lacy all year round shawl, and I am really satisfied how it turned out. I just love that it could be worn with just about any outfit and in every season. And most importantly, this time my different yarns didn’t give me a headache. They behaved nicely both on the loom and after washing, so I am a happy weaver. πŸ™‚

Nice, isn’t it? Great for Spring or Summer nights, with a dress, on the beach…ok, now I’m just dreaming of a vacation (again),lol!

And also, as I promised, here is another mini I made:

Simple, but it’s cute. And instead of using a lot of paper, I used paint, stamps and stencils to decorate the pages, which is something I do often and I love that. It gives me the chance to play more. πŸ™‚

And that’s it for today. Next time I’ll show you another album, and maybe something else handwoven. Oh, so many ideas, so little time! I know you understand how I feel. πŸ™‚