Journal Therapy

Hello lovely people! It’s been a busy month. Hubby went to Germany (business stuff again) and he will be away for two years! I am trying to keep a happy face but it’s not easy. I miss him. He will come home for Christmas, but until then Meda and I will be home alone. I also discovered a small growth on Meda’s shoulder, and since he had a cancerous growth removed from almost the same spot several years ago, I am terrified! The only thing I can do is wait and see if that thing is growing, and to hope that it’s not cancer again but maybe just some fatty tissue or something like that.

Luckily, I have my journals to help me stay sane (or at least close to that). My diary is filled (after one year),

Diary

and now I started writing in my junk journal.

Junk Journal

It’s fun to write in, with all those different colors and textures and different page sizes.

Junk Journal

I also played with some of my homemade stamps.

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

And started working in a new journal, the biggest one so far, A4 size. It’s actually an altered book in which I glue things down. It all started with wonderful magazine pages that I didn’t want to cut. I wanted the whole picture to be seen so this journal is perfect for that.

Art Journal

Some of the pages will stay the way they are now and some will have things added to them. It’s so great to have a nice base to work on later.

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

I also used some of the papers that I used to clean the brushes on, and made quick and fun pages.

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

I have too many journals, I know. But there is no law against that, right? 🙂

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Playing in my Journals

I looove my journals! I know, I have too many already, but I can’t stop making them! I made a small one out of a brochure (something my husband brought from his trip to Denmark last year – yes, I keep all kinds of junk) and it’s so cute! Small and cute!

Art Journal

It’s a little bit bigger than my hand, as you can see in the next photo.

Art Journal

I love playing in it. 🙂

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Sometimes I feel like working in a bigger journal, sometimes I like working in a small one. That’s why I have to have so many of them. 🙂

Art Journal

My birthday was on September the 18th, so this spread was inspired by that.

Art Journal

And I also finished working in this old journal!

Art Journal

I made it a long time ago, and it might be my first handmade journal (if I remember correctly). My dear “handmade paper/ textured / first time coptic binding / beginners” journal.

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

Art Journal

There it is, on the left, with a beaded spine. Now happily living on a shelf with my other Art and Travel journals. 🙂

My Journals

The finished ones, that is. 🙂

My Messy Heaven

As promised, here are the photos of my studio! It’s clean and tidy and will probably never look this nice again. 🙂

My studio

This is my Heaven, my space to weave, make books, paint, drill and glue and repair things, sew; also add an office to that and you get the idea. 🙂 That’s why I can’t organize it any better than this.

On the other side of the room is my sewing and office space. Office space is shared with hubby, but he is getting slowly pushed out of the room completely, LOL! He works on his laptop computer anyway, so he doesn’t need this desk anymore. 🙂 My computer is terribly out of date, but I don’t care.

My studio

As you can see in the first photo, I keep an old T shirt at hand to clean my brushes on it. And I managed to turn a computer desk into something more functional. You can’t see it on the right (the chair is in the way, sorry), but the CD rack now holds sanding papers. Very useful!

I also have a “primitive” but functional pressing station 🙂 in one corner, by the bags filled with recycling materials.

My studio

Some of the gifts I received from dear friends are always with me to inspire me and to warm my heart. I wish I could have everything I received over the years on display, but unfortunately it’s not possible.

My studio

My studio

My studio

My studio

A poem I love…

My studio

My art and travel journals, completed:

My studio

And the ones I’m currently working in:

My studio

Boxes with beads:

My studio

My jewelry nicely displayed and not entangled in the bowl anymore. 🙂

My studio

And my old friend, the one who opened the door of the art world to me, the loom!

My studio

I am so happy with the studio! It’s not the prettiest studio in the world, and yes I do need to change that curtain :), but it’s mine and I am having so much fun here!

Now you know where I do what I do. 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

I Will Be OK

I’m painting and making a mess in my Art Journal like crazy! That means I’m feeling better. At first it seemed like I had no inspiration at all, so I said to my self – I’ll clean my desk. Ha! That almost always does the trick!

First you start with sorting out all the bits and pieces, then you find something interesting, then something you forgot you had, and then it all goes into a very different direction. And in the end, the desk is a mess as usual, but you end up with having so much fun making things! That’s what happened to me a few days ago. I found some small pieces of a cereal box (I have no idea what I wanted to do with them when I cut them who knows when), some packaging material, pieces of paper, old book pages etc, and they were all pretty much the same size. So I thought, I could make a small art journal, just for fun. It’s about 6 x 3,5 inches. I love it.

Well, technically it’s not a journal just yet, it’s a collection of pages that are going to become a journal one day. 🙂 I’ll show it to you when I finish it, but now I wanted to share some of the pages that are finished. And the best part is that I love each and every single one of them!

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And my favorite pages, only because of the colors:

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Handmade stencils, stamps, embossing, painting, doodling,gluing, cutting…

Oh it’s so good to just let it all out of my system.

Paper Inspiration

The weather here has been pretty sun-less, and I just wasn’t inspired to photograph new shawls and scarves. And to be honest, they need to be ironed and fringe trimmed, which is something I can’t be bothered with right now. I’m just weaving and putting them away, and it’s starting to be a bit unpleasant. My back hurt, and the time that I am able to sit by my loom and weave is getting shorter and shorter. I feel like I’m constantly jumping in and out of my chair, trying to at least do some house work when I don’t weave, but I’m too tired for that too. I mean, I love my work, but sometimes I can’t do anything else buy lie down.

Don’t get me wrong, I am in a good mood, inspired to work, have lots of ideas, and very satisfied with the shawls and scarves that I wove so far. It’s just the pain that gets in the way…But then I received two packages in the last few days that brought smile to my face, so I thought I could share that with you today.

First I received a package from Anne Marie. She was my swap partner at “Paper Swap“. We were supposed to send each other an envelope filled with all kinds of papers to make a Junk Journal. But since Anne Marie likes to work with fabric and beads (as I do), we decided to exchange also some other stuff that we could use in other projects. So, when the package arrived, I was blown away by it’s yummy content!

So many beautiful papers:

And gorgeous fabrics, stitched hearts, inchie, twinchie, colorful art work, oh, so many beautiful things!

I can’t wait to have time to play with these goodies. It’s all so lovely and inspiring.

Another thing that made me happy was a collection of ATCs that I won at Deb‘s blog. Deb organizes ATC Swap every month, where she gives us a theme and at the end of the month she randomly picks one winner who gets all the cards. It’s fun! And the first time I participated was the lucky one for me! 🙂 So I got all of the October cards. The theme was “Pink”. Now I have these works of art as a inspiration and a memory.

Here is Deb’s ATC and a lovely card she sent me:

Then Louise (on the left) and Kerry:

Juli and Patti:

Patricia and – I don’t know the name of the other lady, she didn’t sign the card:

Lynn and Teresa:

Jada sent two:

And the last one on the left that unfortunately I can’t read the name, and mine on the right:

I’m sorry that these ladies didn’t include their blogs on the back of the card so that I could put the link, or maybe they don’t have blogs, but at least you can see the cards which are really gorgeous. If you’d like to participate, go to Deb’s blog ( I added a link ) and join the fun! The theme for December if “Time”.

Have fun everybody! 🙂

Mostly Journal Pages

My journal(s) have been the best relaxation for me lately. In the evenings, especially while my husband was in Rome (for the whole month!), I used to turn on the TV just to listen to it, and then draw, doodle, or just cut interesting magazine pages. ( Although I don’t read magazines, my friends and family sometimes give me old ones to play with ).

Art Journal, Collage, painting and all that stuff is actually quite new to me. I started exploring these art forms about a year ago (even though I started scrapbooking a few years back, but that was a bit different), and in the beginning I had no idea what to do. Then slowly it became more clear to me what Art Journal is, and that there are no rules for how to do it. Which was liberating! I realized I could do what ever I wanted and it didn’t have to be pretty at all! I also realized that my old diaries were actually a bit “arty” as I liked to draw or glue things in them. And I am still learning. Oh, there is SO much to learn. But it is fun. And as I said, relaxing. And fun! lol! I know now that playing is very important. For me it’s the thing that makes me happy and makes me more brave to try new things, new techniques, makes me more confident. I even started showing my ugly journal pages here on my blog, which is a big step for me!

Weaving is and will always be my first and biggest love. But everything else I do enriches my life and even my weaving. So, here are my journal pages, some good and some horrible. 🙂

Unfinished collage pages, exploring colors and patterns:

An unsuccessful page:

Strange “plants”:

I do have a shawl to show you also, but the photo is so bad, you won’t be able to see the real colors, only the texture and the pattern. It should be “every shade of green” shawl, but in the photo it looks almost brownish. It’s my bad camera. Yeah, blame the camera. 🙂

I think it’s enough for one post, don’t you? 🙂

New journal

I am happy happy happy! I finished this journal last night, and I have to say I am very satisfied with it! It is so ‘Me’! Although I do like to play and to explore other styles, this type of journal is definitely my style. The colors, the fraying, different fabrics used to create texture, I mean, I love it!

I used various fabrics, from organza to tea dyed cotton, handmade paper, heavy weight paper, hand and machine stitching. It also has a pocket inside with some tags and a little booklet made with tea dyed paper for additional writing or other memories.

I think I will have to start making another one right away! These beauties are so addictive! 🙂