Sunday, 20 June 2010

All about me – the art of Art Journaling

This week at the Sentimental Sundays it’s "all about you ;) and your favourite sentiment".
As always, there is a fabulous set of digital sentiments for grabs. Feel free to also browse the sentiments designed by Raindrop Echo Designs at the Whimsy Stamps. And make sure you check all DT creations as the girls have really created some amazing art this week to tell us a little bit more about themselves.

I would love to see you joining us this week!

I had to think for quite a long time what would be the best example to say all (or at least quite a lot!) about me in one short sentiment. And what a better way to express myself, to do something just for myself, than through art journaling. Especially, that being so busy lately with cards, I haven’t had time to “treat” myself just for the pure joy of crafting…;)

I was first introduced to art journaling by an amazing lady, Sarah Anderson during a workshop at the Stamp Attic in Wantage. In fact, if you are falling asleep reading this post, she is the one to blame as she introduced me to the world of crafty blogging! lol ;)

Here are a couple of piccies from the previous workshops.




These sessions are a really fab way to pick up some new techniques, which is worth a fortune, especially for such a beginner crafter as myself. And I mean it quite literally! I always end up leaving a fortune behind at Wendy’s Stamp Attic as there are LOADS of yummy stuff in there rofl ;-).

But this is also a great way to make new friends (hugs & kisses for the girls!). I am really looking forward to the workshops I am attending on the 26th and 27th June. Have a look in here to see what workshops are currently available and maybe I will see you there, too!

And if you want to keep track with all new goodies at Wendy’s shop, pop in to Wendy’s blog. Wendy also sometimes features some amazing artists, like the one here ;-) --> “me” lol ;)
(I only mention this because this post is meant to be about me, otherwise I wouldn’t dare to boast about myself ROFL hahaha!).

Now, onto my creation for this Sentimental week.

This journal page really sums it all up ;). I started paper crafting less than a year ago but I could not stop ever since! Crafting gives me a lot of joy. When I get a new idea buzzing in my head, or if I get some new crafty stuff, I get so excited that it’s almost like having butterflies in your tummy lol! ;-) I just wished there were more hours in a day as it’s often hard to juggle time between all the things that make me happy (my wonderful hubby, my cat, my crafties, friends etc.) and the boring chores of the daily life…;-P

The butterflies flying off my page are a mixture of stamps, stickers and punched little cuties. The bike stamp and the flowers in the baskets are Flowersoft. The sentiment I used is of course by Raindrop Echo. And the riot of colours is the courtesy or Mr T Holtz and his distress inks. I have used a variety of techniques here, colouring using a blending tool, paint brush and water mister, stamping with distress inks, some accents with a Cosmic Shimmer and my first ever (and a bit clumsy unfortunately) attempt of water stamping ;).

 I just love the summery feel about this page which really perfectly illustrates how I feel when I’m crafting!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little journey to my crafty side…;-)

Challenges for this creation:
The Shabby Tea Room #14 – Summer fun
Wee Memories #11 – Let’s get sticky
Gingersnap Creations #57 – Wings
Moxie Fab World Challenge – I want to ride my bicycle
L3 Studio, Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #1 – Water stamping
Stamp Something – Something Summer
Ai Factory Challenge #40 - Distress it


Linda Ledbetter said...

Beautifully done! Your water stamping looks great, and you've creating a DARLING journal page with it!

I'm so glad you played along with the Compendium Challenge this week, and I hope you'll be back on Monday for the new technique!

Studio L3

Nicole said...

Great project! Beautiful colors together! Thanks for playing along with us at TSTR! :)

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

great pictures. your book is absolutely gorgeous!!!! i love how you present your pictures. can i ask how you get that frame around them???? program????

Audrey Pettit said...

How very cute this is! I love that bicycle image with the flowers in the basket, and what a fun sentiment. Thanks for joining us this week in the Tea Room.

Debbie said...

So absolutely adorable!!! I'd love to hop on my bike to run to the craft store -- perfect way to spend a hot summer afternoon :) Thanks for sharing with us in the Tea Room :)

Linda Robinson said...

Hi girly, That class looks like a blast, If I lived closer I would definitely be there.. Your journal page is Beautiful, I just love all the colors, such a happy page!

Hugs, Linda

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Great journal book, love the beautiful colors and the sentiment! I haven't forget about your tutorial, was back in New York the past few days, will get to it soon!

Carol Q said...

what an absolutely stunning page Joanna. I can't wait to see it next weekend!!!

Sue said...

This is beautiful Joanna, and what a combination of challenges x

Georgia Ehrmann said...

What a beautiful Journal page and it looks like you had a blast at the workshop! Thanks for playing along with us at AiFactory this week!

PS I too would like to know what program you used for the frame effect around your journal pictures...

Kimberly S said...

This is so gorgeous Joanna! Love the colors and that fun bicycle scene! :)

Lisa said...

Wow you journal is just gorgeous! I would have loved to have been part of that class! Such a summery design. Thanks for playing and sharing in the Tea Room.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous! What a wonderful project! I think this is one of my faves too!

raindropecho said...

This is such a great creation, Joanna! Love that you showed pictures to go with your favorite quote, too. You're great with these inks!
- Ann

Annika said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Your layout is so well balanced and fun, very good eye for added details and colour mathing. Brautiful image and the butterflies just take my breath away!

Ann English said...

This is beyond gorgeous. I love it and ain't it the truth (tee hee)

Ruby said...

Hi Asha ;o)

What a GORGEOUS page!! LOVE everything about it, it's beautiful!! I want one just like that for my studio, it's FAB!!!!!!

Yes, we are coming along to the Canvas workshop on Sunday, so see you there! Will try and save you a seat! xx

Wendy said...

Stunning work Joanna, you were paying attention for sure. Thank you for including me in your Sentimental trip.......look forward to seeing you at the weekend when its going to be hot hot hot!!

Penny said...

WOW! What a lot of detail. this is brilliant!
thanks for playing along in our ditress challenge this week at Aifactory

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

WOW, this is SUPER BEAUTIFUL!! Thanks for sharing your WONDERFUL work with us at AI FACTORY:)

Sarah Anderson said...

This was even more gorgeous IRL! Fabulous journal page

Cath said...

Hey Joanna! Thanks for entering the I Want to Ride My Bicycle challenge in the Moxie Fab World! :)

Jenny said...

Great card, love it. Thanks for playing!! :) :) :) :) Sorry it took me so long to get around to visit, its been crazy around here. Hope your enjoying your summer!!!

Gingersnap Stampers said...

Stunning page! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations Wings Challenge!

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