Alright I don’t usually add more things to my plate but I was really intrigued by this post by Kristie Sloan over at Artful Adventures. She has a wonderful site that truly encourages you to get your creative juices flowing. If you would like to see this great post that got me inspired you should hop on over to her site after you check out mine of course!!!
The premise of this is to create a month in review calendar for each month of the year and to get you journaling about your daily events. I liked the idea of journaling about daily things that have happened to me and the family. All those things that you tend to forget happened in your day because you are just living day by day and being busy doing busy beaver things that people do. For me I get wrapped up into working, taking care of the family and creating awesome posts for people that I tend to forget what I did each day.
For these reasons I decided I would give this a try. So I made an art journal in a monthly format just like Kristie did and it literally took me less then an hour to make. I chose to use this pretty patterned paper that I have had forever from Creative Memories. Creative Memories doesn’t even sell this paper anymore thats how old it is but I thought it was perfect for the month of January. The pretty blue and the stars all go hand in hand with my one little word for the year, which is BELIEVE. I felt that the stars signified shooting for the stars and believing in yourself. Oh maybe I am a getting a little to deep here for an art journal so let me move on to the rest of it.
I also used Creative Memories grey shimmer paper for the boxes. I absolutely love this shimmer cardstock. I have it in pink, white, grey and midnight, which is really black but they call it midnight! This cardstock has just the right tint of shimmer to it and when you write on it with sharpie markers the colors just seem to pop! I used my fancy cutter pillar trimmer to trim the grey cardstock into 2×2 squares.
I laid all the squares out before I adhered them to my pattenred paper to make sure I had them the way I wanted them and then I just adhered each square with some tape from my ATG gun. Next I just wrote in the numbers for the month of January on each aquare and above each square I wrote in the day of the week.
Finally I broke out my cricut they are featuring the Don Juan cartridge right now. This means as long as I use the cricut craft room I can use the images on this cartridge from Wednesday of this week to Wednesday of next week. I really liked the basic letters from this cartridge so I used it to make January and 2013.
I orginally thought that the white letters would look great on the paper but not so much. I ended up distressing the letters and numbers with some Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet distress ink. I glued my letters on journaled on the days that I had missed and voila my first art journal for 2013 is done and ready to go for the rest of the month.
I really enjoyed making this art journal and I think I will definitely keep it up for the rest of the year. So you have 11 more to see before the end of the year how exciting is that?
Are you going to create an art journal this year? It’s not to late the year has just started!