Scrapbooking and Art Journaling

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!!!

January 2013

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.

2013 numbers

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.

Art Journal January 13

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!

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  1. Marcia Brown

    Neat idea! This would be a great way to document a year when a person turned say . . . 30, 40, 50, etc. or a year when someone is getting ready to retire.

    Happy blogging, Beth!

    1. Beth

      Hey Marcia I thinks it’s great for a person at any age I actually wish I could get my sin involved in it.

  2. Kristie Sloan

    Beth, this is terrific! I’m so glad you are going to join in the journey and play! Your pages turned out fantastic and I love all the shimmer and shine you’ve got going on!

    By the way, you are a great writer!

    Thank you for the mention!

    1. Beth

      Thank you so much Kristie for all the wonderful compliments and the idea to do this!!

  3. Nancy


    I really like this idea. I think I need to start one on top of everything else I am learning.

    You are correct. Life get so busy that we forget to remember even the little wonderful things that happen on a daily basis. This is a wonderful way to see more positives in life than all the negative that we read about and see on TV.

    Thanks for sharing.

    One final note, I really like the layout you created for January.


    1. Beth

      Hi Nancy,
      I really liked the idea as well I thought about it for a while but then I decided to go ahead with it. I thought this would be a great way to document are year in review like little tidbits of our life. I am really looking forward to seeing it at the end of the year. You should make one and try it out! Thank you so much for the compliment. I am already thinking about what I am going to do for February!!

  4. Cher

    Beth ~ Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I love it , as for journaling I have been doing that since i was a kid basically because i was my own council, can’t say that looking back on them is much for me, but just the fact of recording helps to give you personal space to reflect even if only for a minute or two leading to emotional growth & 🙂 Bravo <3

    1. Beth

      Thank you so much for the compliment I journal a ton in my scrapbooks. The calendar is just a way to have a daily recap of your days. I think it will be interesting to look back on at the end of 2013.

  5. Angie Elmore

    Wow Beth, such a beautiful post and I love the colours you have used – so creative.

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