Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Project 12 for October and New Journals for 2011...

I had so much fun working on Project 12 tonight! I just love working with Becky Fleck's sketches - it's totally stress free and I just get to play with colors and patterns - yeayyy! For my October layout, I ended up using Becky's December sketch. I know, I'm a rule breaker, but it worked better for my photos! Here's how it turned out (click on the image to make it bigger)...
October had so much going on, I needed a sketch that included a lot of photos. For the layout, I used my Scarlet Lime "Cranberry Spice" kit, plus some other papers and embellies from my stash.

I'm excited to share my new journals for 2011 with you! First, here's a picture of all of my unfinished journals - new and old. I like to keep them together so I can grab one at any time and work in it...


And here are my four main new ones that I'm just starting:

First, I'm so excited about this one that my talented sister Renee made for me for Christmas! She knows I used to love to read Nancy Drew books when we were kids, so she even used a Nancy Drew book for the cover! Check out how gorgeous this book is...
She did the binding by hand, and painted all the pages for me, and they are GORGEOUS. Each one is different and the colors are all so intense - it's awesome. These are just a few of the pages...



I'm going to use this one for collaging, and I've already started! Thanks again Renee!


This is one I made especially for doodling with markers. The cover is a children's book and the pages are all white posterboard, that I had leftover from a project. I used my bind-it-all for the binding...

This one is my smallest journal ever. It's only 4" x 5." I'm using it for The Sketchbook Challenge. It's filled with nice, cream-colored handmade paper, which works great with my watercolors...

and this cute one was given to me by my mom. I just love that little sheep on the front...
and his feet are actually a magnetic closure - when you open it you see his whole face. How CUTE is that?
I'm using my sheep journal as my first "Ravenea's Chronicles" journal of the year. This is where I do my daily writing, and staple in bits of my everyday life...

Thanks again Mom - I love it!!!


As I've mentioned before, I'm participating in Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's "Art Journal Every Day" project, and so far I'm having a lot of fun, just taking ten minutes here and there to put something in my journals. I'm planning to have an update every Thursday on my progress, so stay tuned for that!

I will leave you with my new fave picture of Willie and Johnny. I took this earlier today - just couldn't resist how Willie's got his foot over the top of Johnny - they are such buddies!

Thanks for visiting and I will see you tomorrow with another update!

8 comments:

Christina Aiton said...

What wonderful journals - really love the one your sister gave you. I am also doing the Sketchbook challenge. Love that pic of the "boys" - so cute! Have a great and creative 2011!

Peggy said...

How wonderful seeing all those different journals! I'm participating in Julie's 10 minutes of art journaling as well, so I'm looking forward to reading your thursday's posts!
xxx Peggy

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee these Michelle!!!! I loveeeeeeeeee the presents you got from Renee and your Mom!! WOW!!! And that photo of your kitties is soooooooooooooo cute!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Thinkie said...

cute cat-photo, pretty journals and nice spread!

Marit said...

Oh my goodness... some sister and mom you got there... what a gorgeous journals!!!! I bet it is fun to work in those!!! I follow Julie's blog with the intend to snitch some ideas every now and then - I have my "chronicles" going on daily and I'm sure I can use some of the tips and tricks that will be shown there.I'm curious to see what you will come up with here - I'll keep on visitin of course!

ReneeInLA said...

Thanks, Michelle! I'm so glad you like it!! :)

Marie L said...

Wow - what wonderful inspiration looking through your journals. They are awesome. I really love the way you used the Nancy Drew book cover. Too cool!

theelfqueen said...

Love that bright colorful P12 Layout!