Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! Although the New Year is upon us, and I have many exciting things to share in posts to come, I just wanted to share one last minute Christmas project. Christmas is my favourite time of year and I was very blessed to have 2016 be my first Christmas as a married woman. While the season was dampened by an illness I came down with, I was inspired in the days before Christmas to create an art journaling page.
While I've always loved the idea of art journaling, I've never actually sat down and done a page.... until now! I've had this gorgeous leather bound journal that a friend gave me tucked away for special occasion. The pages are nice and thick so I figured it would hold up with mixed media techniques.
I then die cut the word 'joy' using a kaisercraft die. This particular die is actually a tag, but instead of using it as is, I cut around the featured word in a circle. Draw on some string and add some fussy cut snow flakes and I had some pretty baubles hanging near my tree!
For the right page I used some old sizzix dies to cut out the phrase 'Joy to the World'. This is one of my favourite Christmas carols, and I think it's pretty fitting as we celebrate Christmas.
I also die cut a nutcracker using a Kaisercraft die - there's something about him that just makes me smile!
I placed the nutcracker on some Christmas presents that I made. These are so simple to make but look really cute! Just cut out some squares from Christmas (or any occasion) paper and add some bows using thin washi tape.
Finally I added some kindy glitz to the nutcracker and the word 'joy' because I'm in love with sparkles! I also used a felt tip pen to draw around each of the letters and major elements, such as the nutcracker and presents, to highlight the images. This helped them to stand out from the background.
Overall I love how this turned out! I had so much fun layering paint, stencils and die cuts all together, and I look forward to creating many more art journaling layouts.
I hope you've enjoyed this Christmas project. I wish everyone a Happy New Year and look forward to sharing more crafting adventures with you in 2017!
- Sarah -