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13 January 2016

New Beginnings

During the first few weeks of January,
I have given much thought to how I want to spend my creative time this year
& have settled on a few ideas.

I have chosen a word to focus on during 2016, which will form the basis for my art projects.


It is a multifaceted word which will allow me to draw inspiration
from it's many parts throughout the year.

More on that later.

I will be working in an art journal, which is the same Dylusions journal by Ranger,
that I started to use for the Documented Life Project last year.

Those pages have been removed, so that I can begin again with a fresh clean journal.

Using one page for each week, I have enough pages left to last the year.

I created a page template, which can be used four different ways 
& will bring some continuity to my pages.

The large rectangles are big enough to contain an ATC
& the smaller squares can be used for inchies.

My journal will be a way to document my year, with space to insert other projects along the way.

For Week 1,
I have used the prompt from Colour Me Positive,
together with a Truth Card from BGU.

I have also used the space to include a couple of cut-outs from a publication.

This new butterfly, which has been named after Sir David Attenborough,
is a Black-Eyed Satyr.

Hidden under the Truth Card, is something that made me laugh.

Truth Card hinged using Tissue Tape
The background was made using acrylic paint, over a textured gesso layer,
then Gelatos (Passion Fruit) through a Tim Holtz Bubble stencil
& the larger circles were made using a Faber-Castell dabber tool.
Week 2,
I again followed the prompt from CMP,
together with an ATC made for The Craft Barn 2016 Alpha Challenge.

ATC attached to journal using photo corners
I have decided to join in with their challenge as I thoroughly enjoyed it in 2013,
but this time I will be making ATCs rather than tags.

I grabbed an old dictionary from the bookshelf
& a part used pack of paper by K & Company
from their K-ology Addison range.

I have used a small blue gemstone for the bird's eye.

The bird image was from The Graphics Fairy,
(as was the image of the girl,
which is held in place by a strip of tissue tape from Tim Holtz).

The background was made using acrylic paint, over a textured gesso layer,
then black acrylic paint through a Tim Holtz Flourish stencil.

Both pages were edged with black acrylic paint.


  1. A wonderful way to create your journal pages. Both look fabulous.

  2. You are going to have a great journal Daisy! So much to look at! Love your bird ATC! xx

  3. Great ATC and fab journal pages!

  4. Your brave ATC is gorgeous!

  5. What a beautiful start to your journal. Love the ATC. So much detail and yet it all works together so well. Lou x

  6. Great ATC! I was expecting the dictionary word "Bird" when I saw it but you've been more imaginative with "Brave"...

  7. Such a lot of work on that little ATC. A great word choice too.

  8. Beautiful and love the way the shades of blue blend x

    1. K & Company do make such beautiful patterned papers.

  9. I was really impressed with your template, and it seems to fit your word of the year, too. It looks very versatile. Coming from Craft Barn, I thought this was a perfect beginning to this challenge I missed the first time around. Your first entry is simply incredible. You stamp so well, too.

    1. Thank you for your comments, but I don't want to mislead you so I must point out that I haven't "stamped" any of the images on either of the pages.

  10. Lovely journal pages. The idea of a flexible template is great. Resilience is key to happiness, great choice of focus xx

  11. Fab ATC and page. Love the template idea :)

  12. lovely addition of the gemstone as eye.

  13. A fabulous start to your 2016 journal and love the atc.

  14. Love your page template. The BE ATC is gorgeous. Love the layers. Hugz