Christmas Art Journal Days 8 + 9

Just catching up with the days I missed last week. A simple one and then one that is a little less restrained.


Created the photo gathering in Photoshop and then printed it all out together.


Decorative tape at the top and bottom from Heidi Swapp. Alphabet patterned paper from Mustard Moon. Clip on top from Lil Davis. Word stickers from Making Memories.

Loved my bookbinding class today. It was just the basics but cool enough to get me inspired to sign up for the next class which gets into more hardbinding techniques. Nice to be the student for a change.

30 thoughts

  1. Krista

    2005-12-17 16:55:17 -0500

    You are such a stinker...the other day, I was drinking my oh so yummy hot cocoa from Starbucks, and I looked that the paper thingy they put around the cup, and I said..." that would look great on my Christmas LO...." too funny!'
    Great pages too~!

  2. Araxi

    2005-12-17 16:59:58 -0500

    Lovin it!

  3. vivian

    2005-12-17 17:32:11 -0500

    well you've got me to do at least one thing
    next year: a bookbinding course!
    i've always wanted to do that, so now
    i will! thanks.

  4. Angela C-M

    2005-12-17 17:43:41 -0500

    Finished up two SBR gifts today for the IL's. One more for FIL :)
    Love the Starbucks wrapper. Merry Christmas!

  5. karen

    2005-12-17 18:20:33 -0500

    great job on both of these! My mom & I share your shopping holiday tradition too!

  6. joleen

    2005-12-17 18:39:17 -0500

    gorgeous! i'm totally loving your journal! ♥

  7. corinne

    2005-12-17 18:40:33 -0500

    just love your collage of photo's! good thing that you injoyed your class! where do you find the time? How is chris doing?

  8. Carla (in corvallis)

    2005-12-17 18:49:49 -0500

    cool to see you use the cup jacket i saw you with in albany at the "perspective" class.... just *love* how you put things together! so cool...
    carla =)

  9. Jackie Hunter

    2005-12-17 19:13:22 -0500

    Awsome & Stunning As Always!
    Love all your Entries Ali, VERY inspirAational :o)

  10. Nancy in Vancouver

    2005-12-17 19:58:48 -0500

    Ali, love that you can actually catch up. Got your email but I forgot to ask you what printer you had to print out your photos and what program you used. Needless to say, trying to print out photos for your class the night before was quite the learning curve. Trying to unpack cables and install software and figure out where those downloaded photos were on my computer. Dear me. And I still haven't finished those albums. I may have to redo because I think I misplaced my notes. :) OK. Better go now. Thanks again for your inspiration. I am getting better at letting go and going with the flow. Well at least some days I am. ;)

  11. cathy

    2005-12-18 00:38:07 -0500

    Ali.....okay, I used to go to that Army Surplus store ALL THE TIME! That was THE place to shop if you were remotely new wave and lived in the city! Too cool! Used to take the bus down from Capitol Hill.
    Loved reading that journaling.

  12. colleen

    2005-12-18 01:56:48 -0500

    I have had a bookbinding class at the Dallas Artists Guild on my list forever...good to know you enjoyed it. I bet it was cool to be the student ;-)

  13. May

    2005-12-18 02:46:04 -0500

    Fantastic stuff! Inspires me to work on some Christmas memories pages.
    I hope to find a book binding class to take around here! =)

  14. valerie

    2005-12-18 03:13:37 -0500

    Cool! I used "Do you see what I see?" for my Day 8 layout, too!
    Valerie, thinking that at least her layout has ONE thing in common...LOL!

  15. Kathy Bishop

    2005-12-18 04:28:13 -0500

    Your layout has given me the perfect reason to go to Starbucks! Thank you :)
    Love the first layout with all the photos in a block - they look great.

  16. jen

    2005-12-18 06:28:47 -0500

    wow...these are so great...i love how you incorporated Starbucks...ahhh.. a woman after my own heart!! :-)

  17. shawn b

    2005-12-18 09:40:59 -0500

    Glad to see I wasn't the only one who scrapped with the cool "it only happens once a year" cardboard piece from Starbucks. I actually saved a few of them and used on cards too. Love it. Awesome when creative minds thinks alike.
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  18. Andrea W.

    2005-12-18 10:35:58 -0500

    Your art journals are all so, so, so wonderful, I love to look at them, I agree with everyone who used the word "inspirational" to describe you!

  19. jessica

    2005-12-18 11:13:47 -0500

    Ah, the memories of our Seattle shopping adventures -- they will live on forever.
    I loved reading this, Ali! I love remembering the McDougall family Christmas traditions.
    I hope to see you make a page about ornaments and taking turns hanging them on the tree
    maybe you could use some of the pages from those little brown binders that mom had written down our ornaments in, who they were from, etc. (the original ones that she did that in.)
    Thanks for sharing the Christmas spirit Ali!

  20. missy s

    2005-12-18 12:11:51 -0500

    love the starbucks in there..too cool. your pages are amazing and i just made the chatterbox tags you made last year!

  21. Melissa

    2005-12-18 14:34:33 -0500

    Awesome journal... maybe next year I can get going on this, too!

  22. jamie

    2005-12-19 13:35:25 -0500

    i am loving these, ali. :)

  23. Christine

    2005-12-22 02:40:35 -0500

    Wow, totally love your work, Ali! I'm a 20 year old college student from the Philippines -- just wanted to let you know that your work inspires a lot of people, not just expert scrappers and moms in the States, but wannabe layout artists (haha, I wish!) halfway across the globe as well! :) Thanks for sharing all the great ideas and lovely work!

  24. Melissa

    2005-12-25 07:29:10 -0500

    The "it only happens once a year" layout is very reminiscent, to me, of a Rebecca Sower layout. SO CLASSICLY individual and artistic. LOVIN IT, Ali.


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