Getting the chance to scrapbook and play the last couple days. It feels so darn good.

Just wanted to share my circle journal in a box. This is for an artsy circle journal I am participating in with some very creative ladies. I thought they needed a challenge. And rather than taking it "out of the box" I decided I would keep it "in the box."

Playartjournal_interiorThis box comes from a company called The Weathered Door. For this project I painted it with the color chocolate from Making Memories and added a bunch of rub ons and embossing and such on the cover. The cover also doubles as the sign-in location (I took photos last night before boxing it up - apologize for the interesting colors). 

The theme of the album box is play. The theme of the larger project is play as well (we are all about playing) so I simply wanted to repeat that idea here in the jounal. Inside the box are a bunch of blocks. The women are instructed to decorate the blocks in whatever manner they would like - as long as it relates to play in one way or another.

I can't wait to see how this looks when it returns home!

I also had the chance to finally do some pages again for the Creating Garden at Two Peas. The theme this month is fabric - I was totally loving using my sewing machine and pulling out what bits of fabric I have around here (which is not much). There are a TON of amazingly inspiring pages over there. Check them out.

Here are a few that I am particularly fond of this month:

from Cathy Blackstone
from Rhonda Bonifay
from Mary Grace Abuzman (the whole concept of doing dream pages is just fantastic)
from Marie Cox

And then this was my favorite of the ones I did...


That's it for now. Working on my first page for my Christmas journal and completing a couple other circle journal pages that are long overdue.

And answering emails that have been patiently waiting...

31 thoughts

  1. Genevieve

    2005-12-01 06:36:19 -0500

    Interesting and inspiring as usual. I love how you choose to share knowledge and coolness...not just your own, but others' as well. Signed up for the Christmas journal thingy...thanks for the hint. Great stuff here :)

  2. vivian

    2005-12-01 07:09:54 -0500

    love the 'journal in a box' concept. good thinking! ;)

  3. marci lambert

    2005-12-01 07:10:37 -0500

    hi ali! love your layout of simon. i've started a collage book (thanks for the suggestions on paint) and this very morning i did a piece comparing my two girls last year and this year. must be something in the air! as always, thanks for sharing your wonderful work. hmm...making memories brown paint...must go to lss...

  4. Melanie

    2005-12-01 07:11:11 -0500

    I love this! I've been into brown lately too. Can you tell me if the script font on the box is actually a rub-on?
    I hope you will share when you it get it back!

  5. Lisa Damrosch

    2005-12-01 07:24:42 -0500

    WOW...I can't wait to see that baby come back completed...what a cool circle journal!! was great to see you in the Garden this the 2 to 3 layout...mine is turning 3 next week thanks for the inspiration!!!

  6. Denise

    2005-12-01 07:37:00 -0500

    How awesome is this? This has to be the coolest CJ I
    have seen yet! Thanks for sharing with us!

  7. Amy Zarrella

    2005-12-01 07:46:31 -0500

    Ali, I love how you use the blurry pictures! That would have been deleted from my camera immediately! Actually I am trying to break out of my ideas of what "should" be...that is why I am doing the Christmas journal...can't wait to start. I signed up late so I have to go buy a book. Since I am trying to simplify my life/house/scrap space I haven't been buying too much cardstock/pp so now I have nothing to do this album with! But it feels so great to know what I have in that space and KNOW I have to buy it because I NEED and and not because I WANT it!

  8. Heather Moll

    2005-12-01 07:46:45 -0500

    Wow, incredible! I love the colors and rub-ons! Beautiful work!

  9. Rachel

    2005-12-01 07:53:45 -0500

    ok. too dang cool. you rocked this!!

  10. Jen

    2005-12-01 08:02:17 -0500

    Wow..what an awesome idea for a CJ...those are some lucky gals in your CJ group!

  11. tracy

    2005-12-01 08:56:19 -0500

    What a great twist on circle journals! So glad to see you in the Garden this month too!

  12. Carlene

    2005-12-01 09:08:49 -0500

    Just wanted to say that I enjoy your blog so much! And what an awesome header...gorgeous wreath! happytrails! Carlene

  13. Céline Navarro

    2005-12-01 09:25:29 -0500

    OMG! ALI ! I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT YOUR JOURNAL IDEA!!! IT ROCKS!!! now i'll have to wait til the end as i'll be the last one to work on it! :D

  14. Shell

    2005-12-01 09:40:01 -0500

    oh wow! they are all so fab, love the CJ box. Please send me a creative push (or your brain) I have layouts and cards to do and inspiration has left me again!

  15. Christie

    2005-12-01 10:58:49 -0500

    I love it
    I'm so jelous. I can't do scrap-booky stuff to save my life

  16. jen paddack-hyde

    2005-12-01 12:18:44 -0500

    WOW!! these are so cool. If only I had an ounce of your creativity:)

  17. Robyn

    2005-12-01 13:47:28 -0500

    Geez girl - you are on a creative high! Loved your pages for the CG today - so awesome! And your box - awesome!! Totally inspiring!

  18. Jane

    2005-12-01 15:28:14 -0500

    I am astounded by your Christmas Art Journal. It is so different and so beautiful and creative and I want to keep looking at it. (OK,sorry gushing again) Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your over the top ideas. The rest of them are amazing too (the block circle journal and of course the fabric layout with your son), but honestly, I can't stop looking at the page with the film reel. Un-be-liev-able!!

  19. Jacoba

    2005-12-01 15:44:57 -0500

    hey girl - love the idea of decorating blocks...never would have thought of it for a circle journal. Way to think inside the box LOL They remind me of the blocks we use to test IQ... hmmm, this could get very interesting!

  20. Suzanne

    2005-12-01 15:57:17 -0500

    I'm so loving your CJ box. What a unique take on a circle journal. So creative!

  21. KimP

    2005-12-02 03:24:59 -0500

    Ali - so happy to see you in the creating garden again! Had fun getting inspired yesterday with all the cool layouts! (and ssshhhh - getting nothing done at work) Totally gonna lift Marie's photo frame layout :) Love your Christmas Art journal - I signed up for Shimelle's class yesterday - still waiting for my info so I can start... Thanks for the link :)

  22. Jane Swanson

    2005-12-02 05:34:18 -0500

    I am SO inspired by this.
    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.
    and the MADE BY STAMP.
    Please share!
    Thank you!

  23. Nikki

    2005-12-02 06:19:30 -0500

    WOW this is so cool Ali!

  24. marygrace

    2005-12-05 15:45:14 -0500

    awwww...thanks, friend.
    and you know you inspire me constantly. and just look at simon rocking that hat. ;)


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