Thursday, 22 October 2009

It's All About Me

Today is the day of Natasha's It's All about Me Party, where we share the project we've been working on for ourselves!
I joined Heather's (Pretty Petals) online tutorial A Beautiful Life to make an Art Journal
I was finding it impossible to get the time to make it and then Natasha's party came along and gave me the incentive to somehow find the time and do the journal
I decided to only use whatever supplies I could find amongst my 'junk'
A Beautiful Life

My Cover

I love this vintage rose

Heather supplied us with images to use for the journal
I just love this double page

Such a 'sweet pose'

Vintage lace and flowers

Love the combination of cream ribbon with the vintage flowers

Layers of Vintage sheet music and pretty papers
Such an elegant look

Love the pink rosebuds with the cream binding

This is the 'O how I love.....' journal pages
The first page has a photo of Max and I on our wedding day

Such a pretty lady in blue
Pretty paper, vintage laces, Blue binding, hearts, vintage glass and pearl buttons

I love this glass button

The pearl bead goes so well with the gorgeous pearl button

I used a chandelier heart crystal on the bottomof the page
Vintage for get me nots, tuille and cream binding surround our wedding photo

Cream binding and vintage flower

Sweet posy

Beautiful chandelier heart

I love the friendship page

More vintage sheet music and pretty papers.
Friendship is 'a gift'

Gift Tag

Vintage lace, glitter and vintage satin trim surround our sweet friends

This is a vintage satin trim that I have had forever and never quite knew where I wanted to place it. I love the way it sits with this paper and glitter

Vintage sheet music, glitter and friends

Glitter and vintage lace

Family means so much to me

Cute vintage forget me nots used on the trim for this tag

Love the vintage lace I used on the bottom of this page

Such a beautiful verse
I love the colour of this ribbon.
I used some of this ribbon when I was making things for Riley's nursery

These last two pages aren't really finished but I'm not sure what else I will add.
I have just put a few words that mean a lot to me in regards to marriage, relationships and family
These words mean a lot to me and are words we should all live by
I love this vintage blue flower - took a lot of steam to bring it back

If you can't trust the ones you love - then who can you trust??

We all deserve loyalty

Making this journal has taken a long time.

With so many family commitments, kids and partners moving in and out of our home, it has been really difficult to find the 'ME time' to put it together.
I am so happy that Heather had this journal class and that Natasha has had her It's All About Me party to 'make me' find some ME time in my life
Thanks girls , it's been fun


Natasha Burns said...

Alison your journal is so beautiful! I love the trims you used, and the wedding photo is gorgeous! I'm so glad you joined in and that you managed to get your journal finished even with your busy life!

Cola's Cottage said...

Very pretty Alison! I love your name as it is my daughter's whom I named after my sister who passed away many years ago. Your journal is beautiful and I know it is a real treasure for you and I can see the love of your family in it.

Hugs ~ Nichole said...

Hi Alison, your journal is beautiful, I love your cover page and especially the wedding page, how lovely you used your own wedding photo. Like Natasha I am really happy you managed to carve out a little time for yourself to finish such a worthy project! Rachaelxo

Lori said...

Alison,your journal turned out so pretty...i LOVE that you included one of your wedding photos on your "oh how i love" page...that is really sweet!!!

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Alison what a stunning journal it is beautiful & I love all the vintage flowers - that velvet rose is really something. This will be something you will treasure forever. Thank you so much for your help regards my website, the more I read the Tutoials the more I stuffed things up & in the end contacted Miss Ali who did my template & she went in & fixed it all up for me plus put the link on that was causing all the trouble. Hope you are having a great day.

Lyn xxx

Pearl Maple said...

Alison that is a fabulous journal, love all those special little details you have added.

This swap has been great fun. Are you looking forward to the vintage stocking this year? Always get to meet some lovely people through swaps.

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Your life journal is just really inspires me to make one...thanks so much for sharing.

Please stop by for a visit to see what I've been up to for the party,

Fete et Fleur said...

This is lovely. Alison. A beautiful statement of your love for your family.


LiLi M. said...

I love how you show us every beautiful detail of that amazing journal! Well done. Now we can see that you used your best stuff. I know, I know always saving those things for that very special occasion. When? Of course now, you did a terrific job! Love it. Have fun today enjoying all 'Me time' projects!

Julie Ann said...

Beautiful journal!! All of your treasures were just meant for it!

Unknown said...

I can see you have put so much time and effort in, its gorgeous!

MJ Ornaments said...

Wow Alison, your journal is just beautiful! And your wedding photo is darling. Have a great day. Take care, Martha

Unknown said...

This is pure gorgeousness. I love how you shared these details as well. This looks like a labor of love, and isn't it grand that Natasha gave us an excuse to indulge. This keepsake will be cherished forever.

vintage girl at heart said...

Alison this is so beautiful. I just love all of the elements both vintage and new and the images are so sweet!! I am so glad you took the time for yourself!!! It is truly a work of the heart!

Connie said...

It's darling, sugar, and you were a gorgeous bride along with handsome Max! Just stunning and a lot of work I'm sure. I truly do love it.

Anonymous said...

Your journal is beautiful! I love the flowers you used - the rose on the cover is gorgeous and those pink rosebuds are just so pretty! It was a really fun project, wasn't it? So glad you were able to make time to do it-

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Oh, Alison! You were one of those lucky girls who were able to take that class! Love your journal/book! You used soooo many pretty elements! Pink and cream- yum! ♥

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Your journal is beautiful!!! Love the vintage lace trims & the chandelier crystal. I have so got to finish mine...thank goodness she increased the deadline!

SweetScarlett said...

I love your journal . Beautiful work!

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

Alison!! Oh it is so lovely... you did such a wonderful job! I love all of your trims you used... and I love that you made yourself use what you had on hand. It is amazing what we can whip up with what we already have.

The wedding picture is so pretty! So glad you found the time to make your journal... and the last two pages are really so special with the words you used. I love that idea!

xo Heather

Pearl said...

Your art journal is truly a work of art... simply Enchanting! I really enjoyed seeing all of the sweet embellishments... wonderful photos!
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GerryART said...

Alison, I'll just bet you spent loving hours to complete your journal with all it's memories.
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Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

What a beautiful lifes journal.Just gorgeous.Alot of work.XXOO Marie Antionette

Dogwood said...

Such a beautiful journal. I love all the embellishments, colors and creative design. I hope to polish my skills enough to make one some day soon!

vicki archer said...

This journal is absolutely gorgeous Alison....the 'me' time is rare but when you find it look what happens. Have a wonderful weekend, xv.

Melbourne Girl said...

Great stuff Alison...well done!


SharDon Exclusives said...

The wonderful thing about the challenges is we get to meet people we never knew. This is my first time on your blog and I am loving it all. Your wedding page is so very lovely. Natasha's challenge was so fun to be able to make something for myself and be able to keep it without You did a Great job...Sharon

Antique Rose Designs said...

Hi Alison your journal looks great you put so much work into it. I didn't get my quilt done too many orders to do but I will show it off soon. Have a great weekend. Carol

Heartinmyhand said...

Very lovely

Joy Jones said...

Hi Alison! Oooh my....everything is soooo pretty. I love all the tiny details and they way you have put everything together so thoughfully. GORGEOUS! ~ xo Joy

shabby*vintage*dreams said...

WOW!!!!TRUELY BREATHTAKING!!!youve done a wonderful job!! love it!!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

So pretty! I love the blue in the journal.

Lori said...

Awe Alison you did such a romantic job, good for you!!! One day soon I can't wait to play amongst my frou-frou goodies! later,Lori

Jeanne said...

Your Beautiful Life Journal looks so amazing Alison. I love those pink roses and the page with the photo of you an Max on your wedding day - gorgeous. I know what you mean - it is SO much fun to see how everyone took the same materials and made it their own. It was a fabulous class - I hope Natasha does more of them!


Tutti Chic said...

Alison~This is beyond beautiful! I am constantly inspired by all the talent I see out in blogland! Beautiful job!!! Thanks for the sweet post on my blog-please continue to pray for this soldiers family~xoxochris

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Alison,
You have done a fabulous job on this Journal. So soft, creative, feminine, vintage oh all rolled into one.
Love it.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Very Beautiful, I like what yu have done !8~)
~Myrna Lee

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Oh, I just love your journal, Alison! I have yet to do mine- LOL! But, I will, and when I do, I will post about it. Love the satin trim on the friendship page and the sweet pink rosebuds on the lady's hat. And how sweet to add your wedding picture. Just love that! Such a treasure to keep...


Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

That's a beautiful journal Alison.

Cindy said...

Everyone's turned out sooooo pretty! You gals all did such a wonderful job!

yapping cat

CatieAn said...

oh allison your journal is amazingly gorgeous! All the special trims and embellishments make it more than just a journal.
What special memories of max and you and riley's trim as well.

I am so happy you found some 'me' time as well. We are like you--kids and families movie in and out and staying for months makes it difficult to do 'your ' own things