Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It is all about me......selfish? No, FUN!!!

Natasha Burns challenged us to make
"something for ourselves".
I am feeling kinda' stingy right now.
(My Mother always taught us that
"it is better to give than to receive"
"Now, don't be selfish, Sharon, you must learn to share".)
I can hear her right now.
I have just finished Heathers class on making a journal for myself. I had such a wonderful time with that class that I decided I would make another one just around the Victorian Christmas. This is what I came up with. What do you think? Do you have any idea how hard it is to find graphics around the "Real Reason for the Season"? I just did not have any. I looked for two days, to no avail and decided that this book would be centered around the Victorian Christmas theme.
First, the box that holds the "A Beautiful Life" journal. (I just borrowed the idea from Heather)
The box that holds the book. It is simple yet says there is "something" inside.
The cover is another wallpaper book cover that I loved the graphic of the boys singing. You can not tell but I have used dimensional glue to "pop" the bells off the page and I added a piece of jewelry at the bottom that I dearly love.My first full page is a takeoff of "A Beautiful Life with a postcard, antique broach and two sweet little ones praying. Across the page I added an antique key, watch face and some beaded gold chain. (If you enlarge it you can see the snow sparkling and the moon in 3D)
Page 2
I really liked the way the Victorian ladies dressed. (I would have loved living back then but if I did then you wouldn't have known The BIG red button was one of my Mommas & I could not pass up making it look like a wreath.
Page 3
This is one of my favorite pages because if you notice there is an angel that sets on top of the famous Santa & child picture. That little angel is a plaster placket that I have had for 39 years. I scanned it last year and have used the graphic for many cards and tags at Christmas time.
Page 4
This is a true Santa page. On the left side is a card that I received last year. I used an old lace collar from Goodwill to soften the page. On the right is a graphic from Heathers book. On top that I scanned an advertisement and then made it into a stamp to put Santa on top of the red piece of core board.
Page 5
I used the inside of a card board box for the right hand corner and added a silver flower broach. I picked up at Goodwill a burgundy beaded dress that had scallops, cut it apart for the trim. The tree on the left is three pieces of jewelry that I glued together to make the tree.
Page 6
I know you can not see it but all of the bulbs on the tree are 3D with dimensional "Glossy Accents".
Last but not the least is the finished product. I did not have a wide red ribbon so I used a deep rose that has a lot of green on the backside.
I had the white tassel that was a light pull.
Well, selfish or not, I enjoyed making this one.
Now I have to get back to working on Christmas presents and gifts for others.
Thank you, Natasha for hosting this challenge! I have enjoyed it very very much.
Be sure to go over to Natasha's post (also known as Artistic Creations)
to see all of the other creations because
"It is all about me" afterall...


Lori said...

Sharon, your Christmas journal is stunning!!! the graphics you used are so pretty...and the embellishments are perfection...the way you did the tree is amazing...beautiful work!!!

Natasha Burns said...

What a beautiful journal and box! I love the theme and your gorgeous embellishments, everything turned out perfectly. Thanks so much for joining in, I'm so glad you did!

Cola's Cottage said...

Oh Sharon, your journal is stunning! I love the graphics and ephemera! Very Beautiful : )

Hugs ~ Nichole

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh! Wow! That is beautiful!! I love every single element you put into your journal!

The Rose Room said...

Wow!! I think you captured the essence of a Victorian Christmas perfectly! Rachael:)

Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

Sharon, The journal is absolutely gorgeous! A little me time can't hurt. :)
Blessings, Gerri

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, this is magnificent. I love all of the embellishments and that ribbon tied with love I can see. I love the Victorian touches, and your work is perfectly divine! It does feel good to create something just for you, not to share but to cherish.


Gerry said...

You will treasure your Christmas Journal for many years to come, I'm sure.
Looks like lots of love went into it's making.
Don't ya love Natasha's creative 'swap'

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Oh Sharon! You've got me ready for Christmas! I'm just lovin' these journals I'm seeing around! Wish I could have taken the class.

When we are nice to ourselves, it helps us to nice to others, so you're not being selfish- okay? ☺ ♥

A Little Something Added said...

You do so much for others all of the time that it's good to see you are doing something for yourself! Just looking at your journal is getting me in the mood for Xmas!!

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

You surely are one clever and talented woman! Love your journal and box and every detail and element is pure perfection!!

Mollye said...

Hi Sharon, I am over here visiting from Betty's blog and adore all your beautiful journals. I used to be just consumed with making my journals and have gotten away from them, but now I am all inspired to get them going again. Thanks, Mollye

Debra @ Common Ground said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Sharon, you deserve to do something just for YOU! Beautiful work!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I LOVE your Christmas journal! What a great idea! Here I haven't even finished my Beautiful Life journal & you've completed not one, but two. Beautiful job!!!

Pearl said...

Your Victorian Christmas Journal is simply Enchanting... I really like all of the sweet little personal touches you've put into it... Wonderful idea to create a pretty box to keep it safe in, too! I keep thinking I'll make one of these pretties for myself... soon, perhaps!
Hope you're enjoying the
swap as much as I am!
~ blessings ~
please stop by for
a visit, and enter to
win one of my give~aways!

Lisa said...

Your journal is just amazing! I love it all. And the box id wonderful!
Hugs, Lisa

Marina Capano said...

Hi!!! so cute!!!
I love it!


Connie said...

Aaaaaah, sugar, you did very well on it. Just beautiful!

Okay, did I make your day??? LOL


Coastal Sisters said...

Sharon, this is beautiful!!


Dogwood said...

Oh very lovely. I love your journal. I am sure you will have lots of fun with it. You did a great job.

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Sharon,

I hope you are still looking forward to a little Pay it Forward cuz tag you are it. :) There is a bit more info on my blog posting if you need more or anything else I can help with drop me an email! :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Marie Antionette said...

Its just stunning.I love it.Wow!!! Alot of hard work went into this beauty.XXOO Marie Antionette

Jeanne said...

Your Christmas version of The Beautiful Life Journal is awesome! Each page is so lush with lots of wonderful layers. What a treasure!

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Ohhhhh Sharon, your Victorian Christmas Journal as well as the Beautiful Life Journal are absolutely stunning!! All of the embellishments and how you creatively arranged them on every page are just exquisite!! You did a magnificent job on both!!
Love & Hugs, Carol Anne

Joyce's Journey said...

Hi Sharon! I forget how I found your blog, but here I am. I just read back about a month worth of posts and I have so thoroughly enjoyed each and every post. I truly love your "Beautiful Life" journal. I so wish I did that too, but had so many other things going on that would've prevented successful completion. Now that I am seeing so many beautiful, finished products, I am green with envy!!!

I also love the journal of love journals that you make for cancer patients/families. What a great idea! You have really made some very beautiful things, jewelry included. I'll certainly be back. You are a very creative person with beautiful visions!!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Sharon, Your Christmas journal is very sweet! The images are lovely and you embellished the pages beautifully!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Very Victorian and stunningly beautiful! What a labor of love. Peace & blessings, Tammy

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Hi Sharon,

Oh, your book is divine! I just love it all. I love the way you did the "3D", and all the exquisite trims. Your placement is superb! I am Heather's Mom, and I have yet to do my art journal. I did start, and will post when completed. But, thanks for the tips and inspiration..


Queen of Dreamsz said...


Your journal is lovely...all of the keepsakes make this a true treasure to pass along one day.

I'm so glad you put aside the sound of your mother's voice and did something special for yourself. ;00

Please pop by for a visit if you haven't already!


Laurie said...

I love your journal, its just gorgeous! Thank you for your nice comment on my blog! It is a pleasure to meet you ~
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Wanda said...

Sharon your work is stunning, I would love to contribute to your efforts. I am a cancer suvivor myself and know some of the terrior that goes when one hears the words you have cancer.
I know your work must bring joy because beauty always does. Please contact me and let me know what you can use besides jewelry as I do just about every craft their is. My e-mail is

Lori said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!! I love it. I received your email and stopped by to check out your blog. It's beautiful--your work is just gorgeous. I'm your partner in the Ornament swap. Can't wait to see what it'll look like! Stop by my blog as well--thanks!

My Vintage Studio said...

Your journal is beautiful!
Hope you are having a great week.

daylily777 said...

That is a great journal!I have never seen one so pretty. I know you will enjoy it for years to come .8~)
~Myrna Lee

Charlene said...

OH SHARON IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL! Here you have a second journal done & I haven't even started my Beautiful Life Journal. Now that I have Trade Days, my taxes done, I work tomorrow but, after that no more jobs scheduled & Momma goes back to California... I will have ME TIME! I hope my journals are as beautiful as yours. Would you mind if I copied you & did a Christmas one too? Such a grand idea. Now, I will have to look for images as beautiful as yours. Thank you for sharing & stopping by to visit. Have a great week. ~ Charlene

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS BOOK! It makes me want to do one too, I love that Victorian style.

Halo Hill said...

Very very pretty, Sharon!!


lorhen82 said...

Wow Sharon...this journal is gorgeous!!! What wonderful work you do! ~Lori

The Rustic Victorian said...

So-so-so-so beautiful! Look at the inspiration you have given out by your talent! You do have a way with paper!

luthien said...

oh wow!! what a superb journal!! it's packed with details and beautiful images and papers!! just couldn't take my eyes off of it!!

thank you for visiting me at pimp and paint and leaving that sweet comment :))
luthien :)

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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