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Christmas Card Journal and Facing Fears

Happy New Year!

I haven't felt much like doing anything the past few days, but this morning I woke up feeling a bit happier and more like making something.  

I was inspired by these five things:

1.  A lovely pile of Christmas cards.

2.  Some fun Christmas pictures.

3. Erika's**Art*Journal*Journey* theme - Favorite Things.

4. Scrapacat's MIX challenge on Snowy Day with at least two mediums.

5.  Kandie's Messy, Mixed and Joyful Challenge  on  Journal cards made with Christmas cards.

I decided to make a little Junk Journal with some of the Christmas cards, gift card holders, and envelops I received.  I filled it with pictures from this Christmas Season.

I started with a large handmade card sent to me by my blogging buddy, Jill.  I reinforced the "spine" with some packing tape, gesso, card stock, and Modge Podge.  I added on some crinkled tissue paper,  few die cuts, paper dolls and some gold paint.  I finished it off with some SnowTex. 

Here are some more pictures of the inside:

I have enough cards to make a few other ones so I may do more.  Even my hubby loved it.

As for my favorite things:  my family, playing with paper and mediums, cards, and friends.  

One more page that also fits **Art*Journal*Journey* deals with drawing - I love to do it but faces really get me and I avoid them.  I bought myself Jane Davenport's Beautiful Faces book and I have been practicing.  I like how my faces came out after the first couple of practice sessions even though they have a lot of flaws.  I decided to make them into a journal page about our fears of our our own faces (real and drawn).

Thanks so much for visiting!  Hope you are staying safe!




  1. This is a great idea to use pretty Christmas cards. Some of them are too attractive to throw away.
    I like your list of favourite things too. I’m going to make a list tomorrow.
    Your faces are really good. My favourite is the one with the grey hair at the bottom of the page, she looks all ready for a party.
    Happy New Year!

  2. Hi Nancy, LOVE the card junk journal! : ) and i think your face page is wonderful... you are very talented, even on your first try. Teresa

  3. This is a wonderful Journnal. What a great job (AGAIN) Always! You have inspired me...many years ago..I made myself an altered book. I always wanted to make more but never did. I should try again because it turned out to be a treasured book. I also feel honored that one of the Christmas cards you used for this precious Journal was mine. I didn't know what to send you...and that one just jumped out at me as a card for you.

  4. Your junk journal is amazing Nancy. That is a great idea and way to keep those Christmas cards. I should do the same. I still have my pile from last year as well as this years and it seems a waste to just throw them away. And you drew some fabulous faces. I am playing with hands lately, and they are difficult to do. I think you had a fun art time from the looks of it, and I'm glad you joined us at Art Journal Journey. Thanks. And happy start to the new year! I hope you have a happy 2021. Hugs-Erika

  5. such a special journal and the perfect place to hold all those wonderful photos :)

  6. I had planned to be here earlier, but my electricity went off early in the day. Wichita got SLAMMED with ice and snow, making 2021’s first day seem more like 2020 revisited than the start of a new year.

    I was really impressed with your Christmas card junk journal. I save all my old Christmas cards, so I might look into making one of those journals. You are certainly inspiring and your journal is amazing. So, too, are your faces. You do great work, even if you aren't sure of yourself. I think your faces are brilliantly created. Thanks so very much for sharing these gorgeous pages with us at Art Journal Journey using Erika's theme.

  7. A fabulous Junk Journal Nancy, full of lots of lovely memories. I really like your faces, we are always our own worst critics - I can assure you they are a lot better than anything I could ever achieve.
    Wishing you a Happy New Year.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  8. Fabulous junk journal Nancy and a great way of recycling the lovely Christmas cards. The faces page in your journal looks fabulous and I loved reading the little criticisms.
    Avril xx

  9. I love the idea of using Christmas cards to journal! May have to try it...... lol wonderful to add pictures in as well. Wow, your faces are great! Faces are difficult for me, need lots more practice! Happy New Year!!!

  10. I love your fabulous junk journal Nancy, and the faces page is wonderful!
    Alison xx

  11. What a fabulous junk journal and such great idea to use christmas cards! I have phases of wanting to draw faces, haven't done any for a while! Yours are fabulous, I love the wistful looking girl top left! Hugs, Chrisx


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