Christmas card / Thank you card

It’s the season to share the love you have for others but it’s also the season that seems to have the least hours per day. So I ended up making a very quick and easy card to attach to the flower arrangement I bought to give to my grandma ❤

It’s pre scored card, a christmas tree freebie from some magazine (probably Scrapbook Inspirations, it used to come with a lot of freebies and I’ve accumulated a few over the years) and Tim Holtz Distress Stickles glitter glue.

I drew glittery lines with the glue and added glitter glue to the ornaments on the tree. I attached the tree with foam pads for a little dimension.

On the inside I stamped Merry Christmas & Happy New Year and a personal greeting.

Took less than ten minutes to make including drying time using a heat gun.

Christmas Card

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Art Journal on a budget

Art journaling doesn’t have to be expensive. You don’t need bunch of fancy stuff and materials to express yourself.

If longevity (how fast something turns old/begins to turn yellow) is something you are not concerned with than there is absolutely no need to spend lots of money on supplies. A simple notebook (with or without lines) is all you need to get started (and often it takes many many years for them to even get a tint of yellow). Or you can buy a sketch pad, they are almost always acid free and longevity is not an issue. However if you plan to use water or watercolors you can not use a sketch pad – it will crumble.

A pencil, a pen, Crayola wax crayons, the ones kids use, and you are on your way to express yourself in an art journal. The cheapest crayons in my store happend to be Faber Castell

Crayons

Wax crayons

If you want to take it one step further I suggest buying Crayola pencils (or any other brand that is cheap) and a Staedler Pigment Liner pen (size 1).

All in all it should be possible to get started for §10 or less.

If you want inspiration or free printables I have collected some sources at Pinterest

What is your best budget tips?
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6/12: I tried the wax crayons I have and maybe the Crayola crayons are better, but if not I suggest crayola pencils as your first buy.

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Amazing old book cover

On my last visit to a thrift store I found a really old book. It’s the New Testament from ca 1875. The lettering is fantastic.

Old book pages

It makes me so sad that this book has not been cared for. It’s missing pages and it looks like it’s been stored in a barn, there are water stains and it’s missing quite a few pages. But it will find a new life in my mixed media projects.

I don’t know what I’m going to do with the cover but it has to be something extra special. I wish you could see the amazing  book cover in person. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

Old book

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Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love all the lights and decorations 🙂

I haven’t forgotten about the card I promised to show you. I will as soon as my foot allows me to move around freely