September 04, 2009

Jollity

Noun, 1. jollity - feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor. jolliness, joviality

This is the vacation journal I worked on while at the lake with Cammy this summer. The word jollity completely captures the feelings of that week. I think it will become part of my personal mantra.

This journal was made from a brochure from Smith and Hawken that I covered with magazine pictures, papers, ephemera and whatever embellishments I could find. We got the idea from Pam Garrison when she did something similar.

This is what I worked on every morning and evening while sitting at the table with Cammy.

I've always wanted to journal but I somehow couldn't ever do it. This was a big step for me.

I felt really brave creating this and even more brave for sharing it with you. It feels like such a personal thing to me.

I feel like I have really grown as an artist this past year. Even calling myself an artist never felt right before, like with out having formal training or earning a living from things I make, I had no right.

Now I realize that artist is a state of mind and that's a place I'm happy to reside.

I hope you all will find your inner artist too. She really wants to come out and play.

Here is the inside of the journal all opened up.

and here is the back. It makes me happy every single time I look at it.

Hope your weekend is filled with jollity.

26 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous, & isn't that what its all about, making you happy.

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  2. I love this idea! I am forever cutting out images that inspire me from my favorite magazines. Now I know what I can do with them! Thanks for being brave and sharing, it is wonderful! If you create, you are an artist!
    Check out my blog in a couple of days. I am having a giveaway of some of my art!

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  3. Very creative Jen. Have a lovely lonnnggg weekend:)

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  4. That is just beautiful. I'd treasure it too if I created something that nice. No need to be shy at all.

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  5. What a lovely way to spend vacation time... and then it becomes a beautiful memento! Thanks for sharing this, Jen. And great word: jollity. Some words we just don't use enough. This one's going on my kitchen chalkboard tonight... just for fun!!

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  6. Ahhh. I love that journal. How beautiful!! Thanks for sharing. And you ARE an artist!but I know how you feel. I still am uncomfortable saying Im a writer , even though I have been published. What does it take for us to embrace that word they we love and that we want so bad to be??
    I LOVE the word Jollity.It makes me happy just to write it!

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  7. hi jen,

    your journal is stunningly beautiful, it really is. i have been inspired by your artwork many times, as you know. i am happy that you shared this.

    gosh, this also makes me want to order a s&h catalog!

    happy long weekend!
    xo

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  8. jen , this is fantastic!!!
    i love the images, the little ribbons, the leaves, all the thoughtful touches--i am so coming back to look at these more close up, so if you have one of those tracker counters & you see someone from GA enlarging your pics...that would be moi!
    xo

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  9. Jen, this is beautiful and yes, you are brave for sharing it with us. I know how you feel...I don't relish sharing my "art" or poetry with others either. I am rather private and shy with stuff like that. But, I'm sure it feels good now that you've done so, right?
    :-) It also inspires me to start working on some more artistic projects around here.

    ~Melanie
    www.melathome.blogspot.com

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  10. Jen, your journal turned out beautiful! Can't wait until we can sit and play together someday!
    XO Kelli

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  11. Really cool. Journaling is hard for me, maybe one day.

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  12. I just love it, love it, love it! The details are just so perfect & pretty & really show your style. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. It is very inspiring.

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  13. It's SO cool! You know, I find that once you take the risk and start being creative, it really expands throughout your life. Like I started crafting again, and then I started writing, and today part of a song lyric popped into my head. Where did that come from? I am the least musical person I know! But it's fun, to see the fruits of your brain's creative side! :)

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  14. Oh I adore your lovely journal..how creative and clever..just discovered your lovely blog and so so happy I did off to read some of your past posts and see what I have been missing...thanks for the inspiration today!

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  15. Your Summer journal is absolutely gorgeous Jen! You are so creative ♥

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  16. Holy Moly Macatoly.

    I'm in love with your journal. (Is that allowed?) I want to sleep with it under my pillow, but then it would crumple. So, maybe I'll just frame it?

    You're an Artist.

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  17. oh, i love your art! thanks for sharing.

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  18. Love your journal...such a great idea to start with a folding brochure! Every inspiring!

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  19. what a great vacation journal! it is the perfect size and creative project. I just love it.

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  20. Well done Jen it's beautiful!

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  21. I have not been able to sit and enjoy blogs for a long time...because of my sugery and the meds. I am playing catch up now!

    My Grandmother made a book like that and I still have it!

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  22. Jen it's just beautiful and very special! I love it!

    :) T

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  23. I found you blog through my friend Shannan at Flower Patch Farmgirl. Loved this post and your journal is beautiful! You probably better get used to calling yourself an artist. :)

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  24. This is absolutely beautiful and so creative. Very inspiring too. I seem to be seeing a lot of journals and scrap book on my travels around blog land today. Makes me want to start my own.

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