Sunday, November 22, 2020

Lessons and Blessings Journal in the Year 2020

Around November, everyone starts to talk about their blessings and the things for which they are thankful. Due to all of the events of 2020, I have heard many people say nothing good has happened to them.  Many have seen their lives changed this year and not all for the better. But amidst these changes, I think we can all find something that could have turned out a lot worse than it actually did. And that is where I start looking when trying to find something for which I am thankful.

I wanted to create a journal so that not only I could remember the events and blessings of this momentous year, but I also wanted to remember the lessons that I learned while experiencing each one of these events. To me, the lessons learned are more important than the event because in the end, that is all that I am left with.

My other goal for this journal was to use up the mountain of stamps, scraps and stenciled bits accumulated on my desktop from the past year. As you can see, I have quite a lot.

Using brown packing paper, I stenciled using my PaperArtsy Chalk Paints.

After creating the pages, I bound them all together using my Bind It All Tool. This is perfect for me because I love making chunky journals. 

After that, I just got creative and started putting all my bits and pieces together. 

Lastly, my most favorite part of this journal is the cover. I love painting faces and this one was fairly quick using the stencil. I love how it turned out. 

And here is the view of all the pages. Definitely thicker than I planned.


Thanks for joining me. I hope that you are able to spend a few moments reflecting on the blessings of 2020. Take some time to record them using the creative process because this is one year that you don't want to forget.

Until Next Time,

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  1. What a wonderful collection you've pulled together, Kate - I love your journal!

  2. Wow! My eyes just kept getting bigger as I saw page after page! These artworks are so beautiful and the words placed with them really resonate with me. Thank you for sharing your gift of creativity with us -- consider us inspired, now! :-)

  3. Beautiful pages Kate! Love the uplifting words as much as your colourful pages! Hugs, Chrisx


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