End of the Year-Dec AJ Page-SNOW+Book

It is here!  The end of 2022 has arrived weather you are ready for it or not!  I know as I’ve gotten older the time seems to pass more and more quickly.  Each year I usually go through all of the things that I didn’t have time to do.  This year I’m going to look at all of things that I DID do instead!  I look forward to a wonderful year ahead and I hope you are as well!

  • For this entire year, I’ve had such a wonderful time creating my AJ pages at the end of each month with my crafty friend, Carol (from Crafty-Stamper)!  Thanks SO MUCH to her for the wonderful inspiration and joining in the venture with me!  I know she’ll have something wonderful, so please check out her blog for an AJ page too!🥰  We’ve gotten creative by using up our never-ending stash piles! (I look forward to doing this for another year each month in 2023 and I’ll hope you’ll be here too!)  Here’s my final Art Journal inspiration for 2022 with the “SMASH OUR STASH” December prompt of “Oldest Stash” :

It’s a bit challenging for me to FIND my “oldest stash” as I’ve been a bit of a collector over the years.  So I’ve pulled out a very old, but favorite stamp set of mine from Stampin’ Up! called “Lovely as a Tree” from 2001.  The container broke when I opened it up to take a stamp out! LOL  I’ve also pulled out my Pearl Ex powders and some gilding flakes from my older media stash.  It’s a good thing that powders don’t go bad otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to use them!🙄

For the Background – I’ve used some mix of paints and splattered some white paint over it for the snow.  The trees at the bottom were stamped over vellum and then I cut it out and attached that to the bottom of the page so that they were a nice vibrant black as I didn’t think they would stamp over the paint very well.  I did take a snowflake stamp (not too old) and stamped a few randomly over the background in teal ink. (water-proof)

For the Pearl Ex Powders – I mixed some Misty Lavender Pearl Ex with embossing paste and used a snowflake stencil to randomly add this to the background.

For the Gilding Flakes – I die cut some snowflakes with double sided adhesive sheets will make the front sticky.  This made it so I could rub in the gilding flakes over them.  They did turn out very pretty!

The “SNOW” letters were die cut and I found a neat winter clipping from my sentiment stash to add below it after I sponged some teal ink around it.  I also die cut another tiny snowflake in the center of the ‘O’ with glitter cardstock and attached a tiny teal rhinestone in the center of it.  I rubbed some silver wax around the letters and around the edges of the page.  Lastly, I’ve added some star sequins and filled the centers of those and the gilded snowflakes with some silver Stickles.  I covered the bottom of the page under the trees with glue and covered it with sparkly glitter.


So I thought that since I’ve done an AJ page every month this year that not only did I need to close up the year, but I also needed to close the book to all the AJ pages I made from 2022 by finally finishing up a book to put them all in!

I made the covers with some chipboard along with some “old” chipboard pieces from my stash and did some painting with a bit of mixed media gold wax and stenciling.  I wanted to be sure to add the year to the front and a little quote from my sticker book that says:  “happy in her heart where only the imagination can go”

I fit all of the AJ pages completed this year along with a few extras that were created from before with unknown dates, added the front and back covers and used my Zutter Bind-it-All machine to add the spiral wire for a book.  (This was the reason all of my pages had the pre-punched holes in them when I posted each month.)

That finishes up the 2022 year on my blog.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts weather it’s for inspiration or just a smile.  Either way, I’m so thankful that you have joined me this past year and your friendships.  I look forward to a productive and crafty year ahead in 2023!

  • Have a safe, happy and healthy New Year!🎊

Challenges:

  1. Art Journal Journey – Snowy Winter
  2. Ally’s Angels – Anything Goes
  3. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes

19 thoughts on “End of the Year-Dec AJ Page-SNOW+Book

  1. Love all the snowy glittery goodness of this page! It’s gorgeous! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing all of your creations this year, and definitely look forward to seeing your creativity in 2023! Happy New Year, my friend! ❤

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  2. I love this gorgeous snowflake page and I too still have my “Lovely as a Tree” stamp set! LOL I just can’t seem to part with those old favorites, and it looks wonderful on this page with all the colorful snow! The journal book looks amazing too! Thanks for another year of inspiring me and extending your kind friendship through crafting. I’m proud to call you a friend, and I wish you everything good, happy, and healthy in the New Year! Celebrate!

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  3. Loving your snowflake page I to have Lovely as a tree stamp set will never let that go it comes in use for many different things. I also love the little book you have made and may I wish you Happy New Year and all the best for 2023 xx

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  4. Beautiful snowy scene full of texture and colours Vicki, and I have that gorgeous stamp and never used it so you have inspired me to get it out along with others and use my stash, and your book cover is just wonderful, like a treasure chest of wonderfulness.
    Wishing you a very Happy New 2023 and another year of fabulous art journal pages..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  5. I’m so glad you managed to join us one more month Vicki. I am loving this snowflake page. I have lots of those Pearlx powders as well as embossing powders that are ancient. But it’s inspiring to see all the pages you have created using those old things. And not only using them, but making some great pages. And nice idea to make that cover. It came out great. I hope we see you back in 2023. Have a wonderful New Year; I hope it’s a happy one. hugs-Erika

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  6. What a fabulous way to end 2022. You certainly busted your stash and got to use some old in the process. I loved reading about the snowy journal page you created and the two main colors you chose. What a beautiful end to your AJ with the great cover. The journal page is perfect for Art Journal Journey and Jo’s theme. Have a safe, healthy, joyous new year and 2023, Vicky!

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  7. Gorgeous journal cover, Vicki! Great page to close the year.
    Wishing you a great, healthy and creative 2023!
    xxx Margreet

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  8. Fabulous journal page Vicki,love the tree stamp and all the snowflakes -the journal cover is brilliant.Hope you had a good Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.I have loved these challenges and your inspirations and hope we can continue this year too.You said you sent an email but haven’t read them yet,this is the first time been on the computer-still not 100% but this is the first morning for 6 days I am up showered and dressed so fingers crossed it will continue!
    Carol x x x

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  9. Oh my goodness Vicki, your snowfall page is stunning! I love the shine of the background and snowflakes, and the tree line looks so pretty and the wording is perfect 😊. Of course your journal cover is amazing too. You are such an inspiration, I have a tree stamp that’s very similar so I may copy your design – hope that’s ok! Happy New Year to you and yours! Hugs Jo x

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  10. Great work with all your journaling this year and love this last page…lovely as a tree is just perfect and all the other details come together for another wow page. Good for you finishing strong with your journal. Smiles, Kathy

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  11. Truely a wonderful journal page with the snow theme and that wonderful row of trees. I love the color combination you used. Thanks for sharing the link to Carol’s page headed to check out her page as well.

    I absolutely love your cover for your art journal. I love the colors and textures. What a fantastic cover you created.

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  12. What a beautiful collection of art pages you have for your art journal. Love your booklet as well as your last page. I still have that SU set as well – one of the first sets I bought from SU. Will still hang on to it as it is timeless. Such a journey you have let us share with your Art Journey – beautiful pages – and just talent. Anxious to see what you do this new year 2023.

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  13. What a great idea. And the results are wonderful. I have so much stuff, and I just keep getting more! I did do my first junk journal this year and used a lot of stuff that has been around a long time. Such fun, Vicki and turned out beautiful.

    ugs
    Sue

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  14. Beautiful page and cover. So pretty how pieces on the cover look like metal. Yes, time does seem to just fly as my age increases – but I like what you said about counting what I DID as opposed to what was not done. Good reminder.

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