Monday, December 27, 2010

~ 2011 Shabby Journal ~

Hello dear friends! I've been away from the blog for far too long, and I've missed you.
first of all, I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday spending time with your families and enjoying your loved ones. And most of all remembering that Jesus is Lord!

Now the year is swiftly coming to it's close, and a new one is on the horizon... I'm excited and a little scared too. But I know a new year means a new opportunity to do what I've left undone and live my life better and better. I'll take my full chance to do what I know I should for God.



And now, as we gear up for the brand, new, 2011... here I am with a fun little project to share with you. I got inspiration from Miss Melissa. paperbags and glassine sacks stitched together to create a book for the year, full of cute little pockets, hidey-holes, and fun stuff.
Created with the beautiful calendar download from Crafty Secrets... paperbags, glassine sacks, all sorts of stamps, ink, stitching, tea-dyed tags and trim, die-cuts, glitter, pearls, fun little tissue-button-brad flowers. And for a few peeks inside at the little pockets of tags and calendars --

And lots of space to pen notes, remember occasions, dates, places. or just to doodle, I guess.

... and, of course, holiday themed pages! This fat little album has more than 25 full pages, with many pockets large enough to hold photos and memorabilia. I hope it will be useful for remembering the year's occasions when 2011 has come to a close.

 Have a happy last few days of the year; wishing blessings to all of you.

Goodnight! See you soon!
~ Vi


  1. Oooo, Viola! How pretty! I've been wanting to "accomplish" one of these, myself--maybe after this new year gets going and things settle down--but--good for've done a beautiful job!! It looks quite delicious!! So good to have you back, safe and sound, and creating again. I'm looking forward to much lovely and sweet inspiration from you in the coming year--so lucky to have met you!! Have a great day, sweet friend!!

  2. Beautiful work. It evokes warmth and femininity.

  3. What a wonderful project. That Melissa is a great crafty girl to get inspiration from. I see you put your own twist on it though. Beautiful! :)

  4. what a gorgeous book, viola!!! i love every page and every detail. just wonderful!! thank you for sharing with us! hope you had a wonderful Christmas and here's to an awesome 2011! big *hugs* steph :)

  5. Oh, I love your project. I'd love to do one of those myself. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Yes, 2011 is just around the corner. I have a wedding to plan for my daughter and luckily it is Dec 2011. I am hoping to get some great ideas from your blog. I just love your style. Happy New Year.

  6. What a beautiful Calender book, so shabby and full of beautiful things! Wishing you a blessed 2011!

  7. Hey sweetie! Glad your holiday went great and you're not refreshed and recharged!!
    Love this album you did..I need to start working on something soon!

  8. Dear viola, so glad you're back , I stumbled on your blog not so very long ago as I was searching the internet for vintage creative ideas . It is now two years after my back surgery failed ,I can not sit down or stand on my feet very long ,so I am bound to lay down and since i've always been a very busy person this is hard to bare . So I started making cards to kill the time and searched the internet , your blog brightens my day ,when I see your beautiful creations.
    My best wishes !

  9. It's good to see you back and I hope you had a great time. This project blew me away. It's filled to the brim with all kinds of stunning embellishments; what a treasure....I love it!

  10. Gosh... this is really pretty! :) And I like it that there's loads of space to journal and keep all those 2011 memories, it really inspires me to start on my albums for next year! Thanks for sharing, and have a blessed New year!
    PS: You won my vintage giveaway! Do drop me a mail with your mailing details ok?

  11. Viola, what a gorgeous journal, you've added so many beautiful embellishments. Such a delicious creation. thank you for sharing it with us.
    Wishing you all the best for 2011.

  12. Wow Viola! What you did with the mini album and cards were amazing! I am so inspired. Have a splendid New Year celebration. :D

  13. Gorgeous Viola.. love your sweet shabby style! So much beautiful eye candy on your blog. :)

  14. oh those were beautiful!
    wish i had time to invest into such projects.. :( haha.. i can only manage simple ones..
    happy new year! :)

  15. Such a stunningly beautiful project! Can't wait to see more of your inspiring work!! Have a very Happy and Creative New Year!!! : )

  16. This is just fabulous! What a wonderful creation that will be enjoyed all year long! WOW!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous Viola, love all the shabby goodness in this beautiful project, thanks for sharing your talent! and thanks for your sweet comment for my blog!

  18. Just beautiful and shabby Viola! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments! Your designs are amazing, and to think you are sooo young! I know that I look forward too many, many more beautiful works of art from you in the years to come. Your designs are works of inspiration for many, from your color schemes, embellishments, placement, etc. You inspire me! Happy New Year! :)

  19. Hi Viola!!!
    Thanks for visitng my blog! Your comments are so sweet!
    Your blog is amazing!! I love the heart with wings, holiday tags, make a wish and embrace happiness cards!!! Gorgeous!

  20. I love this album! Your details are beautiful! Melissa is very inspirational! I have a few items she made, and they are so pretty.


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