2009 was a pretty good year... lots of wonderful things happened. Going to Turkey, going to Disney with the family, a few trips to San Francisco and then going home for Christmas. Not to mention lots of changes at work and starting my MBA. It hasn't all been good... there have been a few rough spots of course, but the positives far outweigh the negatives and I'm very grateful for how blessed I've been this year.
So that said, I decided to do a new spin on resolutions this year. "Resolutions" don't work for me, so I thought I'd come up with some goals to help me grow personally that are based on stretching the boundaries of my strengths. There are also a few "get healthy" goals, but that's because I really need and want to get back there. So I created an art journal page around that concept, using a tree to symbolize growth and the leaves as my goals.
I cut the tree and leaves out of chipboard and then decoupaged phone book pages on top, spritzed with Glimmer Mist (plus my first homemade shimmery mist!) and then I added pastels, acrylic mica and gold leaf pen until it looked right. The background is oil pastels with stamped and embossed doily stamps.
I've also seen some really fun posts counting down favorite layouts of the year. I went back through the ones I've made this year and had so much fun looking at them again that I thought I'd follow along and post some favorite projects of my own :)
1. Some traffic-blocking baboons near Cape Town (May 2007).
2. The Great Wall of China (September 2008).
3. A layout of the first time I got to hold my nephew Ben in July 2006.
4. The Temple of Heaven in Beijing in September 2008.
5. Seeing the penguins at Boulders Beach in South Africa in May 2007.
6. The Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey last February
8. Adorable-Niece-Eraleigh enjoying her wading pool (Summer 2009)
9. A sweet moment with Eraleigh and Rick (first half of 2009).
10. One of my Banana Frog projects - Eraleigh playing in the first snow of the year (November 2009).
I was going to stop at 10, but I couldn't post without my favorite art journal projects.
11. My 3D papier mache collage thingy
12. And still probably my favorite project all year, my globe art journal page.
So that's it... I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!
P.S. - I guess this means it's officially time to take down the Christmas blog design, huh? Time to get to work on a new banner!