Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A New Year - A New Beginning

This promises to be an exciting year.  I promised myself that I was going to start an art journal and work in it as much as possible.  A great way to try new techniques and follow my heart's desire.  Here is a look at the first pages.  It is dedicated to my grandmother who more or less raised me and gave me unconditional love.  I do miss her but she is always in my heart.  I called her Nanny and my grandchildren call me Nanny.  On the left side of the journal is a picture of Leoda Martin Fisher - my Nanny.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring but I have to say - I am excited about my new journey!

I  am entering my first journal pages in the following challenge:

Inspiration Journal - Fresh Start -  The sky is the limit.

 Thank you so much for your visit and comments.  My blog has been all screwed up and I am afraid I lost a lot of information but I will slowly but surely get everything back in shape!  Thanks Anne for all of your help.

Sandy xx

63 comments:

Redanne said...

Oh wow Sandy, the photo of your Nanny is beautiful and I love how you created your page to take the eye straight to her - it is wonderful! I really hope you do get your info back on your blog too.

Thanks so much for joining in with us at Inspiration Journal with your beautiful page. Hugs, Anne xx

Nancy said...

Well...hello there, Sandy!
I'm excited that you're doing an art journal too! Your first pages are fantastic! I can't wait to see more! :o)

Lau W said...

Oh this first page is beautiful, your Nanny was a beautiful woman ! Love your choice of colors, lovely page dear Sandy !
Happy to see youuuuuu on blogland !!!
xxx

cathylynn said...

Your journal pages are totally amazing!!! I love them! Your Nanny was a beautiful woman inside and out! I love her hair and those glasses are awesome! Now the rest of your pages are fabulous. Great mix of colors and you nailed this. Can't wait for your next posting!!!
Love with Hugs!

Annie said...

Nanny is beautiful! Your pages indicate how happy you were with her and how happy you are now. It will be much fun to watch you add your creative art to this journal.

Sylvia said...

Wow, gorgeous journal with amazing colors. Beautiful work!!
xxxSylvia

Ruth Ann Hunter said...

My Oh My Sandy it's so good to see you posting again and what a way to start it off. This first page of your jounal is amazing.....love the picture of your Nanny! You must have some priceless memories of your Nanny as I do of my grandmother. I love the idea of an art journal! I know all about computer problems....mine died just before Thanksgiving and getting everything back and on the new was a nightmare at times but I did (I think). Great job! hugs, Ruth Ann

Anne Temple said...

Wow, what a great project to start the new year. Your pages are stunning and what a great way to honor your grandmother's memory. Love her photo and the vibrant colors you used.

SARN said...

Hi Sandy . . . may I just say a big fat WOW for your wonderful AJ page. It's full of vibrant colour and a great photo. Love all your hearts and artwork.

Fantastic start.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your journal pages, and it's a great tribute to your dear Nanny - she did a good job of raising you to be such a lovely person! Hugs, Valerie

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Hi Sandy what a wonderful idea and such a good start you have made on it. The picture of your Nanny is beautiful. Susan x

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my word Sandy this is absolutely fantastic what a wonderful start for the new journal, your Nanny is very beautiful, I look forward to seeing a lot more.
hugs
lorraine x

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Sandy, your page is amazing, awesome, and very touching. Your nanny's picture is beautiful, love the words you placed over , and the "nanny" inscription. Love the warm colors, gorgeous composition. can't wait to see more. hope you are able to set your blog back... annoying when things like this happen. Happy belated new year. xoxo

Paula said...

What a fantastic post! Your Nanny is beautiful (I can see the resemblance). Love the positivity for the new year, keep it coming :) Oh and your journal page looks amazing.

Annette G said...

wow lovely Sandy you have created a beautiful spread and made so special by being a tribute to your Nanny. Sending love and hugs Annette xx

sam21ski said...

Absolutely fabulous pages Sandy xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful first page in your journal (cannot wait to see more). And I'm sure your Nanny would have loved it.

Myrna Irwin said...

Your Nanny must have been a very special lady. What you grow up seeing is what you become and she must be so proud of you as you are a very special lady yourself. Your art journal will be awesome with all your special people in it. Awesome job on your first pages.

Marie-Louise said...

My goodness Sandy your Nanny was really beautiful. This is a fantastic page.

Sue from Oregon said...

Hello!!!!! So happy to see you reaffirm to your wonderful art. This willbe such a wonderful keepsake Sandy! AND you entered it into the IE Journal challenge too! Wonderful!

♥ Sue Kment

~*~Patty S said...

OH Sandy!
your beautiful colorful pages certainly speak of your L♥ve for your precious Nanny.
She has such kind and knowing eyes...such a beauty!
You are off to a wonderful start...
Happy New Year to you and yours!
oxo

MaryH said...

Hey Sandy, Happy New Year. Just saw your link at Anne's, and was able to pop over quickly. I love the picture of your Nan, and she has such a sweet & kind face. Pretty too. The backgrounds & embellishments you have on your album are so pretty. What better way to express your love than in the hearts and I love the flowers against that fab blue & orange color. I'm sure that the creative process will make you feel so close to your Nanny. Hope all is well up in the mountains, and that you don't get any of the 'weather' I hear is on the way. My cousin in Hendersonville said they are to get a 'wintry mix' tonight. Brrr. Big Hugs & hope all is going fine. TFS

Pat said...

Happy New Year Sandy, your first page of the journal is absolutely fabulous and your Nanny was one beautiful woman, the colours you have used are gorgeous, I'm looking forward to seeing more of your pages as you post them.

Pat xx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Sandy
What a pretty lady your Nanny is. Its wonderful that you have such special memories of her.
Hope this year is an exciting one for you.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Becky said...

Happy New Year Sandy.. Beautiful art journal,

Marjie Kemper said...

I'm so glad you have started art journaling, Sandy! Your pages are beautiful, and I hope enjoy creating many more.

Deloris said...

It's lovely! You did a wonderful job with your art journal!

Mrs.B said...

Hi Sandy, what a fabulous first Journal page with wonderful colours - but the eye is still drawn to the lovely picture of your Nanny.
Avril xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Sandy, what a fabulous first Journal page with wonderful colours - but the eye is still drawn to the lovely picture of your Nanny.
Avril xx

Lisa M said...

Well that post made me happy! ;) I look forward to seeing your journey and your Nanny is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!
hugs,
me x

Buttons said...

A beautiful journal page Sandy! Jenny x

Craftychris said...

Ooh beautiful pages - so colourful and full of detail. The photo of your Nanny is lovely xxx

Candy said...

Your Nanny is beautiful, Sandy!
As is your page. I can see you are going to have fun with the journal this year. I can't believe you are moving so far away!!! You guys are very brave.
Love,

butterfly said...

So happy to see you're journalling too... I've found a whole new lease of life from it! These pages are so fantastic. I love the photo of your grandmother (you definitely have a look of her, I think) and the rich vibrant colours and hearts and flowers tell a very clear story about how much she meant to you.
Alison xx

Stamping With Bibiana said...

soooo beautiful, great inspiration and how nice that you are making a reality your resolutions for this 2015! good luck on look forward to see more of these pages
bibiana

Cat's sCrap said...

Original project and fantastic work ! Bravo !

BizZz...

Anita Houston said...

Yay you for starting an art journal! I just started a new one myself! LOVE the bold colors and the words...good for a new year!

Charlene said...

Beautiful Sandy!! Good for you starting an art journal!!!

Chris said...

Hi Sugar Plum and What a marvellous art journal page you've created, I love the colours and design but most of all the gorgeous photo of your nanny, it's great to be able to create around old family photographs. Hope you're well. Chris :-)

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your page is glorious, Sandy, and just lovely as a backdrop for the pretty picture of your beloved Nanny. I'm excited for you on your new adventure! Good luck with the move and with all that goes along it. I'm sure you will handle it all with good humor!! Hugs, Darnell

Astrid Maclean said...

A totally stunning page Sandy! What a beautiful photo of your Nanny!! Love the whole lay out, the layers and how you put it all together with those beautiful hearts! Hope you will show us some more soon!

Deann said...

You have made a great start on a real treasure this page is priceless...beautiful work.

Marilyn said...

I don't know how I missed this Sandy... I've been a bad blogger lately but I'm here now.
What a wonderful page for your journal and a beautiful and treasured tribute to your Nan. I really like this page!

MaryH said...

Hey up the Hill. Guess you folks are in the throes of packing right now. Just checked in to see if you've posted anything. Hope we can manage a get-together before the Big Day. Thinking of you. Hugs

scrappymo! said...

What a great tribute to your Nanny! Love this stunning page.

Good luck with your move. I downsized my gardens to a postage stamp sized lot, and downsized the house by about 100 sq feet. But we have a different floor plan...more of a great room style so there are less walls...seems I have a zillion pictures and nowhere to hang them! lol

It has been fun and quite freeing to give things away. I enjoyed the journey to get here and I am enjoying the time setting up the new house.

stampingwithpeggie.blogspot.com said...

What a lovely tribute to a lovely lady! I should try journaling. You may have given me inspiration!

cat lantai said...

pretty work, absolutely make me learn this precious

cheryl Baker said...

oh wow hun brilliant journal page hun i love it,i am going to start a journal swap in my group on fb as i want to make one really love this page hun awesome xxx

Diane said...

What a wonderful picture of Nanny and fun journal memory.

Hugs diane

Brenda B said...

Hello Miss Sandy, what are you up to in these cold Winter months? Lovely to hear from you again, are you creating yet or are you busy outside? Hope everything is well with you.

Hugs
Brenda

MaryH said...

Just saw your link over at Coldwaters 2 blog, so zipped over to say Hello. Ya'll still up in the mtns or about ready to head down to the sunshine South? We were just there for about 10 days (around Tampa) and it was lovely. Also nice to get back to the Upstate and see all the things beginning to blossom & bloom. Hope all is well in your world. Hugs

snailzpace said...

hi sandy, thanks so much for popping by to comment!

what a beautiful photo of your grandmother and a lovely tribute to her. sounds like you're on your way to an exciting and creative journey; have fun!

May said...

Hi Sandy,
WOW What a Gorgeous tribute to your dear Grandma, I adore the hearts & those colours are so beautiful...Have fun with your new creative journey...Hugs May x x

scrappymo! said...

Just popping by to say Hi. I am not sure if you are OK...no posts for quite a while so am a trifle worried...feel free to email if you ever want to chat...

Crafty hugs
Maureen

Inkypinkycraft said...

i know dreadfully awful of me to have missed this but this is gorgeous xx love it xx

cheryl said...

Oh wow this is brilliant i too was brought up by my granny too and miss her terribly wonderful tribute to her sweetie love cheryl xxx

Gabrielle Pollacco said...

Well, you are off to a great start! Your pages are beautiful!! I keep promising myself to art journal, I've even scaled back on my DT work to make time (lets see if I keep to it, lol)...looking forward to seeing more of yours!! xo

Pawsitively Creative said...

Wonderful art journal pages! The picture of your Nanny is perfect and a lovely way to capture those precious memories. It isn't about who gave birth to you but who was there for you and cared for you unconditionally. I know what you mean. Thanks for stopping by my blog, it means a lot. Hugz! ~Niki

coldwaters2 said...

Sandy just popped by to thank you so much for your continued support and kindness by visiting my blog and leaving me such wonderful comments, I hope all is going well with you and the family.
hugs
lorraine x

pam said...

Hi Sandy, thank you for the visit to my blog again and your kind comment.
Beautiful art journal page, love the colours.
Off to join you as a follower..
Hugs Pam x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I want to say thank you dear Sandy for leaving me such nice comments on my blog!
Hope you are well !
oxo
Susi

Pia S said...

Is this your most recent blog, Sandy? If not I hope you'll notify of your new one. I want to thank you for the lovely comments you've left me and I'd like to see what you make too:)

Christina C. said...

This is beautiful, Sandy! Love the picture of your Nanny and the colors you chose for your pages are perfect. Stunning hearts and flower!