Christmas Eye Candy

It never fails, before you know it, Christmas is just around the corner with thoughts of sugar plum fairies dancing in our heads, Through out this year I have been working not only on my hand quilting and cross stitch projects but on holiday junk journals for gift giving. I thought it would be fun to give you a sneak peak at some of the projects in the works and/or completed.

These first 2 are Charles Dickens themed. The covers are made from recycled cereal boxes and bound with 1″ rings. This one below measures 4.5″x 7″. She has 10 pages filled with tags and ephemeral for journaling on.

This one below is also Dickens themed and is slightly larger measuring 6″ X 8″. Most of the digital prints are from The Graphic’s Fairy and some from The Digital Collage Club. Music pages from old piano sheet music books from the Goodwill. I also use magazine photos I find, like the horse & sleigh above. Ribbons ties are from my fabric stash. Shhhh – and you might have noticed the December 20th, not 25th, this is for a daughter (her birthday).

This next one is an envelope style with journal pocket card placed in front of the envelope. Both was made using a file folder. Angel themed, it measures 8.5 “x 5” I am not entirely done with this one. I am planning on adding some glitter edging to some of the cards. It is filled with all kinds of angel ephemera. All of the gifts have an original vintage Christmas postcard inside.

Simply made using a legal size red envelope this one has a tuck spot for journal cards in the front. This gift is bird themed with most of the ephemera inside and out having some sort of winter, bird, or Santa picture. Red sari ribbon and taffeta lace embellishments. The inside is filled with Christmas eye candy.

All of my journals have been made with a person in mind. This one is for a childhood friend who I share a special bond with. Measuring 5.5″ X 7.25″ this envelope is packed with 12 journaling cards, one for each month of the coming year. I love the red and gold sari remnant. I have not added a closure but I am thinking some white dotted swiss tule for a wintery effect. I will of course add a personal note to each journal before sending them off.

This hold in your hand cutie measures 3.5″ X 4″ and is Angel and Madonna/motherhood themed. Lots of lace and wispy threads are poking out and it is jam packed with goodies. The cover was made out of a jello box and there are 5 signatures with 10 making 20 pages in each signature.

The last photo I’m sharing is of envelope style journal pockets. These were made with cereal box or file folders for covers and I have 8 of them ready to go. I mostly used pages from Little Golden books that were Christmas themed, as well as other collected photos and ephemera. These are mostly for grandkids and their young families. I will tuck in a gift check and a restaurant gift card.

I am making it a bit easier on myself this year with no big gifts to ship with expensive post office fees. I hope you enjoyed this sneak peak.

What crafty holiday projects have you been working on?


14 thoughts on “Christmas Eye Candy

  1. Laura October 28, 2022 / 3:38 pm

    Wow! These are fantastically creative and personal! Love, love, love! πŸ™‚

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    • Sharon October 28, 2022 / 4:52 pm

      Hi Laura – thank you πŸ™‚ I have had so much fun over this past year working on these. It has been a great diversion from the daily must dos πŸ™‚

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  2. Susan Nixon October 28, 2022 / 11:21 pm

    What wonderful art work. I think it’s so personal, and so valuable. Money can’t buy that! Thanks for sharing this beauty.

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    • Sharon October 29, 2022 / 12:27 pm

      Ahhhhh, thank you Susan ~


      • raeleenjane November 17, 2022 / 3:32 pm

        Absolutely beautiful!! Love those !!

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  3. Deb October 30, 2022 / 10:43 pm

    I just love looking at these journals! Your amazing with these books.😍😍

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    • Sharon October 31, 2022 / 4:17 pm

      I’ll let you in on a secret, I love them so much I hate parting with them, In fact I have ended up keeping one or two πŸ™‚

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      • Deb November 7, 2022 / 1:17 pm

        That I don’t doubt,sometimes it’s hard to part with a quilt. I’m going to miss the quilt I’m working on right now,even though I know auntie is going to be excited to have her back all finished.

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        • Sharon November 7, 2022 / 1:58 pm

          The quilt will have an extra special blessing attached to it and that blessing is going to make it back to you πŸ™‚

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    • Sharon October 31, 2022 / 4:19 pm

      I can hardly explain how m much fun I have been having creating these journals. They are such fun projects!

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  4. craftycreeky November 1, 2022 / 2:53 pm

    They’re lovely and so personal, I’m sure they’ll be treasured by the lucky recipient πŸ™‚

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  5. Susan Nixon November 17, 2022 / 7:51 pm

    Those look fun to make, fun to give, and fun to receive. Thanks for sharing another of your many talents. I have made nothing this year, and that’s okay. Some years are different.


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