Happy January

I love the snow so had the idea of creating an all white page with some fabulous new Tim Holtz Thinlets and this lovely black and white photo of a little girl in the snow – Happy January everyone!

I started by covering the background in snowfall, firstly by layering a snowflake stamp and a snow dot stamp by Sheena Douglas using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, London Fog Memento Ink and Platinum Planet Brilliance Ink. Then I stamped the circular snow stamps from BoBunny using Black Archival Ink by stamping the image on a piece of card first then onto the page to create a lighter image. With the background finished, I added the photo of the pretty little girl in the snow which is recycled from an old magazine and mounted onto a piece of card. As you may have noticed, the circular BoBunny stamps in the background have words on them which say “Frozen, Love, Snow, Sled, Winter” which seemed the perfect match for the little girl image.

I added the word “January” which is also recycled, this time from an old calendar. Then I decorated the page with some snowflakes from a Tonic Studios die set, a Spellbinders leaf swirl die and lots of Tim Holtz foliage and Tim Holtz tree thinlets, all of which are cut out of white card stock using my Big Shot machine. The Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets that I used to create the foliage included Garden Greens and also a new addition to my craft stash, the Holiday Greens Thinlet set (grin!).

The trees were also created using a new set of Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlets called Woodlands (double grin!).

Some of the die cuts are coloured using a Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker and a silver metallic pen, and I also used some Inkylicious Fluffy Puffy Stuff to add some texture; simply added the Fluffy Puffy Stuff to the die cut and then comes the fun part, heat it with a heat gun which makes it puffy and 3-dimensional. To finish the die cuts, I also added some glitter using Icicle Stickles and then I arranged and layered them onto the page using some glue dots and a Zig Memory System glue pen.

This page captures the magic of a beautiful decoration that we had on display over Christmas, I think it looks so pretty with the snow and trees …

… whether it is lit up or not (grin!).


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

The lovely Alison/Craftytrog is hosting her Geometric Shapes challenge over at Art Journal Journey so I’m pleased to be able to join in the fun with all the circular snow stamps that I used on my page.

As this page captures the snow and frost of January days, I’m joining the Cold and Frosty Colours challenge over at Moo Mania & More.

I’m also joining the lovely Wen and her Simply Neutrals Tuesday party over at Apple Apricot with my neutral Happy January art journal page.

Inspired to create this page by my love of snow, I’m happy to join the Put Your Stamp On It challenge over at A Vintage Journey as I used more than one stamp for the background of my Mixed Media Style page.

I’m pleased to join the “New” (Fresh Start) challenge over at Paperbabe Stamps as my page was created to using new die cut sets.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge their challenge is Use Something New challenge so I’m pleased to join them as I used some new Tim Holtz products to create this page.

Don’t forget that you still have well over a week to join the Something Old … Something New challenge over at Try it on Tuesday too, it would be lovely to see you there!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke)
  • Tsukineko Memento Ink (London Fog)
  • Tsukineko Brilliance Ink (Platinum Planet)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Cold Grey IV 233)
  • Script Metallic Pen (Silver)
  • Inkylicious (Fluffy Puffy Stuff)
  • Stickles (Icicles)
  • Sheena by Sheena Douglas Clear Stamp Set (Winter Woodland) – Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 62
  • BoBunny Stamps (Snow Days Clear Stamps 13705563)
  • Tonic Studios Christmas Trio Die Set (Falling Snowflakes 1792e)
  • Spellbinders – Swirl Leaf Die
  • Sizzix Thinlets Tim Holtz Alterations (Garden Greens 661206, Holiday Greens 658759, Woodlands 660978)
  • White Card Stock
  • Old Magazine – image
  • Old Calender – wording
  • Recycled white card
  • Stix2 double-sided tape and mini glue dots
  • Zig Memory System 2-Way Glue (Dual Action Glue Pen)

36 thoughts on “Happy January

  1. You had me at trees. I love that tree die. It is beautiful. You did a superb job with the black and white theme. You found a fabulous image, too. I’m delighted you shared this with us at Art Journal Journey using Alison’s theme.

    I am LUSTING after that Christmas decoration. I would have trouble putting it away each year. It’s a beauty, and I can envision it doubling as a nightlight.

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  2. Wow ***** this is wintry elegance at its best! I love all this pretty details and the photo of that girl is so beautiful chosen! And this pretty little round stamp with the lovely words and those amazing die cut trees and HOW YOU put all together in your perfect style! I am thrilled about this layout and LOVE LOVE LOVE to see it linked to Art Journal Journey and Moo Mania & More!
    Thank you dear Jo!
    It’s the perfect layout featuring my area just now – we have so much snow already and get more and more with every day!
    At least my hubby has fun with his snow blower again.

    Have a great rest of the week and a happy weekend!
    I love this beautiful decoration! This is so beautiful!
    Thank you for showing it ,
    I have already put away all the x-mas decoration and hope that soon it will be time for Easter decoration…lol!

    Big hugs


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  3. A stunning winter page Jo. The die cuts look fabulous, i think I see a few new ones on this page?
    The picture from the magazine was a great find.
    I like the sound of the white puffy stuff you mentioned, I will have to have a look out for that.
    Have a super rest of the week Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks very much Yvonne! I used the holly and two of fir tree branches from the Holiday Greens and of course both trees from the Woodlands set 😁. The fluffy puffy stuff is wonderful and just saying fluffy puffy stuff makes me smile …lol 😉. Enjoy the rest of your week too! J 😊 x


  4. Pretty page today. Those die cuts look so beautiful in white. You have described January here in New Hampshire for certain. And you little winter tree display looks beautiful. Those fairy lights are fantastic, aren’t they? Hugs-Erika

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  5. What a beautifully delicate spread, Jo – stunning in its simplicity. I love it. Trying to get my head around how you’re going to close the journal, though…;-) Love the pic of the little girl, btw.

    Cath x

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  6. Jo this is such a beautiful creation, so clean and fresh just how we all wish to start our New Year. Those built up die cuts make a wonderful frame enhancing the beauty of that sweet girl.
    So glad you shared your creativity over at Paperbabe Stamps.
    Wishing you a super creative weekend Big HUgs Tracey xx

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  7. A beautiful page Jo, it certainly does have a very frosty look. Love the layers of snowflakes and frosted foliage surrounding the lovely picture. Haven’t used the fluffy puffy stuff, sounds fun. Have a great weekend. Avril xx

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  8. Your winter page is amazing! What a wonderful idea to create a page in the color white with only a black and grey spot – this adorable photo!
    The photo of your tree decoration glass with the lightning is fabulous!
    Wish you a happy Friday and weekend!
    Rike xx

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  9. Thinlets and Fluffy Puffy Stuff! – like something from Enid Blyton. This is lovely and cold and I love it as we don’t have any sign of snow but, like you, I love the snow. These trees are magical and the whole piece is just wonderfully white and snowy.
    I love your snowglobe too, I wonder if it is an old decoration. Lovely to keep it just for the Christmas season and find it anew every year.

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  10. Wow, this is just stunning. There is just so much wonderful detail and the photograph is perfect, it’s so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog… 🙂

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  11. Jo, it’s been painfully long since I’ve had a chance to visit, so I’m so happy you shared this with us at A Vintage Journey! What a gorgeous layout, from the simple snowy background to the sweet girl from your magazine. (way to recycle!). Those tree, snowflake and greenery die cuts are the icing on the cake–wow! Just jaw dropping! Sending hugs!

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