Thursday, 31 December 2015

A review of 2015 and my 5 favourite crafty creations 2015

Here we are at the end of the year......with a review of my year blogging and of my crafty creations. 

Grab a cup of tea as there is lots to see today. If you are just nipping in to see my challenge piece just scroll to the bottom of the page.

2015 has been a kind year to me and I have put a little montage together. My garden continues to inspire me and my little studio is such a perfect place to create in . I don't think any words are needed. I have shared all these moments with you on my blog this year.

2015 has been also been a very creative one for me.....I have continued to explore and expand into mixed media but I will never forget my cute origins either.

Debby of a scrapjourney kindly hosts her great 5 "favourites" challenges every year and I am very pleased to see she is doing so again this year. Thanks Debby and I hope 2016 proves an easier year for you.
 The first of her 2 "5 favourites" was for just for Christmas makes. You can see my post here for these.

 This is her second challenge which is for 5 favourite cards of 2015.
Here is the link to her post.
Now this really was a hard one....I have made so many different styles of cards this year. After a lot of deliberation this is my final choice....

My Hb's Valentine card

My Mum and Dad's Diamond wedding card
A special birthday card
The Mother's day card I made for my Mum

and my granddaughter's 2nd birthday card

Now I have made so many non card creations this year that I also decided to share my favourite 5 of these.

The mixed media picture I made for my darling son.

 The tags I made at the Wendy Vecchi workshop in the Summer

The rock pool niche I made for my Hb
The slashed canvas I made at Darcy's workshop

and the spell book I made for Daisy

While I was looking through my photos I also chose my 5 favourite art journal/Moments.

My Hb's birthday meal in January at Maze in London

My daughter's BBQ in July

 Our 34th wedding anniversary at Scotney Castle

Conker treasure hunting with my darling granddaughter

Pananging in the New Forest in October
and this final one below, which is new today. It is a Moment I have created for this Christmas... 2015.....using a gift tag given to my by my darling Hb as a focal. 
I had a lovely day yesterday in my studio, blowing off the cobwebs and I wanted to get my hands inked so I decided to make a festive page in my journal. I had lots of little off cuts from various projects this Christmas, including a piece of a masterboard I used. I decided to use some of these elements in my pages.

I stenciled some holly leaves first using texture paste and  then I chose some paints and got messy...

until I was happy with my background..... I added stamping and sprays too.

I stamped 2015 onto my little snippet of here to see this, if you don't remember it

 and then I had a play to create these festive pages.
I added lots of sparkle and the twine is from the other gift tags my Hb gave me.

They will remind me of the wonderful pressies my darling Hb bought me and of my Christmas crafting for 2015. My art journal is nearly full.....just one more page to go.

I would like to enter my 2015 Christmas Moment into the following challenges;

Frilly and Funkie 1/3 holiday hues I created my piece as a celebration of my Christmas 2015
As you like it anything goes 1/3 I love creating Moment of my year and my favourite piece of this one is my shiny 2015 created on a tiny piece of masterboard.
Simon says Wednesday  party I shall be partying tonight over at my parents' to see out the old year.
Art with heart Favourite things my journalling has been one of my favourite creative things this year.
Country View create a scene
A vintage journey a vintage Christmas Christmas 2015 certainly was a vintage one for our family
Bunny Zoe 3/3 sparkle
Love to create  anything creative/mixed media #26
Anything but cute you've got happy mail
Where the HeArt is Christmas colours

I hope you have enjoyed my review of 2015. I have really enjoyed sharing it, it's good to look back on a year's work.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my loyal followers, both old (not in age of course!) and the very newest 2 who joined me yesterday, who follow my creative journey here. Your visits and comments are so appreciated and I truly find joy in our blogging friendship. Thank you.

Tonight we see out the old year and ring in 2016............................................................................
I think these words from T. S Elliot are very apt to close the final page of Jane's Journal for 2015.

For the last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to  make a beginning.

See you in 2016,

 With love,

Jane x


  1. What a lovely crafty year my friend! Your collages are wonderful as are all your wonderful creations throughout 2015, I really couldn't pick a favourite!! Your garden photos are beautiful too! You have finished the year with another lovely moment too. :)
    Wishing you another crafty year in 2016!
    Happy new year to you and your lovely family my dear!
    V xxx

  2. What a fabulous post Jane, 2015 was a very good year for you! Thank you so much for sharing your Christmas with us at Country View Crafts and have a very Happy New Year. Sue xx

  3. It's been a great year of blog friendship with you.. I recognized all those photos from posts over the year. Here's to 2016.. may it be a wonderful year for you and your new changes!
      *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. Fabulous post & great pictures.

    Happy New Year to u & yours.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  5. Daisy is soooo lucky - I love her spell book. Living on an island, I also love your rock pool - why do you call it a rock Pool? Isn't it a shell pool? Yes, I am still here - following you like a tracker hot on the trail of something wonderful!!
    Happy New Year - I do hear the fire works outside!!
    Sandy xx

    1. Hi Sandy, here in the UK we call these little niches we find on some beaches rock pools although they certainly contain shells, fish, crabs and all sorts of treasures. Thanks for your kind comments and happy new year!

  6. Happy New Year, dear Jane,

    To see your creations for 2015 in one post (well part of them) makes it impossible to think that you could create more in 2016 but I am sure that will happen! There is no end to your creativity, and now you also have Daisy to create with! I wish you hours and hours of happiness for this coming year :) in your studio, and thank you for sharing your creations with us. You are such an inspiration!

    Here's to best ever New Year, dear friend!


  7. Jan your creations are outstanding, truly beautiful. Thanks for joining in at WTHI, Claire xXx

  8. So many wonderful moments and projects! May you have a wonderful 2016 too! I suppose it's time to start new Christmas projects for next year? :)

  9. Fabulous look at this past year of photos and projects! I love your snowy journal page, and very clever to include the tag from your gift as a memento. Thank you for joining with our challenge You've Got Happy Mail at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  10. Thank you so much for joining You've Got Happy Mail challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  11. Jane you are extremely talented I remember literally having my jaw drop when I saw you spell book and such a darling cake you have made too!! Cheers
    Dr Sonia

  12. Amazing creations! Love all the mixed media. Thanks so much for playing along with us at AYLI Challenge! Happy New Year! Brenda

  13. Gorgeous projects, Jane. I love the colours. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

  14. Love seeing all your amazing projects lined up like this Jane, although there are many many missing that I just loved!! What a wonderful journal page, so wintery and festive! Love the metallic deer and all the glittery bits!! Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'You've Got Happy Mail' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

    1. aaaaaaaaaaaaaand, Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Holiday Hues' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  15. Always enjoy seeing your work Jane. Thanks for joining us at A Vintage Journey

  16. Gorgeous creations Jane! So many varied and lovely projects to look at today!
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Mandy xx

  17. What a post of delights... your photo montage celebration of the year is so lovely, and it's amazing seeing all those projects together - so much colour and life and creativity really packs a punch. Some favourites of mine, but also some I missed altogether, so it was lovely to catch up. A great new journal spread too - love how the silvery die-cut elements look against the forest green. Beautiful.
    Alison xx


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