Keep on smilin’

Yeh, right…
do I finally have some free time, and then I catch a cold…

I choose to ignore it
and I still play with my
pens and art journals,
but that’s kinda hard to do
when there’s something
dripping from your nose
on to your art journal page…

It’s the right time of the year
to catch a cold though…
I feel sooo related to Rudolph
and I sing along with the song…

‘Budolb the bed bose bendeew”




Although I haven’t been as productive as I wished,
I still used my free time pretty well:

  • I wrote all the New Years cards!
  • I went to the hairdresser.
  • I made an art journal page for Seth’s book (I am not satisfied
    with the result but I learned a lot during the process, I think
    I know what I want it to look like now, so I will start over).
  • I finished mom’s present (I show it to you next week).
  • I doodled some in my weekly art journal.
  • I watched ‘Inception’ with my son last night (WOW! Great movie!).

I bound a book following the instructions of the online workshop
Just 3 journals.

I used one of the bindings to make a small journal that I will use
during the top 2000 blog party. As I was cutting the papers and
the cover, the shape reminded me of a small record, (for the
Dutchies: “singeltje”) so I wanted to give the cover a kind of funky
‘old record’ look. The image that Michelle send me a while ago
came to mind and to my surprise, it perfectly fitted on the cover!

So here’s my top 2000 art journal for this year!
I plan to fill it with groovy musical pages next week!!!


This is what it looks like from the back.


And here’s a detail of the binding structure.


With this binding, the book lays flat open which will make it easy to work in!
The first page will be my title page, then I have 7 double pages – spreads
(the top 2000 will play for 7 days – more about that later) and on the last page
I plan to glue an envelope to put the top 2000 list in.

The size of my pages is 7.9 x 8.3″ (20×21 cm) so 7.9 x 16.6″  for a spread.
I might want to work on single pages instead of spreads, and maybe make
more pages (songs) every day… it’s all open yet and I’ll go with the flow.

Here’s a pic of the title page – still blank ofcourse but so you get the idea of
how it looks like when the journal lays open. (click on the image to enlarge)


I found out this week that the top 2000 will start on Christmas Day!
I was wrong, thinking it started the day after – it starts at noon on
December 25th.
The complete list will be published next week, and I will write
a blogpost with a link to the list and all the ‘rules’ (although there
aren’t much rules, we’re just going to have a lot of fun!).

So see you next week, have a great weekend!
And, running noses or not – keep smiling!!!

Je t’embrasse!

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20 Responses to “Keep on smilin’”

  • Petra Coolen Says:

    Ondanks je verkoudheid ben je erg productief geweest…
    Prachtig boekwerk Marit! Zeer benieuwd naar de inside pages.
    Wat een leuke “binding”.
    Goed idee trouwens om de lijst te bewaren in een envelop!

  • Chris Aiton Says:

    Hope you feel better very quickly – I know how miserable and tired you feel with a cold – I am crossing my fingers that I don’t catch one anytime soon – I had 3 from Jan-July – not good. Have a good weekend and get lots of rest and liquids – and some chicken soup!

  • Michelle Rydell Says:

    Oh WOW I am honored that you used my old Elton John picture on your journal cover!!! What a great idea and it looks fantastic! We really do think alike – I am taking “Just Three Journals” right now too, and am agonizing over what to use for the cover – ha! Your binding looks so neat! Beautiful! Feel better soon!

  • ArlaMo Says:

    Very cool binding! Hope you feel better soon.

  • ~*~Patty Says:

    oh no not a cold…no fair!

    you still look cute even with a tissue on your Rudolph nose 😉

    you won’t believe it but I just got a gift of a turquoise ring that looks so much like yours…hah sisters in SO many ways…no cold tho thank you very much…feel better soon dear one

    your creativity even when you are feeling under the weather is still so amazing!

  • Denise Says:

    Love the book and that binding. I have always been curious how to do it. Looks like I need to take a class for sure! I hope you feel better soon.

  • lisa truesdell Says:

    very cool – feel better soon!

  • julie Says:

    Hope you feel better soon!! Loveeeeeeeeee the journal!! Sir Elton ROCKS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  • Marcie Morgan Says:

    Hope you get to feeling better soon! I have been fighting off a slight touch of a cold myself.

  • Jenneke Says:

    Och….arme Marit. Hoop dat je snel weer opknapt!
    Je boek is mooi geworden! Als ik dat zo zie en lees welke plannen je ermee hebt, ben ik zo benieuwd naar het eindresultaat!!!
    Nog even geduld hebben..


  • Peggy Says:

    Oh Marit, wat voel ik met je mee!!! Ikzelf val ook van de ene verkoudheid in de andere … ik was er net 2 dagen vanaf maar vrijdag kwam hij weer in alle hevigheid opzetten. Onvoorstelbaar hoe rot je je kan voelen van een simpele verkoudheid hé!! Ik hoop dat je je snel weer wat beter voelt.
    Je boekje is super, wat een leuke look, perfect gewoon! Ik kijk al uit om het gevuld te zien.
    Geniet nog van je zondag!
    Liefs xxx Peggy

  • Annemarie Says:

    I feel so out of touch with you. I am not sure what the problem is other than the big computer is down so all of my bookmarks are not on this computer so I am not reminded of you frequently. I also haven’t been in a blogging mood.

    Hope you are feeling better by now. Thanks for sharing the link on how to bind the books.

  • Glenda Tkalac Says:

    Holy Dyna you’ve been busy Marit! Love that Elton page and hope you get rid of your cold fast!!

  • Lea Says:

    Wow Marit! This book looks so …COOL!!! Can’t wait to see what you put in it!

  • yyam Says:

    Oh I understand how you feel…coz I’m having a cold too…1 week in with no signs of it disappearing 🙁

    I enjoyed makes you think a lot huh?

    Your journal’s looking good! Can’t wait to see what you’ll fill it up with…

  • Birgit Koopsen Says:

    Ahhhh, hoop dat je je heel snel veeeeel beter voelt!! Ben benieuwd hoe je het album gaat vullen! 🙂

  • Hanneke Says:

    Jee dat is waardeloos, ik hoop dat je snel een beetje opknapt!!! Je album is geweldig, gevuld natuurlijk nog beter!!! ik hoop zo dat ik tijd om er een paar te maken!!!

  • Theresa Says:

    Hi Marit… I hope you are feeling better.. I hate it when being sick disrupts my crafting. I can’t wait to see what you are going to put in that lovely music art journal. The cover is awesome. looking forward to your creations. =)
    take care

  • Natalie Says:

    Hoop dat je snel weer opknapt, zo’n verkoudheid hakt er echt in soms… Maar toch heel productief geweest! De cover is echt superleuk, ben benieuwd naar de inhoud… Fijne kerstdagen alvast en nogmaals veel beterschap,
    liefs, Natalie