This is the start of a new year. It’s time to take ownership of our own mental health and healing. One of the first steps is learning to accept and love ourselves. I made this set with that concept in mind. I could be given as a Valentine’s Day gift, or a self-gift. Either way, it’s ready to be filled with your daily journal, art, stamps and special quotes!

I loved the strips of patterns on this cover and the metallic touches from the moment I saw it. It reminds me of those bowls of pillow mints that I used to see at bridal showers when I was a young woman. I created this nano Traveler’s Notebook with those mints mind. Here, you can see the outside of the refillable cover, and the four pocket folders.

Over the Christmas holidays, one of my younger granddaughters said she would like to have a Nano Traveler’s of her own. She likes bright colors, so I was thinking this set might be perfect for her. It reminds me of hippies, Happy Days and preteen tastes. I felt like these papers would really appeal to her. Here, you can see the outside of the refillable cover, and the four pocket folders.

My oldest grandaughter is planning a trip to Japan after High School graduation. She loves everything Japanese and is very interested in experiencing the culture live and in person. I created this nano Traveler’s Notebook with her in mind. I knew, as soon as I saw the papers that it would be perfect. Here, you can see the outside of the refillable cover, and the four pocket folders.

When you are working on a small scale, you have to figure out different ways to do things to reduce bulk. Even though you don’t see it when you just look at these nano Traveler’s Notebook covers, the knots of these are sealed with glue. Here, you see the clips I use to hold the elastic while the glue dries over night. As a bonus, you can see a bit of the inside of each cover, too.

I saw some really cute, woodland pins in Hobby Lobby the other day. I decided to get them because they were on sale. My thinking was that I could use them as “journal jewelry”. To attach it to the cover, I punched a tiny hole with a 3/16ths punch in the lower corner of my nano Traveler’s notebook. Then I inserted the post of the pin and pushed on the backing.

I haven’t posted a Zentangle from Amanda Higbee, CZT in a long time. The camera on her phone has been broken and other life things have interfered. But I have one for your pleasure today! I love the way she used strips of Ambler to draw the eye into the center of the tile. I also got a big kick out of the list of tangles on the back of her tile.

A new year means new art journals! I am making some more nano Traveler’s Notebooks, designed to fit in a pocket, to be used for art, journaling or both! In the picture, you can see some hints: Covers for summer with beach themes, some contemporary designs, a couple of unique grungy in bright colors, even some for Valentine’s Day. If you’re interested in obtaining one of these for yourself or as a gift, just PM me on Facebook to work out the details!

I woke up in the middle of the night with “faucet nose”, and as the day progressed, it became obvious that I have a cold! So I wasn’t feeling super ambitions about the art for the pages. I wanted something that was fun with pretty colors. The prompt for this day was “icicles”. I did want to try it because they’re something I’ve never drawn or painted before. But I really didn’t know how to fill a page with them.

The prompt for this day was “animal in a Santa hat.” I decided to double down, and I have two of them here! The hat and the scarf for the reindeer were actually done on another piece of paper, cut out, and glued to the image. I love the idea of the deer having his own friend, the little winter finch! On the left side is a color mixing exercise.

I was reorganizing Studio II before the holidays. I wanted to get all the little buckets of pencils off of the drafting table so that I could use the table itself. A couple of days after I started thinking about how to do this, we were walking through Ikea for exercise (you can get a lot of steps in if you walk the whole showroom and marketplace!) and I came across a solution!

When I first started this image in my book, it was the shortest day of the year. Yes, I am journaling on “the” day, but the artwork is not necessarily finished on the day it was started. That’s because sometimes life happens. At any rate, I finally finished this, so… ta da… Here is my Solstice art! #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal

It’s ugly sweater day! Well, maybe not officially, but that’s the theme for this spread. I did the right side in a pastel palette and the left in a more traditional color choice. Both are over a sparkling background and incorporate metallic and other gel pens. So what does YOUR “ugly sweater” look like? #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal

Left side: I wanted to play with words and a blue/pink/purple color combination. I also used iridescent watercolor, but it doesn’t show up in the photo. Right side: The prompt for December 9th was Cocoa! Since I think gingerbread cookies are designed to go with hot chocolate, my page is all about these delicious treats! #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal

My Christmas Art Journal is continuing! Today I’m showing you the page spread for December 8. The prompt for this day was “sleigh”. So I chose to do Santa’s Sleigh all packed up ready for deliveries! A young reindeer stands by ready to learn from his parents all about the job he’ll be doing in the future. #microart #microartjournal #miniatureartjournal #miniartjournal #miniatureart #tinyjournalnation #allthingstiny #allthingsminiature #microartjournaling #tinyartjournal