Sunday, December 31, 2017

Favorites Projects of 2017

Happy New Year!! I want to wish everyone a very happy new year, and I hope it will be filled with fun and joy and many creative projects.

As always at the end of a year, I go through my posts and pick some favorites. It is kind of a random process, because I am not good at picking favourites, and to narrow it down, I will pick one project from each month (and two from a few).

From January, I picked this Old Nonsense art journal page. It is happy and hopeful and fits perfectly at the start of a new year.

Layers of ink - Dark Tower Assemblage Clock by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

From February, I picked my Dark Tower Assemblage Clock, inspired by the Dark Tower book series by Stephen King. I had such fun adding all kinds of details relating to the story.

Layers of ink - Set Sail Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I picked two projects from March, since I really wanted to include this colorful art journal page in a post on New Year's Eve. It has such a positive theme. I haven't picked my one little word for 2018 yet, but maybe it should be one of these.

Layers of ink - Fringed Flowers in a Frame by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

From March, I also picked this Quilled Flowers in a Frame, since I really like the look of fringed flowers, and because of the lovely sentiment by Wendy Vecchi.

Layers of ink - Bright Words in a Frame by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

From April, I picked my Bright Words in a Frame project, because of all the colorful words, and the cute photo of Leo.

Layers of ink - Vintage Burlap Panel by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I wasn't sure what to pick from the month of May, but I really like this burlap panel with a photo of my grandmother when she was young. It now hangs on the wall in front of my desk.

Layers of ink - Stay Brave Art Journal Page by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

One of my favorite surfaces to work on this year, has been Dina Wakley's Media Journal, and this Stay Brave art journaling page was made on one of the watercolor pages in the journal.  It's my pick for June, also since I really like the colors.

Layers of ink - Distressed Texture Tag by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

From July, I picked my Distressed Texture Tag, simply because I had such fun using lots of distress techniques andd adding words and details.

Layers of ink - Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

This Woodgrain Chalkboard Easel also comes from July, and I like it because of the photo of the three of us from a visit to South Africa. Anton has it in his room, and on the back there is a photo of him on his own.

Layers of ink - Miniature Bookshelf with Handmade Books by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

August was a fairly easy pick, since this Miniature Bookshelf with Handmade Books is something I had planned to do for a long time. I had such fun making all the books and picking tiny photos to go with them.

Layers of ink - You Matter by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I still had to pick a second project for August, namely this You Matter wall-hanger, with an education theme.

Layers of ink - Wildflowers in a Mason Jar by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

From September, I picked this Wildflowers in a Mason Jar tag. I like the way the textured background turned out and that it is neutral enough not to take too much attention from the small flowers.

Layers of ink - Autumn Days Layout by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

October was another difficult month to pick from, but I really like this Autumn Days layout featuring Leo, made witth dies and embossing folders by Eileen Hull. Other favorite projects from October were my Alphabet Notebook and Sketchbook Journal, but since I posted them in an Eileen Hull recap post a couple of days ago, I didn't add them here.

Layers of ink - Narnia December Daily Journal by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

From November, I picked my Narnia-inspired December Daily journal, not only because it is one of my favourite projects of the year, but also because it started a Chronicles of Narnia reading marathon where I have been reading for Anton. He reads a bit here and there too.

Layers of ink - Winter Watercolor Notebooks by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

I picked two projects from December. I really enjoyed making these Winter Watercolor Notebooks. The combination of watercolors and stamping holds so much potential. I ended up making ten of these little books.

Layers of ink - Winter Penguin by Anna-Karin Evaldsson

And let's finish this post with a fun little Penguin card. I love the sweet SSS Picture Book Hugging Penguin and the icy background.

There is just about ten hours left of 2017 as I am typing this. Thank you so much for all your comments and support through this year. I am looking forward to a new year full of adventures, everyday life, happiness and creative projects.

Happy New Year!!



  1. Such gorgeous work thanks so much for sharing your creativity during the year. Wishing you and yours a very happy 2018 and I look forward to seeing more of your fab work in the new year xx

  2. Such beautiful projects Anna-Karin, lovely to see them again, they are all so inspiring! Happy New Year to you and yours! Anne xx

  3. Always impressed with your creativity and meticulous work. Thanks!

  4. Lovely work, always inspiring! What do you do with them ? They are so frame worthy but so plentiful too. I do a lot of arts & crafts, too - jack of all trades, master of none and one day I hope to do some of what you do but I know better. Am spread too thin and can't pick just one thing to be really good at it so I subscribe to your posts cause they are always beautiful, creative, and inspiring ! Thank you for sharing them.

  5. I can see why it is hard to pick favorite projects, as your work is always gorgeous, and looks like a lot of work. Thanks for putting these together in a blogpost. Inspiring work.


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