This sweet little journal came out of a page that was a free giveaway. I started with the base of the page and then began adding color, dimension, and doodles to it.
On one page I wanted to add words. What came to mind were the beginning lines from The Jabberwocky -- 'Twas brillig and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe. I liked the way that it came out so much I continued adding more words from the poem. But I decided that I wanted to make it semi-illegible. Not sure why, but I think it's much more fun that way.
And I had a great time adding colors, bits and pieces of paper, and in general turning this into a super cute mini album. I love having all the tags in it and that extra space to journal or add bits of ephemera and memory things.
Sometimes I see an element and I need to build something around it. For me that usually means a journal, an ATC, or a piece of stationery. I'm finding that I love working with these smaller projects in part because it's not as overwhelming as working on large scale pages. I can focus on smaller pieces at a time and have fun shuffling through my scraps and bits to come up with something that I like.
For this particular journal it was finding this phrase in a magazine. I knew I wanted to do something with it and decided that a quick and easy journal sounded good. Folding a single 12" x 12" page to make this four section journal, I left two top tabs open for tags. Rather than putting in a lot of embellishments I decided to pull some fun pages together, just simple embellishments on each one, a tab to identify each page spread, and a pretty ribbon to tie it all together.
My thinking is that it will be great for writing in or even for glueing down photos, mementoes, or ephemera of some sort.
It was fairly quick and easy to make and I like the simplicity of it. I also love the theme of that quote right on the front cover.
p.s. not sure why these pictures insist on coming through sideways but at least this way you can see the full two page spread
I had some spare cardboard lying around. Who am I kidding? I seem to have a lot of it, especially in that juicy stage when you've picked off part of the smooth cover and the corrugation shows through. This was a little piece just begging to be used. I decided that I wanted to make a journal using art paper instead of the copy paper that I tend to go for.
I'll be honest and confess that I like using copy paper more because (a) it's less expensive, and (b) I don't feel so bad if I don't like what I've created and I trash it. However I knew I wanted to try to do something with my new small pack of acrylic paints and the copy paper doesn't always hold up well to that. So I cut the art paper into four strips, folded the strips, glued it together and then glued it into the cardboard making a sweet little book.
It sat on my desk for a few weeks. I have white paper block. I love the idea of trashing it and getting all creative, but getting started, especially with one that I've made myself, isn't always easy if I don't have an inspiration in mind when I start. The inspiration for this was just to make the little book, I didn't know what I was going to do beyond that.
Then I received a gift in the mail. Some book pages that had been painted. They were all sorts of yummy colors. Certain words jumped out (probably because you look at things differently when there's color involved). And then I got the idea to cut apart of the pages and make quotes and start playing on the pages.
I laid down a base of colors - acrylic and my very favorite almost-dead-markers. Then I added some other elements/embellishments/scrappy bits. This was then followed by snipping and clipping words and rearranging them. I kept wanting to do rainbows of words on pages but somehow for this project the words wanted to all stay together. After they were all glued down I doodled a bit, decorated the front and back cover and now it's the cutest little thing you've ever seen.
In hindsight I've realized it might have been fun to take pictures of the process so that I could document them here. But the truth is that when I'm working on this stuff I'm having too much fun and am so involved that I wouldn't want to stop and take pictures. And even though this little journal took days to make when I walked away from my art table at the end of the day it was because it was way too late and I was ready for bed. Picture taking was not anywhere on my mind. At least not till it was all over and this cute little book was done.