How is everyone!? Sorry it has been a while since my last post. We've been super busy getting our house ready for market. Realtor is coming tomorrow to take pictures and it will be listed on Saturday! Fingers crossed it will sell quickly so we can find a new house, move, and I can set up my *new* studio as fast as possible!
I got THE most exciting news this week! I've been accepted to Ranger U!!! It has been a long-term dream of mine to be able to attend this amazing event, and I couldn't be more thrilled! It's still a little surreal to me that I've been selected from so many talented applicants. I promise I won't go on and on about "how many sleeps" til Ranger U (pinky swear!).
Now, on to today's project. I recently had the idea to make my own journals. So I cut up some cardboard boxes and just went for it!
I started by cutting up a cardboard box, using the flaps from top and bottom as a front and back cover. Then I started layering different collage elements over the cardboard, using my trusty multi-medium (matte) as adhesive. I started with a base pattern and then layered some vintage dictionary paper over that.
I outlined the dictionary paper and any other layered collage elements with the Stabilo ALL pencil and blended with a water brush for shading. And then added a quote in the same way - multi medium and Stabilo pencil.
Then I pulled out my CINCH binding tool, selected the holes I wanted to punch, and added a binding ring and some Canson mixed media paper for the journal pages, and VOILA! Instant journal! The journal above is 6" tall by about 3" wide.
Here are a few other journals I made... some are not bound yet, but you get the idea....
I wasn't worried about the sizes - but rather used the box sizes as my guide. Two flaps of the same size = front and back cover for a journal. Other two flaps = another journal, different size. Before I knew it I had quite a few journals!
These journals could be used for anything... sketch books, art journals, personal diaries, shopping lists, or anything else you could come up with. So, with a box, some interesting images, some adhesive, and a CINCH, you can make your own! Hope you give it a try.
'Til next time... Keep your fingers crossed and say a little prayer that our house will sell quickly! I miss my studio! Thanks for stopping by.