The (first) Finished Journal ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ““

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek at my first journal. ๐Ÿ˜Š

There will be lots of pictures…so you might wanna grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and (hopefully) enjoy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

This one is different than the first pages I showed you last week. I took a bound book, and worked on those pages.

The book I chose was ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

Here it is with a few pages of coffee-stained paper…

The inside cover

On the left is a piece of handmade paper I found in a Thrift Shop. I made envelopes, pockets and tags – you’ll find them, and some original illustrations, throughout the journal…

The back-inside cover

Here are some tags and inserts…

All of them have a decorated front, and a blank back…lots of room for writing and doodling ๐Ÿ˜

In the end I felt that the vintage look of the inside didn’t really match the plastic-y cover. So I gave it a new cover ๐Ÿ˜ What do you think?

This is the end of my ‘ Show and Tell’ ๐Ÿ˜… I hope you enjoyed the little trip into the Wonderland. Did you? A little note in the comments would be greatly appreciated! ๐Ÿ’•

I’ll see you soon! Take care! ๐Ÿค—

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What Do You Do When The Crojo Is Lost?

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I hope this finds you well! ๐Ÿ˜Š

The question in the title line was one I asked myself many, many times over the last few weeks. And it’s also the reason why I took a timeout from writing for you.

I did try hard to get it back. I searched high and low for inspiration…spent WAY too much time on Pinterest ๐Ÿ™ˆ I dug deep into my creative pool – and my yarn stash ๐Ÿ˜ – and came up empty.

What to do, what to do?

Then it hit me…I don’t HAVE to crochet. There might be other pretty things inside me waiting to be made. ๐Ÿ˜Š

During my hours on Pinterest I saw many gorgeous handmade journals. Beautiful pieces of art, and creativity. I found myself going back to them over and over. I finally felt that little spark of inspiration ๐Ÿ˜

I read about ‘Smash Books’ – it’s like a scrapbook, but not. It’s messy, it’s colorful, it’s awesome! ๐Ÿ˜… You just take a ready-made journal or loose pages (to be bound later on) and start painting, cutting, glueing down any- and everything that strikes your fancy.

It’s completely new territory for me. I’ve never done mixed media, plus it’s an exercise in patience. See, you can’t just sit down and start or go out buy some supplies and begin the creative journey.

There is some legwork involved ๐Ÿคช and, I have to say it again, patience. Not really my thing ๐Ÿ˜… so definitely a learning curve!

I visited our Antique Mall, and numerous thrift stores for old books, magazines, note- and greeting cards etc.

In between collecting these pretty things I coffee-stained paper. This is quite an exciting process. Even though I did it the same way every time, each page comes out differently.

Wanna see?

Pretty cool, huh? ๐Ÿ˜

After a week of successful hunting and gathering the journal making began.

Here are my first attempts…

What I did, but will do differently from now on – I picked a theme for each signature.

What’s a signature you ask…I know I did ๐Ÿ˜Š A signature is a stack of loose papers (usually 5 or 6 sheets) that will be bound together to be combined into a book.

Anyway – I find that making themed signatures is a bit stifling…and time consuming. I’ll let you know, but I have a feeling that going with the inspiration, and combining snippets as you come across them, will be more fun. We’ll see ๐Ÿ˜Š

So… I think it’s safe to say I found something I love to do ๐Ÿ˜

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

The (scary) New Journal

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

I’m not sure if ‘scary’ is the right word. Maybe ‘intimidating’…either way – the possibility of this beauty being ruined by “mistakes”, or a leaky pen does instill a sense of fear in me! ๐Ÿ™ˆ

Do you know what I mean?

I’ve thrown away quite a few pretty (empty, never saw a pen) planners at the end of the year, because I was afraid to mess it up!

The same thing was about to happen with my new journal. I saw it, loved it, brought it home, admired it from afar. ๐Ÿค“

Isn’t it beautiful? ๐Ÿฅฐ

But what good is a lovely journal when it’s not being used? And, after all, the creative life is messy, so why not the book telling about the journey!

So I decided – renegade that I am ๐Ÿ˜‰ – to make the first page messy…even use paint ๐Ÿ˜ฒ And after that, what else could go wrong!

I always wanted to try ‘string painting’. It makes lovely pictures, and doesn’t look too hard. As a matter of fact, I heard from quite a few people that they did this in Elementary school.

So I got out some glass dishes for the paint, cut some cotton string, Latex gloves…and I was set.

Conquering the fear…baby steps ๐Ÿ˜„

I might be a bit rebellious, but still wasn’t about to try a new technique in this book.

Out came my spiral notebook with drawing-paper. Here we go…

Not impressive, but not terrible either ๐Ÿ˜Œ

It came out good enough that I wanna try it in the pretty book…and I did. And not just that, I wrote in it, ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ sprayed the page with glue, ๐Ÿ˜ฌ and sprinkled glitter – of course, what else – over the whole page! Done ๐Ÿ˜Š

And that’s the first page. Ready to be followed by new ideas, more art, bits and pieces of my creative life! ๐Ÿ˜

Do you keep a journal? Do you find the first step scary, or do you jump right in? I’m looking forward to hearing/reading about your experience. ๐Ÿ’•