Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Handmade Journals

I am so excited! I have just finished a trio of handmade journals, each one unique and full off decorative detail.

For my experiment in book arts, I decided to use binder rings. What I love about binder rings is that they can be embellished with pretty ribbons and new pages can easily be added.

For the covers, I collaged heavy cardstock with vintage ephemera, digitally altered photographs, scrapbook papers and stamping. I then went to Staples and had them laminate my artwork.

Each journal is divided into sections. I scanned vintage advertisements, magazine pages and sheet music and printed them on different colors of cardstock. I also embellished some card envelopes, to create little places to store mementos.

The journals each have 125 unlined manila pages to write or sketch on. Overall, I am pleased with the outcome and look forward to designing additional books. As an avid journalist myself, I know the creativity of the journal structure itself can inspire the writing process.