Thursday, February 4, 2010

Journals Part 1

Okay.... so don't pass out. I am actually updating my blog TWO days in a row! I've had a couple of inquiries into my journals. I've made about 8 of them over the last couple of weeks. A couple of them I forgot to take pics of. But I've split the journals into 2 posts. I'll show you a few today and a few tomorrow.
I LOVE making cards, but I have to admit making gifts and altered items is my favorite thing to make!
ETA- I started with Composition Notebooks. I recently found some with brown spines on clearance at Staples. A great find!
The first journal was for Sweet Eloise of my TOPS group. She liked a purple journal I had made previously. Since NO 2 journals were alike (due to the fact that I have only one piece of each paper) I made Eloise's journal different, but close to the other design.
The next journal was for Ellen. I painted the spine with white paint and made hers PAISLEY. I do love PAISLEY. Here is a close up of her name and a little paisley diecut. The next journal was for Miss Christine. She is the oldest member of our TOPS group. Somewhere between age 80 and 90. She's still spry. These lovely K & Co papers seemed perfect for her and I stamped and embossed a Psalm to go on her journal.Since I made so many of these, I learned a few things along the way! On some of them I used Mod Podge and on others I ran the paper through the Xyron adhesive. I preferred the Xyron. The Mod Podge sometimes bubbled or made the paper tear. It was hard to apply it evenly.
And at first I used my corner rounder before adhering the paper to the journals. But I learned that using an exacto knife and trimming the corners AFTER adhering worked better.
Also, filing or sanding the egdes gave the journals a finished look and helped get rid of the adhesive gunk.
I used my new Cuttlebug alphabet to personalize the journals. I LOVE having an alphabet die set! Definitely one of my favorite Christmas presents. Thank you, Jake and Megan!!!!
I'll show you the rest tomorrow!!


Jackie said...

These journals are just beautiful! What did you use to cut out the butterflies on the first one?

Peggy said...

Oooh!! I love them!! You know how much I love personalized stuff:) And I really want to start journaling. But I never do!!

Kim said...

The journals are wonderful. What did you use as the journal base?

Creative Mish said...

I love making these journals. They make great gifts! I buy a whole stake of the books when school starts because walmart usually has them for less than a dollar

StampnInkLady said...

I lover your Journals and know they take time to make. They are beautiful. I made one for hubby in 2008. If you would like to see it, here is the link
Hugs Lori

Rose Ann said...

More beauties!! I love the purple and green journal butterflies, but they're all fabulous!!