Mini composition journals

Florence mini journalI have recently had surgery and am spending more time at home recovering and so I am making these mini composition journals to sell in my etsy shop and craft fairs this summer.  It is a good way to take my mind into a creative place.etsy store

I am making them to fit into your purse or backpack for travel.  They are very inexpensive and would make a thoughtful gift tucked into a birthday card.

I am using some of my own photographs for covers and some of my Graphic 45 papers to make little pockets and tags so that there are tuck places to keep your memories. I am also making matching paper clip place holders for these journals.mini journal dancing bride 5

 

mini journal dancing bridemini journal dancing bride 2mini journal rainbow butterflymini journal dancing couple 2mini journal dancing coupletitanic journalThese are all wonderful small gift items at a small price in my etsy store.  Come by and see the new ones that I will be making and selling this summer.  They are a best buy.  LDphotography etsy store

 

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Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade art or travel journal

I just finished making this stunning art or travel journal yesterday.  It took me about a week to make this journal from an old book.  First I thinned out the pages from the book and then I glued 4 pages together to make a thicker substrate for the gesso and then the metallic paints.  I made tip out pages, envelops and tags, a small secret book from the decorator paper.g45 midnight masquade 1

The cover is a work of art.  I made the wings, clock and key from paper clay and painted them with metallic paints. I added raspberry rhinestones, Swarovski crystals and pearl buttons to the cover.  There is a metal clock on top of the clay clock.  I fussy cut a lady from the Graphic 45 paper and added lots of crystals to her dress.  I sealed everything with varnish and covered the spine of the book with purple decorator tape.  And I dusted the entire cover in diamond dust.g45 midnight masquade

 

It is 7.5 x 5 inches and 3 inches thick.  It closes with white satin ribbons so you can expand it when you put your photos and journaling into it.  I feel like it is the best work I have done so far.g45 midnight masquade 2

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It is currently on sale in my Etsy store 

#Graphic45 Magic Masquerade art journal

I just finished this beautiful handmade art journal using Graphic 45 paper Magic Masquerade.  This paper is so inspiring.  I love the colors and the images.  So here are the photos of some of the pages.  Maybe this will give you some ideas for your own work.

The journal has 42 handmade pages and ties together with a blue satin ribbon.  I love using crystals , metallic paint, stencils and feathers in my work.

This journal has been sold  in my Etsy shop;  art journal

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Happy creating and enjoy the process.

Free & easy tutorial for making a handmade Wine junk journal

I have made this wine journal for my dear sister Cathie for her birthday.  She and her husband love to wine taste and I thought that this handmade diary would be a perfect gift.

I covered a 5×7 paper notebook with maroon designer paper.  Before covering I had used clear heavy gel through a stencil to embellish the front cover and rubbed gold acrylic paint to highlight the design.  I also purchase some wine dimensional stickers from Michaels and glued them on to the cover.  Finally, I used some silver holographic duct tape that I got at the Dollar tree to cover the spine of the book.

wine journal CathieHere is a close up of the journal with the elastic tie and a journal charm that I made to keep it together.wine journal Cathie 1I made the Wine tasting notes on my computer and resized the image down so that it would fit the pages in the journal.  Behind each tasting page is a page envelop to keep any information behind the form.

wine journal Cathie 3 I stamped and cut out some wine embellishment to put inside the notebook and added some journal stickers to dress up the pages.wine journal Cathie 2journal add onsThis wine journal is simple and not hard to make but it is a heartfelt handmade gift for a dear sister.

completely handmade journal with tags using Graphic 45 paper An eerie Tale

I have been working on making a journal completely handmade using recycled pressed paper that I have in my scrap basket.  So here it is ;  Enchanted Fantasy.  I used Graphic 45 paper ( I love , love their designs)  An eerie Tale to make the pages, cover the cardboard and make the pockets and tags.  I used book rings that open to be able to add pages or to move pages around at will.  Brown yarn to make the ties and the decoration on the sides.  I am quite happy with this journal and it only took 3 evenings to make.  Here are the photos;enchanted 5enchantedenchanted 4enchanted 3 enchanted 2 enchanted 1

Just finished a hand made Steampunk Spirit journal smashbook with a paper clay cover

I have been playing with air dried paper clay as part of my art process for a while now.  I made this steampunk art card from that clay plus metallic paints .  The other theme in my work recently is making practical art.  Art that can be enjoyed and used everyday in a person’s life.  This journal’s cover started out as a steampunk paper clay art card with gears, metallic paints , handmade spirit face , clock and Swarovski crystals. When it was finished,  it called out to me to be a cover of an art journal. I love the blues and browns that make this cover so unique.

The inside of this journal/ smash book has added envelops, tags, collages, metallic painted pages, stamped images, fold outs and many more features to surprise you. Some of the lined pages have been left alone for you to journal and some have been pasted together to support your photos and drawings.

This journal ties together with a baby blue  ribbon and  it has a matching blue ribbon with a metal key on the end for a bookmark. It is an exquisite piece of practical art that you can use everyday or to record the memories of a special trip.

 

It is on sale in my etsy store;  https://www.etsy.com/listing/184752996/steampunk-spirit-journal-smashbook

 

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