Mini composition journals for purse or backpack journals

1 purse journal exampleFlorence 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 witch facechristmas angel blue

 

mini journal dancing bride 2mini journal sistersmini journal dancing couple 2mini journal dancing coupletitanic journaljournal Christmas treeThese 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 

here is my new blog Creative Vintage Studio

I hope to use this blog to bring my friends news about my art, my photography and my life.  I will be posting free tutorials that show easy techniques to do mixed media collage.  The emphasis will be on the word EASY.  I often try to follow a tutorial and I get lost ( which is not a good feeling).  So simple , easy to follow directions is what I like and I hope you do too.  I have been experimenting with mixed media collage techniques now for a couple of years .

I also want to share some of my photographs with you.  My dear husband and I travel whenever we can and I always have my camera in hand.  I love to take landscapes , nature and animal photographs.  I have been lucky to have a couple of them win photo contests and be published in nature magazines.

 

Recently, my work in mixed media collage , especially making art and travel journals, has led to a new passion; collecting vintage children’s and adult books and paper.  Oh no… my poor husband and house.  Now there are boxes of old books lining my hallway in neat categories waiting to be photographed, scanned or sold.  We all step around them now.  I hope to have a room cleaned out so that I can do my photography and book collecting in one place.

 

So there are always art  experiments going on and new adventures occuring my my Creative Vintage Studio.  I hope you can join me, and I can share some useful information with you.  Please feel free to come by my etsy store; ldphotography,

and my facebook page.  Thanks for taking the time to read this introduction.  Here are some samples of some of my work.

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