Been having fun making mini journals for my Etsy store. I take small composition books that I get at the dollar store. Then I reduce down my art works or vintage post cards and make lots of envelops and tags and add them to the journals to make them fun.
I seem to be on a roll the last couple of weeks making several mixed media art journals. I just love journals. I keep one in my purse to write down creative ideas that come to me while shopping or walking. I also keep one for each year ( though I should say I keep a couple for each year as I fill them up) . Here is the one for 2017 It is getting filled with my thoughts and experiments quickly. But that is good because then I get to make another one.
I make and sell mini art and travel journals in my Etsy shop . I do not charge much for them because I just want them to go to someone who will enjoy my art. Here are some that I have listed right now; Then I make a large mixed media art journal that is very complicated and takes about 3 weeks to complete. Here is my currant one called Steampunk Woman; This started out as an old 1930s book that I rescued the covers ( the inside pages are being used for other projects), I cut out the pages and painted the covers white. Then I used clear gel and stencils to make the textured background. I painted it with metallic teal paint and edged with gold paint. I used Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper for the cover and the inside pages. I painted the woman on the cover with crackle paint and added the metal gears and a name plate.
There are 3 large book rings with fiber hangings. There is a key and a cherish token hanging from the front. There are 33 double sided pages inside. Most have been made into envelops and tags to attach photos or write journal insights. Here are some photos of it;
I even made a small book of secrets that fits in a pocket for those private thoughts.The back cover is plain except for the mixed media collage that I made on the front cover.The beauty of this journal is that you can use the book rings to open and add your own pages or to rearrange anything. I love this type of premade journal when I travel because all I have to do is tape or paste items into it as I go.
Well I hope you have enjoyed this post. Drop by my Etsy store to see more. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography Stay creative everyday!
Still working on ways to quickly and easily make photo fold outs for art journals or smash books or scrapbooks. Sometimes I have just a little time to work in my art journal and I just want to add a photo in a way that is a little different than just sticking it in with tape. Here are two simple ideas to use that just require folding and tape.
Both of these ideas take less than 10 minutes to do but add an extra dimension to your work. Happy creating ! Linda