#Graphic45 A Ladies’ Diary art journal

I just love Graphic 45 paper.  It always inspires me to create new and beautiful art journals.  This is one that I just completed using the paper called A Ladies’ Diary.

Ladies diary Graphic 45 journal

I made this journal using large book binding rings so additional pages can be added.  It started as a vintage map atlas book that I took apart so I could use the covers.  After a lot of gesso, texture paste and spray paint I got to add the fun stuff.  So the crystals, feathers, ribbon roses and chain with charm all came next.

It has 41 pages that have been handmade using paper, cards and images from the Ladies Diary paper package and my vintage papers.  I really enjoyed making this journal and hope that someone special gets to use it.  So please enjoy these pictures and you might get some cool ideas for your own journals.  If you have any questions or comments just leave them below.

This is for sale in my Etsy shop at this link; Ladies diary Graphic 45 journal 1 small

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Ladies diary Graphic 45 journal 12Thanks for looking at this journal.  Happy creating.

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grunge Mixed media collage inspired by the artist Finnabair of my Aunt Marge my heroine

I love Finnabair’s work ( here is a link to one of her youtube videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca9CUbyN5Vk) and so I tried my hand at this grunge style mixed media collage with the subject of my Aunt Marge.  She grew up in the depression and was a young woman in WWII.  She came from a very poor family and graduated from UC Berkley with a BS.  She was a wonderful wife and mother and hostess.  My father ( her brother) was famous for calling about 5 hours from her house and announcing that we would be arriving soon.  She never looked flustered by this and always welcomed us even at midnight!  I loved her and she was my model of how to be a successful woman even when life makes it hard for you.  Hope you enjoy this collage.ImageImage In this corner I put in objects that related to her life;  airplane, bike, children, school items.