Saturday, August 7, 2010

Trying Something New..Journaling

I belong to the Yahoo group- An Affair with Art  (AAWA).  Autumn, who is also a member asked if anyone was interested in creating a journal. There was a lot of interest, and so she posted instructions on how to get us all started. She also gave us a list of suggestions to follow along with her journal if we wanted to.

We have all been busy gathering what we  need to create our journals.  Visit  Autumn's blog...Autumn's Antic's to see her neat journal pages.

Autumn also suggested we visit  The Graphics Fairy Blog for great free clip art to use in our journals. You just have to sign up on the homepage.

Journaling is new adventure for me.  So, we shall see how it goes, but I think it will be great fun. I cut my journal covers from an old Reader's Digest book. I then  found double sided scrapbook paper that I liked to use for the pages in my book. My pages were cut a little  smaller than the cover size, as that will leave me room to add tabs, etc to the edge of the pages.  I cut the holes in the journal pages and the book covers with my Crop O dile . I had never used this tool until now and I've had it for ages.  Shame on me!!! The Crop O dile cut thru the book board with ease. I used the largest hole so that my book rings would fit easily.  On pages with heavier embellishments I used grommets so the paper wouldn't tear. It's a pity really to have so many tools that don't get used after they are bought. Unfortunately, I have lots of stuff that I haven't used, but had to have. I'm sure I'm not alone when it comes to buying and not using or hoarding supplies.

I have several pages  that I didn't photograph as they were bare. I am still gathering items for my, ephemera, vintage papers or other papers, torn envelopes, templates, photos, whatever strikes my fancy. When I find the box of large sheets of baseball card protectors I want to cut a page to fit my book to hold ATC's and bits of found objects. I thought that would be also be a  nice addition.

I am still tweaking my pages, and most haven't been inked and decorated yet...just bare bones so far, but I thought I would share with all of you what I've put together so far. To make things easier I will remove my pages out of my journal  to work on them.

The following are guidelines for each page that our group will be following.  Our own  interpretation of  the following page themes.
1. a new page
2. beautiful things
3. all that I am
4. deep within
5. battle plan/repair
6. beginnings
7. fond memories
8. never grow up
9. standing beside me
10. growing
11. change
12. nurturing
13. I carry in my heart
14. the rest of the story
15. freedom to be myself

Click on the photos to enlarge them for better viewing and reading.  My photos aren't in order of  how the pages will be worked on.

My Cover...not embellished yet.

aawa journal cover 1

inside front cover and first page.. I jumped right inside my journal, as a jointed  art doll. A New Page a new beginning.

aawa journal inside cover and me 2

aawa barn swallow page Fly away..fond memories of time spent at my grandfather's

aawa journal butterfly page 3

aawaj ournal pink flower page 

beaded pink fabric flower added to floral paper..Beautiful things

aawa journal bingo page

aawa journal follow your dream 2 yr old pic 4 Now and Then/change

aawa journal fairy riding turtle 

aawaj ournal manila envelope pocket  5 pocket

aawa journal lotto page 6 lotto card

aawa journal memory tag page tags

aawa journal calendar page calendar 

aawa journal back cover inside inside back Cover

So far it has been easy, and I have lots of ideas of what I want to include.  I'd love to hear what you think of my journal so far.

P.S..I almost forgot to mention. I will be having a 100th post giveaway which is coming up very quickly as I am almost there.  Check back on Monday for photo's of the prizes and details on how to win.

Thanks for following my blog.  Happy Blogging to all of you!!!


Tammy D said...

Wow. This is really neat. I like this idea.

Anonymous said...

Your journal is amazing.. I loe all of the pages you have made...

Kerry said...

Elaine -- I really like this idea and I love what you have done. I think I'd like to try this myself -- so, if you don't mind, I'll follow along with you!

Robin said...

I love your journal and pages Elaine!

Carol's Crafts said...

What an awesome project,and a beautiful journal to emjoy. I just might have to try one of these

Autumn said...

Your book is really coming along, Elaine. I can't wait to see it as you begin journaling!! Have fun!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FUN Elaine!! Looks GREAT!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

I love your journal so far! the first page with your photo made me smile . . . the other pages you added are great. I like the format!
: ^ ) lenna

The Backporch Artessa said...

Wow Elaine! you've been going to town on this journal! I love the turns you've taken with it!