I’m a journaler. Is journaler really not a word?!? I’ve been writing in a journal for about 14 years. Over the past few years I began adding pictures, memorabilia, and ephemera. Yes, it’s become a scrapbook of sorts, I also write a lot. It’s therapeutic to write, express, get things on paper. I also use journals to make to do lists, projects I would like to complete, ideas, etc. So in the process of writing, documenting and making lists I wanted to make even the cover an expression of myself. Here is a few samples of this:
I actually made this journal for a co-worker that is expecting her first child. I expressed the idea of documenting everyday life with her new bundle of joy. She loved it. So I had to get her something to start with. I love to encourage people to document their story. Here is the original journal followed by the decorated cover.
Used products by Bella Road and October Afternoon. Kept it Simple
Here is another plain notebook I purchased at the Doller Tree for $1. I was going to completely use Tim Holtz products, but I am so into these nature packets my K&Company I had to use pieces from it.
Final Cover I finished off with Stickles Glitter by Ranger. Gives it a little sparkle don’t you think?
Below is a process I used for this floral journal. Before starting, set the stage, create an area full of pieces of paper, material, things that you love and just begin to piece them together.
Sewing Vellum onto burlap
Working on finding the perfect or not-so-perfect addition for the cover
Using Tim Holtz Distress Ink to add color to shipping tag
Final Cover. This dragonfly was actually a Christmas ornament I purchased years ago. Loved it, just not on the tree. So I finally found a home for it.
I encourage you to grap a notebook or journal…sit, write about your favorite things, cut pictures you like from magazines, add photos, tell your story. Have fun creating a one of a kind journal for yourself.