I love paper ... pretty paper, grungey paper, textured papers, tea-stained cardboard, all of it. I love playing with paper. Tearing,
crumbling, texturizing, dyeing ... all of that, too. It's a perfect fit for me. Relatively portable, so I can move from upstairs craft room, to warehouse, to the bog cabin, and back. Not like my metal or wood work which are both very satisfying and lots of fun, but way more cumbersome. And if I mess up ... I mean, it's just a piece of paper and I can always add a layer and give it another element. Sometimes I think mistakes can actually add a new direction or dimension to a project. So what's to lose?
Got my feet wet online looking at, inspired by, drooling on, a few websites and several Etsy shops - for example, iHanna's blog on utilizing used books from flea markets and thrift shops. Then there was one from IMGirl, a handbound journal filled with lots of embellishment. Or the hour I spent on Pinterest checking out an altered art journal board by Pam Billingsley. The variety is staggering, almost as impressive as the talent and creativity. Blows me away. Humbles me. Spurs me on. Here I go ......
|loved the cover color and texture|
|clamp and allow to dry - so far, so good!|
For the cover, I stamped and blurred a saying on torn paper and antiqued the edges. Then, stamped some numbers/symbols using a Stazon pad so the stamping wouldn't smear.
|inside back cover - a little marketing identification|
For the last page of the journal, I zig-zag sewed a pocket from two pieces of an old folder:
|tied with hemp twine and ready to sell!|