I used to journal when I was growing up.
But in my adult years, that is simply something that I never really had time for I guess. But with my world being turned upside down this year, I am finding the desire to start journaling again. I am wanting to be honest, real and raw...and a journal is an excellent way to do that. So I made it my project this week to create a journal and start journaling again.
This book is seriously amazing! It was designed with the busiest of scrapbookers in mind. This book has everything you need to store your most cherished moments. With a customizable cover, 50 scrapbook/journaling pages, 15 - 2 slot photo protectors (holds up to 60 - 4" x 6" photos), and 15 pocket folder pages for storing your favorite memorabilia, you can't go wrong. You can buy the book at Scrapbook.com here or at 2 Peas here.
But instead of using it as a brag book...I am using it as a journal. A fun...totally my style, personal journal. In it I WILL include some photos along with some Bible verses, art, scrapbook layouts in the size of 4 x 6 and more...whatever I am feeling at the moment.
Here's what I made:
It uses the AWESOME It's The Little Things collection from Fancy Pants. It includes lots of layering and fun...and a bit of artsy-ness. :)
It uses a lot of rub-on's too. I love rub-ons. Always have.
Here are some close up's of the cover:
And inside this book you find several pages already ready to journal on. I threw in a few rub-on's or embellishments just to add a little to the pages, like this:
And I wanted to make several 4 x 6 cards with Bible verses on them that I could stick in the photo pages. Here's some:
And finally...I altered ever so slightly the folder pages, with a little bit of rub-ons...
I actually really like how the journal turned out. And I am excited to start journaling and getting personal.
Don't worry...I won't share it all with you. :)
And before you ask...because I know someone will ask.
HOW I MADE THE BACKGROUND FOR THE COVER OF MY JOURNAL
What you need:
* Lid or Random Object to make circles
* Ink or Paint (or both!)
I slathered on Gesso all over my cover.
I got messy.
I didn't care.
Then I took a lid (happens to be a lid to one of my Glimmer Mist bottles) and made circles in my Gesso before it dried.
THEN I ALLOWED IT TO DRY.
After it was dry, I covered it with ink (Pink Glimmer Mist). Then I took a wipe and wiped off much of the ink.
It looked kinda like this afterwards...
I went a step further and added a bit of pink paint...
And totally got carried away. I was trying to take a picture of my putting on the paint and ended up putting WAY too much paint on my cover...so don't worry...you don't need to waste that much paint.
Anyways...then I took a baby wipe and wiped off a bunch of paint.
Leaving it looking like this:
As you can see...when I was putting on my Gesso, I also splattered some to give it a bit more of a messy look.
Sometimes I just like being messy. :)
And before you leave I do have one other quick thing to share with you. :)
Yesterday on the Fancy Pants blog, they shared a bunch of projects using the new Baby Mine collection....here's a sneak of another new layout from me...
So check out that post HERE to see the full layout as well as what others did with the line. :)
That was a long post.
Hope you have a FANTASTIC week!