Handmade Journals

Hello Wonderful, Creative You ....

I love handmade journals. They offer so much creative freedom and choice. You determine whether you're going to make an art journal, prayer journal, writing journal, junk journal ... or all of the above! You choose the shape, size, and thickness and how it is bound. You can use traditional bookbinding methods or recycle materials such as old books or your own art. I hope this will inspire you to make your own journals. Handmade journals are wonderful gifts too!

For Journal Des Roses, I used a sketchbook that I had in my stash. I used some ivory/cream colored chalk style paint and painted the front and back covers. To make the roses, I used the IOD Heirloom Roses Mould and IOD Air Dry Clay. I used the IOD Trimmings 1 Mould to make the casting for the spine. I cut out one of the pieces of the Classic Pots Transfer and applied it to the front. For the back, I found a page on the Internet with "Journal Des Roses" so it was perfect for this journal. I printed it and used some Art Glitter Glue to glue it to the back cover. I also used the Art Glitter Glue to glue all my castings to the journal. After the glue and castings were dry, I added a little water to my ivory paint and painted the castings. I also added a little ivory paint, using the dry brush method, all over but very lightly on the transfer and printed page on the back. To finish it off, I used a little brown, Unicorn Spit gel stain, with a little water added to give my journal the old world/vintage look I wanted for my journal. 

For the La Cour L'Eventail Journal, I recycled an old book to make the front and back cover and used the IOD Classical Cherubs Mould to make the castings for the front cover. I cut out one of the pieces of the Classic Pots Transfer and applied it to the front. I also found another a page on the Internet with the same design and printed the page for the back cover. And, I used the IOD Craquelure (Crackle) Stamp and Stone Gray Ink to help add old world, worn look. 

To decorate the spine, I made a casting with the IOD Trimmings 1 Mould. I used a basic three-hole pamphlet stitch bookbinding method to sew my signatures. This theme lends itself so nicely to scrapbook, photo album, memory book, prayer journal... you are only limited by your imagination. 

I did a couple live videos on my Facebook page... go check them out if you'd like to see how I made my journals. Leave a comment and let me know if you've made handmade journals.

Be Creatively Blessed ~Penny

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