Hello sweet visitors and welcome to the Garden. So nice of you to drop by.
So, this is part two of my 'Two Simple Journals' posts.
If you would like to take a look at Part#1, HERE
is the link.
These are the two books I created using Megs Garden
's lovely papers.
In this post I will share with you the booklet on the right .. my writer's Journal. This is the little book I will use to practice my hand writing. As I said in Part#1, I used to have a reasonably neat hand but, over the years, that has deteriorated quite badly so now I need to practice to get it back up to scratch.
The inspiration for this booklet came from Astrid Maclean of Astrid's Artistic Efforts
. Astrid, like me, loves to make all kinds of booklets and, lately, she has been working with the Eileen Hull die. Unfortunately, I don't have that die so I had to make mine by hand but I did use that book as inspiration for my design.
The papers used for this Journal are all from the A4, digital version of the 'In the Watercolour Garden'
As I wanted a reasonably soft cover, I simply made it from cardstock. I used black for the outside cover and kraft for the inside. The finished book, when closed, measures 4.75" x 8.5".
I glued a piece of chipboard behind the spine on the inside cover for extra strength, punched the holes, threaded the elastic through those holes and simply knotted it at the back. I then glued the two covers together.
As with the first Journal, this one doesn't have much in the way of embellishment. As this is also a work book, I didn't want anything three dimensional getting in the way. Besides, these papers have such lovely graphics on them that I really didn't want to cover them up.
For the front cover though, I did add a Tim Holz door knob and some stamping. I also fussy cut a second butterfly to give it a little bit of dimension.
I really love the graphic on this paper .. simply stunning!!
The inside cover and the first signature.
I added a pocket on the inside front cover and added some faux stitching with a gel pen at the top. The 'lace' is simply a strip cut from the edge of a paper doily.
The pocket will house a small booklet which will mainly be used for any hints and notes that I may find and wish to keep. I added more faux stitching around the edge of the paper.
There are three signatures in this booklet ..
I cut some pages from a cheap exercise book for the inside, made a cover for each signature and stapled them together. Each one loops under an elastic band in the spine of the outer cover. This way, as I fill them up, I can create new signatures and replace them.
Added a strip of washi tape at the edge of the signature to give the spine a bit more strength. The only other bit I did was to add the quote. As I said before, these papers have the most gorgeous graphics they really don't need any enhancement.
Back of the first signature and front of the second.
Love this music paper .. so gorgeous!!
All I did here was to add the quote.
Back of the second signature and front of the third.
I simply had to use this paper again .. I love it so .. and I only added the quote. After taking this photo, I did add that strip of washi tape to the spine though, for added strength and continuity.
Back of the third signature and inside back cover.
This is the most gorgeous background paper .. I didn't add anything because I didn't want to spoil it. Love it just as is.
As on the inside front cover, I just added some stenciling with Distress Ink.
A little metal embellishment on the back ..