XYZ Journal

The "XYZ" letters I have had in my studio at least 8+ years.  I thought they were cool, however, I didn't have a home for them until I thought of making this journal.  The cover technique was one that I learned in an altered book workshop several years ago.  The Tim Holtz thinlit gears are perfect for this cover look of industrial along with a couple of other elements that I had.  Red electical tape was applied as an extra design element.
The large red "5" was an earring that I took apart.  I save a lot of 5's for my "Fifth Child Studio" name.
 Apparently I enjoy making tabs as my recent journals are packed with them!
Below are a few of my favorite pages.
I love stamping the tea cup several times and then stacking them.  I liked how this page turned out and I will probably repeat this process.
Okay - I couldn't resist using this image from an old year book from a medical collage.  His smug look was calling out to me to alter his appearance.  I fussy cut the lense part of his glasses and inserted a distress ink color background.  Glossy accents was then added.

"Listen" Journal

This vintage book cover was in such great shape that I decided to add my ephemera on the cover without any other preparations.
Below are a few of my favorite pages giving me the opportunity to use up paper scraps from other projects.
I call these journals "smash" journals too as it's my way of using bits and pieces.

There are so many funny quotes that I have collected - I like pages that make me laugh.
I usually make a western theme in my journals.
I love making layouts with a strong color theme.

"ART"

The batik material was a perfect match for the cover design - I love how that happened!


I followed Dyan Reavely's technique for cutting pages and reinserting them. (see last photo)
I love this bird image and I use it quite a bit!

Few Fav's from Algebra Journal

When I took the latest Tim Holtz Chemistry 103 class, I created the new techniques in a Dyan Reaveley's journal from Ranger where I had taken the signatures completely apart. I loved being able to try the new techniques on both sides of the signature pages and then choosing whether I wanted them in the finished journal or not. I was also able to determine the order in which the pages appeared. It was super easy to make a Copic binding when I finished making the backgrounds because the holes were already punched. I also divided the pages into three different color themes.
I love all the layering that happens when you use the distress inks, stencils and rubber stamping.
My book is packed full so I was not able to have it lay flat when I took photos.
I love my new city, Minneapolis!
I have always loved this rubber stamp image in my collection.  I researched his name to read about him - super interesting!
I fuzzy cut an image that was from an vintage Christmas card and added it to my page.

Coming Soon....

It's been soooo long since I posted that I almost forgot I had a blog!

I have four finished journals that I'll be sharing photos plus other tidbits in the next few days.  The vintage algebra book will be posted first.
It's packed full of delicious goodness!