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!