Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Journal it!

Hello Crafters...
Am here with a post after a holiday break! A quick post so I can share this lovely journal/ organizer that I made for myself!

I have felt the need to own one, especially while travelling so that I can jot down what comes to my mind and also keep some creatives treasures that I find anywhere.
I also wanted something handy and compact with less embellishments cos it fits snuggly into my handbag and I dont have to worry about the embellishments falling off! Well, it just has to handle the wear and tear!!!!

Keeping all these pointers in mind, this is what I made.....

The journal cover is made from empty cereal carton and some left over chipboard pieces that came with some packaging. This made the cover really sturdy and have used layers of scrap PP's from my stash.
Since it was going to be a mixed media, i dint bother about the colors and patterns in the
paper, gave it a coat of watered gesso and took my Prima stencils.
I have given crackle effect with the stencil using Walnut stain and the clocks are stenciled with texture paste. The back and front cover has been aged using  distress inks walnut stain and black soot and has random script stamping too.

I have also dropped in some photo inks, deep yellow and light blue and have rubbed it in with my fingers to give some shading. This has really brought out some ageing in the cover and I just loved the look!

 I have used torn corrugated cardboard as book corners  and have gesssoed and inked it too!
The little butterflies are heat embossed and fo embellishments have used the pocket clock die cut and some feathers. I have applied glossy accents for the clock to pop it up and also stuck a resin border in light blue at the base!

The papers and pockets inside the book are all pages from an old diary and nor tebooks and the pockets from envelopes that came with the dies I purchased online!There are 4 signatures inside, all inked up and has random script stamping in different colors!

Do you see those cute round things popping out from the boo??? Well, those are the lovely paper clips that I won for a challenge from PPS nd am so glad it is serving its purpose as an embellishment too.
Coming to the part I enjoyed so much...and that's sewing the signatures together. And after that I thought of decorating the spine with some danglers...took out all my glass beads and baubles and strung them together with some vintage metallic charms and LO! I just looooooove these things dangling every time I pick them up!!!

I have also tied small pieces of laces, trims and bakers twines( remains from other projects) to the spine to add some color and glamour!The closure for the book is a paper clip and a black chord tied with some charms here again and there is loooots of room for expansion in this book.

I just cant wait to start penning down in this book and am happy to take it along with me in my next bout of travel in a few days to come!
That' s pretty much it...Do let me know your views on this.

Thank you so much for stopping by...
Until then,
Happy Crafting and Re cycling.
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  1. Wow.. Lovely.. You really have unique one of a kind ideas... Hugs Remya

  2. Fabulous, so much to look at, great work.

    Thanks for joining us at Rhedd & Rosie challenge blog.

    Moira DT xx

  3. Amazing Rupa!! love this journal cover and the colorful dangles .. cute details :)

  4. This is so cool! You made such a great work of art out of items you recycled! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap

  5. Ohh Art Journal..Rupa!! finally :) welcome :)
    It is awesome as always with recycled items :)
    I've made one too recently...will post it on blog next week.

  6. Wonderful Rupa! All the details are beautiful !! It's always nice to have personal handmade things :)

  7. WOW what a piece of art! love it!! Many thanks for joining the Rhedd and Rosie’s challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  8. Hi Rupa, Your application of paint on this looks beautiful and I love how you have left the corrugated card in full view for added texture, one of my favourite looks. Fab project. Thanks for the comments you have left me recently at Cheery Lynn and OCC, much appreciated. Looking forward to your next project.
    Julie x

  9. Wow ! I loved this grungy journal !!the cover is AWESOME !!

  10. Wow! Love the colours and textures on this, and a great grungy look... such amazing depth to the layers. Thank you so much for playing along with us at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  11. What a beautiful journal you created Rupa! Great recycling too!
    Alison xx

  12. Great journal, brilliant way to recycle.

  13. This is awesome! I love your journal...loads of color and texture!

  14. Amazing journal!! Lots of great texture, love the fact that there is a lot being recycled/reused. Fabulous job! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog
    Tina dt

  15. Excellent recycling and a beautiful album!

  16. What a fun project. Thanks for entering the challenge over at StampARTic. Best regards from Kirsten

  17. A really great piece of art. Thanks for joining us at StampArtic for this challenge.