I wanted to try something different this time… so instead of a card I made myself a crafting journal/notebook for this months Challenge project. It’s something I used to do when I started my photography and I would stick images into a scrapbook…. not the fancy new scrapbooks we see today, just the regular old kids type of construction paper ones. When I saw an image in a magazine that I liked, I would cut it out and stick it in there a a visual inspiration and it also helps you define your style.
As it grows you can see a definite preference and tastes emerge and it gave me a visual reference as to what lighting and poses etc appealed to my artistic side.
…so I wanted to do something similar for my paper crafting… It will be filled with images and quotes and sentiments etc… but this time.. my own. It’s kind of a cross between a diary, scrapbook, notebook… doodles and notes and quotes .. and inspiration for my crafting.
I didn’t want to buy a manufactured book to do this with, I wanted something more casual and easy to add to. I just happen to own a Comb binder, which is perfect for projects like this…. and yes, those are tea cup stains you can see at the bottom…and yes they were deliberate.
As were the roughed up corners LOL I wanted a well read, worn, loved and treasured look to the project. Have you ever seen a notebook that has been in and out of a teenagers backpack for 6 month or more…? that was the look I was going for.
This is an ongoing project which will grow over time as pages are filled with quotes and images and color palette ideas. I could have faked out a few pages for the blog post… but I will probably just do an update post later in the year for anyone interested.
I chose a monochrome palette for the front cover for a few reasons
.. one I printed this on cream colored card, instead of the usual white and wanted to tie in the tea and books theme.
.. two I wanted to create that old yellowed loved and worn look and Monochrome is something I need to practice. Color is a lot more forgiving because you can use colors to distract from areas of weakness in an image… that doesn’t work in black and white or monochrome. That’s another thing I learnt from my years doing photography 🙂 Although my darkroom was capable of doing color, I think I used up the samples that came with.. and never bought any more. I am and always will be a B&W kinda gal when it comes to my photography… I do color… but for the most part my favorite images are usually sepia or black and white.
Now some of you saw the project I did a few weeks ago which featured some ribbon lacing on the sides… and I was asked how I did that. I did it with my Comb Binder machine, I just used ribbon instead of plastic combs ….It’s a fun little machine 🙂
Front cover Image is from Cute As A Button and is called “A good book and a cup of tea” which was printed on Cream Card Stock and colored with Zig Kurecolor and Chameleon Markers.
The cover was double layered with a contrasting card for extra thickness and then comb bound using a Fellowes Comb Binder and plastic combs. Inside pages are Cream paper and there are about 30-40 pages…. more will be added as needed.
Cover was roughed up with a cup of tea and some distress inks… and some general bending and folding of corners for ages, used and loved look.
I can’t wait to get stuck into this one..I miss my old inspiration books 🙂
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