Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Inspired by Lauren

I am very often inspired by the wonderful Lauren and today's item is no exception. Recently Lauren has posted some pages from her daily art journal and I have been inspired to begin one myself. I don't think I'll have time to make a page every single day....but I'll try, and you never know, I might even show you some of them...LOL!!

Today however, I am just going to show you my journal. I made this myself from scratch....using my brand new Bind-it-all!!!! (It's even PINK!!!) My first go at binding was slightly less than perfect, but that's all part of the charm of handmade things right? Before you know it I'll be a total pro and making all kinds of cool stuff. For this book I just used some light weight chipboard covered in Petals and Paisleys DSP for the cover and Very Vanilla CS cut to size for the interior pages bound with a one inch white coil.
Seeing as it's an ART journal, I went a bit crazy with the decorating...after all it's just for me and so I could just do whatever I liked. The letters spelling out ART are from On Board Lots of Letters, sponged in Tempting Turquoise and covered in Crystal Effects. The *wings* are from some random chipboard shapes I got ages ago and have been hoarding for a special project...'cause I really love them...and they've been sponged with Pink Passion ink, covered in CE and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter....aren't they pretty?
This cool flower is something I've been wanting to try for months...ever since Lauren (again!!) put up instructions on how to make one. Of course I didn't follow her instructions...because I am a little anal/pedantic and the idea of free form cutting was just too much for my poor little logical brain to cope with! So I went with the next best thing...punches and die cuts! I did crumple them though and swipe the edges with ink....and most scary of all is that the centre *petals* are punched from a BOOK!!!! An old dictionary to be precise, but I almost had a panic attack doing's a BOOK!!!!!!! Anyway, the bits are all held together with a pretty blue rhinestone brad.
Finally I wanted to show you a close up of these awesome buttons. Lauren sent them to me in my birthday parcel and I've been hoarding them too! But I decided that this was the perfect project to use them on! Aren't they just too cute? I've threaded them with some Linen thread that I dyed by dragging it across the Pink Passion ink pad while holding it down with a sponge dauber.....I love how it turned out and will be trying that again...why buy heaps of different coloured threads so your buttons aren't nekkid when you can just dye your own the perfect colour to match!
So, there you have my first BIA item, my first Art journal, and my first attempts at stepping out of the box, all in one project! I will be back tomorrow with some cards to show's a very special day, but you will have to come back then to find out why....LOL!



Carolyn King said...

beautiful all the embellishments!

Lydia said...

Ooooh - I love it!!!!

And bravo on fixing your reader issue - was it feedburner?

June Houck said...

This is wonderful! I love all of your embellies. I can't bring myself to alter a book, or punch from one, but you and Lauren make me see what I am missing out on :)

I can't wait to see a few pages, as you create them.

Anonymous said...

This is so cute! Especially with those wings!!! I can't wait to see what your pages for your journal.

lauren said...


ok, first, ta v much for all the lovely compliments and of course i am not just pleased but actually *PROUD* if you think i had any part at all in this magnificent creation...tho i have to say this is clearly ALLLLLL YOU, babe!!! :)

second, did you say BIND IT ALL??!?!?!??! ooooh you lucky antipodean ducky, you! YUM! very cool!

third, i ADORE everything about your book, especially the glittery bits...and the WINGS!...and those buttons w/the dyed-to-match thread (a brilliant concept i will be stealing!)

...and ESPECIALLY that magnificent compound grunge flower!!!!!!!!!!!! wow! i noticed the TEXTY flower immediately and thought how FAB it looked! (ps: i would TOTALLY use punches & diecuts too, i just never seem to be able to find ones the right size/shape/color...i only started making 'em b/c it was easier than sorting 10 tons of stuff & coming up empty!)

miss kristie, YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!! ♥

lauren said...

ps: you have already discovered the #1 best and all-consuming reason to keep an art journal-- it's the perfect excuse to keep all the best and favorite embellies FOR ONESELF!!!!!!!!!! :)

i have taught you well, glasshoppah! (you have to say that last bit in a bad david carradine/kung fu accent! kthxbai)


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