So, you can make something out of nothing, or almost nothing at any rate! That piece of well painted wallpaper I showed you yesterday got chopped down to size, folded in half, and is now living a new life as a journal cover.
I already had some pages "prepped." Really fancy paper for the inside...not!
Among all the other "stuff" hauled out of my dad's house was a large stack of National Geographics. Most of them hit the recycle bin, but dad so loved these magazines, that I just couldn't bear to toss them all out. If you've ever had to pack up someone's home and life, you get this.
So, while I prepped a "real" journal's pages last weekend, I steadily tore out magazine pages and prepped them as well. Once dry, I scraped paint across them withan old credit card. And I fell in love with the results!
Although a bit thin, the gesso gives the pages a surprising strength. Once I had about 6 or so painted, I folded them in half, placed them inside my "cover," and used a simple three hold pamphlet stitch.
The angel on the left is a shot from a few years ago, printed out on vellum. "Angels Among Us" was a test print on deli scrap paper. As for the left...some of the "bracelets" my dh sported during his recent hospital stay! We're still not sure why he had to wear the "Fall Alert" one, and I suppose we never will know.
I'm loving this journal. It's small, will fill up quickly, and although soft and flexible, that wallpaper with all its layers of paint make it one sturdy little book. And its "nothingness" as far as cost of supplies, etc. gives me a delicous sense of freedome. I'm not worried about the "expense' or about ruining my "good stuff." Then again, this is pretty cool stuff, don't you think?