I have been looking at other peoples journals all round blog land
for quite some time now, in absolute awe,
I especially like the style of Dyan Reaveley (I have bought a lot of her products
which include, the new stamp sets, her acrylic paints & spray inks
& most of her downloads)
I have had them on my work desk for ages,
but I have been to much of a chicken to crack it all open & have a go.
Well I finally plucked up the courage yesterday
& tried the paints on some paper scraps I had laying around (I firkin loved then)
but I didn't have a journal to make a page with,
so I pretty much left it there & went on to something else.
A while later I thought, I'm sure I read somewhere
(it could have been on Dyan's blog)
of people using old ledgers & dictionaries to do there journaling in,
so I dug out some old children's books I got from a car boot (6 for £1)
& thought that's a good size for me, not to big & not to small,
no the book I chose to use was not Goldie locks & the three bears (lol)
It was in fact Heidi,
I felt the pages were a bit thin so I stuck 2 pages together
with Claudine Hellmuth studio multi medium (matte)
then coated a few pages with gesso,
because I read that's what your supposed to do (I think!)
Any way I thought what have I lost if it all goes horribly wrong?
(less than 20p a bit of glue & a bit of gesso, to be precise lol
I didn't want to take ages covering the cover
because I just wanted to get started on a page,
so I just stuck some handmade paper inked over with vintage photo distress ink
to the front & the spine,
at this point it could have all still been going in the bin,
Well I'm sure if you have stuck with me on this waffle of a post
you know it worked,
Here's my first ever journal page,
The stamps & downloads I used can be bought from
I can't believe how much satisfaction I got out of making this page,
I keep looking at it & smiling (lol) what am I like, little things & all that,
I can definitely see why people get addicted to art journaling.
Here's a picture of pretty much what I used for the background,
& here's the background before I jazzed it up,
Hope you like it!
Two other blogs I have been looking at in total awe lately are
Kate Crane's the kathryn wheel
& Sue Roddis jabberwocky
go check these talented ladies out.
Well that's about it for today,
thanks for sticking with me on this one (lol).
Thanks for stopping by,