Today, we're talking about journal pages. Does every book need them? the answer is no. I know there are more than one of you who hate their handwriting, don't like relating stories or just don't see the need. Remember, it's your journal, do what you want.
For me, I usually journal in small snippets, telling highlights of a story. That way I don't have to tell the whole story, my handwriting doesn't get out of hand, and I still get the feeling of the event. I do all the writing as the pictures are being added.
I also think of a journal page as a break from the rest of the book. By that I mean, I usually use lighter colors or no color at all, so the handwritten text is the focal point. Remember, these are just ideas to get your thoughts working...you may journal a totally different way.
I start again, with the same four page as in all the other sections.
Enter Silver Embossing paste, new from Wendy Vecchi. I had this on my cart to try and did a few test runs on my own. It has a very creamy consistency and goes on easily with a scrapper or an old credit card. As it dries, it gets much flatter and shinier.
I am the proud owner of 4 stencils, all from Crafter's Workshop. I mention that so you know I am a novice when it comes to stenciling.I started with a basic stencil pattern on the edge of the page. I taped it down with Tissue Tape so I didn't have to worry about the paste going onto the page.
You can see what I mean in this photos.
I used the craft scrapper to add the paste over the stencil. The paste went on smooth and I had no problems controlling it.
perfect...did I mention I was a novice? So if I can do it, you can do it.
Okay, another page, another stencil. This time I laid the stencil on the page edge but I purposefully drug the scrapper in a wavy motion down the stencil so that I did NOT cover every open space.
Well, like I said I only have a few stencils so I decided to see if I could make one. I cut one of Tim's masking sheets to fit the Regal Crest die and ran it through the Vagabond machine. The steel rule die cut it perfectly and did not "stretch" the plastic at all.
I taped the plastic over the page and slowly pulled the Embossing paste over the pattern. I felt like I had to go much slower just because the leaves are so detailed.
Okay, just one more...since I had already cut the stencil I wanted to try the shield shape. A bit harder to keep the larger space level so I just kept at it till I was happy with what it looked like.
|compare this picture to the finished one to see the difference after drying|
Here are the finished cards...totally different from the other pages in the book, a respite from all the bright color. I think they will look really good once the they are written on.
I added some stitching to each page just to keep it consistent. Here I used Remnant Rubs to add a phrase at the top and numbers down the side. I find this the easiest way to journal...make a list.
I also used part of a Remnant Rubs number block to fill in the flower shape as well as Distress Markers - Antique Linen, Spun Sugar, and Broken China to color the flower. Because this is manila cardstock not watercolor paper, you cannot manipulate the color as easy. In all honesty, I do it backwards... using the water brush first, then the marker. It's a lot of back and forth with the marker and the water brush but it's worth it.
I used the Stampers Anonymous set Tiny Things that was just released this month to add the butterfly at the top of the stitched rectangle. Also, Distress Marker Antique Linen around some of the harlequin shapes to make them more aged looking.
Work card -
Just a little message to myself. I am really a very a private person...much more comfortable with a small group than in the huge social media world. I also find it challenging to be creatively authentic and meet the fast pace of the blogging world. All thoughts that are not going to be solved in this forum but relevant to the mini book I am creating.
As for the page - love the new little Label Letters so I could just spell out just what I wanted to say.
Another Tiny Things Stamp (the balloon), perfect for travel thoughts. Love that balloon!
I used the Antique Linen DM around the leaves. It was very subtle effect so I went back and made it more pronounced. I thought it looked better with the darker color, like something that had built up over time.
Well, that's it for the journal pages...now we march forward to folds and flip-outs...one of my favorite things. This is the part where I get to start adding metal embellishments (my favorite).
Have a great week every one...get your journal pages done this week so you will be ready for flips and foldouts!