Journaling Pockets

This was one of those weeks where I had a lot on my mind and knew journaling was the only way to give my brain a rest, if you know what I mean. There are two reasons I’m not a fan of writing directly on my pages. One: most of the time my journaling is of a private nature. Two: I’m not a huge fan of my penmanship. So pockets and journaling spots it is!

Here are some of the pocket choices, a small bag, a premade kraft library pocket, a tea stained coin envelope, and a thrifted vintage pocket replacement package (say that three times fast!).

As you will soon see, I went a little off track, but I used two of them.

Something I picked up years ago because I thought the graphics were so kitschy-cool. I didn’t realize that it actually still had a pocket inside, I will be using that in a future sewing project.

I slipped a piece of card stock down into the package to strengthen it a bit, (you can see some of the card stock in the little window) then I glued the envelope’s flap down onto the card stock to make the opening a little stronger.

You can almost see a large tag poking out of the top of the pocket, I have a fun way of making my journaling tags, I’ll be sharing about those soon.

Another envelope that I’ve hung onto for years. I’m not sure what outpost I ordered from, but I loved the package it came in. I filled it with a couple of large journaling cards. I have to say, it’s really nice to finally use up some of these things I’ve been hanging on to for so long.

A small paper bag that I’ve always wanted to find a use for. That bottom third is the bottom of the bag. I ran a line of adhesive along the sides and stuck it to the front of the bag to make a small pocket. Then glued the bag to the page. It opens up quite a bit, I could really fill it with a lot of tags and journaling cards, or maybe some keepsakes.

This is an idea I picked up on Instagram, it’s a greeting card. The gal I got this idea from didn’t say how she adhered them to her pages, so I just improvised. I glued the bottom and one side edge together with an adhesive runner, then glued the card to the page.

I just realized I could have just run the adhesive around three sides of the back of the card and made a second pocket! Hopefully I’ll remember that next time (I can’t wait to show more of that tag in a later post!).

This is what started this whole pocket making thing. I filled these journaling inserts in a mad frenzy of writing, and wanted to make sure I had plenty of journaling spots ready for the next time I needed to get thoughts on paper. Now my journal is bulging! Oh well!

As you can see, I still have a couple of pockets to work with. I’ll be sure to share them when they’re finished.

I hope my directions were clear. If not, please feel free to ask any questions ion the comments or email me, my email address link is at the top of my sidebar.

As always, thanks so much for dropping in,

Have a great week,

~Patty

 

 

 

Garden (journal) Progress

This is the time of year that my garden seems to get the better of me. Thankfully, this year I got a jump start on my weeding. It’s still not perfect, but we’ve been able to enjoy the yard a bit more lately.

It’s still early days, but there a few blooms out there, so I decided to snap a few photos before they fade (disappear). And what better way to use photos of flowers but in my Garden Journal.

Believe it or not, I didn’t use the saturation when editing this photo, crazy! This Rhodie bush is in the way back of our garden, it’s finally big enough to see from the patio.

Here are some of the photo options I cropped and printed to fit in my mini garden journal. This is a great way to incorporate some memories into an art journal without journaling. But I will be adding the date.

 My Bachelors Button. I’m proud to say that he has given birth to many offspring which I will be relocating this weekend.

I was pretty excited to use these particular flower cut outs that I wrote about last week for this project, the colors were perfect.

These Irises really are beautiful, but I think it was the sunlight that took this shot to the next level. I didn’t need to do much editing on this photo, it’s a tad pixelated, but it’s not going to be entered into a photo contest.

There you have it, a peek into my garden. Adding photo memories to this little art journal has given me lots of ideas for future projects. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so I’m sure this will translate to my next project beautifully, more on that in a couple of weeks.

I still have a few things to share about this journal that I will be talking about next week.

Until then,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great rest of your week,

~Patty

Flower Cuttings

Well, it looks like I have a new obsession..flower cutting.

And, I have to admit I’m quite chuffed at having figured out an inexpensive way to get lots of flowers…

Now, I’m sure lots of people have already figured this trick out, but it’s new to me. I was actually in my car, on another one of my adventures to find some kind of poster or ephemera pack full of flowers, in other words, spend more money, but I actually just turned the car around and went back home because…

…I had already bought tons of floral scrapbook paper the week before.

All I needed is was a good pair of scissors and some time. Can you imagine how many flowers one could get from a paper pad with a 40% off coupon? Mindblown!

All I need is a few images, an insect or two, and some glue, (and of course a postage stamp.)

I love how some of them have a dark background to give the flower contrast. If bits of the flower peal up a bit, I tuck a piece of ephemera under it, like it’s giving it a little hug. (how cute is that!)

These little yellow roses had a red background that really made them pop. There are so many options with these, cards, mail art, decoupage…

I’m just so tickled to have found an easy way to have tons of flowers on hand, I use the heck out of them. I may have to add these to my ephemera packs. let me know if you think that’s a good idea, okay.

Once again,

Thank you so much for the visit,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

Painting Tape!

“Painting Tape”! Hmmm…sounds about as exciting as watching it dry. Well, I’m going to try to make it sound a little more interesting than that. I made some painted masking tape a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been having so much fun with it, I decided to make some more. And I thought I might as well snap some photos along the way to share in case you might be interested.

So, here we go…

Ingredients: wide masking tape, acrylic paint in your choice of color, gesso (or white paint), bubble wrap, and a plastic card or putty knife.

Here is the layering process.

I used my grandson’s finger painting tray for this, which was a great idea, this made it super easy clean up.

I went back over the tape with a darker shade of pink with my finger tip just to add a little more color. One of the nicest surprises was that you can see through the tape in spots.

Here is a finished page using some of the tape. I like to tear it off then slice it thin like washi tape…

…or use it as a background piece. The great thing about this is that you can make it in any color scheme you want. I just tape it to the plastic containers I use to keep my ephemera in and it’s always right there where I need it.

(You can see a little more about my art journaling organization here.)

So, there you go, my latest obsession.

I finally feel like I’m getting back into the swing of things with my art journals. I need to stop questioning why I like arranging small bits on paper and just get to it!

 

As always,

Thanks for the visit,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

My Mini Art Journal

I haven’t been spending very much time on my art journals lately. Sometimes the inspiration just isn’t there…so I decided to go look for it instead of waiting for it to find me.

It’s past mid April, and the ground is still too soggy to get out into the garden, so I thought I’d bring the garden inside.

Birds, bugs, flowers, small bits of cute that have been tucked away for the winter.

I’m embarrassed to say that I forget half the things I own. That insect is from a poster I bought a couple of years ago. As you can see, he was super easy to cut out.

This is a journal I’ve had for a few years. As sometimes happens with me, it stalled out, so I’m working on revitalizing it.

I’m definitely not afraid to tear everything out of a journal and start from scratch.

Luckily, this one only had a couple of unwanted pages. I’m actually going to add more pages to this little journal!

I splurged on some beautiful floral paper this week and I’m having too much fun positioning my bits and pieces as not to cover up the flowers.

I don’t even know how long I’ve had that bird sticker, probably 10 years. He’s finally found a perfect home.

I’m going to try something new for me, I’m going to attempt to work on one art journal at a time until it’s finished. My biggest problem is the amount of supplies I have out when working on so many projects, and then I get over-inspired and jump into new projects (actually, I get bored easily too) So lets see how this works out.

Well, that’s it for now. It’s still a tad gloomy out there, so I’m going to work on a few pages.

 

Until next time (sooner I hope),

Have a great day,

Thanks for the visit,

~Patty