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Daily Archives: August 12th, 2011

I am starting on a new swap project.  This time, it’s an art journal.  I have never created one before but have been rather curious about it.  I’m pretty bad at completing projects for myself so when this swap came about regarding art journal for novices, I thought it would be a good time to try.  I’ll be making the journal myself, as I’ve developed an interest in coptic binding, and figured this would be a good time to actually try it.  Huzzah, two birds and one stone!  So, I’ll periodically post my progress on how things are going.  At least for actually making the journal.  Whether or not I decide to post the content of the journal…I haven’t decided.

Anyway, here are some photos of the covers and signatures in various stages of preparation.

Aren’t the covers cool?  I found some very interesting paper in my scrapbook paper collection.  What you see are the outside faces of the cover.  They’re drying right now.  I had Mod Podged the paper over some perfectly sized cardboard the USPS so kindly sent to me with my stamp order.  We’ll see how well that works.  By the way, did I mention this is the first time I’m trying out Mod Podge?  I had also been interested in trying this out and figured this would be a good time.  Three birds with one stone?  Wow…I’m so efficient.  The inside are tourist maps of Dallas and Fort Worth.  I am from neither Dallas nor Fort Worth, but is the last place I visited, so it was on top of my tourist map collection to be recycled into something more interesting.  Not that I don’t find maps interesting.  But I don’t have any use for tourist maps after I’ve come back from touristing that area.

And you also see what will become the signatures of the journal.  Are they not interesting as well?  I won’t be doing stuff on the patterned side, just the blank inside portion, in case you’re wondering.  Most of the patterns chosen for the signatures were chosen really because…I didn’t think I’d use them otherwise.  Heh.  But really, flowers?  Sparkly flowers??  And Halloweeny stuff?  BlechBut! I did also include some patterns I really like, like those coffee beans you see there and those gummy bears.  Oh, and that popcorn in the back.

Oh…and don’t mind the Ottlite.  It’s my portable craft light and doubles as a bookend, apparently.

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