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Friday, April 1, 2016

Mini Art Journals

I have missed being so active in the crafting community...not by choice I might add, no, my Mojo has been a bit off recently...life outside of crafting sometimes has to take priority and it takes me a while to get back in to the swing of things again, so for my project over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit I decided to make some mini journals.


I actually enjoyed making these, especially as I recycled food packaging and some scraps of art paper and backing paper.


For the Journal covers I opened the food packaging and laid it flat,trimming off all side and bottom edges, leaving me with just the front and back of the packaging...I then glued these two pieces together. Once it was completely dry I then cut the sizes I needed for each album, 
 then created the folds for the spine, making sure they were wide enough for the inner pages.


I covered each journal with my art paper and backing paper scraps...I was delighted with the art paper as it looks like a a field leading down to the sea on one album...and on the other it looks like a field and sky...I also lined the inside of  each cover with left over scraps...the larger book I added a binding strip with a piece of leather look card.
Using new art paper, I cut strips to fold "concertina style" and added to journal, but at this stage I did not glue them in....just left them over night with the clips on.


The next day I removed the pages and painted them with acrylic paints and I also added embellishing to three of the Journal covers.


Once the paints were dry I refolded the pages and glued the first and the last pages to the inside of the front & back cover....using bull dogs clips to secure the journal pages while the glue dried.


I am so pleased with how these Mini Journals looked when they were finished...the largest being 2.5" and the smallest in 1"  they are all ready to use.
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8 comments:

Rupa S said...

Such adorable little minis Sandie. Full marks on the re cycling front and I love all of vibrant colors you have used. Great idea.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful books with lots of wonderful colour. I know what you mean about life taking you away from creativity and also stealing your mojo, I've had the same happening. Take good care, Shirleyxx

Sammy said...

Oh wow Sandie, these are so gorgeous! I'm feeling inspired! x

Anonymous said...

i too can relate to the lost mojo feeling.......but your books are stunning......lovely work
ta for sharing
jan
x

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

A fabulous use of your art papers and they are so adorable hun. Love them all- so so talented. xx

Nan Bourdeu said...

I must do this right away, Sandie! I love tiny things and recycling so perfect project for me :) The covers are breathtakingly beautiful! Fabulous inspiration! xx

Priyanka Mathur said...

These mini journals are awesome!I am still wondering how you made these tiny creations so perfectly :) Love the bright, vibrant colours!

Team Clark said...

This is a great project and so beautifully done! These are all lovely little works of art. Love the idea!