Sunday, February 20, 2011

I've been busy creating

I've been so busy creating items for several swaps that I'm in as well as making some things for a local store that is selling my creations.  I thought I'd share with you an altered journal that is going out to Lyla over at Your Paper Pantry on Tuesday:
This album uses the "Once Upon a Springtim" paper collection from Graphic 45.  It's so pretty with a vintage look and beautiful colors.  The idea was to alter a journal with 120 blank pages.  Within the journal, we had to decorate it using pockets and whatever else we wanted to do (tags, pull-outs, etc).  There was no size limit.  We also were given 12 journaling prompts to use and had to create 12 more of our own.  The journal is supposed to encompass the year 2011, but this journal isn't limited to a specific year. 

The original journal was pretty plain but of high-quality.  It has canvas on the left side that I kept there as it went well with the paper.  The original binding was a sort of cotton-twine combo in a criss-cross along the spine.  I removed that and used 4 rings in place of it.  These are decorated with an assortment of ribbons.  I wanted to dress it up a bit more and give it a bit of a shabby vintage feel, so I added tulle, a K&Co. "Life's Journey" (appropriate, don'tcha think?!) timepiece, Prima flowers, bling flourishes and a Recollections metal butterfly.  I covered the word "Springtime" with a part of the book plate and inserted the word "journey".  

The following photos are of the inside of the album.  I divided the album into 12 sections giving each section about 9 pages.  I think the journal is slightly less than 120 pages.  I didn't do a ton of embellishing because it would've made the journal too bulky, but I did send all the extra papers and embellies I didn't use for Lyla to embellish as she liked.  So, enjoy the rest of the pictures.  Leave a comment as well.

Above is the inside of the front cover.  She can add a photo of herself if she wants.
This is opposite the inside front cover.  It holds 3 tags to use for photos and the letter "L" for her name. 

Another page in the journal--an altered envie that holds a quote inside.

A pocket page decorated with a doily that's been inked, a Bazzill flower (from way back) and 2 tags. 

This is a photo mat that can be used for additional journaling and more photos.

This photo mat is actually packaging from  K&Co. "Life's Journey".  I loved the look of it and just added paper to the back to create an oversized tag.

This page is a decorated library pocket with a tag inside:

On the above, I inked the edges of 2 small envies, cut off about 1/8"  from the side (which is the top now) and decorated the fronts with tags from the collection. I just added a tag for each pocket.

A postcard pocket holding a tag

Well, that's it.  I do hope Lyla likes it.  Check back again as I'll have other projects to share with you soon.


jacque4u2c said...

WOW! WOW & WOW! This is just gorgeous! You did an amazing job!

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Angela said...

absolutely Fantambulous Lori! You have so much creativity living in you!

Anonymous said...

So pretty. Fantastic job on this mini.

Anonymous said...

What a spectacular book!!! Such a lot of work with all that glorious detail, but you obviously loved every minute of it. Your friend could not help but adore this beauty...:)