Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Vintage Girdle Today Journal

The project that I am sharing today is another gutted book that I converted to a journal. I'm loving these text blocks from Hollander's so you'll probably see quite a few little journals and note pads coming from me over the next few weeks. Plus, they make great gifts!

Anyhoo, with this journal I cut the cover down to the size I needed and then painted with a grey and blue crackle finish. I stamped a harlequin background stamp in midnight green down one edge, and then whitewashed the whole thing.

I used the same midnight colored paint and white on the back of the awesome girdle transparency image from Prickley Pear, and then adhered that to the front of the book. Using the same techniques as my mermaid journal, I added in my "I Will" list to both the front and back cover using paint pens.

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"I will listen to good music. I will relax. I will be less critical of others around me. I will take action. I will reminisce. I will be satisfied. I will "be", not "do". I will be honest. I will recycle. I will be a friend. I will be creative. I will be free. I will smile, anyway. I will be like a breath of fresh air. I will rest my weary bones. I will be me."

Then I painted some chipboard letters with the midnight color, added sketchy outlines and jewels, and adhered to the bottom of the transparency. After adding a black outline, some shading with chalk, and some whymsical flowers, I finished off the book with some black yarn and then attached my text block to the inside.

I thought it would be cool to have a journal that reminds me of the things I would like to do and the person I would like to be every day. Plus it sports a rockin' image! I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think and I'll see you next time.