Rise & Fall

I have neglected this blog for awhile now, but now that I’m back in a creative swing, I think I’m going to be more active. I also have a lot more inspiration coming in and I’ve subscribed to some monthly subscription boxes that I think will help. Here are some things that I have been working on but didn’t document too heavily. 🙂

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This is a painting for my Dad, who loves to play Skyrim/Elder Scrolls Online. That is Dragonish (Skyrim language) on the border. It’s a quote from Lord of The Rings.
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The newest addiction to my art journal.
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I wanted to clean up the inside of this upcycled book, so I used some scrapbook paper. The cover is below.
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This is the cover for my new journal! I just used scrapbook paper from J0-Anns.

For this journal, I plan to tea stain paper for my signatures. Be sure to look out for my post on that! 🙂

Journal No 7 // Repurposed Book

Journal No 7 // Repurposed Book

Hi guys!

I’m back with an (almost) step by step guide on how I made this journal. Mainly, I just want you to check out this beautiful paper I found for the cover. 🙂 It’s currently snowing with an inch on the ground, so I wanted something to warm me up: Pineapples. Yup, I went tropical for this DIY!

Here is the final product before we move on:

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As the title states, this journal came from an old book. My work was throwing a ton out, so I grabbed a few and this is the one I chose for this project. I also ripped out all the papers so I could put my own signatures in:

I also decided to keep the original first and last page of the book so when you first opened it, you wouldn’t be able to see the signatures. Eventually when I went to glue to signatures in, glue got between one of the original pages and the first page of the first signature, so now you really can’t see it.
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Alright, onto the actual process! I began by measuring out the dimensions of my book and then used a ruler to mark that on the back of the scrapbook paper:

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Like mentioned above, the dimesions for this book was 7 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. I knew I would need a little more due to the spine and the creases, so I didn’t bother trimming for the width; I just kept it at the original 12″ size.

 

                    After that I just glued the paper on the front and used my X-Acto knife to cut off
the extra trimmings (where I messed up):

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I then did the same things to the inside cover, however, since I decided I wanted to keep the 2 original pages, I couldn’t take my scrapbook paper all the way across (it would have covered those pages and the inside of the spine), so I cut out 2 pieces, one for the front and one for the back:

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I know it doesn’t go super well with the pineapple theme, but at best you could match the greens. I just loved this pattern so much, I had to put it in here.

Next came the signatures. I took 5 pages of card stock and folded them in half.
When I folded them in half, they were already the perfect size since the width of the paper was 11 inches (half of the book was 5 1/2″). I just had to take about an inch and half off of the top. There is where a paper cutter would have been VERY handy. I had to cut each one by hand and let me tell you, it was sloppy. Anyway, here is my process for combining the papers together:

First, I begin by laying all my pages together flat on the table. I then place an eraser (I would suggest a bigger one than what I have) along the crease and in the center of the papers. I then staple INTO the eraser. This is so the other side of the staple remains straight and I can make sure they line up in the center correctly:

 


After I made my signatures it was time to glue them to the inside of the spine. I ended up using mod podge to get my signatures to stay. I always do a THICK coat of mod podge and slide my signatures around until I feel like they are evenly covered. I just then hold them into the spine for 5 minutes with my hands, and then eventually use a binder clip to hold everything up while laying it on it’s spine for about 30 minutes.


And here we are at the end! The only thing I didn’t like is that the the last and first signatures are attached to the original pages. I can’t undo it because it’ll rip the paper and well, that’s just not cute. It doesn’t bother me too bad, but if I could go back and change it, I would.

If you learned anything from this post, I hope it’s to go to your locals Michael’s right away and get this gorgeous print. Right now it is taking everything in me not to plaster this on everything I own.  Here is a link to the paper so you too can grab 20 copies. Note: the picture looks a lot lighter than what it is in real life.

Thanks for scrolling through!

 

Journal No 6. // Poetry

This journal is surprising to me. For awhile now (3-4 years), I’ve been writing most of my poetry online. It takes up less space and I can just delete what I don’t like. When it comes to paper, the remains are always there, just crossed out. And then once I have it figured out and I’m done with all the drafts, I have to use a new sheet of paper for the final result. Online, it just stays in the same place and then with the click of a button, published! (Shameless self promotion coming up! You can find my poetry here.)

BUT! I like the look of poetry on paper rather than a screen. When it comes to reading poetry, 8 out of 10 times, I’m going to pick up a poetry book/anthology. And part of me actually wants to be able to see the editing process. If I wanted to be super ridiculous, I could have a journal for editing/drafting and then a journal for the final product.

Anyway, before I spill out everything that has to do with writing, here is my poetry book (that might turn into a journaling book):

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I found this little book in the Michael’s dollar section. On the back it says “Hello Sunshine”

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

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Journal No 4. // Art Journal

This is probably my second favorite journal. I’m not that artistic, but I feel like this will help me develop my skills a little bit more. I’m constantly on the hunt for new inspiration (mostly through YouTube). The journal I use came in a set of 2 at Michael’s. Perhaps I’ll do a giveaway with the second one (a watercolor floral print).

Here is a look through of my art journal 🙂

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The white dollie is actually a pocket for the journal card.

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Dripped some wine on the paper and used a wine colored liquid lipstick to make the background. This song is called Cherry Wine by Hozier. One of my favorite songs ever. The record is from our junk mail/ads.

 

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A secret letter for you!
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Just kidding – it’s empty (for now)!
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This is about a child trying to understand a divorce.
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One of the little girls I work with drew me a elf on the shelf so I went and decorated a page with some cute stickers.

This is easily my favorite journal to work on. It’s so hard not to spend a lot of money on supplies because I want to do so much with this journal!!!

Journal No. 3 // Couple’s Paradise

I guess you could consider this more of a scrapbook, but I keep telling myself I’ll begin to write more in it. This is the journal I use to keep memories of the cool things my boyfriend and I have done together. Unlike my previous posts, I didn’t make this journal. For this project, I’m just using a target planner. My pages consist of greeting cards and mini page protectors. I hope you enjoy this look through and *hopefully* get some inspiration!

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I keep debating with myself if I want to decorate the cover or not. I kind of like it plain! Maybe I should at least put a subject?

Here is the inside cover:

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Here are a few pages I’ve done so far:

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Another:

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I so apologize for the glare. Next time I’ll take photos with natural light instead of waiting until it’s night/dark.