1.22.2013

Journals, take #2

Sometimes I find that when I get going on a project, its tough to stop...

Last week, back to cleaning out the basement (I know, you must be thinking...this is either a really messy basement or a really big basement since this cleaning never seems to stop...believe me, its both!)  Came across a box of three-ringed binders...courtesy of the Southern Man (who is a retired judge)...how many binders does one need (especially if you are through with that work thing!)  but interspersed among the plastic and vinyl binders were five old waxed cardboard legal binders...those I rescued...

Since they are already bound with book binding tape...with paper fasteners attached...
and all setup for 8-1/2"x11" paper, all I do is add a little finesse and make them into






































Each cover design is a combination of one of my vintage art cards mounted on a scrap piece of Midori paper...
with a little embellishment underneath...
 
Just as I did for the garden journals I made, I used recycled papers, again bound together with the paper fastener which makes swapping out pages so easy...a sheet of patterned wallpaper is the cover page...and a library card pocket is glued on the front inside cover.
 
Now that I've given you the idea...
why don't you see if you can find some of these old binders and make a journal of your own...
would love to see what you come up with...
 
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7 comments:

  1. One of these days....I'll be just like you. These are great!! And if I'm going to start doing "shows" this year...I had better get busy!!!

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  2. Very cool!! If I knew there were cool things in my oh so full garage I might make the attempt. I guess I should go into it with a "you'll never know what you'll find" attitude. Good job keeping your inspired mind open even while cleaning.

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  3. Hi Amy, lions & tigers & bears, oh my!!! I have an old brown binder from my high school days! Long, long ago when we did everything with pen in hand. What a wonderful idea!!! If I gather mine out, dust it off, see what I can do I will email you a picture. (Hopefully in 2013!) Thank you for sharing.

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    1. yes Emilou - do it! those old cloth binders would be ideal for an inspiration journal...nothing like re-using what you already have!

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  4. P.S. (Me again, :-) I love the library card on the inside.

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  5. Wonderful journals! Your art really makes them special. And as a former library staff member, I love how you used the library card pocket (I should have saved some when they started getting pitched).Also, I'm going to start keeping an eye out for those binders when I go junking. So clever!

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    1. christie - you can still get those card pockets...look online - I'm sure some altered art supplier/scrapbooker has some for sale. I scored a box of 500 (!) of them years ago at an estate sale...have no idea why someone had a box of them...but I have enjoyed using them for years!

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