Sunday, August 31, 2008

Altered Notebooks...

The theme this week at IMT is Notebook. It can be anything related to notebooks or pieces of notebooks. One of my projects in progress is making journal books out of composition books. Here is what I have so far.

This one I just wanted to be cute to go with the stamp I used which says "Happiness walks on busy feet." I used Basic Grey paper and covered some chipboard flowers and used buttons for embellishments.

This one I used some Flavia paper and tore out the butterfly and embellished it with fiber, wire and beads to add dimension. The latch on this one uses a covered magnet.

This one may still be a work in progress. I can't decide if I want to add some more layers or leave it as is. I used some papers from one of those funky handmade paper packs. I didn't have two of any of the large ones so sponge painted two different ones and then tore them into strips so there would be enough for the front and back. I included a ribbon tie.

This is my latest one and it is definitely not done. I patchworked a new K&Company line because I couldn't just pick one of them. I'm still deciding if I want to use that for a backdrop for some words or just add buttons or flowers. The next one I do will be more of painting techniques or more involved collaging. I sort of like the ones I've done so far but I really want to take them to the next level although that may require doing my own binding too. We shall see.

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Tomorrow morning my friend Rebecca and I flit off to hot Phoenix Arizona to attend Creative Escape. It's going to be in the low 100's. We are both so looking forward to some fun and relaxation. Can't wait to see what kind of projects we get to make.

9 comments:

Charlie said...

Laurel..these journals are beautiful.
I love them all. Are you going to try to sell them?
Enjoy your creative retreat...sounds like fun.

nancy said...

hey Laurel, great journals, love them all, Nancy

miz katie said...

Nice! You sure have been working hard on these, and it shows.

Deb G said...

These are lovely. I like the one with the butterfly a lot.

sue pieper said...

These are fun! Just bought a few notebooks the other day to alter, but everytime I get them, I end up just using them as theya are. Maybe this time---

linda sarah said...

these are so beautiful! - I especially love the wonderful big, beaded butterfly - and the gorgeous patchwork - really wonderful journals:-)

pattie said...

Laurel..
Thank you for all the wonderful comments on all the blogs!! LOL...A girl just can't have to much to do you know...ENJOY your retreat...Which I was on one right now!! Guess I will have to make my own...LOVE all the work here...especially loving the KC paper one that is not done yet...Make sure you show the finished product..
From my heart to yours..
Artfully Yours,
Pattie

pattie said...

Laurel...
Please stop by my blog for the award that I have passed on to you...for all your sharing and inspiration...
Artfully Yours

Stephanie said...

Hi Friend,
I just emailed you a short time ago~let me know what ya think!

I started back to blogging, so I wanted to come visit your blog corner. I love your journals, esp. the butterfly one!
Love ya,
Stephanie