The second journal I'm working on finishing began its life as a sketchbook. Most of the pages are kraft, and a few are cream. I stumbled upon a You Tube video by Robyn McClendon in which she prints in a kraft journal and a light bulb lit up in my head. I may change my mind again, but so far, I'm having lots of fun!
Zeigarnik is the psychological fixation on unfinished tasks. Zeigarnik explains why I spend so much time thinking about my unfinished journals. You can read more about it and see some beautiful sketchbook pages here, on Laurie Doctor's blog. She talks about how this is linked to procrastination, productivity, and multi-tasking.
Although I feel better knowing why I think about it and how to solve it, getting at the solution is harder than it looks. (I already knew what the solution is - just finish them!) Even before I read Laurie's article, I began to take the unfinished journals off my shelf and work on finishing them.
I'm trying to do them in the order in which they were started. This is the first, an accordian journal just waiting for a few small entries to complete it.
People on Instagram have said that these would make good hooked rugs or children's jigsaw puzzles. I love it when people take time to make a comment; I so rarely get any feedback and it is very encouraging.
I don't like change. I could handle it better. If I could stop fighting and start looking for new opportunities that would be a good start. I think that I have finally accepted that summer might just be over!
I've become obsessed with Traveler's Notebooks, or more specifically, Fauxdoris. Traveler's Notebooks are leather covers with a system of elastics which hold inserts. The inserts are easy to swap in and out, and to me, it is an ingenious binding system.
Traveler's Notebooks were originally called "Midoris", after the company who made them. From the concept, people began making their own, which are loosely called "Fauxdoris".
I got to wondering whether this binding system might be good for an art journal, because I could make inserts from different kinds of paper (e.g. drawing, watercolor, canvas, etc.), and then swap them out as they got full. I made mine a little larger than the standard Traveler's Notebook size - mine holds signatures made from up to 9" x 12" paper.
Many Etsy shops are selling Fauxdoris made of leather or fabric. Always impatient, I grabbed a roll of vinyl shelf liner at the dollar store so that I could get started quickly. There is lots left on the roll, so I think I might try making a few other sizes. I've unleashed a monster.
Here, you can see my Fauxdori holding 3 signatures.
Our fearless ATC swap group leader generously shares pre-cut ATC blanks with the group. She gets these from the print shop where she works. This is very smooth, slick cardstock; it reminds me somewhat of YUPO paper. Here, I try some gelatos on it.
This is really a paper crafting kit in a book. I received a review copy from Fox Chapel Publishing yesterday and I'm already starting to tear into it. It contains:
16 sheets of double-sided scrapbook paper,
21 pages of art cards and greeting cards,
16 gift tags,
18 double-sided "mini cards",
16 double-sided gift tags,
Envelope templates - both large and small
2 full-page art prints, and
15 pages of project ideas.
The scrapbook paper is medium weight and one side is patterned; the other side reminds me of watercolor washes of colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel. The envelope templates could be used with these or with papers from your own stash to create lovely envelopes to mail or deliver your cards in.
All of the paper and cards are perforated for easy removal from the book. With a quick visit to the paper trimmer you can remove the perforated edge before folding or mounting.
The art cards and greeting cards are printed with some lines or frames for writing on the reverse side. Some are perforated, some are designed to be folded, and they include 12 black and white cards for you to color yourself. There are a great variety of designs and greetings, a few Bible verses, but mostly more general inspirational messages.
One of my favorite things in the Kit are the "mini cards". These are double-sided and could be laminated or layered on a greeting card. There are instructions in the book on how to make fridge magnets from them.
The ways that you can use the kit are limited only by your creativity. Add buttons, bows and doodads! As long as you use them for personal use only you can use them any way that you like. Why not scan them, resize them if necessary, and use them on journal pages or trace them into your bible journal?