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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Altered Book Journal

If you have looked at my last few posts you can see that I am working on a book theme!  I have always loved books and paper and the youtube videos that I have found are perfect for both of these loves!! I have been a happy camper working on these projects!! :)  I found a altered book journal video from Ephemera's Vintage Garden:

I have many of Debbie's free printables but had never seen this video she made for her altered journal.  There is a second video that uses the pages that are taken out of the original book, so make sure and watch it too.  This is what my journal looks like:

I did sand the spine to age it and to obscure some of the author's name.  I have not made a ribbon or bead dangle yet, but will get that done.  Because it would take so long to take pictures of each page, I did video the journal.  I was going to try and talk during this video, but every time I started talking, my cat would walk into the video for petting, so the third time, I just videoed the book.  I think she did you a favor!!  This is only the 3rd video I have made and the last two are with me holding my ipad while trying to turn the pages, so it is very awkward as well as the added fact that I apparently was holding it sideways so that when I loaded the video, it is shown from the side instead of head on like I taped it.  I hope I do not make you sick while you see the pages, but I am a work in progress videographer and hope I can improve!

I used score tape to secure my pockets instead of wet glue and it works just fine and I purchased my books at a local thrift store for $1.00 each.  The papers I used for this journal are mostly digital and the links to the different places I either purchased or were free downloads are as follows:

Parisian Daydreams Printable Journal from Tsunami Rose Designs .
Most of the tags and postcards are also from Tsunami Rose Designs (this link is to her blog)
This first pink page you see in the video is a digital image from The Graphics Fairy that I altered in the GIMP software.  This is a free digital software if you want to learn about the process without investing any money.  Heather A. Hudson has some youtube videos on using GIMP as well as producing some beautiful digital graphics of her own.  I used several of Heather's graphics in this journal and she also occasionally gives away images.  Another digital graphics designer is Debbi Moore from the UK.   I used two of her papers and the link should take you to her page of free papers and ideas.  I really love the depth and texture of her designs.

I filled in some of the pages with scrap paper from my stash.  These include papers from My Mind's Eye, DCWV, CTMH, K&Company, The Paper Studio, some papers I found at Big Lots, and the Printery Collection 6x6 paper from Hobby Lobby.

I really enjoyed making this journal and already have 2 more started.  One is a cookbook that I want to give to one of my exchange daughters that loves to cook.  I want her to be able to have a diary of her cooking experiences and new recipes as she grows as a chef and plan to send her favorite recipes of mine.  My husband could not believe that I would actually tear pages out of a book.  I told him since I bought them at a thrift store for this purpose and not to read, it did not bother me...go figure!

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