Saturday, June 5, 2010

calendar journal

i've been wanting to start a personal journal for a very long time. for one reason or another it just never happened.  i think one reason may have been i felt intimidated about where to start.  but recently i was intrigued by a friend's calendar journal.  kate ( aka the kathrynwheel) was doing a calendar challenge.  the more i thought about it, the more i felt this would be a great place to start.  the blocks of the calendar were small and you only needed to add a picture or a word or two if that's all you wanted.  i felt i could do that in a very manageable way.  another friend of mine, deborah (aka thelandofnodstudio) had sent me some old books to alter. i thought one of those would make a great cover for my journal. i gutted the book and used the spine to sew in my signatures that i had painted with watercolors and then added some rubberstamping.  i will doodle on them and alter them with collage images as time goes on.  i didn't want to alter the cover of the book too much because i just wanted to honor the old book.  i put a label over the title area of the book on the front cover and added book binding tape to cover the stitching to secure my calendar pages. i use scrapbook paper to cover the inside of the front and back covers.  i hope you are inspired to try this too!

9 comments:

  1. Let me be the first to say how much I love the calendar journal. I have not seen one before.

    Oh so pretty and love the colors.

    how's the grandbaby??

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  2. What an innovative idea for a journal, Roc! Fantastic! Hugs, Terri xoxo

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  3. I Loooove this!!! Yes, in fact, I *am* inspired to do something like this! Love the idea that I only have to come up with a word or two, or maybe a pic, for the day - even I can do that - lol! xo Deb
    ps... yep... one of these days I will get those photos of the house/dog to you :)

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  4. Roc....loving your journal. It's so much more colorful than mine. I can only hope for more of that colorful inspiration during our visit soon....I'm bringing mine along!!

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  5. this is really cool...I never can figure out how to sew in the pages though.....can you show it?

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  6. You are such an inspiration to me, roc. Truly you have a knack for making me want to make better art. i am so glad I am taking this journey with you. I have July almost finished! LOL!

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  7. Hi Roc - I've been following your blog for a few months now so I was mega surprised to see your calender for Kates challenge - I have been doing the challenge since Jan and I love it - a couple of minutes a day for your entry and its done - Looking forward to seeing the completed month.

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  8. Found your blog and I absolutely love it!! Your journal is so amazing!

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  9. Your calendar journal is amazing Roc! What a brilliant idea. Oh; I'm lovin' that cute little Benjamin's face!!!! :)

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