Do you love or collect paper? For someone who is not a scrapbooker, there is a large amount of scrapbook paper in my possession. I love the stuff! The patterns, colors, texture all sing to my color loving heart! So what to do with this paper abundance?
Since scrapbooking is out of the question for me, journals seem a likely solution to the paper problem. I found lots of inspiration on YouTube when I typed in journals. One in particular that appealed to the paper hoarder in me used a Composition notebook, the kind you find at the Dollar store. YouTube has many videos on this subject to stir your creative imagination just type in Composition notebook journals and see what comes up!
Now, all of you journal ladies stop cringing at the thought of using scrap paper, it was just a jumping off point.....
Paint over the paper, add stamps, rub ons, stickers, collage and other stuff to round out each page. Add as much or as little as you like.
The most time consuming process was the page prep: gluing the lined paper together (for sturdier pages) and cutting the patterned papers down to fit the notebook pages and gluing them on the lined paper. Then the pages needed a bit of reinforcement: I used masking tape to reinforce the seam area of the pages.
Then came the fun part! I LOVED picking out each paper and finding another piece to work together and then the painting and decorating was an absolute blast! I could hardly wait to get home each day to play in my book!
This project took about 1 month to complete, working only for limited time in the evenings. If you have a stack of scrapbook papers, stickers and other bits and pieces that you don't know what to do with, try making one of these. I guarantee that you will enjoy the process! Have fun and oh yeah, buy extra glue!