Tuesday, May 7, 2013

COMPOSITION JOURNAL

Hi Everyone,

     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! 

Be Creative,
Suzy

24 comments:

Valerie Sjodin said...

Suzy, I'm smiling big as I read your post. You make me want to play! Thank you! Just what I needed. Your journal is so happy!

Linda said...

Hi Suzy. Thank you so much for sharing this idea, I love it. I think I'm going to try this. I'm curious though. You said that you used masking tape to make the pages sturdier at the binding. Did you put the tape at the binding first and then glue the papers in or was it vice versa? Also I'm guessing that you painted the masking tape. Did the tape receive the paint well? Was it acrylic paints? Sorry to ask so many questions, I just want to have an idea before I start one. Thanks. Linda E.

Suzy said...

Linda, thanks for stopping by and I'm so happy you want to make a journal! I glued the paper on the page first,and then reinforced with tape down both sides of the seam. No problem with acrylic paints and tape. Also I don't think I mentioned this but I removed some pages from the composition book to allow for the thickness of heavier paper. Hope this helps! Have fun and be sure to post some photos, would love to see your journal.

Suzy said...

Valerie, so happy you stopped by. Thank you for your sweet comments and I love that you are inspired to play! Yippee!! Have fun!

Linda said...

Thanks for your response Suzy. I appreciate it. I'm going to give this idea a try. Will let you know when I post it. Linda E.

Ali said...

I love looking at the journals you create and it was wonderful to see how you made this. My daughter has just celebrated her 21st and I made her an album of photos. I wish I'd had thought about your blog and maybe created a book with words in also. Thanks for sharing your colourful world.
Ali x

Suzy said...

Thank you Ali for your kind words! Congratulations on your daughter's 21st birthday! So many occasions for journals, I'm sure your DD would love to have a journal with both photos and words...why not start one today? Have fun!

Anne Payne said...

Now you know you can always pass along your extra scrapbook papers to your scrapbooking sister ;)
These are great pages!!! Love all the bright colors. It is so you :)

Suzy said...

Anne, be careful what you wish for...when you come for a visit I'll load you up with paper.

Head Krazy said...

Suzy, this is brill! I do not scrap book, but I love scrap book paper, lol. I'm a bit of a paper hoarder, now I can justify my addiction! Thanks!

Suzy said...

Head Krazy YOU are SO funny! Made me LOL to read there is potentially another paper hoarder among us. :-)

bluebirdslivinginthemeadow said...

so cheerful and full of colors! i love to paint scrapbook paper and it is good for gelli printing too! happy PPF!

Kim said...

Love your pages, makes a very cool journal! HPPF!

Paper rainbow said...

Great pages, I love your paper experiments, Happy PPF :)

Giggles said...

Wow what a lot of work, but it looks fun! Not sure I'd be up for all that gluing...but they are beautiful!!

Hugs Giggles

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

What a wonderful book! Thank you for sharing, I am off to visit you tube now:) HPPF

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

I love using scrap paper in my backgrounds especially in journals, what a marvelous book....Happy PPF

Karen Smithey said...

I love those cheap composition books! And I think what you've done with it is great.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Awesome, Suzy!
Super-inspiring!! :)
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Netty said...

terrific make. Happy PPF, Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Susan said...

So happy to see this post and your art! Joanne Sharpe's classes started me on using these. I even used a light coat of gesso on one yukky page. Happy PPF

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Fantastic journal Suzy, love all that color and there is so much to look at. I adore masking tape and use it for all kinds of things....it works wonders. Happy PPF. xox

Valerie-Jael said...

This is wonderful, and what a tempting idea! Valerie

Linda said...

what a terrific way to use all those papers!! I too have tons of pretty papers although I don't scrapbook, and have used them as bases in some of my journals. Love your book!