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Friday, October 28, 2011

Art Log Journal and Gift box

After weeks of work, lots of redos, much thought and contemplation I am finally finished with my gift for my friends daughter.  There are lots of pictures so I will keep my comments short and sweet.  If you don't like long blog entries, please feel free to skip this one.   In an earlier post I showed you the outside of the journal's storage box.  Now I starting at the point of opening the box and peeking inside :)
When you open the box your will see that the top of the inside is decorated with some ribbons and a verse.
Laying inside the box bed is the journal.

The journal was measured to fit precisely inside the box.  So although the pages may seem a "strange" size, they are that way for a reason.  Now I will pull the journal out of the box so you can see the pages.

The cover page is the inner half of a report folder that has been sanded, sprayed with Tattered Angels mists, adorned with a remixed sizzix die cut, with a title square layered on a gold adorned clear label surrounded with red stickles.  The TA makes the front cover very shiney, but I couldn't get a good picture of it.
 Opening the first page:

You see the pocket of the folder with some words of encouragement and wisdom (Verve) The inside of the folder is lined with a matching red & white DP and a small black tag folder placed inside.  The opposing page has been stamped all over with script of varying sizes, larger at the top, smaller at the bottom.  Die cuts from Marianne and MFT were treated with Lindsy's Stamp Sprays, the edges of the page were dipped in Ranger's Gold EP and heat set.  The upper right corner was stamped with moth to butterfly progression stamp., each type of moth was embossed in a different EP from Shimmerz.  The tag on the left side opens up

This is the tag book opened up.  Both sides have room for her to either journal or put a picture of a friend or something special, both sides have words of encouragement.  Everything is done in silver EP or Silverfoil papers.  The butterflies are silver charms.

The next set of pages are for putting in pictures and/or journaling.

The butterfly on the left page was stamped on vellum twice, embossed with black EP and halogen highlights, then the spaces between were done with Tim Holtz's Alcohol inks.

The next page is just a "sweetheart" page, not sure if she even has one, but she can always put in a couple of good friends or something :) 
Both of the tags remove so she can either journal on one side and put a picture on the other or do what ever she wants. 

The next page is a three way folding panel with a verse on it.  Again for journaling, pictures or whatever. the closure is a flower shaped paper clip.

Turning the page brings us to another journaling page with a pocket and then next to that is a piece of Strathmore Watercolor paper for her to do what ever she would like on. 

On the other side of the watercolor paper is a very thin paper that I got from Club Scrap, it's not vellum, but it is pretty close.  I lightly stamped Paper Trey Ink's Violet in Distress Ink Spun Pink, again usable for placing a pic with hidden  journaling if she wants or she can put the pic on the inside and journal on the front.

On the inside I have "hidden a couple of verses as well.

Room for more journaling, tags remove and both sides are usable.  Next page is reminescent of my love for music and also the 23rd Psalm, embossed in Gold.

The next page is my favorite.  I did alot of embossing and everything is reflective.  Of course there is the peacock feather, the sun in the coner reflects the rays of the feather and the change in colors, the background has different color feathers floating downward, each feather is a color that is in the real feather.  The background has been sprayed with Tattered Angels.  Then . . .
Behind the eye of the feather, is the eye of Isis.  I so enjoyed making this page with it's subtle references back and forth.

This next page is an envelope to keep "special" things in, graced by a vintage swimsuit photo with another verse embossed on it.
The last page of the journal is more journal space and tags.  On this last page her name is on the tag in bubble letters, something fun and whimsical.  A small painted flower on canvas graces the lower right hand corner.  That didn't turn out quite like I liked, but sometimes our greatest critic is ourselves, someone else said it was fine, so I let it be.  Last page

is back to being light and lacey with a lacey butterfly, with a lacey flower set on a page from a book that I keep just to use it's pages on something like this.  The folder was embossed with a music folder.  All pearls, rhinestones, charms etc found throughout this Journal are from PizzazzAplenty.  I made one BIG mistake in making this journal.  The center page.  I created a beautiful center folder that is not in the book because it wouldn't fit in my zutter after I had textured and embellished it.  So you take lemons and make lemonade.  I placed the folder in the bottom of the bed of the box, she can keep some other type of memorabilia from her first year in college in it. 

The exterior has textured gesso gracing the corners like icing.  Sprinkled with micro beads and glitter from bedazzels.  On the upper left corner is real hydrangea flowers from my large shrubs out in the yard, the same one that my picture is taken by.  Here is a quick close up.

Again, it was all spritzed with Tattered Angels to give it even more sparkle.  The inside has some beautiful homemade paper.
The paper is beautiful IRL.  I tried to take a pic to do it justice, but, it just doesn't show the shine and sparkle.

finally a beautiful woman, embracing life, something I hope and pray this young woman does.  Learning all she can now while in college, and later as she continues in life.  Be free in the Spirit, comforted by the hands of her Father, and Embrace the life full of Grace that He has provided. 

The inside of the bottom of the box, more sparkles and dazzles.  This was a lot of fun making, and this weekend she should be home to visit and I'll give her the box and journal then.  Hope she enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.  Hopefully you enjoyed looking :)  Have a wonderful evening.


1 comment:

Cath said...

Hey Cindy! Thanks for linking this up to the Textured to Perfection challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)