Thursday 11 May 2017

Flower Journal #2 for CVC

You may remember the covers I made for this journal at the beginning of the 'Flower Power' challenge at Country View Challenges and I promised to show you the finished journal for my second sample. So here it is.

Before you move on I need to tell  you -

Yes really this is a very long post - so grab a cuppa if you want all the details or just scroll through to get all the visuals.

I wanted to make a more flexible cover than the mountboard ones I have been making so I die-cut two out of 300gm card knowing that it would get very worn if this journal is handled a lot. I used extra strong red line tape to overlap the edge pieces of the spine to put the journal together.

Then I cut a complete piece using 12 x 12 core'dinations paper 10 1/8 inches wide and 8 3/4 inches in length and scored at 4 1/2, 4 7/8, 5 1/4 and 5 5/8 on the longest side.

I needed to choose the way of securing the two together and decided on double sided tapes rather than a wet glue which would make it crumple and distort if it got too damp, glue sticks are great for smaller jobs but I didn't think it would hold these together for very long. I even thought about spray adhesive and maybe that would have worked, but good strong tape on the edges and double sided sellotape in the middle was the way I went.

Now things often don't work the way I hoped they would and I ended up with the covers not quite meeting ......

...  - no use worrying about it, I just trimmed the edges and re-rounded the corners 

Rather than have elastic showing on the outside for this journal I thought I would try a spine insert - again I had to think about strength so that the elastic wouldn't tear the holes as they were being stretched for the insert booklets and pages to be slid in and out.
I had just bought some tyvek papers and fabric to experiment with because they are very strong and non tearable and though this would be a good substrate to use. It took me a bit of thinking time to work out how I wanted the spine to look and how it would be secured into the journal, I decided to incorporate it into an inside page that would have pockets in it for keeping bits and bobs like ephemera from outings etc.
Taking a piece of A4 card I cut it to the same length as the outer cover but the width will be narrower at 8 1/4 inches. Score it this time at 3 1/2, 3 7/8, 4 1/4 and 4 5/8 inches. Before creasing the scores adhere a piece of tyvek (or maybe fabric?) at the back to cover the spine area. I made mine 1 1/2 wide and 8 1/4 inches long.- remember this is to strengthen the spine and stop the holes from tearing (once we have punched them). This time I used decou-page glue and put it under a box to dry.

Whilst I was waiting I cut two inside covers and adhered those on .....

.... and when the tyvek was dry I scored a half inch away from the last score line on both sides to create the space for sticking this insert to the journal cover ....

.... and made a couple of pockets and started a couple of thin Midori tags (I'm calling them that because they are long and thin lol).

I tied in three pieces of elastic to hold the inserts, they need to be tied so that they are taut enough to hold the papers in, you can see here that they pull at the card and see how it looks crumpled. Glad I used the tyvek paper to strengthen it all, there's no tearing at the holes at all.

I used super strong double sided tape up to the furthest score lines we made and in fact after I took this photo I added more to cover the elastic and whole of the spine. Once in and a ruler rubbed along the creases and it left to flatten under a very heavy box it adhered beautifully flat.

Here you can see the flaps.

Front covers on.

These are some Midori style notebooks I have made simply with good quality photocopy paper, grey card and some patterned papers. Usually I use a long armed stapler to create booklets but I decided not to bind these pages together but to left them unattached and just held in place with the elastic. This serves my purpose better because I will be able to add and take out pages and be so much more flexible in the way this journal goes together.  To see more inspiration for Midori notebooks see my Pinterest page here, and to see more junk journals see my page here. I've learned not to add too many pages because a) they take a long time to fill!!!! and b) the journals can then become too fat by the time you've added all your ephemera and bits and pieces.

I used oxides on some media paper to create additional pages for interest.

I also searched out some patterned papers - again for interest.

Here's one of the oxide pages with a folded envelope and the midori style notebook.

The folded envelope creates two pockets for putting memorabilia etc in. I will indeed be making my own pockets for things when I start filling it.

 This shows two additional pages bound together with elastic which allows me to get five inserts.

I made the elastic into a band to bind them together.

So let's look at how the inserts went in and see if you can see how I got five of them with only three elastics.
Midori notebook with folded envelope and oxides page on the left hand elastic.

The same again on the right hand elastic.

Next come the pages that have been bound together with the additional elastic band. They are the ones with the patterned papers inside and have been inserted under the middle band.

I've pulled them apart here so you can see what the elastics look like.

To finish off I added the final notebook under the middle elastic.

It's really simple when you know how so here's a link to follow to see how you can do it.

Lastly came something to wrap around the journal to keep it closed when not in use or being read.  This was a piece of torn fabric and I sewed some seam binding onto it and then coloured it with the worn lipstick and iced spruce oxides.

Now this is what I gathered first of all decorate the front of the journal. They'd all been inked or painted to bring them into similar colour tones - the lighting when taking the photo made them look strikingly different but I thought they'd be fine when added to the journal itself. THEY DIDN'T!

So then I played with the Tim Holtz flower garden stamps - trying several ways to stamp and colour .........

.... I even had three ready to go with little pink glass cabochons in the centre.

But no I still wasn't happy and cut out the flowers I used from a very old piece of 12 x 12 paper. Oh yes! I loved the contrast and the much more vintage appeal - yay - sold!!!  I sprayed the covers with spray sealer first before playing with the decoupage pieces. 

I even cut a piece for the back too.

Very simple embellishing as the striking flowers say it all for me ......

.... but there was a little bee stamp on the paper and I had to use that now didn't I?

There's lots of decorating still to be done but I like to do that as I am filling up the journal then the embellishing and decoration fits to whatever I am adding. I have made a little start just to get it going ...

 .... but the basics are all in place and it feels gorgeous to hold in the hands. I've always got the flowers I discarded to use inside, in fact I've punched flowers from the paper left of the 12 x 12 and with the other bits and pieces I have a little embellishment pack ready to go.

 Phew. I can tell you this journal took me FAR longer than it should just because of all the phaffing with the embellishments - but that's me, yes I over think things, yes I walk away and come back to it later, yes I um and err but at the end of the day it's just gotta look right or I'm not happy. But I had great fun along the way lol.

Thanks for getting here and staying with me and if you have time for a comment - even if it's only one word (a nice word please!xx) I thank you in advance.

Have a lovely end to the week and a great weekend.

hugs Brenda xxx