Darcy, Ladybird book journal, Lawn Fawn, Oh So Ombre, Ribbons, Washi tape

Ladybird book journal

I’ve really got a thing for journalling at the moment… especially junk type journals. Well this was following s class that Lollipop Box Club’s Lisa is doing Patreon and I decided not only to follow the class but to make a similar themed journal as her sample/demo… a journal of things that make me smile.

I had loads of fun with an old Ladybird book, taking it apart (carefully) and then decorating it and putting it back together to make a journal.

I started with this second hand book which I bought off Etsy. I’d love to go to a second hand book shop in real life, but it’s just not possible in lockdown so etsy it had to be!

I carefully removed the pages from the book, it handily came out in three signatures and then added some gesso to the cover.

I chose some patterned papers to add to the signatures and then realised I needed to widen the spine so I cut the spine and added patterned paper to create the wider spine. I strengthened it to make sure it was going to hold and then went to town decorating the front.

I used a lot of scraps I had to hand some bits and bobs I had lying around. I included some things that are favourites of mine… bright colours, the Darcy heart, sari silk ribbon, tags, bookprint and glossy accents on the die-cut smile.

Then I bound the signatures in using the brightly coloured twine.

Really looking forward to working in this journal adding in the things and stories that make me smile. Not sure if I have mentioned on the blog already or not but my word of the year is smile so this seems like a good project to help me achieve my goals of bringing a smile to every day.

On this particular day (I made it a couple of weeks ago) what made me smile a lot was sharing the table to create with my daughter who was working on her textiles gcse work. I got so much pleasure out of watching her create.

These little pics may well need printing for inclusion on the first page of the journal in fact!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit

Lollipop Box Kit … time spent with friends page

I may have told you this already…. I am OBSESSED with journalling at the moment and I’ve subscribed to the Lollipop Box Club so I get a box of goodies delivered each month. Well this week my first box has arrived and today I played with it… hence 2 blog posts today!

I filmed the unboxing, (link) and then put the box to one side. Today I brought it down to the table and made a start on creating a page in a handmade altered book journal (I will blog about creating this another day).

The theme for the journal is things that make me smile and so I decided to make a page about spending time with friends and feature a picture that came up in Facebook memories this week from 4 years ago. OK it hasn’t actually been this long since we spent time together… but it has certainly been a while! Ah well … it is what it is and hopefully before the end of the year we might be able to have a night together.

So I used supplies from the kit and added a couple of extra stickers and a stamped “friends” for the title and had a great time making this fun page, with such cute pastel colours. 😍

Love the box kit… so many fabulous goodies in it and I can imagine lots of fabulous pages and other things will get made using it.

Happy crafting

Catherine