Sunday, June 27, 2010

"Extraordinary Life"

This is the new visual journal I have just begun. I am often asked for more photos including more detail of my journals, so I have included a few. All these photos enlarge to see more detail.
This started out as a spiral journal I found in a clearance bin for $3.00. When I got it home I had decided that the covers were too thin and flimsy and set it aside. I have now run across it again and decided that I could beef up the covers to make it more suitable for my purposes.
The cover had a very slick high gloss surface so I sanded it down just enough to break the shine somewhat and then glued heavy boxboard to the covers. After having collaged the surfaces I saw that the boxboard was popping loose from the original covers. The original covers seemed to have an almost plastic like surface that I obviously didn't sand down far enough to create a strong bond between surfaces.
I liked what I had already done on the journal, so rather than start over I decided to "sew" the two surfaces together with some vintage rayon ribbon I have. Most often mistakes lead to the most wonderful solutions. I would never have thought to do this otherwise.
And while this doesn't seem like a very humble title for my journal, all I can say is that I do indeed believe my life is extraordinary, and I would hope everyone thinks that way about theirs. As always, the photos I put on my blog (plus more) can be viewed in the "Gallery" section on my website.

5 comments:

Carol Q said...

what a great start to a journal Ingrid. I love the look of this. it all looks like it belong together. the stitching really holds it in place (literally LOL) and why not be positive about your life? positive thoughts are supposed to create positive outcomes.

Dawn said...

i love your cover! you have a wonderful eye for color and composition.

Dyche Designs said...

Looks great, I love how when you play around with things you stumble upon great ideas.

alicespringe said...

i like your scrapbooks

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I always love it when mistakes or misfortunes lead to breakthrough solutions. Great save, Ingrid.

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