Hi friends and welcome back! Today is Wednesday and on this day each week I love sharing an art journal page with you. Today I am beginning a new journal and I thought I would share with you a very simple way to create an art journal – using scrapbook papers! A journal like this could also be used as a traveler’s notebook, or a mixed media book. The possibilities are endless and little notebooks like this are so useful for anyone. You could even give these as a gift to your friends. Or simply make them with your favorite papers and enjoy them just as they turn out! If you’d like to see other journals I have made check out this link: Theresa Moxley Art Journals.
This simple notebook came about because I received some lovely patterned paper collections from Clique Kits! This one is from AB Studio, called Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I believe it is sold out, but a similar one is available here: AB Studio Find Me. Also, you can learn more about AB Studio on their website: AB Studio Poland. I love getting to know new companies and I especially love the mixed media vibe of their papers. The textures are stunning, and for a notebook like this it makes it so easy to finish a page.
Once you have selected your papers, decide on the size you want your finished notebook to be. This one ended up being a standard TN size, 4.25×8.25. All the papers were cut to 8.5wx8.25h. All measurements are inches. Using your bone folder, make your crease in the center of each page. I have only used four sheets of patterned papers here, which makes seven layouts when you open it up. You can add more papers if you like, just keep in mind your thickness. These patterned papers are a really nice card stock weight.
Once all your papers are cut and folded, it is time to put your notebook together. I have used a long-arm staple, which makes it so easy! I just purchased this one at Staples, an office supply company here in the US. You could also stitch your notebook together, just measure and punch your holes first, and use an embroidery or upholstery needle to get through your layers.
These layouts look so delicious and I can’t wait to fill them with words and elements and photos! These papers flow so beautifully from one to the next simple because of the textures and the colors, but depending on your papers you might want to plan your pages more intentionally. If you are using a different kind of paper, such as a Maggie Holmes or Paige Evans paper, I recommend alternating pattern with neutral, or pattern with grid. In the end, half the fun is not knowing for sure what is coming on the next page and allowing those choices to sort of be made for you. Once your pages are all together, you can then round all your corners and trim your edges. I love the look and feel of rounded corners! Just a note about trimming your edges: close your notebook and use your paper trimmer or your X-Acto knife to cut through the edges one at a time. That really is the best way to get a good clean edge.
Thank you so much for joining me today! I will be sharing the layouts from this notebook on Wednesday’s and so be sure to check back and see how they turn out. I hope you will make your own notebook and share with me how yours turned out! I’d love to see!