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(Part one, part two)

Now we get to the fun part! I usually start by 1) deciding on a general theme and/or color scheme and 2) going through my craft boxes and pulling out anything that goes with that theme.

Since the highlight of this trip is three days in Galveston, I wanted something vaguely beachy. I also couldn't get Glen Campbell's "Galveston" out of my head, so I printed out the lyrics. Then I found some vintagey postcard paper, and the faded pastels reminded me of resort towns like Virginia Beach. Am I going to Virginia Beach? Nope. But Galveston is 1) a resortish sort of town (pretty sure my grandparents vacationed there in the 50s and 60s) 2) full of old things, and 3) and an island, which means beaches and coast line all that jazz. So I started pulling things with those faded blues, peaches, and greens. Paper, string, decals, fabric, lace, buttons, you name it. I decided I wanted lots of layers and natural textures; kind of like how you walk down the beach and there's the sand and shells and driftwood and seaweed and dead fish.

The picture above is a tiny sample of what I found to work with. And in the spirit of keeping it real, this is what my bedroom looked like during this project:
In my old age I've turned into a neatnik, so this kind of STUFF EVERYWHERE drives me nuts. And this is why I look forward to the day I can dedicate a whole room to the purpose of Making Things, so I can make a mess and then shut the door and walk away and not have to look at it until I'm ready to continue the project. Sigh.


So I started pretty simple, with a bottle of ancient (srsly, I remember buying it when I was 14) acrylic paint. I'd never painted a page before, but I realized that it's perfectly possibly to write over painted paper, so I thought I'd try it. I also loved being able to keep key phrases unpainted.

I liked how one coat left a hint of the words underneath visible, but I wasn't a fan of how wavy it left the paper. (This picture is while the paint was still wet. It got a lot less wavy after it dried, but it still wasn't my favorite.) So I only did a few pages like that.

But seriously, how could I not like this? And in keeping with the texture thing, I like the roughness the paint left on the paper. But still, not the greatest, so I went back to my normal formula, which is patterned paper + blank paper + embellishment.

From top to bottom, left to right: manilla envelope + pattern from an advertisement, plain blue copy paper + strips of cardstock left from another project + stickers from Dollar Tree, random leftover papers + fancy post-it style notes I rescued from the trash can + song lyrics, plain blue paper + cardstock + stickers, paper bag + works from a scrapbooking magazine + fabric scrap, old map + the backs of old greeting cards, random strips of paper, and the last two are just blank paper + headlines from magazines.

The last two pages are the most boring, but I knew I needed plenty of room to jot down the names and addresses of potential good eating and doing. :)

I really like this spread. I know me, and I know there's a strong chance I'll find some interesting things along the way, so why not have a "great finds" page to record  them in? (You see manila folder paper and stuff from magazine advertisements and watercolor paints.)

And I love this one! Here I'll be relevant info for the places I'll be staying, but I love how the book title meshed with the pasted-in magazine article title. Yes! I am enjoying my stay in Life!

Inside the front and back covers are usually where I do something more decorative and less useful - though this page has a pocket for holding receipts, hotel reservation printouts, and so on. (A pasted-in envelope also works really well.) When flying it's especially great to have a pocket dedicated to holding boarding passes. So much easier than frantically searching through pockets and bags for them at the last minute! (Tell me I'm not the only person who does that...)

I'm a word-girl, so there's almost always relevant words and quotations. I can thank Pinterest for this one (and a magazine for the palm tree picture, and an old road map for the other page.

Next up: Making the outside interesting.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:06 am (UTC)
I love these posts! Keep 'em comin'!
Sep. 12th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
I love it!
Sep. 12th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
Beautiful! Makes for all manner of inspiration.
Sep. 12th, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
Sep. 12th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Today I was standing in line at Starbucks and noticed the 'free download' cards. It was a yoga app. I wanted it but then thought it was highly unlikely that I would ever actually download the app and even more unlikely that I would use it. BUT THEN.. I thought about this post.. and saw it in a different way. What a nice picture of a woman doing a yoga pose! I could put that in a book! So I snagged it and plan on adding a craft box.

The reading ladies at work were giving away the tubs that all their books came in. So I now have about 7 plastic totes with lids and plan to use one or two for this very purpose.

SO ANYWAY, in a longabout way, I am saying, thank you for the inspiration and helping me to see things in a new way.
Sep. 14th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, this makes my day!!
Sep. 13th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2012 09:18 pm (UTC)
I looooooooove your altered books! Thanks for sharing. I doubt I'll ever do it myself, but I love the idea! :-)

Hmmm... I should pass it on to my sister. It seems rather a Julia-ish sort of project and something she'd want to give to her friends....
Sep. 14th, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, do! It does sound like a Julia project. :)
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