Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Mini Journal for sketching by Astrid

Hello everyone, lovely to have you drop by here! Can you believe the month of May is nearly halfway over already? With the weather turning ever warmer, I sometimes love to do little sketches outside, and needed a little journal that is easy to just pop in your bag or even a large pocket.
I found a template online on Marion Smith's site (so I can't share it but you could check it out if you are interested) and then started to think how I could decorate it with Artistic Stamper stamps. The template itself is for a little wallet type booklet to be used for recipes or similar, but I decided to make it into a little journal instead.
I copied the template onto strong card and then used some Graphics 45 French Country paper to cover the different panels.
Next I stamped one of the stamps from the Architecture 3 set in Sepia Archival ink, cut it out and adhered it to the front of my little journal together with a decorative brad.
The inside was covered with a piece of scrapbook paper from my stash. I then created a little booklet out of Ranger Water Colour Cardstock, as this is so thick I could only fit in one signature, but that is alright, it is only meant to be a little journal.
Below you can hopefully just see how I stitched it straight into the cover.

The flap, which is also the closure was further enhanced by stamping the word Artist Journal from the Classics 1 set by Tim Holtz.

For the back of the little journal I stamped two further images from the Architecture set in sepia, cut them out and adhered them to the cover.

The booklet closes with a little magnet
Once it is filled, it will be easy enough to create another one. Well, hope you like it, I am sure it would be easy to do something very similar with a # 12 manila tag.

 I die cut two decorative corners for the front and coloured them with the same ink and of course I also inked around all the edges of the journal as you probably saw.

Thank you for visiting and stay inky!

20 comments:

Karen Garrard said...

What a sweet journal Astrid. Love it!! Karen.x

Rita said...

Hi Astrid, this little journal is gorgeous and perfect for little sketches etc. The cover is stunning and using my favourite papers too. Thank you for sharing with us. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Helen said...

That's really pretty, I wish I could sketch so I could make something to take out with me, lol!!

Saskia said...

Love this little booklet!

Buttons said...

Such an elegant little wallet Astrid. Love this idea and your choice of very vintage colours. Jenny x

Almo said...

This is a sweet little journal Astrid, love the little closure with the brad it looks like a little ink well. Mo x

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful piece from Astrid! Valerie

Sid said...

What a fab project !

Dorthe said...

Dear Astrid, what a perfect cover for a little journal, it looks so lovely in your chosen paper and the beautiful stamps.
Dorthe, xoxo

May said...

Wonderful journal notebook...I adore the stamps & design... Beautiful... Hugs May x x

Redanne said...

Oh I love your little journal Astrid, the papers and colours are beautiful, it has a wonderful vintage feel to it. A really beautiful piece. Anne xx

craftytrog said...

How wonderful! I'm sure you'll enjoy filling this beautiful little journal with your sketches Astrid!
Alison xxx

Sarah Anderson said...

what a clever use of the top of a column for the clasp; great little journal

Corrie Herriman said...

Wonderful !
Corrie x

isisimaginings.com said...

What a great idea, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

butterfly said...

What a gorgeous little sketch journal, Astrid - lovely paper and stamping, and the magnet closure is a lovely touch.
Alison xx

Terry said...

Oh this is just so clever, Astrid! I love the wallet idea for a mini journal! Beautiful stamping and vintage colors! Hugs!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Such a gorgeous Mini Journal Astrid and so beautifully decorated as always!! It has a lovely vintage look and I'm sure you're going to love using it!!! ox

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Astrid, you always have so many good ideas of stamp usage !! I am always thrilled to view your posts !

Jools Robertson said...

A gorgeous project, the colours and stamps are exquisite a really beautiful journal

Jools x