Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been scribbling down ideas for posts everywhere. I write them in my daily journal, my sketch pad, that little note pad in my purse, post-it notes, and basically on any scrap of paper I can find. So, I decided to create a blog ideas journal to bring the chaos to order!
I started with a composition book that I purchased at Target for under a dollar. Then I began to adhere my background paper. I decided to use gel medium instead of a tape runner, because I wanted this journal to be really durable. But…I didn’t use just any gel medium, I used Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium in matte from Ranger!! Love this stuff!!! This is the first time I’ve used it and I’m so impressed…it works like a dream. I have been using another brand for years that I purchase at the art store, but it does not compare. With the multi-medium your papers and elements lay down flat. I had like two small bubbles, in which I pushed down for a few seconds with my brush and then put more multi-medium on top and presto…flat as a pancake!! Also, it dries completely clear…yay! I had problems with white streaks with the other brand. Okay, I’m through gushing, but it is so great to find a product that works and makes creating even more fun!
I used the same background paper on the back, called daily news by BasicGrey. I was pleasantly surprised with the list of bird names in red, since I used the cute birdie stickers on the front from Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe Stickers kit from HSN. I love when unplanned things like that happen, which seem to bring a project togther. It feels like a little bit of magic!
It’s all in the details… I cut the yellow and white dotted wavy line (that runs behind the typewriter) from leftover sticker background paper from Claudine Hellmuth’s Super Swell Scrapbook kit from HSN. I added doodling across the blue polka dotted paper and added dotted lines on the red border strips and other areas on the journal with a marker. I used the multi-medium to adhere all the elements, including the washi tape and the stickers. Lastly, I put a final coat of multi-medium over the entire journal, including the spine, so I can take it on my everyday travels with no worries that anything is going come away or apart.
Even though I may still scribble down blog ideas on scraps of paper, at least I’ll have a place to tape them into. Now, I won’t have to look through all my various note pads, etc. before I begin to create a new post. Yay!!!
Supplies: Composition book: Target; Pattern paper: BasicGrey, Claudine Hellmuth’s Holly Jolly Holiday and welcome to swellsville card making kits; Stickers: Claudine Hellmuth’s Sweet Shoppe Stickers, Holly Jolly Holiday, Super Swell Scrapbook kits; Washi Tape: K&Company Smash; Rub-ons: Claudine Hellmuth’s Rub-On O Rama kit; Marker: Sharpie; Gel Medium: Claudine Hellmuth Studio multi-medium.