I initiated a swap with a lovely lady who is in a couple of my arty Facebook groups and happily she accepted. I've been wanting to get ahold of other artists journals but just don't have the bandwidth to do it.
I had a small stash of naked journals from an OCD journal making binge I went on last year after a swap challenge issued in one of my Facebook groups. I had decided to try deconstructing a hardback book and had so much fun with it, I pulled out a pile of books and made 6 more.
This was really fun to decorate and it took a really long time.
A beaded spine tassel which includes hand made paper beads.
Inside the front cover. The butterfly is a copy of my original illustration
The pages are a mash-up of scrapbook paper, faux gelli print papers, book pages, coffee dyed paper, magazine pages and random papers I picked up at my local S.C.R.A.P. (creative re-use center)
Every Fall there's an Open Art Studio event where artists open their studios to the public and there's a hefty free guide printed with hundreds of thumbnails of art that one can pick up at art stores and cafes. I make collages with them.
I just love this cover so much.