Okay, so this afternoon I got to meet up with my partner in person, because she lives just across town from me, and it's our organizer -zoma- herself! After commenting earlier in the week about how totally different everyone's interpretations were, -zoma- and I made each other journals that were remarkably the same
! (The background material, by the way, is the luxurious handmade purple paper my book came wrapped in!)
She re-used the cover of a book called "Around Toronto", adding some Steampunky gears to the front.
Not only the cover was recycled, but many of the pages of illustrations by John Richmond have been bound back in, amid pages of many different kinds of blank paper, from thick watercolour to brown kraft paper. The title page even incorporates a drawing of the monument from the old War of 1812 burial ground on Portland St., which is one of my favourite secret spots in the city! There are two ribbon bookmarks with clock hands as finials.
There are some pages that just have one quirky image on the whole page:
Some incorporate the original book illustrations, like this poem:
Some pages have small ghostly bits of text or drawing, like this:
There are both large two-page backgrounds
and single pages with very specific places for writing. (This is one I particularly love.)
Faint images of machinery appear on many pages. There are also random photos, texts, poems, a wonderful "found poem" from a children's language workbook and lots of other stuff.
Finally we both ended our journals with envelopes inside the back cover, for collecting bits and pieces for future use. I did one large envelope across the back endpaper, and -zoma- put three into my book.
Thank you so much for this! It's so
much like me, it's hard to believe we'd never met before today!