Okay, I know
that was cruel, but I was just too busy to get it done earlier. As it is, I've had to take the pictures at night, so they're not as clear as I'd like. But here we are:
First, the huge pile of extras. Six or eight sheets of lovely scrapbooking paper; some pages from a ladies' magazine (about 1950); a few assorted advertisements, brochures, maps and other ephemera (some from Edel's recent European tour); two lengths of lace trim, a set of sketching pencils
and a bar of delicious dark chocolate (not sufficiently well hidden, and therefore already eaten.)
Here's the book itself. Coptic bound with oversize covers. The front has this faded purple Medieval emblem with gold glitter on it. I just realized this is the only
glitter in the entire journal, which must've taken incredible self-control.
The back and inside covers have old dictionary pages, which make fascinating reading. You can see some of the multiple built-in bookmarks here, one with a great key charm on it.
I had to include a close-up of this corner, which has a heart tattoo sticker on it. (Hearts are a theme throughout the book.) You can also see the colour of the cover better, and a bit of the glitter.
I'm not going to include a huge number of photos of the pages, although there are so many I'd like to share. There is only one
blank page in the entire book! Many pages are completely painted like this one; some have only a word or two, or a little picture. This is probably my favourite page of all, even though it's so simple. Edel's done a number of pages in this technique, and the colours absolutely glow! The photo doesn't begin to do it justice.
This is a beautiful stamped pattern. (More hearts!)
Our two journals have a number of things the same: we both used leaf prints, we both included birch bark, etc. But I would never
have thought of feather prints! Brilliant!
This is another favourite page. So simple, yet perfect.
Just a couple more examples of the great pages. There are several little internal booklets and envelopes. I especially love the lotaria cards at the bottom here.
There are so many more great pages, but I really shouldn't fill up the entire Gallery all by myself. Thank you, Edel, for a wonderful journal. It's so perfect I'm going to have to force myself to add anything to it, because I'll be afraid of spoiling its perfection, but I will!