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11  Coptic Stitch Blank Art Journals in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: April 17, 2011 03:55:20 PM
Haven't been able to visit here for awhile with no internet at home, I have missed my Craftster Peeps!  Kiss

Here are four journals I've completed that I think are really fun!

Keep in mind when designing your journal that it will fit easily in your backpack or purse. You should never leave home without your journal, along with a few basic supplies (Sharpies? Watercolors? Glue stick?)!

I LOVE to use canvas panels for my journal covers. They come in such a variety of sizes. My favorites are the 4"x6". I love that they are sturdy and affordable. Shop around...I found that online sources can often yield the best deals!

As in all my journals I used the 140# index stock in these. If you can't find it locally you might want to use a heavy weight watercolor paper. What I love about the index stock is it's durability and the way it readily accepts all different mediums. I give this paper a beating - and it holds up every time! Love, Love, Love it!  Grin

I've also posted a pic of the exposed spine. Notice how I use decorative paper to separate the signatures...this gives the exposed spine the artistic look I want to achieve. I usually cut the spine papers about 3 inches wide and fold them in half. You could make the paper the same size as the signature paper -- I just like doing it this way.

I hope you get inspired to make your own and share them here --- it motivates me to see the work of others -- and gives me great ideas  Grin

I'm always happy to share what I know...please be patient with my replies...I will answer!

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12  My Story Begins At Home... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: February 22, 2011 09:46:26 AM
So many here are interested in journals and journal making! I LOVE it!

Here is another one I made over the weekend.
Again I have used canvas boards for the covers (so affordable, and they provide the strength I like in covers).
The blank signatures are also the 140 lb index stock --- my "go to" paper for journals because of its durability and the way it welcomes ALL medium.

To create the fonts on the cover I first painted a sheet of the index stock (both sides to prevent wrinkles). Then using foam stamps (cheap, cheap) I stamped the words. I then cut out the fonts using my X-acto (craft) knife and adhered them to the cover using Modge Podge (in this case) -- often I will use a gel medium to do this. The little house shape was cut from a decorative paper.

Because I always do an exposed spine journal I use decorative papers to separate the signatures...this adds another interesting and artistic element to the style of the journal.

To bind all my journals I use a waxed linen thread imported from Belgium. It makes the stitching go much easier and again, I am always interested in durability because if you are anything like me, my art journals take a lot of abuse  Cheesy

I LOVE the process of making journals as much (or more!) as journaling in them! I always chose the Coptic stitch because of the way it allows the journal to lie flat while working in it....a must for me and everyone I know who works in a journal!

Hope you like it  Grin

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13  Re: Finally Making Art Journals Again! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: February 20, 2011 11:57:02 AM
Beautiful work! I'm glad you found your way back here Smiley.

Can I ask what kind of paper you use inside the journals?

LimeRiot - I am so sorry it took so long to THANK YOU and answer your question!

I have had a lot of inquiries on the paper I use for the journal signatures. I swear by this paper...it is a 140 lb index stock. Put these words in google search: "Wausa index stock 140 lb"  and see if you can find a supplier in your 'hood! By the way, I have no affiliation with this company, nor do I profit from mentioning it Smiley I am fortunate to have a local supplier, which is a large paper company that supplies businesses and retail customers.

This paper takes a beating! And my personal art journals take a beating let me tell ya! The first thing to do with these pages of index stock is to either paint (with acrylics) BOTH SIDES, or gesso them. It will look like it is going to wrinkle at first --- but when both sides dry they are flat and smooth and will NOT wrinkle no matter what kind of abuse you give them  Grin The index stock will take every medium you can throw it's way! I paint, use ink, collage...you name it...and the texture just gets better and better! I LOVE to layer...and the more paint I layer on this paper the more beautiful it becomes -- almost a leather like quality!!!! It will blow your ever lovin' mind!

Take a look at this page in my personal journal...look at the layers! I have painted this two-page spread with acrylics, glued collage pieces, stamped with inks, detailed with gel pens...and not a wrinkle...Seeing is believing, right? You will fall in love while art journaling on this paper!!!!!

If you have have more questions please ask...and be patient 'cause I am usually making art and not at the computer Smiley

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14  Finally Making Art Journals Again! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: February 16, 2011 09:29:02 AM
Dear Long Lost Art Tribe Smiley

There was a time I was so active here in this awesome community -- and then, as John Lennon once wrote "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans...."

I have found my way back to my passion -- making Coptic stitched one-of-a-kind art journals!
I LOVE the PROCESS of creating these...(finding my zen!). Each step is a labor of love from designing the covers to the final binding stitch.

Here are photos of my two latest. If you have any questions about the process please don't hesitate...I love to share what I've learned Smiley

*Covers are created on canvas boards.
*Signatures are 140# index stock.

peace & love,

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15  Simple Background in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: July 04, 2010 03:26:03 PM
Finally downloading pics from my camera today - here is another recent journal page. It is created simply with scraps of decorative paper and odds and ends from other projects. The lettering is by hand using Sharpie Paint Pens. It is now ready to write on!

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16  Journaling with Security Envelopes in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: July 04, 2010 01:37:02 PM
I have been challenging myself to work play in my journal with whatever I have on my art table. Rather than reaching in my pockets to buy more art materials I am all about recycling what is on hand.

This page was created with acrylic paints, opaque markers, and recycled scraps of security envelopes! Have you ever noticed how many different prints security envelopes come in when you rip open your mail? Why toss them when you can use them to make art, right?  Grin

This background page is ready to be written on when the mood strikes!

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17  What's In Your Journal? in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 26, 2010 12:07:33 PM
It's always a lot of fun to share visual journal pages here in the supportive community of Craftster's. When I first began my journal I never would have thought I could share it with a worldwide audience - an audience who never fails to inspire me with their comments and questions...

Many have asked to 'see' the actual journal I work in. I created this journal using what I had on hand...a used FedEx box, some waxed linen thread (for a Coptic stitch binding) and my supply of 140# index paper. The FedEx box was recycled into my journal covers.

Take a look....

Would you have guessed the covers were so 'affordable'?  Grin

About five years ago I was going through a difficult time grieving the loss of my incredible Mom. She (and my Dad) brought me up in a home filled with LOVE & CREATIVITY. One thing my Mom and I shared was a love for Beatles music - and in the early 60s we BOTH swooned over how cute Paul was. To calm myself and bring focus back to my art after losing her I began carving rubber stamps...it was my Zen. This page in my visual journal has the image I stamped with my hand-carved stamp...

A visual journal is YOUR SPACE to be YOU - what's in your journal?

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18  Journal LOVE in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 20, 2010 12:29:29 PM
I'm back with more journal pages! Playing in my journal is how I decompress, deal with stress and unwind. It gives me the freedom to express myself without critique or fear of doing something wrong. There are NO RULES in my Visual Journal...and I LOVE that!

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19  From Visual Journal to 3-D! in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: June 06, 2010 05:43:26 PM
Recently I did this 'doodle' in my Visual Journal and shared it here.
Here it is if you missed it:

For me a Visual Journal is a safe place to 'try' things as well as a sort of 'workbook' to help inspire ideas for future projects...

Today just for FUN I let this journal entry inspire me to go 3-D!

I used a cracker box and a Jell-o box by simply gluing them together and giving them a base coat of gesso. I then combined the use of acrylic paint, water-based paint pens, and opaque markers to create my version of a Mediterranean village  Grin

When you work play in your journal what other ideas does it inspire?

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20  Art Journal Inspired By Family Roots in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by jolenemarie on: May 31, 2010 03:38:15 PM
My grand-daughter has been researching our family roots and there's been a lot of talk about Sicily, Italy around our house. When I was doodling in my Art Journal the other day I found myself thinking of the Sicilian villages that teeter on the edge of the Mediterranean  Smiley

This page is ready to be written on with notes about my grandparents trip from Palermo, Sicily to the U.S. via Ellis Island.

Your family history inspires great prompts for your art journal!

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