I just recently joined a swap on Your Paper Pantry (an online scrapbooking+ community) and the challenge was to create three little journals (4″x6″) using file folders. Well, I LOVE notebooks!! I like making lists and whatnot so this was an awesome opportunity; I just had to do it. And I did.
These little darlings did not take very long to make. The theme for the notebooks was left up to us, so I decided to just have some fun with it. I created a pretty, girly one, a more country looking one, and a vintage one. I challenged myself to use my paper & fabric scraps, and also products that I have not used in a LONG time. I had bought the white frame in the picture a while ago. It came in a pack with other white chipboard frames, yet I had not even opened the package. The flower was bought in mid-April of LAST YEAR; the stamp…who knows!? I also had some left over brown chipboard stickers which I used to decorate the cover of my “mason jar-country inspired” journal. I did not have a mason jar die or stamp so I had to improvise and draw one out. It turned out GREAT (I think)! The floral “frame” around “MEMORIES” was bought a while ago. They are actually tile stickers…I think they look pretty awesome on my vintage journal cover.
The inside pages are not only plain lined paper; I also used dictionary paper to make pockets, old envelopes, dolies, card blanks, etc. I like having little pockets in my notebooks – sometimes I read an interesting article or I find a picture that inspires me – pockets are perfect for placing those pieces of paper without the headache that comes when you cant remember where you placed that magazine article/recipe, etc.
I used Kraft envelopes from regular incoming mail to make pockets. I also did quite a bit of hand sewing to make sure my pockets would stay in place. I wanted them to be strong enough just in case the lady who gets them wants to really put them to use. I included some tags inside the pockets as well as my info aka my name. A few tags were held together with paper clips – my other secret obsession…Paper clips are very useful and they are not very bulky at all which makes them perfect for these types of journals or even project life layouts.
I hope the recipient of my little journals is able to enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them. I’ve already collected more products to make a few more for my mom and sisters. They saw them and they wanted them. They’re super cute and small enough to fit inside a purse!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and if you want to be a part of swaps like this one, then check out Your Paper Pantry!!