I’m playing in another round of What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday, where I’m joining 100+ other folks in snapping the current landscape of their workspace.
This week you can see I’m doing a bit of journal construction. And because I kind of like having a few things going at once, I’ve got three projects here.
I’ve made most progress on the top large journal – I’ve got the signatures sewn in. The cover is a recycled book cover, quite large like a child’s picture book. To be honest, I’m not really a fan of deconstructing perfectly good books, but if, as in this case, the book was damaged beyond repair, recycling it into a new life feels fun. I’ve kept the signature pages deliberately smaller than the cover because I’m wanting to sew in fold up and down pages onto some of the signatures pages. We’ll see how that works. I’m also trying out some colors here – blue or green – as I want to change the end papers I originally chose. The cover has been painted with a background coat of orange that will do for now, as I haven’t decided if I want to paint or collage something on it.
Underneath the journal are papers I’m folding for signatures for another journal. I’ve got a variety of papers and I’m deciding how I want to divvy them up in the signatures. So I’ve got them laying out where I can see and touch them as I decide. This one is going to bound in such a way that the pages can actually slip out and aren’t permanently attached. I can get that all done before I decide on what paper I want to use for the cover.
And finally, there’s a hardcover book, Growing Wings, that I’ll be turning into a journal. This was a seriously damaged book but many of the pages are salvageable and I certainly couldn’t resist the title. I’m going to leave the cover as is, but I’m currently cutting out a number of pages. Because I tend to work “thick” – always including fold outs and envelopes and secret little bits, it’s very helpful to have the extra room available that results from removing adjoining pages. Even if I do this my journals are always very very fat. Once I have as many pages cut out as I feel like, I’ll go back and gesso the majority of remaining pages so I have something I can draw and paint on.
I always keep multiple, and I mean MULTIPLE journals going at once. Sometimes it feels like too much and I’d like to be the kind of person who uses only one journal for everything. So I try that for a brief time, but it just doesn’t feel right and I go back to my myriad. What about you – are you an everything-in-one-place journaler or a dedicated diversifier? Do you have a favorite brand of journal you purchase? Or, and this is a question I ask every journaler I know – do you know where I can find my perfect all-time favorite purchased journal? It was 10×7 and had a jumbo spiral binding with the loops measuring 2.5 inches in diameter. Ah, heaven, that kind of journal can expand to accommodate a treasure keeper like me! Have anything journal-related to share? Please leave a comment – you know I love to hear.