I recently posted the above photo on Instagram showing the three journals I am currently working in on a regular basis. I thought it would be fun to give you a peek into each - as part of a three part series.
Today I am going to share the top right one, my ringed journal. You may have seen other photos on instagram and the paper relics facebook page of some of the spreads, but I have finally taken the time to photograph the journal with what I have completed in it so far.
I made this journal after finding the perfect covers at a shop that was using it as display. Luckily, the shop owner is a client and knows my love for journaling and gifted me the book (If you are ever in the area - Sweet Elizabeth Jane is a MUST stop! Tell them I said hello!).
This journal measures approx 8 by 5 inches, and I bound it using four 7 gypsies large rings rings. Originally I had used the small, but it quickly bulked up and needed the larger ones. I am not done with the journal (by any means), but since I have not shared any with you yet, there is a lot to show you now.
Above is the cover - made from the old book I mentioned. And below is a topical view of the pages...
I loved the old end pages, simple, plain, but stained with age, so I left them as they were. The first page is from an Anthropologie envelope (my packing slip was in it from an online order from them). I used half of a paper punch to punch wholes on the flap where the rings go so it can open with ease:
I love, love, love old beach photos - and thought that Wordsworth's words (lines 167 and 168) were perfect for using it to describe my longing for the ocean:
The flip side has some memories of being my the ocean in my youth:
I used a folder to make a section for summer souvenirs - little odds and ends from things I have done this summer (the inside is not shown) that I still am adding to:
Listening to the whispers of lost dreams and sweet memories...
A friend gave me a snippet of a shopping bag from her visit to John Derian in NYC - loved the silhouette, and used it for a quote that I could journal about on the flip side.
I used an old H divided to write out quotes and sayings with my name in them:
On the right is a page made from an average small brown shopping bag. Love the way my pen feels writing on it. This is still in the works.
Old photo, and page from an Anthro catalog:
I typed my motto out on an old blank book page (testing out my new-old 1912 typewriter) and then wrote out a line I loved from Diane Hanna.
Another line I love - plucked from the words on an old page (I love hunting for phrases that pop out to me piecing together words on a page from some long ago book or publication). I used some vintage wallpaper that Karla gifted me when I saw her last. On the right I did a bit about my pups.
More about my hounds:
The left is actually part of a page from a vintage book that had replicas of early 1800's sheet music. The right I was just playing around with color (well, colorful for me anyway) and texture.
In the journal I have an envelope that keeps my "template" page - it is the page that has the wholes marked so I can use it to punch holes in new spreads as I make them:
The back is well worn, it actually really was the cover of the book, but I wanted the less worn as the cover so I flipped them.
That's all for now! I hope to add more to it and will share that with you someday as well.
Stay tuned to see the other two journals (the stitched and the daily) over the next couple of weeks!