Passions of an Odd Chick

Friday, March 19, 2010

I made a JOURNAL.



I made a journal. I made a journal. I made a journal!! And if you're saying "la de freakin dah" -then you have either never made a journal or you are way into the book-binding passion and not impressed or..... your JEALOUS!!! But for me- it was like -ähhhhhhh- I have arrived on a new exotic island with the most precious fruit available and I am gorging myself!


When I went to Artful Journey in California, my new found friend, Amy Krueger, walked out after the second day with her first journal and my jaw dropped! WHAT!!!! HOW!!!!! I had never seen such beautiful texture and paint and it was her very own journal. I just had to hold it and try not to drool on it. I didn't take that class. But when I got home, I went straight to her instructor's, Albie Smith's blog, and LO!! the generosity of this artist! She listed her supplies and where she gets them. Now it was just up to me to try to recreate some of the beautiful things I saw from her class. I didn't even come close if that gives you an idea but I am definitely on a journey.


Beware! She will introduce you to some stencils and paper that will blow your socks off so you and your credit card have been warned.


Teesha Moore's videos helped me make the actual journal. How I would have loved to have had Albie for a teacher as the girls fell in love with her and couldn't say enough good things about her. SOMEDAY!!


If anyone can give me more tips about how to make these beautiful covers and make a bigger journal- you would be feeding the happy little passion fairy that flies back and forth on art airlines. I'm so glad she landed here and took me away with her.

13 comments:

Mindy Lacefield said...

peggy, peggy....oh my! beautiful exquisite work my dear :-) i would love to feel it and hold it. good work! that amy and albie are just the best darn folks unh?!? hugs!

Amy C. Krueger said...
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Kimmie said...

beautiful journal here :)
now I'm off to follow the links :)

Kolleen said...

ooooh....gor-juss-ness abound!!!

i do make handmade journals but have yet to learn how to actually bind them...so your links will be most helpful!! THANK YOU!!!

and yours...is so beautiful!!!!

xoxox
happy friday
k

robin dudley-howes said...

well this is lovely! the feeling of making a journal is quite an accomplishment...and addictive.
robin

Cindy Woods O'Leary said...

AH, there's no going back now! This is just fabulous, and yes, Albie is a very generous soul. The good news is that there are plans in the works to have her back next year! Isn't this artful journey we're on the greatest?! Love that everyone shares so willingly; that's what it's all about. xo cindy

Buffy said...

OMG that is so Gorgeous! I wish I could touch it,it looks like it has so much texture! And the colors are gorgeous too!

Erin said...

Oh boy this is beautiful. I will be checking out your links. I would love to try to make one myself. Wow!!!

Kay said...

oh yes I intend to follow your links and get hooked on making a journal too!

NatashaMay said...

Congrats on making your first journal! :) I haven't yet I find it too difficult. Maybe one day. :)

Beth Nicholls said...

Peggy this is so beautiful! Are you going to fill it with hopes and dreams or make another one straight away?!

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Karin Bartimole said...

Beautifully done Peggy!! Now you are hooked :) Really great to find the resources that both inspire and teach!! thanks for sharing them with us, too. xo K