Monday, February 13, 2012

vintage books = art journals

So, I am not an art journal'er...there I said it.  I have taken classes, I have bought fabulous art supplies...I do not "feel" it.  I just don't.
I am really enjoying my Body Book, art journal...that I am making from Brave Girls, Body Restoration.  In fact, I think I love it...I open it and look thru it many times.  I wish I could show you, but I wouldn't want to breech any regulations.  I think I am enjoying it, because I have the idea of what to do on my projects.  I have the images..and can see Melody's book.  Many times I incorporate my own style here and there, or use my own images.  So I think this is the difference.  I already have my direction.  Melody's way of Prepping the art journal, was genius.  At first I thought this is so much work, why am I doing this.  Now I am glad I did.  So when I get these ready to prep...I will share that.
I found these at the Goodwill for 1.00 each.  I love the sizes and the weigh of the pages.  I like the idea of letting some of the pages show through...these will be my next journal, if in fact I try again.
I love the age of the books, and distress of the binding and the pages.  They are well loved and I think of the many little hands (or not so little hands) that have turned the pages to enjoy the books.
 So, if and when I decide to attempt my own version, of what I think my journal should be...I will share it with you. 


  1. Hi Kathy! I am loving that Health a matter of fact, I love old books period! It took me a long time to get into Art journaling...I love keeping journals, but the actual "art" process was daunting. Some of my early work looks like a Kindergarten class.

    Don't you LOVE Goodwill and old books? Ours has a ton...I found one from 1942 on Horses the other day and I love it. Old drawings inside are what make me buy them. They just don't make them like they used to!

    Happy Valentines day sweet friend :) xoxo

  2. We have been learning in my class about making vintage books into journals too!! I have some old books but could not bring myself to cut one up. I guess I better do like you do and hit Goodwill and see what I can find. After they are finished they look awesome. Some of the girls in the class made really nice ones. I made mine with pizza cardboard under neath a pizza. I have saved them for a long time and said I bet I can use these sometime.....well I did....made a round journal. Happy Valentines Day tomorrow!!! xo