Did you ever get excited about office supplies as a child? I remember a couple of weekends where my Dad had to work at the office and I went along with him. Oh, the joys of the typewriter!
I see that same sparkle of excitement from my young children when my husband comes home from a business trip with a notebook or journal in hand from his business meetings. The pages where notes were taken were carefully removed beforehand – and placed into their hands a blank canvas for ideas to be written down.
Truth be told, I get just as excited about those blank canvases. And on a recent trip he came home armed with one for me as well. LOL! Ahhhh, white chipboard covers and lined notebook pages. What could be better. I’m easilly pleased, I guess!
So I set about to decorate this journal with all these thoughts running through my head.
The quotation seemed apropos, “the world is a wonderful place when you’re young.‘ – e.b. white
First, I selected the colors I wanted to work with. I’m a big fan of pink, personally. Brown goes nicely with that of course. And perhaps some blue and green. So I chose:
- Sweet Pea
- Olive Vine
And I always work with some metallics, to upgrade the look of the elements I’m working with. I chose:
- Dew Drop
I printed out my sentiment on vellum paper using a laser printer. Then I sprayed Dew Drop lightly over the top – voila! I had shimmering, pearlized vellum!
Next, I worked on my title letters. I chose the Regal Alphabet Framed Fonts. These are initially a light cream color. I pressed them onto the misting mat, lightly sprayed with Sweet Pea Glimmer Mist. This placed the color on the raised, embossed areas of the letters. I also dipped a makeup wedge into the leftover mist and colored the edges of the letters. Once this was dry, I sprayed them with several light coats of Graphite Glimmer Mist. I love the end result. They look like tooled metal letters – and it took no time at all to achieve this look!
Now with all that gorgeous Graphite laying around on the misting mat, I decided to dip the edges of my book, and decorative papers in – for an added richness to these elements as well.
And at the same time, after I stamped and heat embossed an image in brown embossing powder I took a waterbrush and painted inside the image with my Glimmer Mist colors. I edged it in Graphite and once dry, sprayed over the entire piece with Dew Drop.
I sprayed a couple of white Festive Flowers from Prima with my Glimmer Mist colors and embellished the center with a Glimmer Chip fleur de lis in Regal, Creme de Rouge. I also placed a photo corner from this set at the top right.
And finally, a few birds from the Glimmer Glass, Nature – Cocoa set came to nest on the cover as well as felt and satin ribbon, a few punched leaves, which were highlighted with their coordinating Glimmer Mist for ‘veins’ and a twig from outside my front door.
So now that my journal is done, I intend to take it on the road with me – to jot down little glimmering ideas and see what they turn into. I hope you’ll join me in making a project that will help rekindle the simple joys that we so often forget while we go about our everyday lives. Thank you for reading.