New Journal This weekend I spent a little time creating a new journal. I really enjoy making my own books, but when I don't have time for that, I just re-cover an already bound blank book. Above is the book I re-covered this weekend. It was just a crappy paper sample book that I got from a vendor. But it had a lot of good blank pages, so I decided to claim it as mine. The cover was ugly. Corporate mumbo jumbo with a cliche duotone image, and it had to go. So I picked out a pretty paper and remade the cover. Just spray mounted (with Super 77) the pretty paper right over the old cover. Wrapping the edges around and then adding a inside cover paper to hide my edges. I like how it turned out. It's a good size to draw and paste in, different textures of paper with no lines. Fun to play in. And I like toting it around because it's totally unique...
I use these journals for different things. I cut out magazine pictures I like or images that inspire me and glue them in. I write in quotes that I like. I question on paper. I draw. And I add small leaves and things I find in there to treasure. There's really no order to it, but it's fun to look back on these books of inspiring messy collections of sorts and feel that surge of inspiration hit you. A trail of where you've been and what has stuck out to you, in a way.
Here are a couple of interiors from old books:
Here are a few of the covers: