While spending one of my favorite gifts…a gift certificate to a book store ;o) I came across this book~
The Decorated Page Journals, Scrapbooks and Albums Made Simply Beautiful by Gwen Diehn. This book is a grab bag full of ideas and step-by-step visual directions (that include suggestions for materials and material gathering) that help you add dimension and creativity to journals.
This book was not one that I read all at once. I kept it by my "nursing chair" and would read a few pages at a time and then talked casually about what I learned to my twin dds (13) (it was a good exercise of persuasive Mommy-Narration)
I asked them to do the same thing (read 2 or so pages at a time) so they could absorb some ideas about creative journaling. I wanted them to see that they could create something personal and meaningful with their journaling, whether it be a nature journal, a personal journal or one that fit some academic subject or idea. I asked them to think of it as their own "art class". I thought of it as "notebooking grows up".
Not surprisingly, this author did make some other books that I am interested in as well…like this one…
The Decorated Journal, and this one….
Ok, so my fever doesn’t stop there… Look at this from the book
More Making Books by Hand: Exploring Miniature Books, Alternative Structures, and Found Objects
And this book….had some interesting pages when I cked out the inside of the book…Visual Chronicles: The No-Fear Guide to Creating Art Journals, Creative Manifestos and Altered Books
I also found this interesting site that promises to join the scrappers and the journalers together.
I am on a mission. I will let you know how it all turns out! If anyone has a decent digital camera they are looking to get rid of…let me know. Mine died and untimely death when it hit the floor :o( I would looove to share some pictures of what we are creating with you!