Tuesday 17 June 2014

A Summer Journal.....


Hello my friends, I'm so excited that Camp Aloha Friends, has kicked off. If you've not heard about it, check out the link, it's a summer camp from the comfort of your own home, full of lots of different crafts for you to try plus lots of other fun things to do all over the summer from June until September. The first activity that Camp Director Mel has given us, is to make a journal to document our journey through Camp Aloha Camp 2014 but this would be a great idea to journal your summer activities or travels.

Mel has given campers a PDF, to print out personalized Camp Aloha Friends pages but I'm low on ink and used plain photo copier paper, folded in half to make A5 size, use as little or as many as you want.

Once folded, open out and poke four holes down the centre fold, I measured one inch from the edge and then made a hole two inches from the first hole, do the same the other end.

I then binded the pages together with two pieces of twine, take a large tapestry needle and from the outside of the journal thread in and back out the other side so you can knot the ends together on the spine, repeat for second holes.

Now for the fun part, decorating the cover, I've gone for a vintage style cover and used some vintage music sheets. Cut two to the size of the front and back covers, I used a Gel Medium to glue the music sheet to the front, any glue will be fine, I just like multi medium as it doesn't wrinkle the paper as much as normal wet glue. In keeping with the vintage look, I inked around the edges in a light brown ink, you could use a wet tea bag and will get the same effect but you will have to let it dry and it will probably wrinkle a little bit, if you get it too wet.

I'm decorating the cover with a large tag, some vintage buttons, a floral image from a magazine, vintage lace and a paper doily. Again I inked all the edges and glued down the tag and button card. I attached the lace down one side of the floral image.

I then glued the floral print and doily onto the front and stamped a sentiment on to a piece of card, tying some yarn the left hand side.

I decorated the first page, covering with some pretty paper and I cut the clock face out from a magazine, adding alphabet stickers with the quote " It's time to get creative". I took some sandpaper and gently sanded over the page, to give it the shabby look that I like.

On the second page, I've stamped some leaves, post mark and ink splats, collage style ready to start filling it with all the wonderful crafty projects I'll be doing over the summer.

It's not too late to sign up and join in the fun, just hop on over to here, you can enroll anytime to the classes and if you wanted the "suitcase" option, there are a few left and will take around 10 days to arrive, if you are international. Also, don't forget to check out Mel's blog, Singlehanded Knits, to see what's going on and interviews with some of the teachers.

Thanks for stopping by.




Clare said...

It's very pretty have a wonderful crafty Summer
Clare x

Unknown said...

Such a lovely idea this is Deb, you'll have an absolutely amazing journal in a couple of weeks! Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Sarah said...

Gorgeous journal, Deb. It's very you! X

Joy said...

Your journal is looking great Deb - I hope you'll show us again as you progress through your exciting fun-filled summer; enjoy every bit of it! Joy xo

Stefanie said...

What a neat craft project. Of course you're a pro at decorating.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous! I love love love the music paper and the buttons!!!!!!

Ros Crawford said...

Loving your journal ... It will be lovely to see it finished .. I like that stamping too!

Amy at love made my home said...

Your journal is really pretty, I hope that you have a great summer at camp!! xx

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