Sunday, May 23, 2010

inspiration monday

in the war of quantity versus quality, i would say that i've got it won on both counts where my paper stash is concerned. i've got a lot of it.....and i love it all! i love it so much, in fact, that my collection has grown to the point of no return. so yesterday i took a deep breath and did a nose dive right into my stash.....over on the deep end where all of the orange and yellow lovelies were hanging out......


and created this scrappy journal with them! i wasn't sure how i wanted the covers to look, so i used yummy 140lb. fabriano artistico cold press paper.....it's folded in half and glued together, making it super stiff and sturdy. this way i can go back when inspiration strikes and use acrylics, watercolors, pastels, or maybe collage.....or maybe all of these
things(?).....to make it really fun looking!


in the meantime, i can also start playing on the inside! i can tear some of those pages down a bit more.....or use some of my paper punches to make some neat patterns in the paper.....or maybe hand-sew some more paper bits to add a little texture.....or just start doodling.....or add some rub-ons from my ever-growing rub-on collection......


and when i want to jot down a few thoughts, there's lots of crisp white 70lb. paper tucked in there for some writing, too! the perfect place to put wonder into words, and playful inspiration into concrete ideas!
and now i'm wondering if the orange and yellow pretties in my stash have made me this happy, maybe i should take a dive into the blue and green section and see what happens......


journal finished using a variety of decorative papers, 70lb. writing paper, fabriano artistico 140lb. cold press paper, pva glue, waxed linen thread


23 comments:

Creative Carmelina said...

i want this journal right now!
you did such a great job...and I cannot wait to see you finish the cover!!!!!

isn't paper playing sooooo much fun...?!!! it's almost better than chocolate! well, okay, it's def. comparable to it!!! lol

ciao bella
thanks so much for sharing your paper collection and obsession with me.....it made my morning!

creative carmelina

chrissy said...

dearest lori.
i first have to say that i am sure the chocolate chip mini muffins were divine!
i ate chocolate and thought of you this weekend.
(what is your favorite chocolate while we are on the yummy subject?)
i love your journal. my girlfriend and i were talking this weekend about how we can.t get enough journals. we are suckers for them.
thank you for always being so generous with your ideas and "how.to.s"
happy new week to you dear friend.
huge hugs.
c

julie king said...

this one grabs my heartstrings, laurie!! i love orange! and now i'm holding my breath to see what you create when you dive into the blue/green pile! you go girl!

Jancalligrapher said...

Good morning, Lori, Love your orange journal, so happy and cheerful. Can't wait to see more. Have a happy week. And hugs to you. <3

Janie Husband said...

great idea for the cover...this has so many possibilities as you stated....great journal....

Ludid said...

i like that you went for the orange and yellows. they look wonderful in this adorable journal.

aimee said...

you have me hooked on orange! love this bundle of scrappy goodness!

Marie aka Grams said...

So wonderful. I'll bet that would sell quickly in your Etsy shop.
More in the works??

rachel awes said...

this is a
dessert
journal
for sure!
orange sherbet
reflections!
LOVE IT.
xoxo

Butterfly Works said...

I just know you had fun playing in all that paper...the journal is really neat and I can't wait to see what you do with the cover.....
Hugs

Martha Lever said...

Way to go and use that paper, Lori!!!!
I am swimming in a sea of scrapbook paper too. I am luvin' orange these days!

nacherluver said...

very cute! good for you :)

PaperPumpkin said...

Journal love...ack! Here comes my obsession again. Show me, show me, show me more...blues...greens...aah

Elena said...

You are too cool and have created a beautiful little journal. Can't wait to see what else you'll come up with.

Dawn said...

beautiful, lori. you should do a class/tutorial on your book bindings. I've made a couple and they never look as neat (literally!) as yours.

Createology said...

Lovely and such a great idea to be able to reduce your paper stash and to also be able to enjoy using your new journal. Being creative is just the best! Happy journaling...

Veronica said...

Yes, you can do a whole series of the rainbow. :)

Claire M said...

Looks like your timing is great - the colors remind me of summer sunshine! ;-)
I'll be anxious to see the cover you create!

Becky Shander said...

Yes, please dive into the blue and green as well...I'd love to see what this leads to.

Atticelf said...

Go for it! Your journal is beautiful. Now you've got me thinking...my mojo has been missing, but making my own might just be the elixir I need... :)

Renee Troy said...

Wonderful, fun and cheery journal Lori! I wish you all happy moments to post in it!

Beedeebabee said...

Lori, your journals are so beautiful, and so well put together and thought out. Perfect little treasures, each and every one!...I know you'd be just as happy swimming around in blues and greens as you were in oranges and reds...You're artwork is always happy! xo Paulette

Ophelia said...

I love this!! I too want your journal! Fabulous!

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