Monday, November 7, 2011

inspiration monday


when i created my pottery barn journal,  i used this tutorial by teesha moore (she has a great method for taking a large sheet of watercolor paper and transforming it into a 16-page journal!).  as a part of her design, there are little flaps that measure about 2.25" on the inside front and back covers.  and every time i pulled out my journal to fill another page with pottery barn goodness,  i wondered to myself what in the world i was going to put on those skinny little pages.  and now that i only have two blank pages left in my journal (woo hoo!), i was getting a little nervous about the "skinny little pages" thing, because i still didn't have any ideas.  but, thankfully, inspiration gave me a hand this past weekend.....




and i realized that these skinny little pages were the perfect spot to include an explanation for why i created the journal in the first place......





a place to give inspiration the spotlight!





and while the front-cover-flap was purely about my inspiration, i added some other
details to the back-cover-flap......





because if i don't have it written down, 
there's no way i'll ever remember what materials i used!! 





and since inspiration was giving me a hand, i decided to go ahead and put a little something on the back cover of my journal, too
 (this was another space i had no idea what to do with!).  






even though this is meant to be the back of my pottery barn house, i think it kind of looks like it should be the front of the house.  but then i decided that many times when we find a place we really love, we usually head towards the back door........because that's where we feel comfortable enough to go ahead and hang our heart on the door!


{supplies:  koi watercolors, derwent inktense pencils, micron pens,
graphite pencil}


p.s.  the doors to the letterLAB open today! 
time to have some cursive fun!!   woo hoo!!







28 comments:

Isabel said...

Love your journal and all the lovely art you created:O) Love Pottery barn:O)

Doda said...

These are the perfect finishes touches to your Pottery barn Journal! Love it! I'm sure if I had a Pottery Barn Catalogue in one hand and your journal in the other, I'd much rather look at your journal. We don't have PB over here though ;-)

Chel said...

I love it! Do you know that because of this project, I have started to look at EVERYTHING in cataloges so differently? Not just "do I want to order this" or "should I cut this picture out to put in my art journal" but also "does something about this item or photo INSPIRE me in some way?" If the answer is yes to that last question, I paste it into my inspiration journal. I am seeing with new eyes, thanks to you!!

Cynthia Schelzig said...

What a lovely journal!!

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Wonderful pottery barn journal, love the cover and inside, your gorgeous letter style is always an eyecatcher.

Createology said...

This is truly a joyful journal you have created and such a treasure to include why you created it and what you used. I adore your little house of cozy favs. Inspiration Monday...I love it!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

amazing..and lovely. as usual, I really look forward to your blog and your creativity which you share with us..and today's the day, right?? Letter Lab..woo-hoo! Just let us know how to get started and I'm sooo there!

Margaret said...

Gorgeous, but then everything that you do is gorgeous. Good luck and loads of fun for everyone who is going to the letter lab :o)
Margaret x

Andria said...

Fabulous!

Lottie said...

Awesome - and adore your Pottery Barn

I am hoping to join in your workshop - just need to research to see if I can get the pens I need.

Jeanette said...

Lori, This journal journey (trying saying that fast three times...he, he, he) has been remarkable. And, only YOU can make the back look like a front cover. I do agree, the back door and back door friends are where you'd hang your heart and feel right at home. Thanks for sharing, this has been fascinating and given me oodles if ideas and a new way to embrace catalogs!!! xoxo, Jeanette

Jessie May said...

Your art makes me smile. I love inspiration Monday; actually you are inspiring every day!

PaperPumpkin said...

Yes! I actually made this journal from Teesha's video too! I havent worked in it yet, but...someday! I love what you did with your pages!

Kat said...

I always LOVE seeing your work - thanks for sharing!

Caatje said...

This is just beautiful.

Ballet News said...

Adorable as ever !!!

Prasetyo said...

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Nancy said...

You are such an inspiration to us all......I love all your ideas and especially this journal....Great job...

ellie said...

okay, lori...it must be said. i have a serious artist crush on you!
love your blog, loving letterLab and love you and your crazy awesome vision!

Betty Jo said...

Oh Lori, this little house is soooo you, and soooo gorgeous!! What a wonderful journal and inspiration. ♥

nano*ink said...

one of my favorite sayings is: Backdoor guests are best!
Another: Welcome here, whoe'er thou art. If friend, we greet thee hand and heart. If stranger, such no longer be. If foe, our love shall conquer thee.

Christine E-E said...

you are so, so clever... a true artist - using al the space available to splash your creative touch!
say - will you be offering your Lettering course again? love to take it but just couldn't fit it in this time around.

Jennifer Shults said...

Oh your book turned out wonderful! I've been enjoying seeing all the pages come together. Just fantastic! I've been practicing my letters today. I've forgotten how therapeutic that can be, lol.

bicocacolors said...

absolutely fascinating!!

thanks and a big hello from Madrid,
elena

Shari "Rtist" said...

Lori I just really LOVE your art...it is just so comforting and fun to look at. You are an inspiration.

Claire M said...

Darling book pages! Would love to see the whole thing - front to back.

Joanne said...

love the journal and your blog -- what in inspiration you are --

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

love your little blog! I enjoyed my visit so much! I'm your new follower! Looked for you after reading your book. A wonderfully blessed new year to you and your family! Patsy from
HeARTworks

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