Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Portable Inspiration

So, my best friend mentions to me yesterday that he is going to make a holiday journal so that when he is on his death bed, he can review it and have fond memories of his life. I was so excited to hear this! He doesn't usually dabble in journaling or papercrafts or crafts for that matter, so I immediately thought I would make him a little workbook filled with my favorite projects and instructions for creating them. I was so excited for HIS project!

The book turned out to be about 19 pages. I wrote a note to him on page one and the rest of the book is instructional. (Excerpts from my favorite publications and notes from myself.)

One the cover, I used Golden acrylics, vintage French text (although my writing is in Italian...in retrospect, I should have used an Italian page), stickers, justjohanna images, a transparency, artist crayons and machine stitching. I put it all together with japanese book binding; it measures 8.5x11".

Come back by tomorrow and I'll post the back cover. Thanks for stopping by today!

17 comments:

Kim said...

Cool book- can't wait to see the back!

Tami said...

Great book...love the rich colors and that beetle is just a bit unexpected. I love that there is always a little thing that surprises me in your work.

That thing on my blog is my visual DNA. Click on the bottom of it to read it and to get your own. I got it from Lesa.

Godelieve said...
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Godelieve said...

Wow, something fantastic again on your blog today. I expected a card... gorgeous surprise :)

Debbie said...

Very nice. Is this for BBM? Love the colors. This will be a great journal.

CreativSpirit said...

What a lovely gift Julie, the colour is luscious. Look forward to seeing the back cover.

Thanh said...

Oh Julie! This is so precious and special that you are sharing this with him.

Thanh said...

PS got your latest comment, *big huggles* im glad im back too. missed you lots.

Kathi Rerek said...

Wow. That's gorgeous. I bet he loves it.

Heather Grow said...

French/Italian, close enough. Gorgeous book. I'm sure your friend will love it.

Emilia said...

What a eye-catching book! The color is so vivid and gorgeous!
He will love it!

dianeclancy said...

I like this image a lot.

~ Diane Clancy
www.dianeclancy.com/blog

Jacqueline's Craft Nest said...

The word 'inspire' is definately in its rightful place here - this is so BBB - bright, bold and beautiful!

Aunt T said...

Beautiful colors - great job.

Teresa

Flossie's Follies said...

This is so neat, it is so pretty thought if I were on my death bed I would probably enjoy your creativity so much would forget to open the book, but what a lovely last image I would have.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

this is just gorgeous!

Neda said...

What agreat idea Julie! I am now back and I had to visit through my jetlag fog... Once, I did a journal of illustrations and collages to my best friend who was going through chemo.That really lifted his spirits...His family still keeps the journal as a coffee table book in his memory...I know it sounds out-of-place here..sorry..just felt like sharing..