Pretty much, I just want to say, "I love making things!" I usually don't succeed, and then I am disappointed... but still... I get a certain kind of joy that is difficult to explain when I have made something that I like, it is different than when you buy something you like. The fun is in the process... in making some really not-so-great stuff, and then finally triumphing.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Altered art journal

I got this idea in the beginning from the journals at but had NO idea how to actually make one-- bind it etc... so looked around, and found this altered art journal idea at
Anyways.... a lot of work, but the long and short of it is this- I found a book with a cover I liked at the Goodwill. Then, I glued every other page together with a regular glue stick, to make the pages stronger. Then, I did a bunch of different things.... I painted most of the pages, glued in other paper, glued in ribbon, lace, and doilies I liked, and even ironed in fabric I liked using fusible webbing.
On the cover I also ironed on a cute cross stitch picture I found at Goodwill, again with fusible webbing, and put a pocket in the front of the book, for pictures, pens, whatever.
The deal is that you can do whatever you want-- so come up with your own ideas.
This isn't really an "art" journal I don't think... but rather a journal of sorts, which could be an art journal if you wanted, but for me I liked the idea of painting and embellishing, but still leaving room for other stuff.... it's just nice to have some things already there to act as inspiration for the future.
I gave this to my sister.... though admittedly, after all that work, it was hard to say goodbye!
P.S. if any of you ever try this, WAX PAPER IS YOUR FRIEND! It is the thing to use to protect the pages you've already worked on as you begin other pages.
Leave questions if you have them! And as always... I LOVE comments and other ideas!!!! Thanks!


  1. As usual, I had this pictured all wrong. Britta, this is so beautiful!! I can't believe you actually gave it all you need is a sister/friend who is crafty enough to make YOU one...if only.

  2. Britta...did you know we are friends with Debra from little black kitty?? She has also taught us how to make journals. (She even posted ours on her blog) Aren't journals the best? If you need any tips, let me know! They are a blast to make! (Yours is awesome, by the way.)