Here's a twist for journaling. Instead of buying a new one, why not use an antique photo album? They're thick, textured, and unique.
My old album dates back to the 1800s. It's got a soft velvet cover and thick cardboard pages, but it's also getting very delicate. I hated seeing it just sit there collecting dust. That's when I had the idea to use it as an art journal.
A couple years ago I made some wall hangings that were similar. I like the idea of having these safely tucked away in this old book.
Of course, it's a work-in-progess. I only add a new page every couple of months. I have to be careful and start using paper instead of fabric. It's getting too thick already.
I created this page yesterday when I came across a saying in a 1922 hymnal, "Let me not think the price too high." It reminded me of a soldier going off to war.
Whoops! I hate it when pages don't rotate. Anyhoo, you can see the last few pages of this photo album will be really interesting to try and revamp with four cut-out frames already in place.
Here's another revamp. I found this wooden box and it screamed to me to repaint. You can't tell from this picture, but the yellow used is ass-ugly. It's loud and practically screams neon.
To my own surprise, I wound up repainting it yellow, just a much more subtle pale yellow. The scrolling, knobs, and inside got a fresh coat of white as well.
And for something completely different, a hand-carved Santa Claus ornament with swirls and swirls of beard. Learning to carve the swirls was totally new to me. It's been a long time since I picked up a knife and wanted to try something new. I still need to paint him and add a hanger to the top. I definitely want to make more of these just because it was fun!
Break out the paint, it may be time to repaint St. Patrick.
Hope you all have a great Memorial Day!