Monday, March 21, 2011

Journal Pages

Today, I'm linking up to Debbiedoo's Newbie Party. That's right, a party just for us newbies!

This morning, I did two pages for my journal. My current journal is actually a hardbound sketchbook. I love the paper and so far, it's holding up to all my abuse. The book is on the small side and measures 7 inches x 7 inches.

I used Elmer's Memory Book Glue pen, a black Sharpie poster paint pen, gold metallic paint, aluminum foil and magazine cutouts.

First, I painted the pages with the gold metallic paint.

I found an image I liked in a magazine, that was small enough for the page. Then I traced her onto aluminum foil. Apparently, pressing down too hard with an ink pen will tear the aluminum! Lol...I'm still not sure what possessed me to use aluminum foil.

After cutting her out, I glued her onto a piece of scrapbook paper. She became the anchor for the page. I trimmed some of the scrapbook paper down a bit and edged it with the gold paint.

For the opposite page, I wanted more gold. As soon as I saw this watch, I knew it had to go on the page! Plus, it's hiding the red paint I tried out over the gold and then decided I didn't like it....

After gluing everything into place, I took the Sharpie paint pen and traced around some of the cutouts. Lots of times, when I see other people's journal pages, they're completely covered from end to end with writing, images, cutouts, etc... And I have many pages like that as well, but these days, I like space on the page.

Thanks so much for dropping by! And don't forget to check out all the other newbie parties going on today!

Friday, March 11, 2011

What are you reading?

Our weather here has been so blah over the last couple of weeks. We've had far too much rain! So I decided to lose myself in some fiction. Here's what I recently picked up:

Mostly, when it comes to fiction, I read mysteries. This is the first time, in a few years, where I've read romantic fiction (outside of Marian Keyes). So far I've only read the Jude Deveraux book "Scarlet Nights". When I read fiction, I do so to escape reality. This book wasn't too bad, but it was definitely not the best book that I've read by this author. It had a few cute moments and a plotline that was easily followed. However, when I read romantic fiction, I want to be swept away and for the hero to be a fantasty-type man. Not quite so, in this particular book by her.

This weekend, I'll be tackling one of the Madeline Wickham books.

After the library, I then popped into my local bookstore, where I promptly gave into temptation and bought "The Weird Sisters" . This book combines two of my favorite things: Shakespeare and sisterhood! I have two sisters, so I love, love, love books about sisters.

I also picked up the latest issue of Elle magazine and another book called "First Grave on the Right", which I'm really looking forward to reading. I picked this book up because I liked the cover, and after reading the first page, I was totally hooked.

After arriving in the mail a couple of weeks ago, my Vogue magazine is patiently waiting to be read. Vogue is definitely my favorite magazine.

OK... now I'm off to blot out the rain and to close my eyes against the snow that's started to fall and get my read on!!!

Thanks for stopping by:)