Hi everyone, geesh, almost a year has passed since I last posted! Forgive my absence; let's not dally any longer. I started these in September with the good intention of posting them in time for their holiday's but, alas, I never did. You must understand that creating these journals and getting them posted and listed are 2 completely different processes. I can work on creating these journals 24-7 - in bliss, letting everything else go, really loving the process, groovin', but at some point I need to stop and actually photograph - usually taking about 50 to 75 photos for 2 journals, studying each photo, croping, fixing any background errors such as miscellaneous pieces of lint, fixing lighting and clarity, sizing, maybe having to take more photos, and reviewing and fixing those, and then, finally posting on my blog with descriptions and then the last step which is listing each in my Etsy shop. Phew! Of course I have to do this all myself because I'm picky. So that takes a whole extra day to accomplish, 8 hours - I'm not exaggerating - for just 2 journals - boring!
Ohmygosh, what a whiner I am! Lets get this started and turn off the violin music, unless its spooky violin music for this Storybook Journal I called "All Hallows' Eve." It's created from a 1933 children's school book "Happy Hour Readers." I have this journal listed in my Etsy shop here. Let's proceed...
Measuring 5" X 7.5" this vintage school book is covered with vintage mask cutouts from the Carta Bella Halloween "Trick or Treat" Collection.
With spooky Halloween charms attached to the title tag which in turn is tied to the sturdy 0-wire binding.
Original End Papers
More original papers including Title Page
The name/date page.
I have designed 4 divider pages with metal turns which are also full pocket pages with top openings (lots of room for storing those special or secret items that you don't want or that will not fit on the pages) a vintage 1930 bingo card and an 1800 carte de visite, each of these are embellished with a combination of pockets (some hand sewn), brads, clips, tags, paper lace, charms and cutouts.
Divider 1 Backside
With a strip pocket attached with brads and a top pocket created from a tag cutout. A large doublesided tag is slipped under the strip pocket. Each facing page after each divider is a velum page. Every page is hand inked and stamped.
Has 2 side pockets; one which is paper lace, and a strip top pocket. There is a large doublesided tag tucked in.
Divider 2 Backside
There are 2 bottom pockets one which is paper lace, a "flashcard" pocket on top and a shipping tag with ribbon pull slipped in.
Two more side pockets (hand sewn) with a strip top pocket, a "Trick or Treat" cutout creating a top pocket with a doublesided tag slipped in.
Divider 3 Backside
Two bottom pockets (hand sewn) with a doublesided tag tucked in.
1885 Carte de Visite
A little picture frame from an 1885 photo album embellished with a moon charm tied on a vintage button with black and orange bakers twill which is tied onto onto the carte de visite through the black lace which is attached to a drive-in movie ticket. A tag with a twill ribbon pull is slipped into the pocket from the bottom above the enamel metal number "31"
Carte de Visite Backside
Inked with Halloween stamps and a "Halloween " cutout on the bottom.
vintage 1930's bingo card
Embellished with a bottom pocket and a tag cutout top pocket with a doublesided Bingo card tag slipped in.
Bingo Card Backside
This side has a side pocket with strip pocket on top and a doublesided tag tucked in.
2 side pockets here.
Divider 4 Backside
Three lined coin envelopes with labels which can hold any cute memory you can think of.
"All Hallows' Eve" Open
Thank you for taking a peek. Thank you all who have emailed me, and for hanging in there with me for so long.
I will be posting another Halloween StoryBook Journal (a bit more scary) a Christmas StoryBook Journal/Planner, a Christmas portfolio album and a baby StoryBook Journal in the next couple of days so please come back to take a look, I'll see you then. Bye for now, -Rebecca