Monday, December 31, 2007

A Faerie Journal ~

We've had the most wonderful week.
All of our children have been with us and we've really had the best time together. We only have a three bedroom ranch with a bonus room over the garage (fourth bedroom) so it really has been wall-to-wall sleeping!

I made this little faerie journal for my son Brent's girlfriend (and future DIL!) Emily because she wants to start jotting down ideas for a book she's going to write. She just started her own blog so while she visited this past week I was able to help her with her banner and show her how to change her background!

I found this incredible textured scrapbooking paper at Michael's and used it as the foundation for my altered composition book. I used Matte Gel Medium from the artist's section at Michael's. You can slather it on, lay the paper on and then place another coat on top of the paper. Then I just layer on the components on that I love.

Do you know what I love about collage work? That imperfection is the beauty of it all. I have such a perfectionist streak in me that I have to MAKE myself give it an imperfect look, but you see I still had to center things up on the page . . . Oh well, I wanted to do more to this book for Emily but they will be returning to Savannah today so I had to stop to let it dry so I could give it to her!

I sketched the little goofy faerie-brownie on the back!!
xxoo, Dawn


Kay said...

OH this is so nice! I really want to be more creative this coming year, I'd love to make one of these. You make it look almost easy! I love your blog.

CIELO said...

Oh, how pretty! I'm pretty sure your son's girlfriend will love it!

Blessings to you and yours during 2008.

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland.


Sherry said...

Dawn this is beautiful and I'm sure your future DIL loved it...I love what you said about collage is imperfect and I think that's one of the things that is so attractive and intriguing about it.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year filled with much love, laughter and an abundance of inspiration.

Heidi said...

What a beauty of a book!

Wishing you a very creative and inspiring new year!

~~ Heidi ~~

Sandy said...

What a sweet gift! I hope you have a happy New Year.

PAT said...

This is a lovely gift, Dawn!

I came by to wish you a very Happy New Year!


Annie said...

Dawn, you are so generous with your knowledge. You are right about hairspray...have often used it as a sealant. First, because I was desperate, now because I like it just as well as the real thing. It even holds glitter to an object and a very light dusting stiffens millinery flowers just enough to freshen up their appearance. The ones with lacquer work best for me. Congratulations! on your good news. I will be standing in line at the newstand for my copy! May many, many more blessings come your way in the new year. ~Annie

Nancy said...

What a beautiful journal! I love the fairy poem and the little fairie-brownie that you sketched. Wonderful!

I am so glad that I found your blog recently, and I want to thank you so much for being such a great inspiration. I have had so much fun making things during this holiday season thanks to your tutorials. A very Happy New Year to you!

Storybook Woods said...

Just beautiful, you will be a wonderful MIL xoxoxo Clarice

Sunnymommie said...

love journaling book! so cute!!!

Janice said...

It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

I love your faerie journal that you made for your future dil.
xoxo Nita

vikki said...

love the journal. i recently did some for my prayer partners with verses from the Bible. i am so blessed with a lovely dil. she is sucha kindred spirit. we love sewing, scrapping, shopping, junquing... my son, her husband went to use a scissors one day and she said don't use those they are for fabric only, he said u sound like mom!! =) they have blessed us with an adorable grandson who was 18 mos on Christmas eve. i thank God, praise him everyday. not only for family, health, friends... but to be able to see and enjoy His beauty of nature, and to have eyes and hands to do things i love. how blessed we are. have a blessed new year vikki =)


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