Monday, July 25, 2011


Well, here it is, my second Remains of the Day Journal, aptly named ROD2 (and yes, I still think it sounds like a robot from Star Wars). I had great fun making this one, just like I did the first one, the only difference being that this time I sort of knew what I was doing, since I had done it all before. ;-)

You've seen some fragments of the journal, but now you get to see it in its completed state. Yay!

Here's the journal seen from the front with the wrap closed. I used two ribbons for the wrap that I sewed together, so one side is blue and the other is pink. I like that double sided effect. I think however that next time I will not sew the ribbon on top of the cover, but will integrate it into the cover, so it doesn't cover it up.

I used three different fabrics for the cover and decorated it with ribbon that had the text 'With Love' on it. There's a little love in all my journals I suppose. ;-)

Standing up and opened you can see how richly ROD2 is filled with pages and pages of goodness.

The journal holds a total of three signatures and has 72 pages. (That is counting both sides.)  My first ROD had only two signatures and about 60 pages. I think I like this better, because the signatures were less thick and there's still more pages in total. A good compromise (if a compromise at all).

The inside cover is decorated as well. The front inside cover has a fabric pocket in it for storing loose items that may or may not go into the journal later.

The back inside cover has no such pocket, but in hindsight I wonder why not? I think I will put a back pocket on my next ROD too. For now this one just has a cute little heart to spice it up. 

As with my first ROD journal the pages are not made from scraps of everyday papers or magazines or whatever, so literally speaking this is NOT a remains of the day journal. This is more of a pretty paper addict journal. Cause that's what I am, totally addicted to beautiful papers (and fabrics and ribbons).
So I used scrapbook papers and all sorts of die cuts and other elements that were store bought. I love these things so much I just have to use them for my journals and it does make for some very nice spreads!
Here are some examples:

Now as you may or may not see I don't pick the papers and elements based on how well they go together. I just go through  my stash and grab a bunch of pages that speak to me. The surprising part of this type or journal is that it always works out. In fact, I think perfectly coordinated pages would be just...well...too perfect. ;-) It really has to be a bit of a mismatch to work.

I'm not posting all the spreads on this blog, but I did take a picture of all of them and created a special set on flickr where you can see the whole book. You can find it here. Hope you take a look.

Also hope you liked looking at this journal that will be my next everyday journal by the time I finish the atlas, which will probably be months from now. In the meantime I will most likely make a third ROD journal, because they are just such fun to make! When ROD2 is filled I will of course show some of it's pages again.

For now I'm wishing you all a very artsy week!


  1. love your book, Caatje! So much richness on each page, and I love how it looks standing open! Makes me want to dive in. I'm off to your FLickr site to see the rest of the pages now... thanks for sharing your creativity.

  2. I love the colors and patterns of this journal. I'm off to look at your Flickr pages along with Bonnie!

    I went digital years ago but never got rid of my scrapbook paper so I feel that using some in my journal is using leftovers, in a way. Anyhow, that's how I justify it!

  3. Wonderful journal! I love the free-motion stitched hearts, the colors. It's all very inviting. I'm off to see the Flickr photos..

  4. I love your journal. Actually, I love all journals, lol, but yours is lovely. Have fun working in it... soon!

  5. Nice work once again! Love it inside and out

  6. Oh! how I like your journal with the scrapbook paper and this and that added to the pages! What a fun journal!

  7. I'm a fan of ROD journals and just love seeing the ones others have made. Yours is a treasure!

  8. Beautiful! You are going to have so much fun filling those pages. They are "art" before, and they'll be "soul" after!

  9. WOW! I love everything about your ROD journal! I really love the words on the cover, and each page is a work of art! I hope you'll show us as you begin to fill it with journaling! It's fabulous!

  10. I enjoy looking at all these journals my classmates have made. Thank you for sharing yours. Now to go check out your flickr.

  11. WAt een lekker dik 'zootje ongeregeld' in ingebonden vorm... en dat bedoel ik als compliment hoor! Heerlijk hè, zo werken?! Heel veel plezier ermee, ik wed dat elke pagina weer een feestje wordt!

  12. I love your journal! The design of your pages is done very well.
    I'm curious as to whether you sewed the papers to a "back" paper or just sewed them all together. I have a sewing machine now and I think it might be fun to incorporate sewn pages into my next journal.

  13. I followed you over from ROD and I'm so glad I did. What a wonderful journal. I absolutely love the heart pocket. The whole journal is lovely.

  14. absolutely yummy!
    Thanks for sharing - you provide such inspiration for me Caatje!


  15. Another beauty! You are so right, the mismatch of colors set the pages off beautifully.

  16. Thank you all for your comments ladies, you rock!

    @Sparkleblue Faery: I use the paper as is, no backing paper. Most of it (not all) is doublesided scrapbook paper.

  17. Wow - there is a lot of work in there Caatje! What a wonderful piece you've created.

  18. What a beautiful and inspiring book! Makes me miss my sewing machine that's still at my mum's house (looking too difficult to ship!). You have also inspired me to join the What Are You Up To Wednesdays - thanks :)

  19. Lekker afwisselend, zo'n art journal met letterlijk 'samengeraapte' papiertjes! Ik wil daar ook eens aan gaan beginnen.

  20. Wow! What an impressive piece.


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