Saturday, April 23, 2016

Introducing the ScrapBook - my current journal

Whenever I close a journal the next one needs to be different. I like to vary in size, paper and format because well...I just thrive on variation. I always have a ton of empty notebooks and sketchbooks to choose from and I am always in the process of prepping a notebook or ordinary book to maybe use as a journal.

When I came close finishing the Adori I came across a beautiful scrapbook in a department store. This one:


It houses different types of paper, has some fold out pages and also some sleeves to put ephemera in. It measures 25x25 cm, that's approximately 8x8 inches. It was the perfect candidate to become my next journal. So despite the overflowing amount of candidates I already had at home I bought this one to use as my next journal. And so I have.


Now that I have been working in this journal for three months I'm almost halfway through and I'm beginning to see a practical problem that is totally the maker's fault. They did not consider that when you present something as a scrapbook it will get filled with extra paper and so become at least twice as thick. The spiral binding was perfect for the amount of paper that was already in there, but does not leave enough room to really fill it up. As you can see it's already starting to get quite full. I may have to remove at least a quarter of the pages if I want the binding to hold. I'm not there yet, so we'll see how far I can go, but I'm quite sure I will not be able to keep all the original pages, which is a bit of a pity, but not the end of the world. We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

For now I wanted to show you some of the first spreads of this journal. Hope you enjoy!
















I don't know if you can tell, but some pages are blank, some are lined and others have a grid on them. The grid pages are the ones that fold out, which is really cool. I really like this book and I enjoy working in it, even though every time I tackle a big book like this one that takes a long time to fill, I start to crave a smaller journal. So no doubt when one day I finish this one I will move to a small journal again.  You know, for variety's sake. ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

13 comments:

  1. Maybe you need to make your own journal covers, with room to add pages as you go?

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    1. Nah, too much trouble for a store bought book, haha. I'm okay with removing some of the pages and just letting it be what it is.

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  2. Het ziet er inderdaad een leuk boek uit met al die verschillende soorten pagina's , super als je zo iets op de kop kan tikken daar kan je zo lekker een 'adrenaline stoot' van krijgen en voor ons weeral leuk om te zien hoe heerlijk de pagina's weer ingevuld worden door jou .

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    1. Het is met journals al net als met boeken. Je hebt er twintig in je kast staan, maar dan is de beurt aan een volgend exemplaar en dan koop je zowaar een eenentwintigste om te gebruiken. ;-)

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  3. I hate to think that anyone would try to hem in your creativity. You may be able to find someone to remove the small coil binding and put a larger binding of some sort on the book that would allow it to fully accommodate the fun!

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    1. Ha! My creativity is not hemmed in that easily. I have no intention to jumt through hoops. I really like the book the way it is, it is just too stuffed with pages. Easiest solution: remove some pages. I really don't mind. I just thought it was a bit shortsighted of the makers to make a scrapbook with too little room for scrapping. ;-)

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  4. I have never heard any type of journal being called a candidate. lol Next time anyone asks me about my journals, candidate will be my go to word. lol
    You did such a beautiful job with this candidate. I can't read what you wrote but, I know, it has meaning to just you. I like that you get so much accomplished in one journal in a very short time. Fantastic work.
    Barb
    USA

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    1. LOL! Maybe I've literally translated a Dutch expression a bit too much. I don't really consider myself a fast worker when it comes to journaling (or anything really), but I am rather consistent at it so that helps. :-)

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  5. I continue to be so impressed and just mind blown at your work!! Amazing indeed!! And, Caatje, I want you to know that the adult coloring book arrived today! (Saturday, April 23)I love it! The book is even better in person....there are little drawings hidden throughout the pages to color. It was so lovely of you to have the give-a-way, so generous. I am thrilled to have been the one to win! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!
    Patricia Welch

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    1. Yay, I'm so happy it arrived safely. It really is stunning isn't it? Enjoy!

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  6. Ik ben een fan van ruitjespapier... heerlijk, al die verschillende bladzijden. Ik zou zeggen: hou ze er allemaal in en verzin een 'grotere' binding/spiraal.... (misschien kun je een stuk of wat van die boekbind-ringen kopen en die gebruiken i.p.v. een spiraal?)

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    1. Ik wil juist heel graag de oorspronkelijk vorm bewaren, dus voor mij is het verwijderen van een deel van de pagina's de minst pijnlijke optie. Het overgebleven papier vindt wel weer een doel.

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  7. I love your journal and it's really nice of you to post pictures. I have the same thing with notebooks - I'm a hoarder of notebooks... but it's a good thing :D

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