Welcome to Life Documented 2018 (January) with Claire Ann Leggett DIVIDER and first few days of the New Year!
Prompt: Let the year go - use bits of your stash wild on your first page in your NEW 2018 journal!
Technique: Use your skills to build your page - sew, stick, stamp, stencil.....
Quote: It's time to shine!
I have decided to create a smaller handmade journal with various signatures - I have thoroughly enjoyed experimenting how I will document this year and have decided to stitch around the outside my pages, I have also added extra tip-ins to allow for extra documenting if needed.
I have also decided to try and be more thrifty this year and try to avoid buying unnecessary supplies and resources when I have soooo much stuff at home already. So I am on a mission to be more frugal and adventurous with what I already have - it's going to be tough!
Below is the start of my 2018 journal - I will be looking through my stash and creating a cover later in the month - I don't want to rush this!
I have used the first side of my signature to work as my January divider. I have had a creative block this holiday so I tried to take away the 'thinking' and just grab a few bits that are handy to create my divider. I love to use my gelliplate and lots of different stencils. I recently joined StencilGirl and love to receive new stencils that I reckon I wouldn't usually chose.
My usual strategy is to not really have one - I picked a selection of my new yummy chalk acrylics (which I received for Christmas from my wonderful mum!) I tend to splodge a small amount of paint onto my plate, use a dry-ish babywipe and dab the paint onto the stencil. I always work systematically (which is sometimes a negative, I am going to work on trying to be more free!)
I literally place my signature onto the gelliplate, wait for it to dry a little then I repeated the process with different colours and stencils.
I grabbed some contrasting washi tape (black and white hearts) and stuck it randomly onto my divider as well as a piece of dictionary that read 'journal' I kind of thought it would look quite lovely.
The last part that I added was the tab to indicate the month - I had left over strips of pretty paper I received from my subscription of Daphne's Diary. I simply cut a short length, folded it in half and sewed it to the side of my signature - voila!
To add final touches to my divider I used my new posca pens to add art marks - I am sure I will continue to add art marks throughout the weeks. The final step I grabbed my new and most beautiful stamps I bought from Roben Marie's Paperbag Studio Dreamthicket stamps by Kristin Peterson
I decided to gellipate onto deli paper, I have decided to rip this up and stick it sparingly onto my spread. Using mt sewing machine I sewed around the scraps and stuck them randomly onto my page. I will no doubt add as the week goes by!
Enjoy everyone - I cannot wait to see yours!