The Lil Journal Project | Day 37

I spent today in my journal listing out teachers that I could remember. It was harder than I thought. I remembered my elementary teachers and in middle school and high school I remember certain ones….but then I draw a blank. I know if I dig through some papers and report cards I might be able to remember the rest….but at least it’s a start so I don’t start forgetting more:

Remembering teachers via lilblueboo.com #theliljournalproject


The Lil Journal Project Day 37 #diy #artjournal #theliljournalproject

 

Guess what!  Now you can view all the journal prompts and techniques on one page!  Click the image below to visit them all:

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The Lil Journal Project | Day 36

Oh my…..I’ve neglected The Lil Journal Project!  Getting back on track here…..I’ll be posting there here and there….it IS an ongoing project until the end of time (at least my time).  It’s never too late to start either! Start from Day 1 or do the days randomly (you can find them day by day and click through to the full post from Pinterest if that’s easier).

The First Grid! The Lil Journal Project Day 36 via lilblueboo.com

Here is Day 36:

 Lil Journal Project Day 36 via lilblueboo.com #theliljournalproject #artjournal

 

 

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DIY Journal Ideas

DIY Journal Ideas (Chalkboard, Transfer, Stamped) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love making journals……here are a few I’ve made recently: CONTINUE READING

The Lil Journal Project | Day 21

Sometimes just one word can cause our mind to venture way back into it’s archives and bring out a memory or a feeling from the past. As you read each of the words in today’s prompt, what comes to mind? For example if I read or hear the word Mustang….you might think of a car, or a horse or a football team……the word association you have is unique to your memories and experience:

Mustang:
Dad used to take me to Joe’s Mustang to buy crickets for fishing. The gas station had a huge rust colored horse that looked as if it were rearing up and out of the sign. I looked forward to the can of Country Time Lemonade Dad would buy me as a special treat.  I remember the smell of gasoline and motor oil mixed with the pungent smell of catfish bait.

The Lil Journal Project Day 21 via lilblueboo.com #theliljournalproject

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The Lil Journal Project | Day 9

I feel like every year that goes by, I lose more and more of my early memories. To keep them, I take old photos and write everything I can remember about them. Sometimes I have to reach out to a family member or a friend to help when I can’t remember someone’s name. I’ve posted old photos on Facebook on several occasions and I can’t believe what people remember…..and then they help me remember. Some memories come from looking at other photos related to a group photo, maybe from a different vantage point. I started doing this about 10 years ago and when I look back on the photos I did back then I don’t know how I remember the events I wrote down. It’s like every day can bring an entirely new history out.

 

The Lil Journal Project Day 9 (Photo Memories) via lilblueboo.com

The above photo is my 2nd grade class at Bethel elementary. I don’t remember a whole lot. But I was able to piece a few things together:

Sitting at the honor roll table.
My navy velcro Stride Rites.
Getting in trouble for talking too much.
Playing soccer on Field Day.
The awesome loft my friend Kerry had.
My teacher highlighted and feathered her hair
I had a crush on a boy named Charlie.
A birthday sleepover at my friend’s trailer.
Make or Break a Sentence Game.

Some people don’t have photos from their childhood…..for various reasons. CONTINUE READING

Turn a Book into An Art Journal (A Tutorial)

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I love making art journals using composition books but old books are another great way to make a journal….and it’s a great way to recycle old books!

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Since I add layers of paint and collage, the first thing I do is thin out the book.  If the pages are sewn in I just pull out a few pages from each section….if the pages are glued to the binding I use a razor blade to cut them out.

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

This is the thinned out book:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make the pages I start anywhere in the book and put pieces of wax paper under each page I’ll be working with:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I coat the pages with gesso (a primer you can purchase in the paint section of the craft or art supply store):

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once both pages have been coated with one of two coats I let them dry:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then I add some color using craft paints:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

When I am doing a lot of coats I will pull out the hair dryer to speed along the process:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I usually add another coat of gesso…..

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

….and before it dries I’ll blot it with a paper towel so that the color will show through:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I add bits of old paper to the page using clean medium or mod podge:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To make sure my collage pieces are flat I use a brayer with some was paper sandwiched in between:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Here’s what the pages look like before I’ve added any text:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I like to use large font stamps to add some decoration:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The bicycle stamp was one I found in the dollar bin at Micheal’s:

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Sometimes I just leave the pages as is….or add journal text later!

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Now a few random pages from my journal…..

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

How to turn an old book into an art journal. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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