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28 March 2010

Prayer/Gratitude Journal

Riddle: What happens when you take a 10¢ composition book, some clearance scrap paper from Hobby Lobby, a blank tag, Ranger Distress Inks, a piece of felt diecut ribbon, some rhinestone swirls, some floral trim from JoAnn's, Prima flowers, half pearls, tan cardstock, papers from My Mind's Eye, crocheted lace, velvet ribbon, & a metal closure from Basic Grey?

Answer: You go from THIS serviceable, but yawn-worthy composition book...
To the most amazing prayer/gratitude journal this little noggin could conjure up! (right click the pics to open larger in another window for better viewing)
I started on this Friday evening & finished it yesterday afternoon. I'm REALLY pleased with how it turned out. The paper on the cover is 8.5"x11" & I got it for 17¢ a sheet at Hobby Lobby last week on clearance - first thing I thought of when I saw it was this book! It was already pretty grungy, but I had to do more with my Ranger Distress colors (faded jeans, vintage photo, walnut stain). I used the crocheted lace & velvet ribbon down the front edge for some visual interest, rhinestone swirls in the upper right & lower left corners, some black Prima flowers & put half pearls in the centers.
I used some tan cardstock inside, distressed with the same inks as the outside, then I made a pocket for little notecards (I'll be changing those white cards to tan with some trims later on). I also have a very OLD bookmark that I copied over to the inside of the journal.
I randomly went inside the book & chose a spot to make a small "divider." I took one page & covered both sides with coordinating papers from My Mind's Eye. The book mark is glued to the inside of the back cover - love those little black daisies!
Then I picked another spot & repeated the coordinating paper step.
Here's a close-up of the tag on the front cover. It started out white, but after playing with my Ranger Distress Inks (same colors I used on the papers), I ended up with this. The first verse of Psalm 5 worked PERFECTLY with this book!

Hope you enjoy this little departure from card making as much as I did! I'll be back in a while with today's Keepin' It Simple Sunday post.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of your day!!


maddy hill said...

Nora it looks like a book to be surely treasured , beautiful.
maddy x

Debby said...

Nora nicely done. Gorgeous.

Rita said...

Very nice!! Great job on altering the journal! rita w

Hugz~Dixie said...

Beautiful Prayer Journal. You magnify the meaning of cycle up.Well done GF.

grandmalee said...

Awesome job! This is beautiful!

Helen Dooley said...

This is marvelous! wonderful project. TFS!

IsabellasChallenge said...

Beautiful book! You are very creative! I'm so glad you have joined Isabella's Sketchbook at PCP!

Bridgett said...

What a transformation! It's so neat to see ordinary notepads become extraordinary creations with just a handful of supplies and a little inspiration!
Angel Hugs,

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