So while I was happily wandering around Michaels one evening, I found some chipboard journals. (Note: The link is not to the journals pictured below but a similar one on the Michaels’ website. Also, I am not affiliated with Michaels.)
How genius are these things?? The pages are already sturdy so you don’t have to glue 2 or 3 together so they take mediums without tearing or warping. They were reasonably priced at around $6 or so. The journal pictured on the left was around $4 I think. If you have the Michaels coupon, that makes them even cheaper which is always lovely.They come with these rings so you can easily remove a page to work on without worrying about destroying other pages in the journal. Gesso and papers can hide the kraft colored background or you can incorporate it into your layout scheme.
So I decided to jump right in:
I picked up this paper stack from DCWV at Joanns. It has great papers in it. It won’t be hard to use. I fussy cut the little postcards from a page included in the stack.
I attached the cards to the page using my matte medium.
I decided to use my Unity Stamp Co. August SMAK Kit. I have been a Unity Stamp Co. customer for a long time and love their stamps. The SMAK kits are always brilliant.
After trimming the excess paper from the page, I went over it with my Matte Medium. After that dried, I outlined the edges of the post card with my Faber-Castell Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in brown. I also used a text stamp and Archival Ink in Sepia to add some interest to the postcards. I did some splashes with some Momento Tuxedo Ink.
I added a light gesso wash to help push the postcards to the back a bit. I then stamped the bike and the sentiment? title? words of wisdom? on the page and added a black border around it with my black Posca paint pen.
I added some fussy cut postage stamp images from the paper stack, outlined with a pen and used a marker to add some shading. I’m still not very good at shading or highlighting. I think there must be some secret trick to it that I just haven’t figured out yet. A lot of the tutorials I watch online make it look so easy. Practice makes perfect and so I just need more practice. I also added some stamping across the page with a stamp to add some interest.
As it stands right now, I call this page finished. I don’t know if it needs splashes or something else. Part of me wants to add some glossy accents to some of the stamps, but I don’t know if that would look right and I do have a habit of destroying things because I can’t stop fussing with them.