Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sketch Pad Journal

The past few weeks I have been going threw
the magazines I have been saving
over the years 
because there was one
article or photo I liked 
so in an effort to declutter
I went threw them and took out
what I liked 
Well now what do I do with them?
I bought a basic sketch book 
(because the pages are heavier)
at Walmart for 3.88

a glue stick
scrapbooking papers
leftover bits and pieces

I cut the papers to the size
glued them down 
(I was told by
 that this is the
 best glue stick
to use)

I'm not sure what
 to do abt this spiral edge
any suggestions?

and embellished the pages
Now I have to admit
I am
 embellishment challenged

I wish I could
 put it together
 like others
do but I don't know
 I have the "eye" for it

I got the ribbon 
and the buckle
 in a swap from

I also covered the pocket pages

 Back inside page

Back page

I may add more to it
as time goes on but I doubt it


  1. I need to do that or something...I can't keep all these magazines...yikes they can pile up.

  2. Very pretty.
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I hope you'll come see DD2's dining room redo.


  3. You don't give yourself enough credit. You personalized a plain sketchbook and made it your own. As for the spiral, you can cut a strip of sturdy paper or fabric, wide enough to cover the spiral (when book is closed) and overlap about 1/8" over the decorative paper edges of your front and back covers and glue in place. Hope that helps.

  4. I love the buckle and ribbon! Great job but you crack me up. Use the pages to keep the articles or photos from the magazines as you read them and then pass them on!

  5. I think you did a beautiful job!!! :)

    But I do understand. I want to layer embellishments like I see so many people do...but I can't seem to pull it off.

  6. I love your journal. You did a wonderful job! I love making journals for various have creative ways to store ideas, sketch, etc. For your spiral, you could also weave in some wide ribbon along it. It wouldn't hide it completely, but it would jazz it up and disguise it just a bit at the same time. :)

  7. I think you did a great job! I need to go through my magazine stash. You could take coordinating ribbon, maybe 1/2 inch wide and cut as many 5 or 6 inch pieces as there are spiral loops, then fold each piece in half and loop over each spiral like you would a gift tag. A friend gave me a clipboard like that and it was really cute.

  8. Hurray! I just got a spiral 3x5 card "notebook" to put my Scripture memory verses in. I have something I'm planning to Modge Podge on the cover, but was wondering what to do with the spirals--so this post, your questions, and the resulting comments were perfect! I think your journal is very pretty--and also a great idea. Blessings!

  9. Great idea! I love this idea and will try it for sure! I have always cut out just the pics I like from magazines to avoid all the extra clutter in the house. Right now, I paste my pics to copy payer and then store them in clear plastic sleeves in old notebooks. I have one for holidays, one for things I want to make and then 2 divided by room (a few rooms in each book) so I can go right to them for quick reference. Any time I've run out of inspiration it only takes a few minutes to get it back when I start going through my notebooks! I honestly never thought of decorating them until now! Awesome post!

  10. It's beautiful! I love it! It caught my eye at 'The Girl Creative' because I've made a 'Travel Journal' from the same type of drawing pad and glue stick!! :-)

  11. What a great idea!
    Stop by my blog. I just gave you a blog award. I've been following you since you got Isabella - she is adorable!

  12. Love the ribbon and how you decorated the inside and back too. Thanks for linking up to Scrappy Saturdays! Featuring this later today!