For the past few weeks I have been thinking of how I want to create a recycled journal. The original idea, an altered notebook came from Ingrid Dijkers. I have been fascinated by this concept of creating art re-using materials that would end up in my recycle bin or worse, in the trash. So, today I started my journey on artful recycling (I just coined this term!).
Here is what the front looks like. The ribboned piece is an original background paper that I made.
Here is an up close picture of the binding. I bought a Rubi-Coil machine earlier this year and it has turned out to be one of my favorite tools. I added some left over beads as I threaded the coils through the pages. I will be adding ribbons and yarns to the coils as I work in the journal.
The cover is an old transparancy and the first page is the front of a file folder.
Page 2: A side of a tissue box and a piece of black cardstock.
Page 3: Raisin box front and trip receipt envelope.
Page 4: Half of an old kitchen clock face.
Page 5: Magazine cover.
Page 6: Color bar from the side of a pizza box.
Page 7: Die cut cardstock (I bought a box of these at Goodwill).
Page 8: Another piece of original background paper.
Page 9/10: Miscellaneous ephemera (envelope from Holiday Inn, China and behind that a sheet of tab inserts).
Page 11: Purple cardstock piece and Junk mail
Page 12: Random art book page.
Page 13: An older ledger page that I used to make a list on.
Page 14: One of my moo cards and watercolor paper.
Page 15: Back side of a Hostess cupcake box, another side of a tissue box and a USPS Priority box side.
Page 16: Liquid watercolor sprayed paper.
Page 17: Ritz cracker box front, cardstock piece and postcard.
Page 18: Front of Hostess cupcake box, junk mail.
Page 19: Back of Ritz cracker box and old schematic drawing.
Page 20: A Thank You card.
Page 21: Scrap piece of cardboard and a piece of cardstock.
Back cover: Back side of the file folder that was used in the front with another piece of transparancy.
Here lies the beginning of a new journal just waiting to be worked in, altered, drawn upon, painted, stamped, colored and journaled in. I can’t wait to get started.
Remember to Keep It Simple!