Here is my journal cover. I used wool felt for the outside. The flower is three-dimensional with beads in the middle. Most of the stitching is done by machine except for the blanket stitching around the edges. If the holes for the rings look a little off-center to you, that is because they are. I wanted to use my three-ring punch (yes I only using two holes) to punch my paper for the journal. It was a hard battle between balance and ease. Ease won. I still have a few more ideas for adding decoration, but for right now it is ready to start adding journal pages.
It has been a very busy summer. My parents have been in need of extra help so I have been traveling between their home and mine most of the summer. On top of that my husband and I are trying to get our home ready to sell. Lots of painting going on. Even with all of that I have found a little time to work on my art journal. Here is my plan for the cover. Still: Living came up with this idea for a soft cover book. I took that idea and I am in the process of making the cover for my art journal. I have the basics done, I am now doing the handwork. I wanted a cover that I could add the pages to, that way I have the freedom to use paper or fabric or anything I can put holes in. I will post pictures when completed. These pictures are from Still: Living.
Well life has taking a different path than the one I thought was going to work. I will not be teaching in the fall. So to keep myself occupied I have decided to make an art journal. I really try to do some kind of art work everyday and I think this will be a fun adventure. Here are a couple of ideas I am using to get started.
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Chad Alice Hagen have workshops on felting and I love the cover they make for books..
Harper Collins Children has a web link with work pages for popular children’s books. I may not always use their work sheets, but they do give me ideas on what I can and will use.
Teachers Pays Teachers is another great site for lesson plans. They do have some free ones available for us on a stricter budget. A lot of teachers have shared ideas and creativity that works for them.
If you have a favorite book, search the publisher on line. They may have ideas to go along with story.
Shark week is coming July 5th. Are you ready? Cute craft from JDaniels4 Mom to make for your shark enthusiast.
Jan Thomas writes some very fun books. One of the classroom favorites is “Rhyming Dust Bunnies.” Do a web search and you can find all sorts of different work sheets and craft activities using Jan Thomas book. Here are a few ideas.
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I love this idea from First Grade Adventure and I am pretty sure my class will love it too. I think I may write the words on the page in white crayon and then they can use the marker to find the hidden words. I have a small class so this will be easy for me to do.