Tuesday, June 19, 2012

IHP June DT Challenge: Studio Calico Journal Kit

This month the i {heart} papers Design Team is showcasing these very cool 4x8” Journal Kits by Studio Calico. We also have a very special Guest Designer joining us this month: Michele Gross!

Not being a journaler (is that a word? my spell-check seems to think not), this was initially a very daunting challenge for me. I had already made a gratitude journal that I never used (shame on me).

And then I realized that since I am going on an amazing cruise of the Black Sea with my sister this summer, it would be great to have someplace to jot down notes along the way to help me remember it better, tuck away a few keepsakes, and maybe eventually add some photos.

cruisejournal-cover I started by coating the front cover with white pigment ink and then embossing it with clear embossing powder. I cut a strip of paper from the Take Note 6x6 pad, also by Studio Calico. The colors and design seemed to reflect the feel of Turkey, which is where our trip begins.

The stamps I used for the whole project are from the Technique Tuesday set called R & R. How perfect, right? I stamped them with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored the image with Copic markers. And I finally got to use my Bind-It-All!

Inside the front cover, I adhered another piece of paper from that Take Note pad to write down the details of the trip.
cruisejournal-insidecover I didn’t think about covering the board before I put the thing together, so I just cut a piece of cardstock a little short of the binding. Lesson learned.

All of the inside pages are stamped with another stamp from the R & R set.
cruisejournal-inside I figured I can circle one of the phrases on each page depending on where we are when I am writing. I love how the pages are printed with a grid to make writing easier!

To keep track of little mementos, I bound a few envelopes into the book.
cruisejournal-envelope I snipped off a corner of the flap so it wouldn’t get caught in the binding.

Time will tell whether I actually use this very cute journal, given my track record, but I will try.

I hope you’re as excited as I am to see how the rest of the Design Team used this product. If you make one, please share with the rest of us by using the keyword “ihp0612” when you upload it to the SCS or PCP galleries.

Now let’s go check these out:

Happy cruising – I mean blog-hopping!



Susan Martin said...

Carolyn, this is fantastic!! And what a great idea to take with you to write down things so you don't forget! This is a perfect little journal! Oooo and have fun on your trip!

Deb said...

LOVE this, Carolyn! So perfect for your cruise, before, during AND after!

Michele Gross said...

What a great idea! I love how you bound the envelope in with the pages-great thinking! Really cute book :)

i {heart} papers said...

You did a great job! It's going to be s fun to fill it when you get back!

whoistracy said...

This is cool! I love how you added actual envelopes before you bound it together- that's a great idea. I'll have to remember to do that next time.

Lynn Mercurio said...

This is awesome Carolyn. You will be so happy that you have this little notebook with you on your cruise. It's surprising how much of the little details that slip our mind after-the-fact. Now you have someplace "pretty" to jot them all down. Love the way that you inserted the envelopes...that will come in handy.

Judy Rozema said...

How fun your journal is! Love the envelopes for keepsakes!

Lori said...

What a great idea! Love how you added the envelopes inside, too. Sounds like a fantastic cruise--I'm jealous!

Gretchen said...

Oh this is an awesome idea Carolyn!! I love how you added the envelopes too! Fabulous!!