Experience Exploration: Mixed Media Art Journal Cover
Growing up we always visited the the same places for vacation. It was either Virginia to visit family or along the coast to beautiful New England. While I enjoyed these beautiful spots, I realize how little of the world that I have seen in my thirty four years. My hubby has been to at least 6 countries outside of the USA while I come in at only 3. Hubby and I both agree that we want to spend time traveling in retirement. Or before we get too old to move without a lift chair and walker.
I have noticed that many of the ladies that link to Tea Tuesday are always sharing pictures of their travels, most of which include beautiful food. I love eating out! And I am looking forward to that almost as much as seeing new places. I find a delicious meal in an quaint setting just as much fun, if not more fun, than visiting museums and historical sites.
Our summer vacation this year is taking us to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I have never been to the Smoky mountains and it makes me think of my favorite tv series, Christy. I am looking forward to seeing a whole new state as well as tasting food that I didn’t have to cook! Well, I will have to cook a few nights but my amazing In Laws take care of the other nights. This will be our first vacation in two years and I am a little giddy. I feel like a school girl looking forward to the last day of school. Of course when I come home I will have mountains of laundry, exhausted children and be in need of a mini vacation to recover from vacation, but who cares? It will be fun! And I will have another State checked off of my list.
Creating the Journal Cover
I used a tutorial online to create the journal from brown paper grocery bags. It was a lot of work cutting, drying and ironing each page before sewing them together into signatures but I am pleased with the result. With 3 signatures I have a very thick journal.
I layered a piece of flocked card stock on top and then another piece of paper stenciled and stamped. I bundled up some twigs and tied them with string. Liquid pearls, doodling and thread were used to embellish.
I am loving the way this journal cover turned out but am still undecided as to how I am going to fill it up. So far it only has one layout, which you can see HERE.
For my beverage to day I am sharing my mug of Strawberry Pineapple Green Tea , as I play along with Elizabeth and the ladies for tea Day. I currently reading the The Time Traveler’s Wife for my book club. I am behind in my reading but hoping football season will lend more time. My hubby is counting down the days.
Happy Tea Day,