This summer I plan on making my way through stacks of books that have accumulated during the school year, when what I read is pretty much limited to what I am teaching. It takes me such a long time to read a "me" book during the school year, since there is so much competition for my attention and so many claims to my time, but when summer rolls around, I am forever with my nose in a book -- a book that is just for me.
As you might imagine, being a bookworm means that I have fallen hard for October Afternoon's Public Library collection. Today, I'll share with you how I used it to create a summer reading journal.
I started by gathering my supplies, including stamps and a few sheets of patterned paper from the Public Library collection.
I trimmed several sheets of white cardstock to 10.5" x 8.25" and folded them to create the inner pages. I trimmed a sheet of "Reference Section" patterned paper slightly larger, since it would serve as the cover.
On a 7.5" x 5" sheet of "Story Time" patterned paper, I added a dollop of modeling paste and smoothed it over the page with an old credit card.
I then stamped over the paste using the "Alphabetical Order" stamps. What I love about stamping in modeling paste is the texture that results; however. modeling paste can take a little while to dry, so I usually help along the process with a heat tool.
When the paste was relatively dry, I repeatedly stamped over the top and bottom of the page using some Public Library clear stamps.
I then misted over the entire page, alternating among greens and blues, periodically tilting the page to allow the colors to run. Using a paper towel, I dabbed lightly at the page, softening and blending the colors.
After the page dried (once again helped by the heat tool), I stitched the entire page onto the journal cover.
All summer long, I'll add to the journal as I make my way through the stacks. I've already finished one entry!
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy reading!