Saturday, January 26, 2013

travel journal, gelli style

In preparation for my annual trek to San Diego to visit my friend Julie, I made a little travel journal, like I do each year. 

Since I was already playing with the gelli plate last weekend, I chose some card stock weight scrapbook papers I liked, then printed on the plain backs of them. 

The gelli plate is 8x10, smaller than the 12x12 papers and the plate doesn't have exact right angle corners, so I found the smallest of the prints, then squared the other papers up to that size. 

Folded them in half, organized them in a way I liked, then did an awful job of Coptic stitching them all together. 

Really awful.

So awful, in fact, that I couldn't stand to look at it and proceeded to cover it up with some of that blasted washi tape I've been hoarding. 

I discovered it's way more fun when you actually *use* it lol.

Also used some tapes to cover the open seams between signatures.

I'm still on my turquoise binge and it's beginning to feel vaguely permanent. As in a whole lot of what I do for the next long while is going to have some aqua in it somewhere. 

I quite like the combination (and juxtaposition) of the vintage-y papers with the more modern abstract turquoise gelli prints.

The first image is the front cover, most of the inside pages are next, then the back cover is the last pic. 

When I get home after my trip (mid Feb), I'll post pics of the filled journal cause I know I always enjoy seeing befores and afters of journal pages. It's fun to see what that blank space becomes.


  1. What a cool journal! I like the combo of colors and scrapbook papers you used. Please remember to share your pages after your trip. I've been a follower for some time and tho I don't always leave a comment, I do read and enjoy your art. Thanks for the visit.

  2. I like your idea and use of washi tape...very useful and decorative. Although your stitching looks way better than my beginner efforts! I'll look forward to seeing how the completed pages turn out.

  3. dreamy and delicious. I love your choice of color palette and the way you carried it through the whole book. Looking forward to seeing how it develops. Have a great trip!

  4. Fabulous color combination... just love it! Can't wait to see what you will be up to in San Diego. I know you will seek out fun stuff!