I am sooo happy with my latest journaling experiment! Full Tilt Boogie journals feature mixed paper signatures so when I sit down to work, I have to constantly switch up my approach: sometimes I have old book pages to work on, sometimes scrapbook paper, watercolor paper, ledger paper, the backs of posters...it keeps things challenging. Along the way, I'm learning some things:
- Use a select pile of scraps, NOT everything you have. The scraps left over from journal construction are especially important because with such varied surfaces it is essential to:
- REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT! By repeating materials throughout the journal, a consistent, unified look can be achieved. This can mean you repeat a set of tapes, lettering styles, stamps, papers, colors and so on.
- Sometimes you add space in a spread; sometimes you cover up.
- Not every page needs journaling. I am especially in love with some of the posters I've included in this journal so on those pages, I don't add a lot more.
- Gather your pile of goodies before you sit down to work. You get better results and enjoy the process a bunch more if you're not stopping every five minutes to get something. And I know from long experience that those "brief" gathering breaks can lead to lots of wasted time as other stuff is rediscovered.
- Keep the hand of the artist present. You went through all this trouble to create a journal from scratch, why not do the same on the inside? Use hand carved stamps, your own handwriting, random painting & doodles, tear rather than cut - these journals beg you to interact with them so do it!