Friday, October 28, 2016

October Art Class

My October art class was kind of a blur because it took place just a few days before our daughter's wedding. Each month I share with you our artist trading cards, our circle journals and our monthly project.

I didn't get my artist trading cards completed to share this time, but these lovely trading cards were generously given to me.

Here is a circle journal from one of our members, all about birds. 

Here are some pages that had previously been completed in this delightful journal.

Here's the page I added to it.

Now about our monthly project. This journal we was my favorite this year. I had never made a journal like this and was very eager to learn how it's done. It has signatures, which are inside pages grouped together, maybe 2 or 3 groups, that are separate from the journal cover. They are held intact with elastic mask fasteners. They can also be hand-sewn in.

Here are the supplies required for this journal: 
an assortment of cardstock papers

Grunge - a Tim Holtz thick paper product that unfortunately has been discontinued)
PVA glue
mask fasteners (for those of you that are old like me, remember the elastic fasteners that held on halloween masks?) 
elastic loop 

First we glued cardstock onto the front and back of the grunge. Grunge, which is heavier than cardboard, curled as it was drying so we didn't know which paper pattern would be on the outside and inside of the journal. Mine curved away from the ladies making this side the cover of my journal. 

We punched a hole in the middle of the journal cover (above photo) with a Crop-A-Dile (a special paper punch) and inserted the elastic loop which would hold the journal closed. The other hole that you see to the left of the elastic band was a boo boo. LOL. There are two smaller holes at the top and bottom. They were also made with the Crop-A-Dile for the elastic mask fasteners to hold the signatures in place inside the journal.

In the photo below, you can see a bottom view of the journal where the signatures are held in place with the elastic mask fasteners.

Our leader had a great selection of papers to insert into our journal.

I haven't decided how I will use this journal yet, but enjoy having it around. We received extra elastic loops and fasteners to make more journals at home!

Thank you for reading about my October art class!


  1. Patty, I want to send Happy Wishes to your daughter on her wedding. How wonderful. I am amazed at the talent you ladies have making those awesome cards and journals. I love them. Hope you are doing well and enjoying your autumn. Aren't we blessed with this good weather? xoxo,Susie

  2. I so admire the work you do, Patty. You put such pretty things together! Like MOON FACES!! I still LOVE that moon banner that you sent me several years ago...and always think of you when I hang it up.

    Congratulations on your daughter's wedding, too! xo Diana

  3. I love your art class! That circle journal is just the best idea and I still want to get my Bible journaling girls to do one! We will have to do one of the journals you made. I have a couple of packs of Tim Holtz grunge in my stash!! Can't wait to see you on a couple of weeks! Love you!

  4. Wasn't that Journal making fun? I hope to do more things like that in the year ahead! I love making things I can continue using in the months ahead. Love having you in our group!

  5. Lots of great ideas here, and so much talent!

  6. So lovely journal pages..
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