Sunday, July 18, 2010

My Cereal Box Journal






On Friday, I told you I would show my fun little cereal box journal on Sunday. Well, Sunday is nearly over, and I've finally gotten out into the Nest to post the photos for you. As you will remember, my last post was about the cute little paper bag journals I made. They were so much fun to do...so simple a concept...so hard for an 'uptight' person like me to do. But, try them I did and it was so much fun...I hope to do more. I'm certainly getting older, but I'm still eager to learn a few new things now and again!!

I thought it would be fun to have a little journal featuring the embroidered bird pincushions I have been making. Well, so far, I've only made two bird pincushions and this one book. I hope to make more later, but the little book now holds photos of the two pincushions, with some extra pages for future birds.

About the book: the cover is made from the cereal box and the pages are made from watercolor paper from Walmart. They could be any kind of paper, really. Micah taught an art class to a group of children every Monday in June, the first lesson being a cereal box journal. Later that day, I saw what the kids did. All their books were just wonderful....made me wish I was a kid and had been in class with them. So, I made up my mind I was going to try it. Which I did....GREAT good fun. I have to say I think the kid's journals were so much better because they are so uninhibited. But, I'm glad I tried it anyway and do want to make more of them. I'll try some different 'ingredients' with the next ones.

OK, the first photo is the front of my journal. I used paint, napkins, a paper flower, a rubber stamp, some printed text, a scrap of crochet, and a little vine drawing done with a permanent pen. I stitched the journal together using a three-hole stitch, using vintage seam binding and then decorated the ribbon with some beautiful beads......the outside looks very similar to the paper bag journals I showed in the last post...but those had empty pages inside. This one has photos of my bird pincushions, some poetry, quotes, a copy from an old bird book, and more of my funny little vine drawings. I named this little journal "Bird Stitching."

The quote on the back is from one of my readers who said: "You're so lucky to have a Bird Nest on The Ground." YES, I am very lucky.....not only to have the Nest, but to also enjoy being able to make things from something as simple as a paper bag or an empty cereal box. Very
lucky! Hope you are well out there....take care, pat

5 comments:

vicki said...

Unbelievable! This is just beautiful - such a unique creation! This is going to be all the rage! Who would have thought - from a cereal box!!!

Vicki

debbie said...

DEAR PAT,
THIS IS STUNNING. THE COLORS ARE SO VERY BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INSPIRING ME.
ANOTHER THING THAT IS GOOD TO USE IS THE CARDBOARD FROM A 12 PACK OF DIET PEPSI OR ANY POP YOU DRINK. MY MR. SIMPLY AND I ALSO CUT IT DOWN IF WE ARE SENDING SOMETHING WE DON'T WANT TO GET BENT IN AN ENVELOPE...MY MR. SIMPLY SHOWED ME THAT IDEA ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO.
I JUST PARTICIPATED IN MY FIRST ATC TRADE AT BLISSFUL ANGEL...THE FIRST I WAS EVER BRAVE ENOUGH TO TRY/ENTER.
HUGS
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Barbara C said...

Dear Pat, I'm very sorry about Ethel. Our cats occupy a very special place in our hearts.

Your journals are so beautiful. They have a lovely magical feel to them, and of course the birds make them special.

Francien said...

Oh Pat...this is so beautiful...what a lovely colors..i use to make little albums to...for this http://franciensbloggie4.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-08-29T08%3A46%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=30
one i used old enveloppes...but yours are absolutly stunning...
greetings ♥ Francien

Vivian said...

Ok Pat, one more great project from you. Did you first paint both sides of the cereal boxes? I have two nieces staying with me and I haven't accomplished anything except working on school work. The summer is ending quickly. But. . . this looks like a great school evening project to help de-stress at the end of a long day. Thanks for sharing.

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