Rust and Memories Journal

Rust Journal Front

Rust Journal Front

Hello again! Two posts in a month might be a record for me but next month is my mother’s 84th birthday and I wanted to do something special for her this year. A memory book seemed the perfect idea so I created the Rust and Memories Journal. I used Eileen Hull’s journal die (my favorite) and cut the covers from medium weight black chipboard. I made two cutouts using Tim Holtz’s tickets movers and shapers. After assembling I had a great time rusting it up. I must have used every rust product on the market including Prima and Viva rust pastes, DecoArt paints and modeling paste, and last but not least, the new Baked Powders from Emerald Creek and Seth Apter. I added some embellishments to the front and rusted those too. After that I collaged some antique book paper onto watercolor paper and added a picture of my mom (yes, that’s really her on the front). I tucked that behind the cutouts on the inside cover and added her initials (Tim Holtz Alpha Parts newsprint), then covered that with nice paper on the inside (TH Wallflower). I used the same paper throughout.

I used Picmonkey to create all the photo collages that make up the signatures. I highly recommend Picmonkey if you do this kind of thing very often. Even though it isn’t free any more it is a minimal cost for a whole year and makes this process pretty painless (I was not paid to say that either). :)  I strung the journal with brown elastic cord and tucked everything inside. I used the closure piece from the journal die along with strong magnets for the clasp. It works surprisingly well and makes a sturdy, tight close. Here are a few more pics:

Detail

Detail

Rust Detail

Rust Detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside View with Inserts

Inside View with Inserts

More Insides

More Insides

Full Cover

Full Cover

Back Cover

Back Cover

View with Clasp

View with Clasp

Thanks once again for visiting!

Heather

I’m entering this in two challenges:

the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #48

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Mini Album Makers Challenge for May

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20 Responses to Rust and Memories Journal

  1. Anne R says:

    Your rusty journal is beautiful Heather! Eileen’s die is one of my favourites too and you have rusted it wonderfully, with that great mix of products – the ‘patina’ elements look incredible. What a wonderful gift for your Mum!

    Thanks so much for joining in our challenge this month at Mini Album Makers. Anne x

  2. Molly Snook says:

    WOW! Mom is going to love it. You are so talented, Heath!!!

  3. Amanda says:

    Thanks for sharing this, the colours you have created with all those products are amazing, I love the greens in with the browns. It often turns out that the projects we make for closest family and friends are rich and wonderful.

  4. Love love love this!!! I so need to do this. I really liked that you showed some of the inside pages. Wonderful project. Thanks for joining us at Mix Media Monthly!

  5. Love the rust! WOW – what a wonderful job with the texture and colors. The inside is equally wonderful with all those photos and pages to journal. Thanks for joining the challenge at Mini Album Makers.

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thank you Nancy! I’m always happy to be a part of Mini Album Makers blog! What a wonderful supportive place for all things album! :)

  6. butterfly says:

    Love the rusty textures and colours you’ve made here – and the two cut-out ticket frames are such a cool idea. A brilliant album to keep your memories safe. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

  7. Not only is the journal breath-taking, but you have photos in it! Happy Birthday to your mom! I am sure this journal will be a big hit!!! Thanks for sharing with us at Mini Album Makers Challenge!

  8. I could sit and stare at this journal/album all day and never tire of it’s rusty texture/patina! I love the strip of nail heads for a very special touch. I bet your Mom loved this! Happy Birthday wishes to her and hugs for you!

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thanks Sara Emily! I haven’t given it to her yet though, still packing it full of memories and quotes from the siblings. :) Somehow they really never seem done. ~Heather

  9. Autumn says:

    Yep, this is my favorite die too, but I can’t wait to get a hold of the new wrap one. :) Oh Heather! I’m totally floored by this incredible work of art! I bet your mom flipped her lid! I adore the rusty cover and little window, a great idea. The pages filled to the brim with photos are so amazing, such a tribute to a good and full life. I’m touched by your thoughtfulness and know she was too. I wish her a wonderful day. I’m thrilled that you shared with us at Mini Album Makers for our May challenge. Big hugs, Autumn

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Autumn, I’m with you, waiting (not so) patiently for the wrap die! I expect you’ll see plenty of those here on my blog once I have it in my hot (not so) little hands! Thanks so much for your kind words! You are always so generous with your praise and it is appreciated. Very happy to share on the wonderful Mini Album Makers site. ~Heather

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