A few weeks ago at Handmade U, Michelle Geller taught a full day class in making a souvenir postcard journal. I've talked before about how much I like Michelle's journals, so I was just de-lighted to take a class from her.
The class kit was amazing. If you've ever met Michelle, you know she is an incredibly generous person, and the kit showed it. I still haven't taken everything out of the kit because it's almost overwhelming. It's a little bit like Christmas every time I dig in to find something new to add to my book.
The book is made up of postcard signatures...
...bound in using what Michelle called a "criss cross applesauce" binding. I thought that was a fun name for a binding technique, but what Michelle really meant was that it was just something she made up!
Inside cover of the journal.
Did you notice that the words souvenir postcard journal are cut from the top of the class kit? One thing I'm learning about journaling is NEVER throw out anything away that you might have a place for later in your journal.
The part of the journal that I'm having the most fun with now (besides working on the pages) is that I just keep adding to it by attaching postcards using washi tape "hinges" to the pages that are already there.
The postcards accordian out. Open a page and find out there's more underneath. I left some postcards "as is", some I "altered" and some ugly ones I covered completely.
...and it opens to this.
I'm probably only one third of the way done with the book. It's a fun kind of leisurely project that I work on a little bit everyday. If I have my way, I'd like to fill it up so full I can barely close it.
That's a fun journal!