Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Circle of Friends Journal Mail Out Day

Beverly of Pink Saturday How Sweet the Sound fame invited a group of 10 willing blog friends to join in a Circle Journal project. Each of us chose a theme and built a journal.  I picked Gift from the Sea as my inspiration since I love Anne Morrow Lindberg’s book by that title. I wanted the look of the book to be sort of beachcomber.

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The cover is wrapped with strips of batik type fabric in seashore colors…the words are stamped on strips of sand colored muslin. Inside words from the book remind us of our gifts from the sea…

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Inside the back cover echoes the look and theme…

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I made tags for each of the other nine “Beachcombers” to introduce herself…

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The finished tags will be tucked into pockets made of the same batik strips…

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That’s all I am showing…I want there to be an element of surprise when  the book makes the rounds…Each month two new pages will be added by a new member of the circle. Our first mail-out was scheduled for February 1st. But before I sent it out, I had fun with the inside cover of the box…a “group shot”…

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Each book will be as different and unique as each of the ten creative journal builders. Mine was mailed to Sheila in Galveston, Texas! How perfect is that? She will create her vision of Gift from the Sea during February…judging by the pictures she  posted of her journal, her contributions will certainly bring my book up a notch. Any day now, Nancy’s book will arrive in my mailbox. I will spend March working on Nancy’s book…March 1st will come and Sheila will send my journal on to the next contributor…  and then I will  send Nancy’s  on to Sheila… By the time it visits all of the other nine “Beachcombers”, it will come back to me in the fall as a true gift from the sea. It’s one of the most exciting adventures I’ve ever joined. It’s all thanks to the idea of Beverly…Let the fun begin!


Kathryn Ross said...

Laverne - looks lovely! A favorite book of mine, too. Looking forward to my turn with your journal!

Beverly said...

LaVerne, I am going to love adding to your journal. I already have a plan.

Shelia said...

Hi LaVerne! I love your beautiful journal and it's in my tiny hands now! :) I'm gathering my thoughts on what to add for my pages! Would it be okay if I cut some cardstock to use as my pages since the paper is so thin? If not, I'll make it all work.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

jeanne said...

Hi LaVerne, your journal is gorgeous. The detail is amazing and the Sea is looking good. The fabric is wonderful. I will love to add my two pages when it is my turn.

I mailed mine today and I will publish a few pages on Pink Saturday.It is a relief to be done with the first part. Now comes the fun of creating our pages with such versatile 'themes.'
Hugs, Jeanne

Scarlett Clay said...

This is one of those projects that I just LOVE to look at! The cover looks awesome, you definiteley achieved the beachcomber look and then som-love the tags, too. It's going to be fantastic when it's completed.


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Milk Glass Collection
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