Thursday, October 14, 2010

Journals for a Retreat Craft

I am getting sooooo excited!  Tomorrow afternoon I leave for the weekend Ladies Boosters Fall Retreat at Odosagih Bible Conference in Machias, New York.  It starts Friday with dinner and goes through Sunday brunch.  Just think - NO cooking for 2 days, NO dishes for 2 days! 

I am also teaching a craft class on Saturday afternoon.  We'll be making a Prayer Journal using the black/white hard cover composition books.  I got the basic idea from a Gina K video on StampTV.

The book is covered with cardstock on the binding, front, inside front and back.  A ribbon can be added to cover the edge of the cardstock on the front.  I made a place marker using ribbon and the Vintage Tag DooHickey from Magnolia.

A coordinating design paper is glued to the front and the Tilda image on top of that.  I cut Tilda with Nesties Labels Four. A second choice will be Labels Ten.

I colored Tilda with my Copics. NO! NO! NO!  The Copics are NOT going!  I'm taking my SU markers for the coloring part!

This is a very quick project and can be done using any color combo and image you would like.

Another option for a journal would be a Christmas Journal or any special occasion.

This would be an excellent place to keep that ever-hiding, just walking away Christmas card mailing list with addresses!  I also keep a list of what gifts I give to whom each year to help this "Swiss cheese" brain to remember so I don't duplicate things from year to year. This was especially important when I was making most of my gifts.
Special Christmas memories can easily be added in journal form, with plenty of space for pictures.  Maybe even notes from guests.

Again I covered the binding, front, inside front and back with cardstock.  I used Crumb Cake (Kraft) on the binding and Handsome Hunter on the front and back. The front inside was a Christmas Stripe from DCWV Christmas stack from 2 or 3 years ago.  The ribbon is from Michael's or AC Moore.

The Tildas used are Fireplace with Stockings, Tilda with Jolly Wreath, Large Sled and Jolly Tilda.
I made tiny slits alone the inside edge of the wreath and wrapped a 1/8" ribbon around the wreath, bringing it to the front and tying a bow.  The wreath is covered with Flower Soft.  All the images are colored with Copics.  I did the coloring last Christmas and didn't keep track of what I used.  These journals would make quick and simple gifts for any occasion simply by changing the images used on the fronts.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  See you when I return from Retreat all refreshed, rested (maybe) and brimming over from great teaching.

Blessings and Huggeroonies,


Card Crazy said...

I love those journals. I think I'm going to have to make some now!
Sue S.

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Kathy!
Your students are going to love your prayer journals. What a lovely idea. I like the place marker on the journal too. Tilda is coloured beautifully.
I also love the Christmas journal.
Thanks for commenting on my blog Kathy and have a lovely time at your retreat.
Hugs Marion

Deeanna said...

REally nice ideas.Have a great day.

Alicia said...

What a perfect stamp for your lovely journal very cute.Thanks for stopping by my blog

cabio's craft corner said...

These are cool journals and the stamps are great for them :o)

Sharon Caudle said...

Your journals are fabulous, Kathy! Your students are going to be VERY happy and love your class! Have lots of fun during your cookless and dishless trip!
hugs, Sharon

Cami said...

Welcome back from your Fall Retreat! Your participants must've love the prayer journals you taught them to make! Love the ones you did up here before you left! Hugs, Cami