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Friday, February 5, 2010

Love Notes Journal

Love Notes Journal
 Renee Camacho
  I decorated this album to hold little 'love notes' to my family.  With each
page being an envelope, it is the perfect book to insert thoughts, letters,
ephemera, and even pictures.  
Paper from the NEW Avignon line
I took apart the medium envelope album and started decorating each envelope by covering the bases with various patterned papers.  I used an x-acto knife to reveal the holes for the wire-o as well as to trim around the edges of each envelope.
quick tip:  when creating this type of project I ALWAYS decorate the base first.  It makes everything have a basic structure to build on, then you can get creative in making each page unique.

I went one step further in my decorating details by adding journaling and rhinestones to the dangling 7gypsies Vintage Hardwear attached to the side of the journal.  I also created a ribbon 'closure' by adding buttons to the top and bottom portion of the book front and wrapping a ribbon tie around the entire book. (see picture 1)
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 Vintage ledger paper on the flap side with a Avignon tag.  Tas black and cream striped paper on the right side.  Love that stripe, it just goes with everything!
 
I cut off the top portion of a 7gypsies Vintage tag to embellish the envelope side of the page...Venice paper is in the background.
I decorated the flap portion of two of the envelopes using paper tape.  Can you tell? On the first one, I layered the Venice paper tape, then trimmed off any excess.  I sewed on a button and hung one of the new Avignon tags.  On the back of the tag I wrote the name of whose "love note" will be found in the envelope.   For the second envelope flap, I layered navy polka dot paper tape, then punched a hole in the middle of the flap.  I added my ephemera playing card by attaching it with an eyelet. 
For the covering of this envelope, I used 'scraps' from several different patterned papers, as well as polka dot and stripe paper tapes.  I simply put adhesive on the envelope front,  then layered the scraps, trimming off any excess.  I placed the tape over the seams to secure the papers better as well as add another decorative touch.  I finished it off by adding a love quote (printed on vintage text paper) and a punched oval vintage text paper accented with a stamped cardstock and punched portion decorated with a velvet brad in the middle.  Note: both papers are from the NEW Avignon line...orange/cream is one side and black/cream is the other!
Hope you make the time to create your own book of "Love Notes"

17 comments:

Cristina Tronco said...

WOW! amazing! love everything!

Christine said...

This is beautiful! I really love this idea and might just go ahead and make something similar for my significant other.

Dawn said...

this is just wonderful!

TappinTamara said...

I adore this! Can I come over to your house to play?

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Just beautiful ~ from the graphic on the front to the papers you used on the envelopes!

TeenaBugg38 said...

I swear one of these days I WILL make one of these....this is just breathtaking!

iowapapergirl said...

So many good ideas! I love making books with the envelope book!

Scrapamum said...

Love this! It is absolutely gorgeous. I think I might have to give it a try.

Ranjini said...

So beautiful Renee!
Ranjini

Tina S said...

Just lovely! I love the envelope book and the use of product is so amazing! Come to my house and show me how...please.

Renee Camacho said...

thanks everyone! :) SO easy, because we know I don't have patience for anything hard! :)

Barb said...

Beautiful.. Love it

Rachel Carlson said...

Renee, this is fabulous!

Kimberly said...

I love your envelope book. do you actually put notes in the envelope also? Did u use a bind it all for your wire. I love it and THANKS FOR THE GREAT IDEA!

Anonymous said...

The Love Notes book is made from the 7gypsies Medium Envelope book.

fairyrocks said...

Every page of this book is adorable

Blue Green Arts said...

Wow, this is just beautiful!