Thursday, July 3, 2014

Journal Surgery...

Do you ever start a journal, and for one reason or another, set it aside before it's finished?  I do.  Sometimes it's cuz I get excited about starting another one, or maybe I realize the format is hard to use or maybe it's too specialized a topic to fill a whole journal; but for whatever reason, it happens; and this past week it was bugging me.  I had this pile of nine unfinished journals...

I decided to do some journal surgery.  I took the completed pages out of each journal, and organize them in a loose chronological fashion.  I included the cover of the Letter Love one, since I created that one and wanted to preserve it.  Here's the pile...


Then, I cleaned up the edges, and three-hole punched each page, and created two sets of covers out of old record albums.


Now, I have two full journals, filled with random good stuff!  Here's how they look all finished...
I'm so happy I did this! 



Here's a peek at how each one looks on the inside...

Super easy, and now those half-filled journals are not hanging over my head like unfinished projects, and the original journals can go back on the shelf and await the next time they are needed.  Yeayyy!

I wish you a wonderful weekend my friends!  Thanks so much for visiting!

7 comments:

Carla said...

This looks great Michelle. Love what you made with them and looks much better than the original even. I know the feeling of all those non finished books. Did some cleaning up myself. I just reused a few pages and throw a few away.

Vicki said...

Great idea Michelle!
Happy 4th of July!
Hugs,
Vicki

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Great idea!!! Loving what you did!!! Happy 4th!!!!!

anne g-i said...

That looks like fun - different sizes and shapes and a fun mishmash of projects!

Karen said...

I like this idea. I thought I was the only one with unfinished journals -- it's good to have company:)

Trece said...

Love your ingenuity! I just tend to keep pushing thru. Glad you'll still have that luscious PaPaYa notebook to use!!

Tamara E. said...

Creative. I especially like the idea of using record albums (I assume you mean the cardboard sleeves as opposed to the vinyl) as covers.