Hey everyone! Kinsey here to share a little bit about my Studio Calico woodgrain journal...as you probably already know, SC makes a woodgrain version (about 4 x 8 inches) and one with an alpha cover (about 5 x 5) and both come with about 60 gummed pages with that SC grid -that we all love and adore- on both sides of each sheet.
I had so many ideas for both of the journals that I had a tough time choosing what I wanted to use them for! Endless possibilities...but ended up going with a design team organization system that I love. I've been using my planning binder for everything design team related and it's just too cumbersome for quick refererence so this is the perfect solution.
I decorated the cover really simply because I didn't want it to be bulky but I did want it to be cute...
I used a gloss acrylic paint, aptly and coincidentally named "barnwood", ha! I also used a chipboard tag, chipboard butterfly, veneer butterfly, and fabrips for the binding. The chipboard covers on the journals are thick (which I love) and I knew that I wanted to stitch the fabrips down for extra stability so I busted out the power tools- well, if you consider the dremel a power tool...I used a super tiny bit to drill the stitching holes and then sewed everything into place.
For the inner pages, I decided to keep it pretty simple as well. I'm using the small month stamps from the pint add on (mind the gap- July kit), to stamp the month at the top of each page as I go. The pages on the top will be that month's title page and will include my order for that month's kits and shop items as well as a check list of all of my deadlines.
Prior to this journal, I made my lists on random scraps of paper that always managed to make their way into a garbage can and I would kick myself for misplacing them...no longer! It is so nice to have a quick reference to look back at so that I make sure not to double order something.
The rest of the sheets throughout the month will be formatted just like this...I'll print a thumbnail of each layout and include a supply list underneath, notes about any techniques used, and also publication/submission info. This makes the submission process so. much. easier!
For the square, alpha journal, I'll be using that for SC kit info (pics of each main kit and add ons with supply lists). I've been wanting to make something like this for several months- someone had mentioned it a while back on the message boards and I added it to my to do list and well...it must've been one of those lists that ended up in the trash, ha! I'm not quite finished with that one yet but I'll be sure to post pics in the gallery soon!
Have you gotten your SC journals yet?! I can't wait to see how everyone uses their's because the options are endless!
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!