As regular visitors will know, before leaving for Japan I started a Midori traveller's journal to take along on te trip, if you missed it you can see some of the prepped pages here and here, and as Eileen's new die is just the right size for Midori notebooks, I knew it would make for the perfect cover.
I'll give you a quick step by step how I made it:
First I painted the covers with a mix of Golden Titan Buff and Victorian Velvet Distress acrylic paints, scraped on with a little craft scraper.
Next I added some Japanese text pages. These came from a vintage Japanese book picked up in a little antique store in Kyoto. It is printed on very delicate tissue paper, just perfect for mixed media projects.
Then I created a little front panel. The background was done with Oxide Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Vintage Photo. I then stencilled a cherry blossom branch with a Crafters Workshop stencil using Distress crayons and added a little Japanese stamp, picked up in a stationer's shop in Tokyo. I am sorry to say I actually have no idea what it says..... Here is a close up:
I added a bit of shadow with coloured pencils to bring out the flowers (it was of course cherry blossom season, Sakura as the Japanese call it), and a bit of foiling using a glue stick as well as some flowers etc from my stash.
The inside of the covers was done with paper from the new Tim Holtz Memoranda collection. It seemed to fit the junk journal style of some of my inner pages just perfectly.
The closure, another little die that comes with the main one, was adhered to the back cover and then tucks perfectly under the front panel as you can see below:
As the front panel was adhered with foam tape there is just the right space and this makes it super easy and quick to open and shut and as I plan to make several further inserts, there is still loads of space inside this brilliant cover die.
Here are a few of the inside pages still, mostly all done while in Japan:
And finally, because so many of you asked for it, some photos taken during the trip. We literally took hundreds of photos, so this is just a tiny selection lol.
View of the countryside around the temple
View of a bamboo grove outside Kyoto
A Shinto shrine
Cherry blossom season, a view near our apartment in Kyoto
And finally, just a few family picks, meeting up with our grand children was one of the main reasons we went there in the first place....
The oldest, 4.5 years old
And the younger one, nearly three.
Having some fun in one of the temple gardens while mum and dad were exploring