So in the confirmation package that Teesha sent each person signed up for Artfest, was a small coil book, along with several post cards featuring her art. The whole thing was packaged in the clear cello bag, with some really colourful comic book stamps. When I opened it up and saw what was in it, I instantly thought that if I pulled the coil out and added some extra pages and odds and ends I like to it, I could alter it into a workable journal to use for Artfest. I made the cover from two of the postcards and added letterbeads to spell out my name on the coil. I also found two shades of funky green ribbon that matched the green of the cover perfectly. I added a special elastic to the back cover that wraps around the entire book to help keep it together for when it gets full.
The original cover was this page that said "Artfest 2007" which I used as a sectional divider for all the info regarding the retreat. I added a library pocket to the inside of the front cover to hold odds and ends. I also put one inside the back cover so I can store my recipts to show at the border when I go home.
I put the original back cover inside the cello bag the whole thing came in and carefully punched it so I could include it in my journal. The comic book stamps were just too cute not to keep! (I punched extra holes just to add some interest.)
I added metal tabs to each of the postcard sectional dividers so I can have a place to record different things and still be able to find everything. In my class section, I have included my supply lists and grid paper so I have a place to sketch ideas while in class. I found this very helpful last time I went.
My journal from this year's Artfest and Artfibrefest are jam packed with momentos and notes and addresses and art made by friends and they have become treasured keepsakes of my trips. I can't wait to have friends add stuff to this one! I showed this to Teesha and she emailed back saying I should share my 2007 journal with you, so here it is!