My pal, Angie, and I decided that we needed a junking day out.
Before we left, I showed her the wonderfulness of the Nature's Blessing Journal pages that were taking over my studio.
Tables and tables filled with pages.
And there were towers of empty books waiting to be filled.
I'd made up a blank book for her as a gift, and she asked if she could make pages and join the swap. After seeing the studio filled with the amazing art, she couldn't resist!
And it takes forever to put this many books together, so she had plenty of time to make pages. I was so glad she joined, she has a lovely, vintage style.
And when she delivered them, she brought cookies!!!!!
How could she resist wanting to have some of this gorgeousness of her own? It's remarkable to see it all in person. I often am overwhelmed by the mass of creations and wish I could share the experience with more people. In person, they are quite something.
Here is one side of the pages for the first book, all laid out and ready to be tucked into the covers.
Here is another set.
When I am working on sorting the pages as they come in the mail, I try to arrange them on the table in groups that look pretty together, so that when I pull out six to tie into a book, I chose from the groupings, hopefully creating books with pages that are complimentary to each other.
Here is the flip side of that last set.
I'm trying to get photos as I compile the pages. But I don't think the photos do justice to them. You almost have to be here to soak in the abundance. Kind of like seeing the Grand Canyon instead of seeing a photo of it.
Here is another set.
And its flip side.
By the way, if you are in the swap and reading this, don't freak out and think I am way behind. I write my posts in advance, sometimes I'll write five or six in one quick setting. I whip out a few when I'm in the mood and postdate them like bad checks.
I'll be in Florida and New Hampshire for a while and plan to have lots of Blessing pages to share with you while I'm away.
Want to make your own journal? I have step by step lessons, in this tutorial for $15.
Here are a few more pics of the books for the swap in progress.