Wow! with so may tutorials on restuctured paper, collages and mixed media back grounds over on the Gingersnapblog , (click on tutorial guide at the top) I drew enough inspiration to work on an art journal. This poor thing was bought on sale a couple years ago, think it was supposed to be for scrap booking, but I could not turn away from this sale item, even though I use 12 x 12s for my scrap booking. I mean this was a hard back, wire bound album with tons of blank white paper in it for about $5.00!! So it sat around here until last summer when I carried it to work in my lunch bag, and a bottle of water leaked on it, then the bottom of the cover and all the pages got wet and moldy!! So I hit it with some bleach water and tore off the bottoms of all the pages that were damaged.........then it sat around here for 4 more months. Now the front cover looks like this:
I took the Gingersnap GC135 challenge to use my favorite designer paper. Well there was no way I could put my favs on one card so I pulled out the neglected album and began to cover it, using glue and decoupage to get the many layers on it.........LOVE my layers!! I did add 2 stamped images that have been in my ready to go stash for............oh some time. I know from experience that the edges would get worn so I trimmed it with a thin sheet of metal, just stronger than tin foil. I did cover the inside, but that photo won't upload for some reason. I still have the back cover to finish..........still have lots of favorite designer paper to use for it. I'm such a paper hoarder!!! Check out the challenge at: http://gingersnapcreations.blogspot.com/2012/01/stampotique-shows-us-their-favorite.html
They also have other challenges you might be interested in joining too.