Have you ever seen a handmade art journal that has decorative edge cuts as part of the page design? They are beautiful — and time consuming! I adore their appearance, but don’t usually have the time to devote to their creation.
In recently going through the handbook of one of my Cricut cartridges, I decided that instead of cutting one of the little booklets from card stock, I would use mixed media paper. That way, I could create the small size I wanted, yet use it for whatever suits my mood! I have a large pad of Canson watercolor, 90 lb. paper, which I had picked up on sale. It is heavy enough to take whatever I decide to dish out on my pages. It is 12×18″ so it was easy to cut a 12×12″ sheet to place on the cutting mat. So that’s what I decided to use.
I used the Artbooking Cricut cartridge from Close to My Heart. To maximize my paper, I cut the pages at 5 inches. Now I have a sweet little booklet to use however I want. I may even just do background treatments and still put some little photos in it.
Once I picked out which pages I wanted to use, it was a breeze! I love the fact that there are various sized page heights. I could have made two of the scrolled pages and flipped them opposite ways! Maybe next time.
What would you do with a little summer art journal? Draw, paint, use it for photos….? Share your ideas in the comments!