Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Pay It Forward Project

I jumped in on the Pay It Forward swap way back in April.  We had until the end of the year and it took me a while to decide what to make.  I finally got my swaps mailed out last month and they have been delivered now so I can show you the project.
My inspiration was the Natures Blessings swap I recently participated in.  I had so much fun making my pages and wanted to make more to share.
Each little journal is one signature, bound with a pamphlet stitch.  They are each similar but not the same so everyone got a one-of-a-kind.
I liked the idea of leaving room for the recipient to make it their own so I left plenty room for them to add their own embellishments.
I included pockets so I could slip in a few tags and papers they can use for this project or another one.
The pages are heavy so they can hold up to plenty of playing.
I combined both vintage and new papers.  Some of the images are from my horde of Somerset artwork.  I always have a hard time using those but this was a special project so it was time to let go and I loved the feeling of sharing.
The stamps on these pockets are from a great Etsy shop called StampsForCrafts.  She has such fun assortments!  I ruffled some old crepe paper for the edge on these pages.
The covers, front and back, are vintage wallpaper.  I hope they will enjoy playing in them as much as I enjoyed making them!
Cataract update...  My surgery went well on Thursday.  I bounded out of bed yesterday morning, thinking it was back to life as normal.  Well, not so much.  DOH!  This eye seems to require more resting and sleeping.  I will set my expectations a little lower today but still hoping I can get out in the art room to work on that big pile of buttons on my work table.

19 comments:

Jewels said...

These are positively GORGEOUS - I am sure everyone will appreciate what they receive (I know I would)....give your self time for recovery (easier said than done, right!)

The Junque Seeker said...

These are so beautiful, Kathy! I loved your pages for the journal swap, but I think I love these even more. Glad the surgery went well. Don't rush yourself, and take care!

Annette said...

Your pages a beautiful and I know the recipients will love them. Glad the surgery went well. Rest and relax till you are all better!!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Wow those books are really beautiful. I know whoever gets those are really going to love them. I hope you are able to take it easy to recover. Don't overdo it too quickly!

xo Danielle

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are all so beautiful and will be so appreciated! I'm glad your surgery went well. Take care of yourself and try to rest! Hugs Diane

Annette said...

Thank you again!!!
Take care of yourself my friend!

Maggie said...

Kathy, these are so great! The recipients will love them, no doubt. I really like the word stamps you used throughout.

I neglected to wish you well with your surgery when I sent you that card...remembered the moment exactly AFTER i sealed the envelope shut. So glad to hear the surgery went well. I always worry about eyeballs!!...they come in handy for us artsy types. Rest up and get back to 100% soon!

Patty Antle said...

Beautiful journals Kathy! What do you mean by one signature? Thanks for sharing. I loved seeing them.

Laurie said...

How beautiful -- I love what you did. Those lucky gals! I know just what you mean about the "letting go" thing. It feels great. I really enjoyed all the different elements you added, like the clips with the lace and the little pockets, plus those chalk labels on the front!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Kathy, your pages are just incredible. Love these and your detailed designs and accents.
Looks like it was a wonderful swap!
You are an inspiration!!
Hugs

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

These are so pretty and so creative. I know you put a huge smile on a lot of faces when they opened their mail. I'm so happy to hear that your surgery went well...don't do too much too soon.

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

These are so so lovely!! I love all those sweet details you put in on each and every page! They are just gorgeous!!! Glad to hear your surgery went well, rest up and get better soon! :) Hugs, Holly

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Those are so pretty - I especially liked the ones with Birds on them because my nickname is Bird. Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

MixedKreationsJewelryDesigns said...

Your journals are beautiful! I am sure everyone that receives one is going to love them. Wishing you a speedy recovery so you can get back to creating more beautiful masterpieces.

Curtains in My Tree said...


Those are adorable I want one (whinning )

lala said...

These are absolutely beautiful - so well thought out with all of the images and background papers! I am working on "letting go" of the good stuff, but boy is it ever so hard to do.

WW said...

Hi Kathy,
I meant to do this earlier. I have never made a book before, so I looked at your RAK to me and used it as an example for my Button Floozies white Christmas button book. I also used it as an example for the binding. I love what you sent me. Thank you so much!!

CATHY said...

I am late to this post to tell everyone that I am one of the lucky recipients of this STUNNING swap - please don't be too jealous! All I can say is mine is even more special then Kathy has described them to be. And Kathy – you can rest assured that the precious ephemera you parted with was truly appreciated and loved : ) THANK YOU THANK YOU !!! A real gift of friendship : )

CATHY said...

and so glad the surgery went well!!