I learned to create Remains of the Day Journals when I recently took an online workshop from Mary Ann Moss. This was by far one of the best classes I have ever taken. Creating these journals is my new obsession!
The idea behind the ROD journals, as they are affectionately known, is to use scraps of paper, scraps of ribbon, scraps of every day life. You get the idea. You know all that stuff you always collect but never do anything with? Once I started making ROD journals I started finally using all that stuff!!! Receipts, old postcards, foreign papers, ribbons, pieces of doilies, ledger paper, old encyclopedia pages, old children's book pages, sheet music pages, wall paper samples, old knitting patterns, etc., etc. You can also include journaling spots with tags or secret envelopes and flap pages. Mary Ann covers all of this in her workshop. I use collage sheet images and magazine images as well to add interest and fun to my books.
The other thing I love about them is that the covers are fabric!!! I have a fabric addiction. I have dressers and boxes full of beautiful fabric that I am really enjoying turning into these special art journals!
Mary Ann's style is very shabby chic and no-nonsense. She really gave me the confidence that I could create these journals.
So what are some things you can use to put in your ROD Journals? Well, quite a bit of things you just have laying around the house. Ticket stubs, scraps of paper, ribbons, old postcards, old photographs, receipts, junk mail, pieces of packaging, etc., etc. You can also get things like collage sheets from Etsy or Art Chix Studio. Also things like the 7 Gypsies Journal pages are perfecto for journaling spots in these ROD journals!
I have a few of these journals available for sale in my
and even more in my head that I am going to be creating. My next one is
going to be for my niece for her 15th birthday coming up in July.
I am also planning some as faith books to record prayer and scripture,
as well as a recipe or kitchen themed one. There are so many