Here is the second multi-page layout in my altered book which spells out BELIEVE through various pages. The totality of the pages looks like this:
I wanted to be able to write about ‘believing in happiness’ again by reinforcing this through “happines” quotes throughout the layout. I used the MISERABLE Font and found the right size that would enable me to spread out the “e-l-i-e-v” in a two-page layout and then have “b” and the last “e” fold out from outside the two pages as you see above.
I tried to do the embellishments in the various spreads using the same theme, which were watercolor and pen layered flower doodles which I did individually then pasted onto the book. I also printed the Happiness quotes on kraft paper.
If you look at the alpha sizes, the ‘B’ is pronouncedly bigger than the rest as in a Title Case.
The scribblings in ink around the watercolor flowers came at the same time as the journaling. I had to fill in the empty space and show a more cohesive background beyond the colors, so I did this for every layout.
I didn’t let my journaling be confined by the pagination. In face the entry for this day continues onto the next journaling box which had to be after the middle page layout of the ‘l-i” which I filled in instead with a sun doodle which is a favorite graphic of mine. (Easy to do and literally shines with positivity.)
Here you’ll see the tiny journaling space which I wrote on anyway to finish the entry from the previous journaling box.
When I do my journal entries here, I don’t really care about breaking up the words in syllables or whether or not it comes out readable. I write very spontaneously, and I keep in mind that the only person who should understand what I wrote or tried to write is me.
For this next layout, I had a lot of space and decided to be more playful with the whole layout, putting in a pen outline of my face which was a reproduction from a photo.
Although it isn’t anything like the watercolor photos decribed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s blogpost/tutorial on Super Easy Watercolor Portraits. It was easier, too, that I had used a ‘line drawing’ version of the photo I chose for this.
Much of the right side was watercolor on a book page which would have made it difficult to write the entry, so I pasted one of my grid watercolor backgrounds onto the page and journaled there. This whole layout made room for a total of 3 days’ journaling which was an added bonus. I could’ve done a fourth on my face but I liked the way I traced the impression on the page and decided to keep it as it.
So can you believe all that evolved from this?