Traci Bunkers here! For me, the spice of life is trying new things, or doing things differently.
I make my own journals, and when it was time to make a new one, I decided I wanted a change. This time I used old record album covers for the outside covers. My back and front covers are from two different albums. I was going to use the one on the left for the front. But after I cut it down to size, I thought it would look better on the back. So I chose a colorful album cover for the front.
Then after tearing a variety of papers to size, and folding them into signatures, I sewed them into my journal. The Red Rosin Paper that I used is very curly because I'm near the end of the roll. So right now it's not laying flat in the book, but it will relax soon and behave. I LOVE red rosin paper. You can usually find it in the paint section of hardware stores. It's inexpensive and a roll will last you a long time.
I meant to decorate the spine before I sewed the pages in. But I was so excited to sew them in, I forgot! So I did a little stamping and drawing after I was finished.
I used a hand-carved stamp that was the perfect size to fit between the stitching. Then I did some drawing on it with Sakura Glaze Pens.
I'm excited to start filling it with journal pages, drawings and photos.
A new thing I've been trying lately to spice things up is drawing on my iPad using the Paper app. I'm still getting the hang of it, but I'm having fun. I think I need to get a better stylus though.
Here's a drawing of my hand.
I also like to do mindless doodles with the app. Since you can "rewind" to undo things, it definitely has advantages over old school drawing. It makes it easy to try something out, then undo it and try something else.
I love being able to get different effects, like watercolor, markers, pen & pencils. At first I thought I might like some of the other drawing apps better, but they are more complicated. And, I realized the simplicity of the Paper app, made it closer to actually drawing and using watercolor. Since it's simple to use, it's instant gratification without having to learn how to use a complicated program.
P.S. While I was writing my blog post, I drank some chai tea, to spice things up just a little more.