It matters not how strait the gate
how charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul
William Earnest Henley

XS Journal from above

After going XL on brown paper I decided to go extra small (XS) with another experiment! What I did was tear the big painted sheet down to smaller pieces. Fold the paper four times across and then rip the folds using a ruler. You will have four strips of paper that you then fold again and tear once in the middle;

Making a book
You will create papers for a booklet journal easy and fast this way. No measuring needed, it’s not that kind of book as Mary Ann Moss says. But if you are curious my papers are approximately 20×14 centimeter (7.8×5.5″). That paper is then folded in half once to create the book pages – for a wee booklet journal!

Making a book

I only used four of the pages to make a single signature booklet. I sewed the pages together using green embroidery floss. From the one big painted brown paper I got more material than I used in this book, but maybe I’ll do another of these books later.

XS Journal back & front
Front and back pages with collage and some writing. Skapa is Swedish for Create. I’ve written in Swedish on the inside pages, just random thoughts to fill the pages. It’s an experiment book, a first try. Making small books are super easy – and super fun! Almost instant gratification.

And they are fast to fill up with favorite images, doodles, words and thoughts. I’ve only got the last spread left to fill.

These are the spreads, enjoy!

XS Journal - First spread
Quote from the poem and movie with the same name Invictus.

XS Journal - Blue Owl
A blue and purple owl, and thoughts of the night.

XS Journal
A small print of the Owl Collage I made and sold recently, plus deco tape and more random thought on what I like, like painting with acrylics.

XS Journal - G?r det idag
DIY thought: That what is important to you, you should make sure you do today! Q: What is important to you? Answer in your own journal, XL, XS or normal sized. Just think about it, will ya?!

XS Journal
Affirmations on my mind, thoughts I need to be reminded of; to remind myself of again and again and again.

XS Journal - Ber?ttelsen
Tiny words telling the story of how this book came to be born.

XS Journal - the last spread
The last spread, waiting for black ink scribbles.

I’ve been wanting to make a Brown paper Journal for ages, and now I’ve made a wee one. Once I saw Judy Wise’s tutorial on used grocery bags for her Crumbled paper Journal. Even better than plain brown paper is crumbled up brown paper, because when you paint it you can see the creases as a soft pattern. That will be a next journal project.

In the meantime I’m still stepping up the scale, painting XL. What are you doing?