Monday, 18 April 2011

Using Fold Out Journals - a Night and Day Panorama

In the Strathmore Journal Workshop 2 Linda Blinn showed how to add fold out pages to your journal, so now I decided to use the spread I made to make  panorama page. I had added a full page to the right hand side of the journal and a three quarters page to the left.

Then I used acrylic paints to colour the spread from dark to light

I used an  journal prompt on "Night and Day". I wanted to use bats for night symbols and butterflies for day. So I drew some bats, chose the one I liked then traced it and scanned it. I lifted it off the background using the magic wand in Photoshop and made a page of bats

I chose some quotes on night, day, butterflies and bats from an internet search:

"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. "
Rabindranath Tagore
"Bats drink on the wing, like swallows, by sipping the surface, as they play over pools and streams" Gilbert White
 “You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”
 Paulo Coelho quotes (Mystical author, one of Brazil's most successful novelist)
“Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.”  Seneca quotes (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)
“May we be fearless... from friends and enemies...from known and unknown ... from night and day...May all the directions be our allies.” Atharva Veda quotes
“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde 

Almost done!
I used some alphabets from Dover clip art to label the pages "NIGHT AND DAY" and "DAY AND NIGHT"

I used collaged quotes on the dark pages and tinted them so they were not so stark and white

On the light pages I used the image transfer technique for the quotations so the colour shows through the text.


I used a waterproof sepia pen and added some personal journalling on thoughts and feelings about the night and the day, and then added a few more butterflies to fill in any places where the page looked empty.


  1. Very neat project! Great Night/Day contrast, and I like the fold-out format as well. (Found your site through Julie's May AJED sign up list!)

  2. A great Day/Night journal page! Loved it at AFA and love that you posted it here:) Hugs, "smokeysmom"

  3. Love the fold-out! That's way cool!