In the midst of everything that has been going on, I decided to make a journal for my trip to Japan. Before going to bed last night and before packing (I was absolutely crazed about waiting until the last minute to pack) I cut some Davey Board and covered it with paper so I could put it in the book press before going to sleep.
I woke up six hours later, cut some paper, and spiral bound the book. I chose the cover paper because it was Japanese inspired (it actually isn’t a Japanese Yuzen) but mimics the style but it is a synthetic paper that has fiberglass fibers (ala mulberry paper) running through it. Since it is going to be handled often, I decided to use this type of paper. Since it was a last minute project, I chose not to use book cloth because the only book cloth that I had was unadorned and I didn’t have time to decorate it. In hindsight, I could have decorated the book cloth later.
The endpages are Chiyogami prints that I brought back from my last trip to Japan. I love the color combination in relationship to the cover. You open the book and there is the shock of surprise of the red print.
The title of this journal will be “10 Days in Japan.” I will share some of the pages with you when I return. I will be blogging while I am in Japan so that you can follow my adventures. I will post pictures upon my return. While I will be taking pictures while I am there, I am not taking my laptop.
Thanks for all your well wishes for my travel. After fourteen hours on a plane, I will see you from Japan.
Journal Front Cover