I love being involved with creative swaps were I am stretched with my creativity. Martcia of Martica Designs has some of the best swap ideas ever and really I need to give her credit for encouraging me and inspiring me to constantly try something new. Her latest swap on http://www.scrapbook.com/ was to decorate a journal for a secret sister. I love secret sister swaps, most of them that I do involve buying product, this is the first to make something. The pictures are out of order but I had a hard time the last time I posted a series to move them around so I left them and will just post beside them what products I use and how I applied everything.
This first picture is the inside front cover. All card stock use is from DCWV Luxury Stack. Very rich looking prints and paper. Made a pocket to hold a couple of tags/pics. The embellishment is Prima Say it in Pearls pink Swirls, Brads I made with my i-Top and fabric. Then covered edges of the pocket with eyelet lace. I used Scor-tape in 1/4 in size to adhere the pocket and Arlene's Tack Craft glue for the lace.
Here is a picture of the 3 tags/pics I included in the pocket. First is one that matches the pocket and has a frame for a picture, next is a picture of a boy playing a trumpet, on the back it reads "Because my Savior loves me, I will praise Him through my talents." And last is a card that has a frame on it with one of my cross stitch and beaded flowers. On the back I stamped a journal spot Punched the corners with Martha Stuwart corner punch Arches.
Here is a picture of them in the pocket, as you can see the top half of the Swirl is covered.
I wanted to do something simple but elegant on the inside back cover. I believe I achieved what I set out to do. Here I used Prima Say it in Crystals Swirls with Lace in White and a pink butterfly from Recollections Signature line
On the binding I used a piece of fabric because I did not like how the card stock did not bend perfectly with the binding. Also pictured is the string of beads and charms I made. This was a first for me. I have a ton of beads from my cross stitching, old jewelry that I have taken apart to use in different altering projects and charms I have received from swaps. It begins as one line but then breaks into 3 small trails of beads. You can't see it here but I also added 2 ribbon page markers in a iridescent blue ribbon.