Does it just fade away?
The cover of this journal is made from one of my hand-dyed scarves that was so color-saturated on the first run that it wouldn't take additional colors (part of the the batik process), so it has been sitting in my closet, wondering what it wanted to be when it grew up.
I think it looks pretty happy on the outside of this journal, covered in fancy stamps and pretty paints, a fun bookmark-pocket, and the title "My Heart's Journey" (to fit with our Valentine's theme stocking at Collage.)
Part of the inspiration for this was an old mapmaker's instructional map, which demonstrates how to illustrate continents, countries, towns, islands, oceans, even volcanos! It got me thinking about how we "map" our lives in a journal, naming the places we exist both physically and mentally/emotionally.
So I printed the map both on the heart-shaped pocket and on the bookmark that goes inside it. And decorated the flyleaf with more bits of the silk map, luminescent paints, vintage stamps -- mirroring the stamped pattern on the cover -- and the phrase "I name each ocean, each continent."
(You can double-click the photos to see them a little more clearly)
This was a way-fun project, and a nice weekend departure from the high levels of course-prep I've been doing during most of my spare time. But all good things come to an end, including Interim term. I always enjoy the contact with students and our time in the classroom, but baby Eve will be glad to have her mama at home more... back to the normal schedule.