Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Heart Journal for Heart Day ~ Pay it Forward February

{Have you ever heard about a situation and it just breaks your heart and you feel like you HAVE TO do something about it?A few months back I met a lady, Lovely Reckley, and she told me how she goes to four different schools in Abaco and feeds 85+ children that would have otherwise had no lunch. For some of these kids, this is the only meal of the day.Lovely even takes food to some of them when school is out.That really broke my heart. I mean, I know there are kids all over the world that are starving, but when I realized there were children right under my nose it killed me. I kept wondering what I could do. I thought about offering to help cook, but cooking for so many mouths really overwhelmed me. Then I realized what a COMMITMENT this awesome woman had made to these children.....EVERYDAY!!!At Christmas, instead of giving gifts I gave a donation to her organization (and to our Humane Society) instead of buying things that people really didn't need.But it kept tugging at my heart. So, I decided for the month of February I would post several heart themed items to my blog. They would be for sale, and I would give 25% of the cost of the item to Lovely, to help with her costs.I may post an item everyday or I may post several items a week.....I am really not sure, but 25% will go to "Feed the Children" in Abaco, Bahamas.I CANNOT imagine going without food, or only having one meal a day that I had to rely on someone else to bring to me, and these children shouldn't have to deal with this either, so please help!}

Happy Heart Day!!!
I wanted something really fitting for today, and in my mind I came up with that!
I made a journal that I am calling a Heart Journal, which to me, describes any journal because you are filling it with messages and creations from your heart.


The journal is five and a half inches wide by seven and a half inches tall.
The front and back cover are made from a light weight chipboard, which has been collaged with paper, paint, burlap, buttons, cotton fabrics, and stitching.


The spine, which the pages are sewn to is a piece of cotton cloth with butterflies on it, and ric rac.  The pages inside are 90 pound watercolor paper, and there are ten of them.  So you can write, glue, sketch or paint to your hearts delight.


The inside cover reminds you to giggle.


Enjoy life, enjoy friends.


There are a few *extra* pages that are smaller than the main ten pages.  One is a mailing tag, one a piece of scrapbooking paper, and one a smaller piece of watercolor paper.  All of these are stitched into the spine with the rest of the pages.


The smaller pages are perfect for items like ticket stubs, receipts, any other little piece of memorabilia, or an inspirational quote.


The back inside cover is painted and has a numerical stamp.  You can finish decorating this or leave it as is.


Sorry for all the pictures, but I want you to see all the details!  Just a few more of the front cover......


The mini burlap and fabric sandwich adds a bit of texture.


This mixed media Heart Journal is $36, and 25% of that goes to Feed the Children Abaco.  I will have it up in my Etsy store....... {HERE} .........later tonight.
Thanks for stopping by!
Spread some love this week, and everyday!

1 comment:

clairesmillie said...

love this heart journal so much fun incorporating all those great materials.

Claire

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