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The Elemental Journal: Composing Artful Expressions from Items Cast Aside

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Create Expressive Books from Salvaged TreasuresRusty doorknobs, cardboard containers and plastic packaging may seem like trash to some, but through the creative mind, they are transformed into beautiful expressions - equally parts artful book and assemblage. "The Elemental Journal" will show you how to craft a wide variety of journals to hold your secrets or express your i ...more
ebook, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Northlight (first published January 21st 2011)
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Didn't make it very far in this one. While I'm intrigued by making journals (and have made a couple of duct tape journals), I'm not interested in making a journal covered in bark.
Jun 08, 2011 Kiki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first ever review of a craft book, but not by far the first craft book I have ever owned or read. Feeling a bit out of my element not having plot or characters or setting to discuss, I am just going for a quite honest opinion. First, the book is absolutely beautiful. I did enjoy looking through it. Second, the idea of it was great, using objects from nature or recycled materials to make something new. Third, the directions were easy to follow.

But, if I had looked at this book in a Bor
Christine Antonios
Composing artful expressions from items cast aside.

Ms. Kushnir's book is sweet, sentimental, and creative. It taps into a very simple and tasteful form of art. But more important than all that, Journal is a "how-to" book that is a solid guide for those of us who are much less creative. The crafts that had a step-by-step explanation coupled with the photos are so great, that I found myself wishing that all the craft ideas had such drawn out explanations.

Ultimately, I had the most fun trying to pi
Jun 22, 2012 W rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
As I read through this book, I was impressed with the amount of time and effort that went into creating each of these unique, hand-crafted journals. They were very inspirational, and yet, as I read through the directions of how to duplicate one of these, I could tell they were incredibly labor-intensive and many of them used materials that would not be quite so easily "found," or certainly not found in my own garbage can or recycle bin -- from different metal scraps to birdcages to antique knobs ...more
Haley Mathiot
Jul 15, 2011 Haley Mathiot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Elemental Journal was really interesting. The journals were pretty advanced, and even though the instructions were clear they would have required a lot of materials. I would use this book for inspiration more than step by step instructions. This book would be great for any crafter who saves everything and sees potential in random pieces of "trash" like tree bark, scraps of fabric, wire, old plastic game pieces, door knobs, etc.

Mind you I loved it: it was wild and cool and exciting: it's just
Feb 24, 2014 Robyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A bit too formula-driven for my taste, but author showed some good techniques for alternative book-making in the process.
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