Asian Legends, Myths, and Folk Tales Journal

Inside the journal.

I went with an Asian theme for August. Gecko Galz has such lovely Asian inspired paper and images, that it was too hard to resist. I researched Japanese folk tales and handwrote notes to include in my samples. It was educational to learn about their culture and mythology.

I went old school by creating a 5 1/4 x 8″ journal that I folded roughly a 1/4″ and stapled together. I used journal papers from The Graphics Fairy, https://thegraphicsfairy.com/, for the pages and supplemented with the Far East Fun Digital Craft Kit, https://www.etsy.com/listing/900420392/far-east-fun-digital-craft-kit?click_key=f1d8f7dc6c8fec1290d7e997f5c6d097d0ed6797%3A900420392&click_sum=0ec9901c&ga_search_query=asia&ref=shop_items_search_16&pro=1. I also found a free map on Japan online.

I was back creating digital images in Canva. The spunk of the young lady contrasting with the traditional Asian painting was whimsical.

My favorite creation was the Asian woman holding the black cat taunting the dragon. I adhered this to notebook paper, as if to write a story about the encounter.

The travel label Japan (not pictured but easy to imagine) was also glued to a piece of notebook paper. Here I envisioned traveling abroad and jotting down my itinerary.

My final lined notebook paper page has an ethereal Asian female in a flower frame.

The tuck spot holds a mini notebook created with lined paper and adorned with digital images, some altered in Canva. I stapled a poem from Shel Silverstein, one of my favorite poets.

I enlarged several images from Little Asian Girls Digital Collage Set, https://www.etsy.com/listing/274378212/little-asian-girls-digital-collage-set?click_key=9f94994952364fe14175c103d821183471718357%3A274378212&click_sum=301958dd&ga_search_query=asia&ref=shop_items_search_5&pro=1, and glued throughout.

In addition to the online map of Japan, I found several free Japanese images of tapestry and inserted them as fold-out pages. (Search “free images” with your topic to locate.)

A small pocket in the back holds 2 postcards backed in scrap paper. I superimposed the 2 Asian ladies onto matching paper for the first one. I simply enlarged on of the Gecko Galz images for the second and glued to the scrap book page from the Silverstein poem. I’m always using scraps!

Look for me to use this simple technique in the future! It is so easy to assemble, which leaves plenty of time to glue images and collage.

Links:

Little Asian Girls: https://www.etsy.com/listing/274378212/little-asian-girls-digital-collage-set?click_key=9f94994952364fe14175c103d821183471718357%3A274378212&click_sum=301958dd&ga_search_query=asia&ref=shop_items_search_5&pro=1.

Far East Fun Digital Craft Kit: https://www.etsy.com/listing/900420392/far-east-fun-digital-craft-kit?click_key=f1d8f7dc6c8fec1290d7e997f5c6d097d0ed6797%3A900420392&click_sum=0ec9901c&ga_search_query=asia&ref=shop_items_search_16&pro=1.

Geisha Magic Collage: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1227462176/geisha-magic-collage-set?click_key=4c2e75d0fad27846db74faba83a086c37becdf6e%3A1227462176&click_sum=614efe89&ga_search_query=asia&ref=shop_items_search_7&pro=1.

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