This is my new hybrid journal, which I'm calling Little Sunny Stories. I designed it to be used as a regular writing journal as well as a shabby style journal I can write smaller entries in as I have in four journals now, since taking Mary Ann Moss's Remains of the Day. For regular writing I've been using Cachet's 7x10 inch wirebound journals with 1/4-inch quadrille paper. This has been my writing journal of choice for years. The paper is heavy enough to carry fountain pen ink on both sides without bleeding.
Inside front cover and first page
The pages alternate between blank pages (plain graph paper) and pages that have been embellished with stitched-on stuff, pockets, etc. And of course I can add more stuff along the way with dry adhesive. The outside covers have images from Burpee's 1997 seed catalog done in vintage style and pages from Johnny Gruelle's Little Sunny Stories kids' book from 1940. The inside front cover and many of the embellished pages have snippets from Burpee's reproduction 1888 seed catalog.
I didn't start using that repro 1888 seed catalog until I got into mixed media, although I've had it since the late 1990s. Went online yesterday to see if I could get another copy since I've just about used up the one I have, and found this great site ~ Vintage Literature ~ that has a ton of cool vintage stuff on CD. I ordered a CD of Burpee's seed catalogs from 1888 through 1927.
These Cachet sketchbooks have a removable wire binding. I simply removed the wire, took out maybe half of the original 80 pages, embellished half of the remaining pages, alternated stitched and plain pages, added images to the covers, then put the wire binding back in. As usual, I embellished way more pages than would fit in one journal, so I can do this same thing again in future if I want to. And I have those removed plain pages as well. The journal would have been way too thick with all the pages in, because of the space taken up with embellishments.