It's Spring Break and I'm busy as a bee.
I won't be blogging this week, but will be back after the Easter weekend on April 3rd 2013.
See you then!
|The cover is probably my favourite part. |
It's impossible for me to feel scared, nervous or cranky when I see it.
I used a few different fabrics plus some decorative trim.
I embellished all of the swatches with different stitches.
The blue heart at the top is a nice, soft felt.
The textures are really fantastic!
|I decided on a button closure, as I wanted to be able to bring this with me in my purse without worrying about the pages getting folded or dog-eared. |
I chose my fattest wooden button and fastened a hair elastic to the back cover = instant closure.
|I stitched in the three signatures using a pamphlet stitch. |
Again, very simple, yet strong and nice to look at.
I like the bold lines of the threads against the wavy trim that I used on the spine of the journal.
|Here's a close-up of that heart. |
See how my stitches are all messy?
That's what makes this journal perfect for me.
It's not prissy or fancy or too good to use.
|Here is the back cover of the journal. |
You can see the black stitching where I attached that hair elastic for the front closure.
You can also see the wavy trim that is on the spine.
I created the entire cover as one solid piece.
|A little blurry, but here is the inside cover. |
You can see the reverse side of the front cover where I used a decorative leaf/vine stitch.
I used a soft suede for the inside covers, mostly for its softness.
|On the inside front cover, I had threads showing from where I fastened the button (for the closure). |
In hindsight I should have done the button before adding the suede to the inside.
I didn't really mind having the threads showing, but I DID have this ridiculously cute robot patch that was begging to be used somewhere on this project.
Now he has a home, and he is seen every time I open the journal!
|Ahhhhh the pages. |
I selected some favourites from my stash,
AND went out and bought some specifically for this journal.
The result is a collection of awesome papers that definitely inspire me!
You can see that on the second page, I've used a white gel pen to write with.
I have a few different pens that I am carrying with this journal and I'm finding that the white pen is PERFECT for using on the darker-coloured pages.
|The page on the right was one that I bought. It's an old, weathered fence that I instantly loved!|
|In all, this journal was made straight from my heart. |
My goal is to write in it every day,
and to not beat myself up if my writing isn't neat,
or if I miss a day for some reason.
I created it to have a document that I could look back to remember my feelings, excitements and fears.
I am absolutely in LOVE with the finished product :)
|Same durable binding, different cover stock. This is a Kraft-coloured mat board. Ultra strong and earthy, too!|
|This is a sample spread from on the journals that I made: a craft book page, a wallpaper swatch (the wood-grain), a folded piece of heavy scrapbook paper, and a cottage image in behind. Lots of inspiration!|
|Another sample spread: an embroidery pattern, a striped heavy scrapbook page (I love writing along the lines on this particular paper!), and a photograph from a book that I bought (and immediately upcycled) called LOVE.|
|A third sample spread: this one shows a boho-style girl on the left side - |
TONS of inspiration and space for journalling!
- and a triad of different papers on the right side.
The large dot is actually a long swatch of paper that has three dots total and is folded so that there is a little flap (for secret messages!)
|...and it has a tree on it!|
|Just like the other journal, hand-embroidered edging over bias tape. Also, note the lime green rick rack! Yum!|
|Lime green embroidery floss holds the signatures in place.|
|The inside cover is a nice, rich chocolate brown.|
|Here is a close-up of the inside binding. Cute and tidy!|
|It's the Pinterest Logo.|
|I Gesso'd and then watercoloured one side of my latest deck. Aren't the colours magical?!|
|I'm working on inspirational sayings using watercolour outlined with pen. Here are a few that I've come up with so far. I wanted to highlight the first letters on each one, as I'm doing an alphabet sub-theme.|
I challenge you to make your own deck of 52 little pieces of art.
You can look at Jessica Brogan's In Search Of Dessert if you would like some inspiration. Jessica and her swap are what motivated me to begin exploring card deck in the first place!
I'm not sure that this deck will be entered into the swap; I kind of like it in its entirety so far.