Friday, March 2, 2018

Working on New Journals, Use What You Have!

I have been working on 2 new journals, this time for myself.
This is just the cover, its empty inside though I have some pages completed.  I wasn't sure I wanted this print for this particular journal but didn't have funds to buy anything different as I would have had to order some online.  It must have been serendipity because the cardstock I am using for the pages are all these same colors and everything works well together.
Another journal for myself with peacock fabric I bought months ago.  I adore peacocks and wanted to make a visual journal of just peacocks and similar colored birds.
This is an old typing manual so it flips open at the top.
I removed almost 2/3 of the pages because as you glue in images you are adding 2 layers to every page.  Then I painted pages with craft paint, fairly thinly and the paper is so good it barely curled on the edges.  I was also in a painty paper swap with 2 other people and the paper on the left, among many others, was done by a swap partner.  The swap asked for favorite colors and I received all the peacock colors I could have wanted.  Those papers are pasted onto the ones actually in the book and bird images will go on top in random patterns.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Romance Journal Just in Time for Valentines Day!

I finished another journal that included some more sewing and beading.

This was fun getting all the beads to work out to the right length.  I had wanted to use for of the shell leaves, but they were too wide to fit.
I included so wonderful pages from a free old book and antique lace edging that had seen better days.
And made my own marbled paper for the signature covers and end papers.  That was fun, you use shaving cream in a tray and drizzle or drop paint on it then stir with a thin stick.  Lay a damp piece of cardstock or paper on it for a minute, peel it off and after a couple minutes you squeegee off the foam.

Available in my Etsy Shop!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

My Newest Blank Journal with a Beaded Spine

I've spent 3 days working on a new journal which will be a gift.  And I did get to play with fabric (for the cover) and beads (on the spine) as well as actually sewing the pages in place.
I love this fabric of leafless trees.  I covered an actual book cover (with pages removed).  I also added some metal corners I had in my stash.
As I sewed in the signatures (groups of pages) I added beads to 3 of the 5 signatures.  Silver Celtic beads, dark blue glass beads and long silver glass beads.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  Dark blue embroidery thread was used for the sewing.
Inside are rainbow water-colored papers among others.
This is inside the front cover.  I painted the watercolor page, the hand was printed out and I embellished it with tiny flowers & jewels meant to decorate fingernails.
I love this page, it made a heart just by accident.
And believe it or not, these were done with the cheapo kid's watercolors, $1.98 at Walmart.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Greetings!

Here's a little reminder that the 12 days of Christmas begin on December 25th.
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