In the latest issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Sue Bleiweiss published a tutorial on creating a beautiful Faux Leather Journal. After reading through her very well written instructions, I decided to make one.
I used cardstock and scrapbooking papers to create three hand sewn signatures. The journal measures 8.5″ x 5.5″ when closed.
This one is heading to California for a surprise Christmas present.
Keep it simple!
Since finishing my first Remains of the Day Journal, I decided to go back and create some more mail art envies. Here is number 2. It measures 6 wide x 8 inches tall and opens at the top. I discovered, at the post office a few days ago, that these types of envelopes are considered Parcel Post (not a large envelope) and require a bit of extra postage so keep that in mind as you make and mail your Mail Art. Have fun.
Happy New Year.
Woohoo – I finished up the first journal in Mary Ann Moss’ on line class, Remains of the Day. You can view the other artist participant journals here.
I created a quick video on Vimeo of my completed journal.
The journal cover was sewn using quilt blocks for the front and wool felt for the inside and then free motion stitched. The journal pages are created with scrapbook paper, vintage music sheets, children’s book pages, transparencies, maps, tags and tidbits from my stash. The pages measure approximately 5.5 inches by 6.5 inches. There are two signatures with 12 pages each, hand sewn into the cover.
I wish you a Happy New Year! Keep it simple!
Here is the cover that I created for Mary Ann Moss’ Remains of the Day on-line journal class.
The cover was created from some old quilt blocks that I had made from a stash of Kaffe Fassett fabric. The tie is a strip from that same fabric with silk sari yarn sewn on for texture.
Here are some of the signatures that I have sewn. I’ll be adding more paper tid-bits and some fabric scraps to them before they are sewn into the cover.
And here is my workhorse! This sewing machine is over 50 years old and runs perfectly. It was a gift to my mom. I started sewing with it when I was 7. It is an old and dear friend and I plan to give it to my daughter some day.
Now back to sewing papers. Keep it simple.
More pics of my Christmas Journal. I’ve been adding to pages and creating some new ones.
More to come soon. I wish you a Very Merry Christmas.