Friday, October 6, 2017

October 2017 - Calendar Journal

Calendar Journal 2017
Ready to set up your pages for October? 
My Theme is "Harvest Festival" because I love this time of year - even my wedding anniversary is in October!      
Please share your ideas for this month's pages.

The Pumpkin Patch

How about some classical calligraphy or decorative lettering for your October pages?

Monday, September 25, 2017

"Make It Mine" Book Covers

"I Remember"

Today I'm sharing some "make it mine" fabric book covers. One day recently, as I was caring for Mom, I was inspired to start a new journal for memories.  I titled it "I Remember" and I've been filling it with notes on scraps of paper of memories I want to write about. The book needed to be special--so I purchased a new lined journal in a wonderful turquoise color and added a pieced fabric cut-out to the front cover.

My second and third shares were made for two friends of mine for their bullet journals.
front & back cover view
inside cover view

I am tardy with September pages for my Calendar Journal -- WIP now before the 30th!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Booklet Ideas For You

booklet back
booklet front

First up: This project cover was made of heavy drill cloth. I soaked each side of the cloth with Elmer's Art Paste. When dry, I painted both sides but I used a stencil when painting the outside cover, cut it to the size, folded heavy paper for the interior and stitched the signatures to the fold to create the booklet with a ribbon closure.  This booklet of 18 pages is 5' X 8.5" and perfect for a special holiday journal.

Watercolor booklet cover front

Next up: These little guys make great gifts. I bought a pack of plain watercolor greeting cards and painted the card with a watercolor wash and a saran wrap application to create the design. I then inserted the writing stock paper and stitched it to the fold creating the binding. A decorative button glued to the front cover and ribbon to the back make a great closure.  (5"X7", 12 pages)
view of watercolor booklet interior

And finally (for today): I have included a picture of small booklets I've made for gifts by using greeting card stationary per the same process mentioned above but without painting.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

And Here's Handmade Journal #5

I have finally finished the five journals I prepared for binding with fabric covers in May! This one's for me! I love black & white creations - so, it has to be mine. 120 blank pages await free writing, sketches, stories and more:)

Happy September to you all! I have set up my September Journal Calendar pages but only have my Theme: Autumn-Almost. Weather is on most of our minds these days.  Concern for the Hurricane victims, our relatives living throughout the south, and the heat wave/fires in California. I commend the unity of Americans coming together to support our fellows in harms way and loss. Thank you for what you do to help.

I am eager to have my daily schedule settle down a bit. I spent August migrating my hubby's website to my Host to manage it - took 2 weeks - then the redesign of his website was underway - another 1.5 weeks.  Whew! :)

Anyway >> the photo below shows my solution for making a manufactured journal of 240 pages more functional. I like my journals to be about 120 pages because I prefer separate journals for different purposes.
I opened the book to a center most page, cut through the binding and the spine,
then rebound with another cover and created a new spine.  Two for One!

Here is the front inside cover and title page of the new second book with
the yellow rose above.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Newest Journal - fini

I'm sharing my latest journal WIP Fini! I love the brightness of this fabric cover. The book is 6" X 9" with approximately 120 blank pages.

Glue rippled the interior front and back pages a bit -- not to my liking! So - the fix included some wonderful lacy paper and a pic from my magazine cutting box. Photos below.

Also, check out my "making a manufactured notebook mine" pics. Put your stamp on your books too and share with us:) Best to you,  deborah

Friday, August 4, 2017

August's Muse & Resources

Happy August! Here's my page start for this month. My Theme is - Hot, Hang On. Hoping for some cooler days and nights here and there soon. Colors are those of dried grasses with a few blossoms asking for a sprinkle now and then. 

I want to give you some resource links for handcrafting books. Hope you find something you just have to make!

*Artful Journals by Janet Takahashi
*Making Handmade Books, 100 + Bindings, Structures & Forms by Alisa Golden
*Nature Inspired by Tracie Lyn Huskamp
*Pages, a periodically released magazine by Cloth Paper Scissors (You might find it worthwhile to look over the Pages magazine archives.)

A couple nuggets from July -

And a couple more pics for inspiration - an art piece, a poem, or maybe a story.  Have fun!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Being Productive - FINI 2 WIPs

I finally finished two wall-hangings that have been on my design wall for far too long (how long? I don't want to tell you ... since last year) BUT I finished both this weekend. Great productive feeling and love the weight of them off my shoulders. Funny how I procrastinated with the excuse "I don't want to mess it up, what if it doesn't turn out right" and so on. Embarrassing but true.  Sound familiar? please share with us. 

 Anyway - here are pics of the finished pieces.

It's been fun to add magazine snapshots, titles of books I'm reading and a want to read list, search notes and discoveries made on my July's Muse pages.  Here's part of my word list for this month: Community, journaling, light hearted, searching for comrades, book club, play in my studio, create!
Best to you all! deborah

Monday, July 10, 2017

Handcrafted Books

So what have I been up to lately? Finishing the Journal Books I laid out with covers, paper cut & folded, and glue standing ready.          
This Journal >> was auctioned off in my writers group. I was thrilled that 11 bidders vied to be the winner! Oh, the winner was thrilled. 

Next up are the three below. I have held back on embellishing two of them because I think the fabric is wonderful on its own.  I hope you are having fun creating your own books and that the binding tips have been useful to you. Please share and let us know.

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