Thursday, 23 September 2010


I decided to do some surfing in search of ideas for my ‘leaf’ journal. I started where I always start, with Google Images, & typed in ‘fabric journal.’ This pic jumped out at me, not only because it was made using Kaffe Fasett fabrics, which I love, but because it looked so tactile.

This is a link to the page & a step by step of how to make this cover. there’s even a link to You Tube to see a similar folder being made by Teesha Moore.

If you like her work once you've watched the first one, Teesha has a lot more clips on You Tube, including how to make a 16 page Art journal, how to paint the journal, then how to decorate & embellish with pictures, finally going on to writing in your journal. I’ve always loved the look of art journals but wouldn’t have had a clue where to start, (or even thought for a minute I’d have the ability to make one) until I watched Teesha’s clips.

Yesterday I laid out all my Kaffe Fassett fabrics & sorted them into colours, so I could choose which ones to use for my journal cover. That took a while!!!

cover I’ve since cut out my pillows & started making them. I changed a few things along the way. I didn’t stuff my pillows with fibre fill I cut thick batting to size & slipped it in after I’d sewn 3 sides. I realised later it would have been easier to slip it in after sewing 2 sides & then sew up the final 2. I also turned my edges over twice to hide the raw edge. I’m using variegated Pearl thread to oversew the edges. I knew I’d use that stuff one day. :-) Above is the front.

coverback These are the fabrics I chose for the back.

Then last night I hit You Tube again & found this clip:

which then sent me off in another direction as to what I’ll put in my journal. It’s called ‘Junque Journaling’ & it suits me to a tee. I keep tons of stuff a ‘normal’ person would throw out & here’sa place I can shove all that stuff & call it art!!! I can’t wait to get started. :-)))

Junque Journals have arty pages but also are much more personal as you’re putting in pieces of your life. Hmmm all those little pieces of special fabric that are really too small to do anything with, can have a home.

The desired effect. I’ve started mine, it will take a while to look this good.

floor3floor2Paul has been busy too. He’s laid the timber to fill in the gap in my floor. It looks fantastic with varnish. Next week I’ll finally be able to set up the rest of my shelves & finish sorting my sewing room. Of course the smell of the varnish is pretty over-powering so I’ve taken over the dining room table for now. As you do! :-)

4 comments: said...

Love those Kaffe Fassetts - but then you already knew that didn't you. lol You have been busy! Keep blogging and flaunting. I agree with you - blogging is VERY motivating.

Julie said...

Hi Jan, I've just had a lovely time reading your blog and seeing what you've been up to for the last few weeks. I must say I am a little envious of your local DFO!

Jan Quigley said...

Thanks Munaiba, what's even more motivating is looking at other people's blogs. I spend a lot of time enjoying other people's work. cheers, Jan

Jan Quigley said...

Thanks Julie, I enjoy reading your blog too. I see you're making the most of your time off. After 18 years with just 2 shopping centres to choose from I'm like a kid in a candy store with all the fabulous shopping to be had here. DFO is fabulous, so much great stuff at affordable prices. It's amazing how many things I find that I can't live without, lol. cheers, Jan