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!!!
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.
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.
Paul 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! :-)