Category Archives: My journals

my sweet little journal

yesterday I completed my latest journal.  it was such a sweet simple little book to make, from cover to pages to binding

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I wanted a journal for writing vs. art journaling. I’m sure there will be gluing, possibly painting, maybe gesso later on.  but first and foremost I wanted a little journal to write my thoughts in.

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the whole project seemed effortless, very personal, and just “right.” maybe because it was a journal for me, nothing more.  I did my best to complete, despite a crappy cold.

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a different kind of cover and binding this time.  the cover is very lightweight, almost a thin cardboard.  I wanted to retain all of the front cover artwork so I punched holes on the sides and sewed the covers to a strip of recycled purse leather.  really pleased with the process, makes the journal feel more integrated and natural

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I tore out the original foldout tourist map and covered it with painted sewn scraps, leaving the original maps on the inside and back cover.

the book ended up a little floppy, but that’s fine with me

Joyful Stories

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My latest guerilla bookmaking adventure started shortly before we left for vacation (as in the hour before we left…).  I used signatures already cut for some journal that never got created.  (note to self: yes, there is a reason to keep unused signatures)  Brought along the portable paper cutter, sewing cradle, assorted bookmaking and journaling supplies.  Struggled more than I wanted to with the double x binding.  Mistakes were made.  But that’s part of bookmaking, and life.

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Inside cover page on left, title page and dedication on the right.  Yep, I’m celebrating the big Five Five this year.

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inside pages are a wonderful collection of assorted lined papers

what would my mother say?

Below is my mother’s final project for a college class, hand-printed linen fabric. Mom was a home economics major in the 1950’s. She sewed me countless outfits over the years. My Aunt Jeanette and Aunt Emily worked in J.C. Penny fabric departments for decades. I guess sewing and fabric are in my blood.

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which maybe is why I find myself getting so emotional about the wonderful SEWN class I’m taking from Mary Ann Moss… my cheap little sewing machine wasn’t working so I gathered up my courage and used Mom’s fancy-schmancy high-end sewing machine.  I sewed on paper for the first time ever!!!

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what would my mother say? I violated cardinal rules of our household:  I used her sewing scissors to cut paper…I used her sewing machine to sew paper…

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In my mind, today, I’d want her to say “that’s beautiful!  how did you do that?”  But, alas, what I hear is: “oh honey, not the sewing scissors!!”  🙂

My latest journal: Norwegian bullseye

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“Norges Skyttere,” roughly translated:  Norway Shooters.  Apparently a book about a Norwegian gun club?  I paid a hefty price as Goodwill books go to get this volume.  But the graphics are astounding…once you forget they are actually targets.  I cut the covers down to a square-ish shape, glued on leather from a thrift store purse and did an orange double-diamond stitch.