Friday, 7 June 2013

A SIMPLE JOURNAL


  Hi it's Friday again, so that means it's my turn to share another project.  Once again I've used one of Teresa Collins' paper collection kits.  This time it's the Fabrications Linen pack.  You get nine double-sided 12x12 patterned paper sheets (I say paper but it is more like a thin card) and a die-cut accessory sheet for £7.49.


  The journal measures 6 x 4 inches and to create the cover I simply took a sheet of  6 x 8 1/4 inch cardstock and scored it at 4 inches and 4 1/4 inches.  This creates a 1/4 inch spine.  For my inside pages I folded sheets of cream and kraft paper in half and stitched them to the spine using a pamphlet stitch.  I used a waxed linen thread but you could use anything to do this.  The stitch is so easy to do and I love the effect. I attached some beads to the ends of the thread but you could just simply tie a bow with them.


  I used two sheets of the patterned paper for the front and inside cover and I inked the edges with Tim Holtz's black soot ink pad.  I added one of the pieces from the accessory sheet to the front cover but left it blank as this journal is for a swap that I'm taking part in, the recipient can add their own title later.


  I decorated the inside pages with some border strips, banners and some of the circles from the accessory sheet which I stuck to the edges of the papers to create some tabs.



  This picture shows the middle of the journal - here you can see the stitching that holds it all together:


  I hope you have a go at making one of these journals - they are so easy to make - they take no time at all to put together.  I will be posting a video on my youtube channel soon of my journal, but in the mean time if you have any questions on how to make one please leave a comment. 

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5 comments:

Paula Whittaker said...

Love the look of this Melissa.

Clare said...

OMG, that is just gorgeous!Great use of the papers. Just love it. XX

melissa cruickshank said...

Thanks ladies!

nikkib said...

I love this project and cant wait to see how its made, I can think of several ideas on what to use this for....

melissa cruickshank said...

Thanks Nikki, I'll link the video to this post when I've recorded it (I need to wait until the house is quiet lol).