Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HeartFelt Journal #2

Coming to you with another Journal idea using one of Eileen Hull's newest dies from Sizzix - Journal!  Once again I incorporated a few different touches.

Let's begin-

The first thing is always - go to my "stashes" of this and that to see what might lend itself to a new project.  Immediately a remnant of vinyl caught my eye.  Originally I was going to use it the "correct way"(the leather looking side) but found I liked the look of the wrong side.  A piece was cut to cover the matboard cover completely, with a about an additional 3/8 of an inch added to the top and bottom.  It took the Uniform Colorbox® Blends nicely.  NOTE: In this step of applying the ink, some experimenting took place with blending the inks with some water on a palette to get coverage.  I wll attempt to follow up with a tutorial for this application.

Follow directions on forming the journal, using Super Tape or a strong glue for center binding area.  Cover the journal with the fabric.  To hold the vinyl side onto the matboard, I used strips of Super Tape running vertically along the side edges and near the center of the covers to hold it in place.  Mark and pierce the holes for binding.  Fold over the edges along the top and bottom, tucking them neatly and glue in place (refer to photo).

The cover has a shadow like design that was made using a TCW stenci by Rebekah Meier and the Coconut Colorbox® Blend.

The cover embellishments are die-cut letters from textured paper, using Eileen's Thinlits™ Homemade Alphabet and fabric flowers made using her Twist & Style Tool.

Place the letters on the cover using a gel medium.  Apply a coat of medium over the entire surface of the cover.  Dry.  Brush the letters randomly with iCraft® deco foil™ liquid adhesive.  Dry well.  Place iCraft® deco foil™ over the letters and rub to release the foil onto areas with adhesive.

Flowers are made from torn strips of cotton fabric.  Use various lengths of fabric strips and twist them with the Twist & Style tool following manufacturer directions.  Centers of the flowers are made using a button and floral wire twisted with the tool also. Make the stems long.  The wire stem is also used to form leaves for the flowers.  Arrange flowers on cover and glue into place.

Bind the journal for the inserts.  This time, white grograin ribbon was used for three inserts and tied into a bow for part of the embellishment.   A piece of white elastic cording was attached for the closure.  It has a small old key tied onto it.

The latch piece from the die is used as a pen/pencil holder.  NOTE: Refer to my previous post on HeartFelt Journal for directions on how to attach this piece.

The inserts for this journal were made using old manila folders, copy paper, lined and graph sheets from downloads found online and a pocket folder, recycled from the bag of a cereal box.

Wash and dry the cereal bag.  Cut one piece to measure the same as the inserts.  Cut a second the same width but two to three inched longer in length for top flaps.  Fold over the top edge of the smaller piece and stitch across the edge using a zig-zag stitch on a sewing machine.  Do the same for the larger piece.  Align the two pieces together at the bottom and sides.  NOTE: It may be helpful to clip or pin them to hold in place while sewing.  Stitch around the three sides with the zig-zag stitch.  Fold in half and stitch along the fold line/center with a straight stitch to make two pockets.  For the top flaps, cut the sides and center area at a slight angle, fold over or tuck into the pocket.

Now...journal away!

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  1. So many cool techniques Madeline! Love this Journal!

    1. Thanks Eileen! It's what I like to try and do!

  2. I love the cover the texture looks great, and those flowers are fab :) Love your journal x

    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I love the surprises when I do the unexpected, like using the wrong side of the fabric and getting great results. It's fun and easy making these flowers from just torn pieces of cotton fabrics and the "twist & style" tool. Great embellishments for anything.