Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Handmade Journals

Let's just pretend that I haven't been absent from the blog for eight months.
Just where does the time go?

I've been making handmade journals lately.  I love that it combines two of my favorite things... paper and sewing. The first journal I made after taking Mary Ann Moss' Remains of the Day e-course was for my mother and I gave it to her for her birthday. BTW, Mary Ann's course is fantastic.

The second one I made is mine (below) and I've been using it on occasion to document my days. I uploaded some photos of it to Flickr today,
so I thought I might share them here also.

Closed journal.
ROD Journal #2 (1)

The entire cover.
ROD Journal #2 (17)

ROD Journal #2 (2)
Inside the front cover.

Some pages I've journaled on.
ROD Journal #2 (3)

ROD Journal #2 (4)

ROD Journal #2 (5)

ROD Journal #2 (6)

ROD Journal #2 (7)

ROD Journal #2 (9)

And some of the blank pages in the back. It's not even half full yet.
ROD Journal #2 (13)

ROD Journal #2 (11)

I've probably made a dozen journals so far...
Journal Pages

Collecting vintage papers, books, postcards, and ephemera from estate sales
has become a regular thing for me. I love the hunt!
More journals

The solid red one is a Midori-style leather journal.
I LOVED making it and can't wait to start using it. I bought some beautiful
pieces of leather, so there will be more Midori-style journals in my future.
The open book below I've been using for an inspiration notebook.

I even sold one in my Etsy shop!  I love the one I sold; I really hope
it's new owner enjoys filling it with her memories and treasures.
handmade smash journal cover

handmade smash journal 4

handmade smash journal 5

So, obviously, I'm hooked. I even dug all my papermaking bins and screens out of the basement so I could make some handmade paper to add to journals. I'm hoping to get some more listed in my Etsy shop soon. There's no way I can use all these myself, but I can't stop making them!

Sorry these photos are so small. I haven't used Flickr much since the new interface was rolled out and I guess I used preview images that were too small. I really don't like the new Flickr format; maybe I'm just resisting change.


green23 said...

Glad you are back. Can you share more details about how you make the journals?

Missy Shay said...

Welcome back, the journals look great!

Julie Huntsman said...

I was just wondering how you attached the pages in the blue book journal you made? Your journals are gorgeous
Thanks julie