Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
This journal was enjoyable to make. Mindlessly (well almost mindlessly) sewing stuff together while your nerves are knitting over life events is a wonderful thing. I have actually used up all my snippets and all pieces and scraps in the drawers that would fit in this journal. I had planned to sew this into a hard cover old book cover but it didn't fit after a got all the signatures together so that was just another opportunity to sew another cover together. It was rather difficult to sew the signatures but it finally came together. Now I will start to use it as a journal and write in all of the blank places.
You can see here how the Distrezz it all tool distresses the edges of the paper.
HERE is a YOUTUBE video of the book if you want to see it all. It's only about 4 minutes long.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Here are the last of the new backgrounds for the journal. I bound the journal yesterday after Distrezz--ing all the pages. I really like what this little machine does to the pages. I am getting a little better at sewing books now so I am happy that I have gotten over that sewing hurdle. I will take some pictures of this journal and post them in the next post. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It's springtime here in Jacksonville with a fine yellow dust everywhere.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I have been in a background mood recently and I have painted some backgrounds to go into this journal. But actually I think I will have to make another cover a la Remains of the Day journal because my pages turned out way too wide for the hard cover book I prepared. I spray painted the back of these so they would be two sided for the journal. I have not bound the journal yet because I have been waiting for my toy and it came in yesterday-it's THIS! I am so excited I am about to jump out of my skin. I just love distressed edges and finally there is a machine that will do it. It's like this--on steroids!!! It is simple and sounds loud and dangerous and works SO great! I will put up some more backgrounds tomorrow. I love to do backgrounds.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Today I was feeling rather like I needed some spring colors in my journal. I have actually been admiring some wonderful bloggy people who are using these spring colors so beautifully in their journals and I was inspired. This is the watercolor journal with the arches 140 lb paper but this is acrylic with some stamps and Zigs.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I decided to make another cover just so I could solidify in my mind how to make one. I decided to do some lettering for the inside cover. I was going to use this for the outside cover but I got going with the writing and hated to cover it all up with fabric strips. I have started gathering for the pages and it truly is wide open what you can do at this point. But sometimes wide open can be harder than-- not wide open (for me anyway)...too many choices and decisions sometimes. That's when I just have to rely on intuitition or I get a huge pain in my head trying to decide. Oh decisions decisions...The lettering is upside down on this one. Note to self...c'est le vie!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Here is the whole cover which is all ready for the insides. ARGG---that top part is not straight. Of course that is all I will see when it is finished. Note to self...just let it go, Martha and enjoy the wonkiness of it all.
It was really lots of fun and I tried not to think too hard and just grabbed stuff from the scrap pile. I hadn't used Bernie in quite a while and I was so glad that she cooperated with me. She was happy to be back at work today.
I put a button on it and actually that long strap might not need to be that long I haven't sewn it on yet. Mary Ann just wrapped it around.
It's funny how I seem to pull out the same colors all the time. Now, I will start on all the pages. That will probably take a while because everything is sewn on to the pages with little pockets and stuff. Mary Ann's journal was fabulous but everyone's will be different. I have been collecting security envelopes and I have never used a security envelope for anything other than lining the trash can but they are quite creative actually.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
OH and PS... Jane Farr is incredible too!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
This is my newest scrappy journal and I apologize for the bad video job I did. My little Flip camera is much more unsteady to use. I was editing the video and it made me a little motion sick and I had to lay down for a while. So, feel free to turn it off if the shakiness bothers you---I'll never know!
Monday, March 8, 2010
I have felt like being a calligrapher these past few days finding all these pieces that needed lettering on them. On this one I didn't plan anything as you can see because I ran out of room. This is on Arches Text wove paper (love Text wove!) with walnut ink. Yummy surface to write on. Yum yum...I used Dr. Martin's Bleedproof white.
Actually I am making another big chunky book with all my left over snippets and scraps. Some of the scraps just need...something...This is actually a very old scrap that I made in Judy Melvin's class many years ago. Most of you might not know who Judy Melvin is but if you are a calligrapher out there, you'll probably know! She is one of the superstar calligraphers out there and has been for many years. I love her and we were delighted to have her come here to Jacksonville.She stayed in my house so I really got to know her and pick her creative brain! It was wonderful but it was many years ago. I would love a refresher course and would love to see her again.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
This is the dress they made. Love the pose!
I love this one....Mama was very beautiful...and oh so thin! How in the world did they all stay so thin back then? No processed junk food I guess..and they walked everywhere because they certainly did not have a car they could drive.
And last but not least, here I am at about 14 sitting on Cherie ( I called her "my Cherie Amour"), this beautiful Connemara pony. I am not sure if I had a first place ribbon here but I will just imagine to myself that it was. I don't know where the horse show was but I do remember that this beautiful horse had so many colors in her that she appeared to have a tinge of purple hue to her. I do remember also that she was so beautiful that she always caught the judges' eye. We rode for a farm called Rose Hill Farms located half way between West Point, Georgia and Pine Mountain. We didn't own the horses but we felt like they were ours. The saddle pad was kelly green as well as our ascots. We were quite sharp! I rode until I was about 17 and one day they had sold the farm and all of the horses. I still grieve to this day and we never knew why it happened. Good memories though.... and I SO hope horses go to heaven.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
and I thought they they needed some lettering on them.
I love writing on watercolor paper with a calligraphy nib. It's bumpy and rough and wonderful.
And also remember that artists cannot fail...it is success to be one!
...and, yes, "As for me and my house...." also true....
AND how true is this one too?!!!