Friday, November 18, 2022

Wall Paper Junk Journal....

 Here she is... a journal created with 100% vintage wall paper and wall paper digitals. Oh... also a few envelopes created with a vintage botanical calendar page.

Three signatures, measures approximately 9.5x6", with a 2.5" spine. But the book flares open to about 4-5".

Many pages are trimmed with laces.

I loved making these 'cluster' envelopes with the leftover off-cuts. Perfect for a tuck spot. This book is full of envelopes, and way too many tags to count!
Pockets and bellyband, with yet another wallpaper envelope.

pockets and tuck spot

One of several fold out pages. You can decorate as you wish.

This just feels and looks so YUMMY!
Another envelope cluster on the left and two decorated wallpaper envelopes on the right.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Four Seasons Edith Holden NATURE JOURNAL

 This is a HUGE journal! Biggest one I've ever made! It is actually a FOUR in ONE journal! Each 'season' journal is removable from the main journal. Makes it so easy to write in and embellish! The spine of this book is a full FIVE INCHES! After assembling the inner season journals, it pulled something fierce on the spine. So I took it all apart and created a spine to last centuries!  Here are the pictures...only a few, because this book is ginormous! The book itself weighs 5 pounds, and the satchel of remnants, tags, pages, and embellishments...that weighs a full pound!

Each Season's Journal has 72 lined pages decorated with seasonally appropriate images...along with many pages with pockets, tucks, and secret spaces. I've filled many pockets etc....but I'm including a separate portfolio stuffed with tags, embellishments, off cuts, as well as full pages from the book. You can see those things at the end of this post.

This first photo shows the very strong spine...collaged with Edith Holden papers. Hanging on the side is a dangle of paper beads all made with book pages. The journal is cloth covered in a rich forrest green. The front cover features an embroidered leaf nestled in a bed of beautiful yarn.  The yarns and the leaf were made from rescued designer fabrics and notions.

You can see the detail of the paper beads. Inked edges give the beads depth and interest. Remember, the spine is a hearty 5 inches! Looks really great on a bookshelf, while you have the current season journal out for your journaling.
This shows inside the book structure. The elastic cords are hidden from the outside. The elastic cord was stark white, so I gave it an ink bath in a baggy, and I love the muted tan color. Each cord knot is reinforced with a dab of glue.

So, here are the four season journals that can be removed from the book frame. I've had these papers in my stash for a few years, and I'm happy they fit so well as the cover for each season.

I'll try to show the inside signature of each season. You can see the elastic band holding it in place. Each center signature, of each season, is a flip out with lots of pockets.
We'll start with Spring....

There are so many pockets, envelopes, journaling opportunities.

I keep coming back to this page, I love so much! I used two different editions of Diary of an Edwardian is much smaller...but it doubled the opportunity for a spread like this.
Here is an example of one of the 'Winter' journal pages.

This leaf was actually part of an exquisite piece of upholstery fabric. I fussy cut it very carefully and stitched it to a length of this really interesting 'yarn'. 
Here is the all her glory!
A better closeup of the paper beads and the collaged spine. 

Okay... so what to do with the glossy, somewhat worn book cover?  I sewed the sides to create a folder to house all the leftovers and embellishments. This, in itself, weights a full pound!
There are several 'categories' in cello bags, tags, off cuts, full pages, etc.

Here are finished embellishments for you to stuff and place where ever you want.
Lots of pocket cards, envelopes, pullouts, etc!

Whew... I hope you enjoyed this tour through this mega journal!

Blessings to you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Happy Couples Keepsake Memory Book

Happy Couples Wedding, Relationship, Keepsake Memory Book


Unique, Personalized, Created Just for You

Perfect gift for Commitment Ceremony, Wedding, Anniversary.

Available in my Etsy Shop...HERE

First, many happy, happy blessings to you and your loved one. It is so beautiful how you met, nurtured each other through hard times and good times, and now are embarking on a joyful journey.

This journal will be specially made, with YOUR photos and YOUR names. Included are many interactive processes to practice with your partner...taking you deeper into your love. This includes 'Date Night Cards', Love Coupons, Relationship Gratitude Journal, the Appreciation Game with a Rose Quartz heart, and Co-Commitments for a Happy Relationship.


Through the years I’ve made many lacy wedding albums, keepsake books, and bridal journals... but often, folks have already had the full-on white wedding experience. But many folks are entering a second marriage, or commitment... so it often doesn't feel right, using all the white antique wedding laces, trims, pearls, papers, etc.  

So, it took me a few weeks to design this Wedding Keepsake Book in a NATURE theme! It just felt right.


Like my traditional wedding books, you’ll find MANY pockets to tuck in cards, notes, ephemera, photos you may want to keep.  


You’ll also find a number of interactive opportunities. These are fun processes that I’ve collected (and reinvented) for many years.  My husband and I practiced many of these processes over the last thirty years.  Of them all, it is the Appreciation Game that has been the most beneficial.  We still practice this at family dinners, Thanksgiving, etc. 


I’ve also included a page called Co-Commitments for a Happy Marriage, by Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks.  Their book Conscious Loving, I highly recommend. Or you can find lots of info on their website.  My husband and I actually used these commitments in our marriage vows!  Hope you enjoy the essence of Conscious Loving!


Note: Most of the digital graphics are from several Ukraine artists on Etsy.  Just a small way we can support them.

The following photos are from my most recent Wedding Keepsake Book. Your book will feature photos of both of you and will include what you see below. Each book will be unique and individual to you.

Front cover, fabric wrapped cover with applique leaf and fibers. Tied with a unique fiber tie.

Two Signatures, each can be removed and expanded.

.Inside cover...your photo will be, you can have your names appear under the 'This is Us' sign.
.Inside pockets with love coupons.  Your photo can appear behind the heart shaped ivy.
.A few pockets to store your memories.
Plenty of pages to journal on.
.Forrest floor tuck spots for more gift certificates, or your photos?

.The craft paper envelope contains your date night cards.

.Big pockets for your memories.

.A 'belly band' on the right side contains a small envelope with your Rose Quartz Heart used in your Appreciation Game.

.More pockets and writing space.

.The envelope on the right contains your 'Co-Commitments for a Happy Relationship'

.Another space to store memories and/or photos.

.More pockets

.Fun graphics with more pockets. 
.Closeup of envelope.
.Back side of envelope.
.This is the little Relationship Gratitude journal.
.Two sets of Date Night Cards.
.An empty envelope for your treasures.

.Sample of outside wrapper.

Wall Paper Junk Journal....

 Here she is... a journal created with 100% vintage wall paper and wall paper digitals. Oh... also a few envelopes created with a vintage bo...