Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Two more journals!

I hate it that Sue B's class is over. I've enjoyed it so much! The last two journal styles were fast and fun.

The first is a faux leather covered journal made from a brown paper lunch bag. Kinda masculine looking, isn't it?

The inside isn't quite so manly. I used handmade papers to enclose each signature and to line the inside of the journal.

The last journal is a tall, narrow book with slip-in signatures. I used home dec fabric for the cover and black silk for the ribbons on the spine.


I used my computer to create lined pages for the inside. Each signature is enclosed in decorative and/or handmade paper.

Sue B's class has been great. I've signed up for her Mixed Media class -- it starts next week. I can't wait to see what she has on the agenda for that class!

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Poppies are my favorite flower, and they are lovely this year in my garden!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Still more journals -- Week Three of Sue B's class

Week Three's journals were pretty quick to make. In fact, I decided to start by making two, the first of which I will send to my friend Kyra.

The cover of Kyra's journal is a Jane Sassaman fabric I've had in my stash for a long time. I used a purple and green polka dot to line the inside of the front and back cover.

The second journal, which I'll probably keep, has a cover made of some chartreuse and turquoise fabric I dyed a few weeks ago.

I added pockets made of handmade paper, lots of cotton paper and watercolor paper pages, and a few tags that I painted with watercolors to both journals. Also stamped a few pages with handmade and purchased stamps.

Both journals have cord and beads for the binding.

Sue B's journal making class has been fantastic. I highly recommend it. If you are interested in taking it, check Sue B's blog at

Now I need to get back to quilting. No more journals (until we get next week's assignment!)

More journals....

More journals from Sue B's class. These are from the pattern Sue gave us in week 1. I made them as gifts for friends, both of whom are crazy about Kaffe Fassett fabric.

I used hand made marbled papers, and added lots of sketchbook pages. Some of the pages, including the card stock separating the signatures, are stamped with leaves and dragonflies.

I embossed pieces of brass and used them to cover the closures.

These are so much fun to make! I just can't stop!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Journal Making Class -- Journal #2

Journal 2 is a sketchbook with removable pages. I used pieces of my hand-dyed fabrics on both the outside and inside cover of this one. To cover the closure, I stamped a piece of the fabric trimmed from the body of the journal with a sun stamp by Sherril Kahn.

I had fun with the watercolor washes -- about half of the pages are done this way. I alternated washed watercolor pages with plain sketchbook paper.

The hardest part of this project was the grommets -- not installing them but finding them. I looked all over and finally found them at my local Ace Hardware store. After spending several hours running around Fort Worth looking for grommets, I spent about 10 minutes putting them in.

Journal Making class -- Journal #1

I'm taking an online class from Sue Bleiweiss on Journal Making. It's so much fun!

For my first journal I used some of my hand-dyed fabric on the outside cover and embellished the closure with a very rusty washer (I love rusting things!). The inside lining is a commercial batik. I carved several stamps in leaf shapes and used them to embellish some of the inside pages, and also washed some watercolor paper with orange, yellow and brown.
I had so much fun making this journal that I plan to make two more today to give as gifts this month!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Home from Colorado

Brian and I are just home from a week in Colorado. We've been visiting some of our oldest and dearest friends. The guys spent several days skiing, and Janet, Carol, and I spent our days shopping, hiking and having a wonderful time!

We woke up to snow several times during our stay.

In fact, yesterday morning we drove to Denver International Airport in a blizzard. It was pretty harrowing! We don't have many blizzards in North Texas.

But most of the time we had wonderful weather. This is a view of Pikes Peak from the Garden of the Gods outside Colorado Springs:

This is all of the girls (including Janet's daughters) in the Garden of the Gods:

And Brian, me, Erik, Janet and Kaysha (their dog) in Evergreen:

And we enjoyed kicking back and drinking a little wine:

It's good to be home. Now it's time to get back to work.

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