Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Journal cover for Deb

This is a journal cover I created for Deb at Bella Paperie.  Whilst I used a number of items from my own stash, all of the beautiful lace was purchased from the store.  My brief was to create one of my special journal covers, with a postcard theme.  I really enjoyed this project from the outset.

The actual journal is feint ruled and is A5 in size, spiral bound on the inside, but with an outer hard cover, perfect for this project.
The image above shows the cover of the journal with the fabric canvas slip cover attached, ready for embellishment
At this point it is important to note that I removed the cover and added a number of layers of cheesecloth and muslin edges prior to the additions of the lace layers.  This gives the overall journal a much more aesthetic look and feel.  The layers are what I believe, really 'make the journal'

This is the completed embellished journal

Close up of the image used - from Pinterest
I had the 'perfect' lace fabric offcut to complement the trim on the bonnet - so attached to the bottom of the journal
I stamped the word 'Post Card'  on to a separate piece of sticky-back canvas and inked with Tim Holtz distress stains, as I had done for the image and layered the image over the stamped canvas.
For this journal, I also added extra fabric canvas pieces behind the main image to 'lift it up' from the lace embellishments.  

Close up of the flower and lace and velvet leaves on the front of the journal

View of the back
I found this beautiful image of a vintage envelope back which was 'perfect' for this project
I copied this on to sticky-back canvas and inked around the edges  in a similar fashion to the images on the front of the journal
I also used some pre-dyed rayon crinkly ribbon which I sewed randomly around the envelope, together with some more beautiful lace from Bella Paperie

Close up of back of journal
also depicting some lace from my stash

Inside of back cover of journal
Cover can be removed to add to a new journal, or to protect the cover whilst using the journal

Note:  The concept for this journal is 'shabby chic', so the edges of the journal are deliberately uneven, often showing raw edges and loose threads.