Saturday, May 11, 2013

Just because . . .

I've been spending a lot of time away from my computer, working on this scrappy journal for the past two weeks, and have little else to show for the time I've spent in my craft room.


Because I have nothing else to show for my time away from my blogging friends, I thought I would show what I go through to get to this point. 

The first thing I do is go through my images, ephemera, and other goodies I intend to use for a specific journal.  This can take awhile, especially if it is a journal with a theme.

Once I have determined the images, etc. I want to use, I cut many things to size.

Next I make a few sub-assemblies, then I embellish (and sew) a few pages using them.  When I make a sub-assembly, I might use a different colored thread than the one I use on the page just to keep everything interesting.

Once all the pages are sewn, I stamp images onto areas that have voids, or areas I can't sew on because of what I've added to the back.  I do all my stamping at once, that way I only have to clean my stamps and acrylic blocks once.  My preferred ink for these journals is StazOn, a solvent based ink, because it is waterproof no matter what ink or paint the recipient might use on the page.

And here we've come full circle.  After all the pages have been sewn and stamped, I review each page before I add it to the signature.  I don't want two pages the same color next to each other, nor do I want two pages next to each other that I've sewn similar sub-assemblies to.

For this book (and all my scrappy visual journals), I have made two signatures.  In case you need a review, a signature is, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, "one unit of a book comprising a group of printed sheets that are folded and stitched together."   Both of my signatures have 14 sheets and I have folded each sheet once which produces two leaves (each leaf is 1/2 the size of the original 8.5 inch X 11 inch sheet).  As a result, each sheet yields four pages.

These pages are for my friend Kathy, who I promised a scrappy journal to.  These are probably the most boring looking pages, but Kathy requested something simple, so that is what she is getting.  And because this is about all I've been working on, this is all I have to show and tell this week.  What have you been working on?



11 thoughtful remarks:

Donna: said...

Looks interesting Elizabeth. Lots of ways to go on that project !

Dawn said...

Ooh this is looking wonderful Elizabeth, I'm sure Kathy will love the finished journal. So interesting to follow your thoughts as you made your pages, thank-you for sharing my lovely.
Huge hugs x

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

The stitching really makes those sub assemblies more visually dynamic, I am glad you showed us your process, helps me see where your choices are made....xox

voodoo vixen said...

It's looking good! I like to see how other people manage the process and you seem to be pretty organised! I have a tendency to try and keep it all in my brain! LOL

Halle said...

You have been very busy indeed. I have been busy doing...something...not really sure what other than nursing a sick kid who thankfully is better.

Rita said...

I love seeing what you are working on and this is so interesting to see how you go about it. I'm sure she'll love it. And you can this plain?! ;)

Nancy said...

Very nice, and I like your approach and pics to illustrate it.

sandee said...

Well, keeping busy is a good thing, keeps me out of trouble...although now I am getting too old to even get in trouble any more...sigh...lol I'm sure your friend will love her journal, she will have lots of room to fill it up with! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

Marilyn Rock said...

You sure have been busy! Love this project; the stitching is marvelous! xxoo

~*~Patty S said...

Really great to see your step by step...thanks so much for sharing and always being such an inspiration dear E
oxo

Sabina Pamphili said...

I am following whenever I can and have the time or my health holds out...your friend will love the journal. I even like how you use the string there.
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