Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kathy's visual journal: the big reveal

Every other Sunday I play in the Craft Barn Quotes and Lyrics challenge.  I like to finish and post my piece before I go to bed Sunday morning.  It makes my days and nights more similar to most of my International readers and followers, and less like my real time.  But this week, it's after 4:00 pm at the Craft Barn (and after 10:00 am my time) and there is no new challenge.  It's fairly obvious I won't be making the Craft Barn challenge today, so I quickly finished uploading scans of my friend's scrappy visual journal to my blog.  At least I have something to show this Sunday.

As promised, here are the pages I sewed for my friend Kathy's visual journal.  You can see the cover here and how I made it here.

Be warned!  This is a very, very, very, very long post.  It took forever to scan the book and even longer (or so it seemed) to upload the scans.

For those who missed it before, here is the outside front cover, 

and the inside front cover.  The front has a place to hold writing instruments.  It is backed with some baby wipes Kathy and I used when I spent several days at her place last year.  I even sewed all the wipes together while I was at her home.

It's amazing how different the colors look when photographed than when scanned.

Page 1 of Signature 1.

Pages 2 and 3.  The menu on Page 3 lifts so you can write hidden messages.

Pages 4 and 5.  Page 5 postcard can be lifted to write on the back.

Pages 6 and 7.

Pages 8 and 9.

Pages 10 and 11.

Pages 12 and 13.  There's a pocket on page 13 and I've included a tag in it.

Pages 14 and 15.

I seem to have cut off the bottom of page 16.  Page 17 has an envelope pocket.

Pages 18 and 19.

Page 19 detail.

Pages 20 and 21.

Pages 22 and 23.

Pages 24 and 25.

Pages 26 and 27.

Pages 28 and 29.

Pages 30 and 31.

Pages 32 and 33.

Pages 34 and 35.

Pages 36 (lopsided) and 37. 

Pages 38 and 39.
Pages 40 and 41.

Pages 42 and 43.  Die cuts were all made last year at Kathy's using her machine.

Pages 44 and 45.

Pages 46 and 47.

Pages 48 and 49.

Pages 50 and 51.

Page 52, the last page of the first section, and Page 53, or Page 1 of the second section, or signature.  I had actually intended these signatures be turned around, but I got them aligned wrong when I was adding the signatures to the book.

Pages 54 and 55.

Pages 56 and 57.

Pages 58 and 59.

Pages 60 and 61.

Pages 62 and 63.

Pages 64 and 65.

Pages 66 and 67.

Pages 68 and 69.

Pages 70 and 71.

Pages 72 and 73.

Pages74 and 75.

Pages 76 and 77, which is the center spread for the second set of signatures.

Pages 78 and 79.

Pages 80 and 81.

Pages 82 and 83.  Don't you just love Bleubeard's personal touches?

Pages 84 and 85.

Pages 86 and 87.

 Pages 88 and 89.

Pages 90 and 91.

Pages 92 and 93.

Pages 94 and 95.

Pages 96 and 97.  Isn't that an adorable bunny picture?

Pages 98 and 99.

And because I messed up on the page numbers count early in the scanning process, here is Page 100 (not 98) and the inside back cover.  I only realized my mistake as I was uploading these pages.

Again, this shows the sewn baby wipes Kathy and I used at a get-together last year.  And the pocket, which will hold notes, ephemera, etc., is some of the oatmeal resist fabric I made last week.

And finally, a closer look at the inside back cover, 

as well as one last look at the outside back cover.

I tried to keep my words to a minimum this time.  If you have ANY QUESTIONS about any of the pages, please leave them in the comments.  I will get back to you on YOUR BLOG, because I don't expect you to have to return here to see the answer.

Thanks for visiting and looking over these pages.  I hope you found a few that you enjoyed.

14 thoughtful remarks:

jinxxxygirl said...

How nice of you to make that for your friend! Wow! That was alot of work. Some pages i really enjoyed were : 2,10,37,57,59,79,81,85! Great job Elizabeth! Hugs! deb

Cindy McMath said...

Wow Elizabeth, this is amazing! My head is swirling with ideas and inspiration. What a lot of work - I'm sure Kathy appreciated this beautiful piece of art.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

I enjoy them all Elizabeth..and I can tell you that you really inspire me.. I will take out a fabric tote just now and do something on fabric!
Great pages are this....

Lady Catford said...

I am totally blown away by what you have done. You are a major inspiration to me. Loved the stitching on page 72.
Thank you

Anna W

Jo Murray said...

No wonder Kathy was delighted! That's FABULOUS!!!!

Rita said...

Wow! That is a work of love! And a huge journal with 100 pages--OMG! I'm sure she'll treasure it. :)

Carol said...

I hadn't realized that the journal was going to be so large. So much work and details involved. She must be a very special friend ♥

Nan G said...

Wow! What a cool book! Love the oatmeal resist dyed cloth. And baby wipes? awesome recycling! Love caricature of Bleubeard! So do the Girls. Hugs

TwinkleToes2day said...

I always enjoy a visit here and today is no exception. This is a fantabulistic visual journal. So much to enjoy seeing and lingering over. You are an incredible friend to have done this for Kathy and I have no doubt she appreciates every iota of it. Thank you for sharing it with us (hugs) :o)

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Craftymoose Crafts said...

I had no idea your scrappy (or actually Kathy's) journal had so many pages! What a lot of work, thought, planning, and love went into this. I am sure it will be treasured and well used! Cute touch by Bleubeard!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! I'm sure Kathy really loves this, I've just seen how you made the cover (and left a few comments along the way- I'm sorry I'm so far behind in commenting) This is just the most amazing book with all it's little pockets and additions - Elizabeth you are a remarkable lady (woman if you prefer! ) Wow, and wow again!!! Huge hugs, Chrisx

TwinkleToes2day said...

Hi Elizabeth - I didn't know how else to contact you - so here I am, begging for help.
I am trying to set up a new page, a separate page on my blog, so that my 'Wee Man' can share his own art. We have also just finished ICAD 2014 and he did amazingly well by completing 50 cards in total. As I have FB I posted his cards there along with my own and what a wonderful reaction he got. Everyone was amazing and supportive and took him to their hearts. As school is on Summer break, I could not fit in time to blog as well as post to fb, so the blog got left out, but now, in order to encourage him to continue creating, I thought it would be awesome to give him his own page on my blog that his 'fans' can visit (lol). But, I'm near to tears trying to figure it out AND add a post to the right page and not only the HOME page :( And his ASD doesn't lend itself to patience *sigh*
I did get a page set up but deleted it until I can do the whole thing in one. I have a photograph of his whole collection that I thought would be a great starter.
Hope you can help
in exasperation-Mo x

TwinkleToes2day said...

Hello - me again - I feel so stupid. Now I've got Wee Man's Page twice and I still can't see where to write a post to it *sigh*
I wish I'd tried to do it, before I mentioned it to him, lol (Look before you leap, springs to mind here)