Monday, November 21, 2016

Embellish, part 3

It seems like this scrappy journal project has taken forever, but it is finally time to finish it.  Originally, I was going to punch holes and add eyelets to the center of the journal, then realized I didn't need to.  I am going to simply punch a hole using my self-healing mat, a hammer, and a reaming tool.

I have now punched the hole through the layers of fabric and batting

and reamed the hole enough to get a piece of wire through it  (Yes, my nails are that long).

I did the same a small distance below the first hole and wound the wire through the holes.

This is how it looks from the outside of the scrappy journal cover.

Next it was time to add the two signatures to the inside of the scrappy journal.

The two signatures, fraught with peril and mishaps, were finally in place and the wire was ready for me to add the embellishment I worked on for two days.

Two broken needles, one bent beyond belief, happened within minutes of each other.

I added a key to the outside that would close the journal,

then I added the embellishment

I had worked on to tie the entire project together.  However, my friend Scott dropped by and I showed the project to him.

It was at that time, I realized the key would not work well as a way to close the journal.  So I removed the key

and placed a button underneath it.

Now it works like a charm.  I can also proudly say this journal is complete.

This is Day 21 of AEDM.    Thank you for joining me today as I finally finish another Christmas gift.  I am SO grateful that you have stuck with me through this project.  I never dreamed it would take this long to finish.

15 thoughtful remarks:

Valerie-Jael said...

Well done on getting the journal finished, it was a lot of work - a key experience, so to say. Good idea with the button under the key to give more height. Have a great week, hugs, Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

Fantastic - and so inspiring.. I must make a fabric ( at least covered with fabric) journal soon!
Love the idea for the closure with the key - genius!
Happy new week E.!

oxo Susi

My name is Erika. said...

The journal came out fantastic Elizabeth. It will be a great gift for certain. I like how you added the key and the loop to keep it shut. :) So I woke up this morning to about 2 inches of snow. Oh my. Winter has arrived a little early. :) Not sure I am happy about that as they are saying there are accidents all over the roadways. Have a super Monday. Hugs-Erika

chrissie said...

It was well worth the effort Elizabeth it is unique and very beautiful

Love Chrissie xx

CJ Kennedy said...

Wow! So much detail! I have a ton of old keys somewhere in a tin. You've inspired me to do something with them besides moving them from one pile to another.

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Jeanie said...

Bravo. I am very impressed. I love how all the elements we have seen have come together in such a wonderful form. I hope you allow yourself a moment to be proud of your work because it is well deserved!

Sandra Cox said...

I love the key screening! And using one for a clasp....genius.

Darla said...

What a lovely gift and what a lot of work. I had to scroll back through a few posts to get the full effect since I've been offline for a few days. You always accomplish So Much!

Crystal Collier said...

How clever, the way you spelled out the word with silhouettes. Very creative.

Birgit said...

This is very inventive especially the key motif.

Linda Kunsman said...

brilliant! I love your use of fabrics, stitching, paper and of course the key motif.

NatureFootstep said...

the one who will recieve your gift will be pleased :) Thanks for sharing it.

Meggymay said...

Wow, all your hard work and you have this awesome journal. The fabrics colour is so lovely and a great closure idea. It is another fantastic gift you made.
Yvonne xx

Gibby Frogett said...

What a lot of work you put into this - love the colours and clever closure, it's really fabulous Elizabeth.
Thanks so much for the lovely comments you left me. I know what you mean about lack of time etc so I do appreciate your visit.
Gill xx