Afterward I decided to make my travel journal that I would take on our trip next month. A couple of days ago I posted a link to a tut on the Sketchbook Challenge site for making a sketchbook. Well, I kinda/sorta used that tut, but I changed it up a bit. I already had a couple of covered boards that I'd used coordinating wallpaper on so I cut and folded my paper to make my signatures and then used the same wallpaper from the inside of the covers to make a spine. Instead of the pamphlet stitch that was used in the tut, I chose to make my stitching Xs as described in Keith Smith's book "1-2-&3-Section Sewings". I am thrilled with how it turned out.
It is the perfect size for me. It fits quite comfortably in the palm of my hand and will be easy to carry in my small handbag. It measures approximately 3.5 x 4.5. There are a couple of things I will do differently when I make another one like this. The wallpaper is an offwhite on the backside and when I pulled the needle through the holes some of that color showed through - next time I will use a paper that is the same color on both sides. I put a little too much paper in it for the width of the spine I used, but I really don't mind that it doesn't lie flatly closed.
What do you think?
|I think I will find some kind of elastic wrap to put around it horizontally to keep it more secure in my handbag.|
I can't wait to make another like this one. This may be my all time favorite style yet!!
I didn't do a new page in my SC journal, but I did get a ruler and pen and try to straighten up yesterday's. I also added a bit of color. I had to use colored pencil as this journal doesn't take water media at all.
Well, I think I hear the treadmill calling. I need a bowl of cereal and fruit and then I am on that bad boy. My goal is for a minimum of 10 miles a week and I am already over 13, so I think I can take tomorrow off. I am planning to spend some time tomorrow with my good friend, Nancy, and am really looking forward to it.