I am long overdue for a blog post and long overdue to start this project and long overdue to make something. This is a dual project. I am essentially creating a project about creating a project (kill two birds with one stone type of deal).
When I designed these journaling cards several months ago I wanted to use these as mini- assignments and do a mini-book to document each day. Although a nice thought...I just have not gotten around to it. So, I decided today that I would start- but with a different thought process to it all. What I had originally thought of using one card each day for 24 days- I am thinking not so much pressure now. Because, afterall- it is not only using the cards but documenting also. So, I am going to lighten up on my own assignment load and start creating slowly. Slowly means less pressure and more time to enjoy it all.
Have a plan.
Today I started with the "have a plan" card because it seemed like a good place to start. I had already designed my book a month or so ago and it had been sitting waiting for me. The book itself is made out of matting from a frame that I did not need. I cut that in half and bound it using kraft cardstock for the center.
The papers are all Cosmo Cricket (early bird collection) and the butterfly traced and cut from this template. With my book all set to go I have one less thing I need to worry about each day. I am planning on doing more to the cover- but I want to wait until I decide on a name for the overall project. Sometimes the naming of a project comes last and in this case I think that might be true. Ignore that little spot of ink on the cover ;) (that is what happens when you have too much going on, on your work table.
Supplies: kraft cardstock, white paper, ormolu framed stickers, sewing machine, typewriter, letter stickers
(some funky lighting in these next photos- that is what happens when I take photos downstairs)
No serious planning for me today. I have several times came across the need for a notebook in the house. Of course being a hoarder of paper there is no need for this to happen. So, I decided to take action and create some mini sized notebooks to carry along or leave in various places. They are simple, easy, and with some planning anyone could whip a batch of these up for gifts.
First, cut kraft cardstock into 5-1/2"x 8-1/2" pieces and white paper into about 5"x8" pieces (about 10 per book). Fold kraft cardstock in half and score.
Now, line these all up so you leave a space around the edge of the white paper.
Flip it over (keeping papers in place) and get ready to sew along the fold you made. If you are like me and do not have a workhorse of a sewing machine...you might want to say a little prayer before you begin. In this case I said three.
You might want to take off your shoes if you have them on too. I cannot operate this pedal with shoes on :)
So, you sewed down the spine... and now we are moving onto the front (because of lack of photos). For the front I used a framed sticker and decided to just sew right through it to add interest. Before you do this- check out what I did to the interior as an option.
Here is what the cover looks like.
Here is what the inside looks like. I decided to jazz it up a bit more and add a quote on the inside. So, I placed the sticker and quote where I wanted and eyed where to stitch (stitching from the interior side in view so I could stitch between lines of the quote).
Here is another quote from the inside. It just adds to it. I like to keep things simple- but simple can have surprises.
The letter stickers on the front I added taking a word from the quote inside. These would look super cute tied up together as a small gift for a friend. I think I am going to place them in a little basket on the counter with some pens.