I've been pretty quiet of late.
The last two weeks, I've been fighting
a head cold, relapse and fatigue.
So, I gave in to rest.
My body may have slowed down,
but my mind could not stop.
So this project slowly took shape.
I have a DVD by Traci Bautista,
called Retro Rags, and she demonstrates
the technique to create this journal.
I've probably watched it a dozen times,
but never felt ready to attempt it.
Well, finally I organized my painted paper
stash, and I felt ready.
I love Traci's style of blending
random papers, fabric & stitches.
I had all the supplies necessary to build this
journal, and it was so much fun to make.
I'm also constantly inspired by
and Rebecca Sower.
I LOVE how they embrace imperfection
and create beautiful art PERFECTion!
I put a serious dent in my sari ribbons!
This journal has 98 pages of
painted papers, waste paper, wallpaper,
scrapbook paper, card stock and fabric.
There are 3 signatures, each with an outer folio
of fabric stitched with ribbons, lace,
buttons and mixed stitches.
I created assorted pocket
crannies to hold hidden tags.
A large button on the front, and a
sari ribbon sewn to the back.
This makes a perfect closure
to keep the journal safe
with lots of potential to expand.
This baby weighs about 1-1/2 pounds, so once
I calculate postage, I plan to list in my Etsy shop.
Now that my paper stash is organized,
I also plan to experiment with more journals.
I have recently committed to a craft fair in the fall,
so I will now switch gears,
with my energy level improving,
I can put the pedal to the metal
in full-tilt bozo creating mode!
Gosh it feels good to FEEL good again!
Thanks for visiting!