Sunday, 3 July 2011

Shabby Fabric Journal

I've finally finished my first journal from the class I'm taking with Carole in New Zealand - see side bar. It's ended up a kind of shabby chic meets pre-raphaelite affair.

It's fairly thick so I used ties to keep it in order

The outer fabric is from a Laura Ashley remnant squirreled away many years ago and the inner fabric has raised velveteen on it, sorry don't know the technical term, and I bought that as a curtain sample.

I had fun with napkins, I love using them as they don't add any bulk to the journal and I've had some great ones given to me in a swap.

Out came my Tim Holtz stamps as well. The pages still smell vaguely of coffee which I used to stain them.

The pages were sewn in the brown waxed linen thread.

I edged the pages with distress ink, I like the effect but for some reason it took days, and I do mean days to dry. No idea why.

I've left plenty of room to journal in my journal, the first thing will be about the exhibition I went to in London on Friday which featured a lot of pre-raphelites.

I'm now working on my second journal which has an indian theme and as I've got a very messy desk I think it's fair to say I'm enjoying myself, lol.


  1. You have done a beautiful job of this journal. I love the rose theme and the way you have inked the edges. Yes it is time consuming but very rewarding. Look forward to your Indian themed one too - I have also done one with fabrics.
    We love similar art I can see that!
    All the best,

  2. What a rich and beautiful book! I love altered journals and books, so much inspiration. Yours has tons of character. Thanks for sharing, I love it!

  3. this is absolutely gorgeous .......xx

  4. Oooh what a precious book you've created! I especially love the first picture. The Indian theme sounds like a great idea too.

  5. Beautiful as always, Shaz. The Indian Journal looks very interesting!wink wink ;)

  6. Lovely, lovely, lovely! I love journals like this and funnily enough, had already dug mine out of the "unfinished drawer" (!!) on Saturday to have another go at it! Your theme is the perfect combination. I think the coffee smell lingers awhile but does fade eventually.


  7. Comming to your blog is really a plesure!
    Lovely!...your jobs,your visits to interesting places...I have enjoyed visiting you
    When I went to London I could´nt visit the Victoria and Albert´s Museum... of course I have to return again...
    Now I am on holidays and I'll get more free time for my visits and comments

  8. What an amazing book! Just love it!



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