brightlights: I have software which makes patterns (cross stitch) and I assume from looking at previous knitting pics that it's kinda the same principal. Anyway, here are some really quick patterns (ie. minimal effort) I have come up with (Clark Gable is Gomez Adams, is that right?? I love him).
Let me know if you want more effort put in and whether another picture might suit better??
Soooooo..... here is my version (complete with pink raw silk - cuz I wanna girl mouse. Apparently they don't stink as much). My dimensions were 8 inch square. I used pink raw silk, blue polar fleece (cut from my other son's dressing gown which doesn't fit anymore) and a layer of wadding.
"Home made blockout is made by simmering "Future" acrylic floorwax in a pan on the stove until it thickens to a paintable consistency. I add a little red food coloring to make the acrylic blockout visible. Ammonia is the solvent for this."
I can't seem to find any info. on the ingredients of Future Floor Wax - hmmm - anyone else know what's in Future Floor Wax???
I'm a willing guinea pig though - I will have a go at it at some stage!!! I'll keep you posted.
eemoody: I cut the leather using a rotary cutter and quilters ruler. Went through really easy. You can also cut leather with ordinary scissors. Here is one I did with the front decorated. I used a leather punch (obviously with the letter "S") then used leather dye to paint the indented "S" then coated the square with a leather top coat then glued on the square of leather to the front cover using good ol' Diamond Glaze.
I also did another journal using an exercise book as the pages (rather than the handmade pages). I cut the exercise book to 7.5cm wide then in half to get two "signatures". I then used an ordinary drill and drilled holes in the "spine" of the exercise books. Here's what it looks like - and as you can see from this pic, that the leather is not thin and the rotary cutter had no problem cutting through it: