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« on: October 29, 2006 03:35:01 PM »

These are journals I made after seeing an article in a magazine on them.  They intrigued me so I just had to make me a few.  Were fun to make and it was even more fun to see people's face when they realized they are very small journals.



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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2006 03:48:36 PM »

They are really pretty and the thread really looks like butterfly legs!
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2006 04:05:10 PM »

Those are AWESOME! What a cool idea!
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2006 04:06:16 PM »

Gorgeous !! I love these !! I want to try to make one !! Great Job!
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2006 04:26:49 PM »

those butterfly journals are absolutely adorable!!! they look like you made them out of real butterflies!! do you mind showing us how you made them? i would love to know! anyways gorgeous job!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2006 04:38:22 PM »

Just gorgeous!  Perfect size for purses, christmas stockings, adorning larger gifts and more.  I too would be interested in a "how to".

Imagine wrapping someone's gift in a floral wrap and then tying one of these on with ribbon... it would be such a nice way to "double gift" someone.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2006 10:13:18 PM »

They look like real butterflies! Great job:D
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2006 10:13:48 PM »

those are fantastic!
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2006 01:07:55 AM »

Those butterfly journals are amazing. I would love to see how they are made too.
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2006 01:25:27 AM »

Wow, they're incredible! So dainty, just like the real things.
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« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2006 09:20:45 AM »

Thank you for the compliments.

Easy...easy to make.  Find picutres of  a butterfly you like. Print the picture on to cardstock(whatever color you desire)then cut them out.
Use the cut out for template to trace the pages to match the pattern of the wings on the cover and cut the pages out. I found it easier to use the small scissors instead of large ones.  I have a set of three scissors that are esp for small paper cutting.

I used a bone folder to crease the individual journal pages, then stacked them together open on top of one another, folded them all together and gave them another good burnishing with the bone folder.

Put the cover over the pages and once again  I used the bone folder on it, stab small holes in the spine of the journal.I used my soft doll sculpting needle to pierce the spine.  No particular number of holes. I punched according to the body size.

I used fuzzy knitting yarn for the spine b/c I thought it gave an appearance of legs and antenna. Threading this stuff was the hardest part really but FINALLY I got it threaded and then just went in and out of the holes I made ending at the top so I could cut it and it look like antennas.

These were really fun to make and you can make them in any size you want to.  You can also color in the cover with paint, markers, glitter or gel inks.  Can attach it to a beaded string for a necklace, or attach it to the end of a string for a book thong.

Don't worry if you are not exactly lined up with the page and cover.
I had this happen with one of them and I just went back and trimmed with my scissors.

Now that I think of it you could use this techinque and make gecko journals, flamingo journals.  All kind of images can be used. Huh, now I have filled my head with other possibilities and may have to experiment.  LOL
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2006 11:09:39 AM »

Thanks so much for the tutorial !!! They sound easy enough and the possibilities are endless!!

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« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2006 12:43:56 PM »

Those really are gorgeous, but I'm confused as to how you bound them.  I can't see the bodies very well in the picture, and I'm a very visual person so I'm having a hard time understanding! Undecided  How did you thread them to get the antennae and legs?
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2006 02:37:50 AM »

bless you for putting this up. I just bought 2 butterfly stamps so I'll have to give it a go:)
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« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2006 05:53:22 AM »

i must say -- awesome idea (even if it did come from a magazine). you've inspired a new venue of book binding for me!! ha!
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« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2006 01:42:29 PM »

Those really are gorgeous, but I'm confused as to how you bound them.  I can't see the bodies very well in the picture, and I'm a very visual person so I'm having a hard time understanding! Undecided  How did you thread them to get the antennae and legs?

Just punch your holes along the spine and stitch in/out up/down the spine.  I used a stab stitch method but you can use any method you like really.

What gives them that realistic look is the type of string I used.
I has spikey thread coming off the original thread.
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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2006 10:55:36 PM »


What gives them that realistic look is the type of string I used.
I has spikey thread coming off the original thread.


Oh!  Ha ha, okay.  Thanks! Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: November 12, 2006 09:22:10 AM »

Love' em. Thanks for the tut.
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« Reply #18 on: November 13, 2006 10:20:57 AM »

those are beautiful. i love butterflies!
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« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2006 10:23:31 AM »

I adore butterflies. What a great idea! Yours look great.
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« Reply #20 on: November 13, 2006 08:58:37 PM »

Thats a great idea1 They're so beautiful and I love butterflies. Will definately have to try this one.  Grin
Thanks for the tutorial
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« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2006 12:25:39 PM »

those are so pretty! nice job Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: November 17, 2006 10:51:02 AM »

Wow those are wonderful!
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« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2006 10:54:27 AM »

Those are so pretty.  I could make some of those to give as gifts.  Very nice idea.   Cheesy
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« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2007 09:38:59 AM »

these are great thanks so much for the idea love it . Ill be needing to try this too now. so many great projects and not enough time. LOL.
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« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2008 09:24:55 PM »

very cool project!
do you remember what magazine it was in?
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« Reply #26 on: December 04, 2009 10:26:33 PM »

These are really sweet! You did a fantastic job and I really appreciate your taking the time to write out the how-to.

I'm off to go make some with SCAL now Smiley No scissors needed.

I was thinking I might try sewing it with dark button thread and just sewing the body (perfect choice, that funky yarn) to the spine as I go to avoid having to thread the fuzzy stuff.

I think I have some cute butterfly stickers that are large enough too... oooh, so many choices. Thanks for inspiring us.
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