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« on: January 22, 2009 05:22:18 PM »

In my family, all the women over the age of 18 do a Christmas Present Swap. In the swap, instead of trying to think up a unique idea for each person, you come up with a single idea and create a bunch of that one idea using different colors for each rendition. Since I've done a few journals before I thought that would be a fun and easy thing to make a bunch of different colors of the same sort of thing.

Boy was I wrong! There are currently about 12 people participating in the swap and it was a struggle to come up with that many unique cover decorations. I worked until Christmas morning (cutting it a little close...) but i was successful!!

They are all made with the Coptic Binding Stitch, using book binding needles (which have dull points) and waxed cord. I used an awl to punch the holes for the binding.  I created the pages in a program called Freehand MX and printed them on computer paper and cut them in half "hamburger" style.  The fabrics were remnants of other projects and the decorations were mostly purchased at Michael's. The inner covers were all cut out from scrapbooking supply books. I stiched them with 6 signatures (sections) of 6 sheets of paper each, this gave them the desired "balanced" look. Each one was signed and stamped.

The first journal: The Denim Heart Journal

The Japanese Blossom Journal

The Leather Journal

The Purple Flower Journal (for an Aunt who loves purple)

The White Journal

The Orchid Journal

The Holly Berries Journal

The Skull & Crossbones Journal (for a younger cousin who just got into the swap)

The Elegant Grey Journal

The Elegant Black Journal

The Blue & Brown Hearts Journal

The Owl Journal

Group Photo!

Each one was signed and stamped
« Last Edit: January 22, 2009 05:36:03 PM by vraedwulf » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009 05:56:41 PM »

Wow, those are all beautiful!  I like how you used 3-D elements on the covers, it gives the journals an interesting varied look.

Congratulations on getting them all finished in time.  Cheesy  That sounds like a fun family tradition!

« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009 07:23:22 PM »

I love them all! it would prompt me to write more if i had one of these
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009 07:29:56 PM »

I like them all but the owl was fantastic, really sparked interest in my fabric stash.
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009 07:46:47 AM »

I love the owl one as well, beautiful detailing.

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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009 02:31:19 PM »

Wow these are really beautiful!!  What a lot of work!!!  Your family was very lucky to get such thoughtful gifts!!  Love the exchange idea.  My favorite is the orchid journal and the black journal with beading, but they are all really lovely!  Great work!
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2009 05:48:28 PM »

These are so pretty.
I would love to see one opened and look inside to see what the pages look like.
It would inspire me to write poetry!!! (which I don't now!)
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2009 09:57:51 AM »

All very lovely!  I'm especially fond of the leather one and the owl one!  Excellent work! 

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