I made this journal for the Be awesome again swap
My partner likes vintage typewriters, blue and purple and maps of Kentucky so I incorporated as many of those things as possible into this journal.
The journal is approx 6" x 9" and was hand sewn onto cords and they were difficult to photograph, but here is my best attempt:
You can definitely feel them along the spine. That was my first attempt on sewing on cords and I must say I loved the process and the end results! I found it very soothing once I did a signature or two and got the process of it down.
I can't recall how many signatures there are for this journal, but I think there are 16 or 17. The paper is a nice heavier weight drawing paper.
The closure is a vintage looking typewriter key that has a hook closure. I tied back the leather thong ends with hemp cording to match the look on the hook closure. And it has a touch of the teal blue in the miracle beads.
The endpapers were hand painted by me in some of her favorite colors:
And I hand sewed the endbands to match:
And then I hid some historical maps of Kentucky throughout the book.
You can see the matching bookmarker ribbon here.
The maps are historical and are pretty neat.
The first one is from 1877 and it is a "County and railroad map of Kentucky". The second is from 1839 and it is a map of the post offices, post roads, canals, railroads etc for Kentucky and Tennessee. The legend mentions that these are the horse mail post coach, stage coach etc roads.
And the last is a historical birds eye view of a town in Kentucky.
Overall I really loved how this project came out.