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« on: March 07, 2011 09:21:42 AM »

I made this journal for the Be awesome again swapSmiley



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.  Smiley

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.  Smiley

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.  Smiley

   

You can see the matching bookmarker ribbon here.  Smiley

The maps are historical and are pretty neat.  Smiley  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.  Cheesy   And the last is a historical birds eye view of a town in Kentucky.  Smiley

Overall I really loved how this project came out.  Smiley 
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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011 09:28:37 AM »

So nice to incorporate so many things your partner likes---it makes this a very special, personalized journal!

Love the end papers with matching binding threads...
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 10:34:22 AM »

Wow, this is really thoughtful and beautiful!
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011 10:51:25 AM »

Beautiful work!
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011 10:52:05 AM »

Thank you, AIMR, Abbeeroad and Mellifermoore!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011 02:59:23 PM »

This is beautiful. 
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011 03:35:59 PM »

That is a gorgeous journal! The detail is amazing - very well thought out.
btw - what is the material for the cover?
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« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2011 04:13:58 PM »

Thank you, guys.  Smiley

The material is vinyl faux leather. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2011 01:51:54 AM »

That journal looks lovely Cheesy you did a great job on it, and the maps are a nice touch Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2011 08:24:47 AM »

Thank you!  Smiley
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