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« on: September 08, 2012 05:03:54 AM »

I am a journal-lovin' girl, and the standard composition books are my favorite, but they can look too plain, so I like to jazz them up with a personalized cover.  Here's the one I just finished:



The leaf patch isn't that hard to do, especially because I used my new favorite crafting supply, HeatnBond lite!  I left the edges of the leaf, stem, and background fabrics raw.  I expect that they will fray slightly with use, but I think that will add to the charm!  And I know they will stay in place with the combination of HeatnBond and the topstitching I did.



I even used HeatnBond to get the words "Leslie's Book" onto the fabric.  I've read tutorials that have you iron freezer paper to the back of the fabric and feed it into your printer; I thought, why not use the HeatnBond?  I ironed it to a piece of fabric approximately 4 x 6", taped that to a sheet of printer paper, and put it in my printer.  I wrote the phrase in the Word program on my computer, pressed "print", and it came out PERFECTLY!!  I was so excited!  then I just cut it out, peeled off the backing paper, and ironed it to the green backing fabric, and then the journal cover.



Online tutorials abound for journal covers, but the one I used is HERE.

If you would like to make a chevron leaf, the tute is HERE.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2012 05:57:39 AM »

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I really like this.  Thanks for the new tips.
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2012 06:54:16 AM »

Very pretty!  Here's something I've wondered about putting fabric in the printer...will the ink run?  My daughter has an Epson and the ink wont run but on my old HP I think it will! (??)
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012 06:55:02 AM »

this is beautiful, I love the colours you chose and the chevron leaf patter.  Thanks for the tutorial, such a useful craft to actually use!
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012 07:06:11 AM »

Very pretty!  Here's something I've wondered about putting fabric in the printer...will the ink run?  My daughter has an Epson and the ink wont run but on my old HP I think it will! (??)

I think if you iron it with a hot iron it will set the ink...that's what I always do, but I haven't washed anything I've put it on, so I don't know for sure.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012 07:14:22 AM »

I love chevrons, I love leaves, I love the color green, I love patches and badges... yep, this covers everything!! Such a great project, Leslie. You really do make it look so easy!!

Thanks for the tips on printing on fabric too. It's something I've been wanting to try.
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2012 07:36:16 AM »

this is SO PRETTY! and since i'm hoping to have a LOT of amazing ideas this season--it is perfection!
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2012 08:16:32 AM »

really cute, we stock up on composition books at the back to school sales, a fabric cover would make it a nice teacher or birthday present. how do you attatch the fabric to the books?
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2012 08:46:35 AM »

really cute, we stock up on composition books at the back to school sales, a fabric cover would make it a nice teacher or birthday present. how do you attatch the fabric to the books?

It's a removeable cover (which is great, so when the book is full, just put the cover on a fresh book.) there is a link to the journal cover tutorial at the very end of the post, under the last picture.

Thanks everyone for the great comments!
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2012 09:44:44 AM »

I've seen some of your other journal covers... you always do such a nice job!  And what a great tip on printing fabric in your printer!  Definitely going to try that!
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