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Topic: journals for xmas pressies..aka making crappy leather look better  (Read 1324 times)
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« on: December 17, 2012 12:05:02 PM »

So I had this awful leather, it was a nice suede on one side, but the other was a horrible shiny dotty textured finish,so I thought that it would be good to experiment with..


this shows the original leather.

I dyed the suede side, with light washes of pigment dissolved in water. I figured that since it was never going to be washed, it would be 'fast' enough. then I had a go at doing some surface design.. I took advantage of the uneven edges and cut journal covers to use the 'ragged' edges as a fold over.



The inside of the leather was still that horrible shiny spotty tan, so I simply glued down some old sari fabric.



the signatures are each wrapped in scrapbooking paper, I didn't want it all to be too matchy matchy, so I kept a little dissonance with the colours. Visible stitching on the spine and a long leather thong that is simply passed under a slot on the spine...to keep it closed.


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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2012 12:32:42 PM »

Those notebooks look wonderful now and I do like the way the rough edges make such stunning fold overs.
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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2012 03:36:49 PM »

thanks hon..Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2012 03:04:44 PM »

 I think that they are all beautiful! I love the fabric on the inside, too. Your gift recipients are so lucky (and, hopefully, deserving Wink ).
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012 03:55:40 PM »

inez...deserving, that is really the problem isn't it..I have three friends whom I know will appreciate them..the other two, I am not so sure. these took so so long and it is not just the time, but the energy and the effort that went into them. I  much prefer handmade gifts, but for some people, going out and buying something is easier, because while it costs more in cash..it is less in energy and time..and some people just deserve the cash...if that makes any sense!
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2012 12:26:11 PM »

Wow!!  These are beautiful.  I hope the recipients understand the time and energy that you have put into this project.  They came out lovely.

Nice work.
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2012 04:06:27 AM »

thanks pinokeeo I think they look a bit better in real life, the colour looks nicer..I am pretty crappy at taking pix for here..lol
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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2012 12:49:13 PM »

well at least two of the recipents appreciated them...one said that she cried when she opened the package..warmed my heart. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2013 07:17:36 AM »

These are fantastic! I would love to get something like this as a present!

I've recently started making books (2 down so far) using copic stitch, and would love to make some of these, so I'm on the look out for some cheap leather (keeping eye on charity shops for jackets Tongue)
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2013 01:34:37 PM »

mini_mum, charity shop leather is the best, if you can get hold of 80s blouson jackets, they have a ton of leather in them! and usually garment leather is nice and soft, good quality and excellent for making books.
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