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« on: October 08, 2018 07:22:08 PM »

Inspired entirely by LimeRiot's sloppy paper bag journal, I have been collecting brown bags to use as the pages of books, the cover is a darker and thicker gift bag. The pages are spaced to accommodate embellishment, lots of stuff can be glued or stuck inside this little book. It's exactly 4"X4", made for the most recent OTT Halloween swap.


One thing I did differently was to make stronger pages by ironing 2 bags together with a sheet of fusible webbing between.
After cutting out the pages, I machine sewed around the edges with various stitches and colours of thread.


The signatures are sewn to a piece of very stiff interfacing backed with double sided fusible and I rigged a way to get the spine inserted between the cover and the inside fabric. Everything is fused with that ironable webbing and reinforced with stitches.


The spine and the squared off edge on the other side have lace and some vintage buttons, the white ones are shell from my carefully hoarded stash (use the good stuff!).


There are strings for book marks and more of the same to wrap round and tie the book closed.


The cover has cheesecloth and a free-hand machine stitched bird based on a lino cut I found online.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2018 12:26:03 AM »

That is absolutely gorgeous!
I love how you made those paper bag pages more sturdy and it all looks so pretty.
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2018 01:44:30 AM »

Beautifully done!
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2018 04:20:36 AM »

This is really brilliant. I particularly admire the construction! I can see all the planning that went into it. Excellentito!

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018 05:08:14 AM »

Well. I just love this so, so much! Just the right amount of decorative details  over lots of thoughtful construction.
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2018 06:11:23 AM »

Ooh, very nice!
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2018 07:43:18 AM »

I love everything about this! The cover, the thick pages, and the size. Perfection!
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018 08:28:46 AM »

Just lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2018 08:40:48 AM »

Thank you all so much Smiley. I really enjoyed it and have dozens of tutorials pinned for more inspiration. Crumpling up and wetting the paper first gives such a nice crinkle effect to the pages but you have to be very careful not to make papier-mch in your hand! It takes lots of careful fiddling to get the bags open and flat to hang for drying. They stiffen up again when dry so the ironing goes very well but they felt weak to me, like after a cardboard box has gotten wet then dried it is never as strong. That inspired fusing 2 together for strength. The stitching round the edges was in case the fusing let loose here or there. It took a lot of time for all that sewing but I ended up really loving the look so it was worth it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2018 09:00:35 AM »

I love this so much!
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2018 10:43:24 AM »

Love this - I've been saving the brown packing paper that comes with some Amazon and school supplies boxes. I had planned to wet and wrinkle too. Will have to go get some fusible stuff to put 2 pages together!

Thanks for all of the info.
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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2018 12:08:50 PM »

I'm going to try it with glue and see how that works, the fusible stuff can get a little pricey. I'm hoping the right amount and right sort of glue won't gum up sewing machine needles. I have to say, the fusible stuff occasionally does that anyhow.
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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2018 12:25:52 PM »

If it's ONLY to provide structure, what about freezer paper? Its another layer, and is kind of stiff, without any glue. And since you're stitching it together anyway, it just needs some rigidity?
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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2018 12:36:11 PM »

The sticky stuff glues two sheets of brown paper together, I imagined that would strengthen them somewhat. Freezer paper is only sticky on one side so it could be used to line each sheet but it's shiny on the other side, the one that would show, so I don't know how things would adhere to it. It might come loose too with bending, not where it's sewn but if it detached from the paper it was meant to strengthen... only one way to find out though, I challenge y'all to make some books! Or a card even. I did make a card too Wink.
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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2018 01:46:23 PM »

The sticky stuff glues two sheets of brown paper together, I imagined that would strengthen them somewhat. Freezer paper is only sticky on one side so it could be used to line each sheet but it's shiny on the other side, the one that would show, so I don't know how things would adhere to it. It might come loose too with bending, not where it's sewn but if it detached from the paper it was meant to strengthen... only one way to find out though, I challenge y'all to make some books! Or a card even. I did make a card too Wink.

I see what you are doing there, lady. Sneaky, that.

I was thinking the freezer paper would be the Oreo stuffing, only. So two pieces of brown, one inside of freezer. Although I get the adhesion of the stabilizer makes it more firm, the 3 layers of paper would be stronger than just 2, not sticky, and less expensive.
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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2018 01:47:49 PM »

I love this so hard. Seriously awesome.
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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2018 02:37:12 AM »

This rocks! You are such an crafting inspiration (and an all round amazing human bean)
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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2018 12:25:27 PM »

Wow, that is lovely!  Great work!!!  <3
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« Reply #18 on: October 12, 2018 08:50:06 AM »

I didn't know you could use interfacing with something that's not traditional fabric! This changes everything!!!
I love being the recipient of this delightful journal, and I'm saving my favorite Halloween bits to add to the pages.
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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2018 05:19:51 PM »

I am pretty adventurous when it comes to supplies, I will do a lot of off-use experimenting. The house hold tools and spackle are not safe from my crafty adventures, vice versa too, haha.
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