Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Handmade Journals

A friend got me motivated last week as she had asked for two books to made so she could give as Christmas Presents.  I decided to make four so that she had choices.  While in the process of making these books another friend rang (who's husband owns the bindery I helped out at) and during conversation mention they were going to a Book Fair.  So I thought why not make a couple more so he has more on his table.  So dragged out the rest of my board and had enough for seven journals.  As always I had so much fun creating them.  I wonder why it takes me so long to get my act together.  

For this book I have used a sheet of Anna Griffin, Mackenzie, Lime Paisley Design paper.  The back and spine are covered in a gold buckram cloth.  Some lovely white ribbon, a bit of bling and this wonderful 'Dreams' metal word I found in my collection.

I think this is my favourite....I just love the colours.
I have used wonderful Design paper that at this moment I can't think of where I got it from.  The back and spine are covered in this lovely purple buckram cloth.  I put buckram on the spine so that it won't tear or crease over time with people opening and closing the book.  Found this beautiful purple satin ribbon that is so lovely and wide.  Of course it broke my needle on the second last hole so I had to improvise.  Finished with the wonderful bling flower.

I have always wanted create a journal using the handmade papers with leaves and petals pressed into.  So finally got my chance.  I have matched it up with the gold buckram cloth for the spine and back.  Used some lovely cream ribbon with a gold trim.  Once again went digging in my collection and found this chipboard 'Family' word.  Sorry I took a photo of this before I coloured it gold so it looks much better now.


  1. These are so awesome!!! You should doa tutorial on them!!!

  2. Wow, fabulous work!! What a great gift! Hugs Nilla

  3. Beautifully made Merry they look like they would never fall apart with that strong spine you have done such a amazing job on,your friend will love it.

  4. o wow, these are fantastic,
    what a lucky person to get these as a gift,

  5. These are absolutely stunning! I too would love to see your tutorial on how to make them. I love your favourite one the most too...but they are all beautiful.
    Alicia xx

  6. Just love these, you have inspired me yto make my own cover for my family scrapbook.

  7. Hi Merry

    I'm on big time catch up, off to look round at what I've missed, but these journals look stunning. How could you choose ?

    Hopefully back into blogland again unrestrained so will be back.

    B x

  8. These journals are fantastic!!!! I love the papers and the big ribbons. Great job.

  9. Brilliant journals Merry, how fab are these, now you made me want to make some...lol...xx

  10. these are all beautiful. I love the ribbons you have used, my fav is the purple one though.

  11. These journals are simply gorgeous Merry! I would love to make these for Christmas presents! They are fabulous!! Hugs

  12. Love, love, love your journals... they are fab.

    xxx Monica


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