The end of 2017 was extremely busy for me, between prepping to celebrate the holidays, purchasing gifts, baking, and meeting deadlines in my personal business.
Despite all this, I managed to finally finish making my own journal! I’d been wanting to do it for a while now, but never really found the time, or knew what I wanted it to look like. That changed when I found this really pretty lace. I found it at a fabric shop in Houston. I’d always admired the lace there, but it’s always so expensive and I never knew what I could use it for… But then it hit me – I could use it on my journals! I have no idea why it took me so long to figure this out to be honest. :p
Isn’t that lace just gorgeous? I layered it over scrapbook paper. The spine is regular brown toned scrapbook paper under this metallic copper toned paper. The lace is this beautiful dusty pink, slightly mauve color with a floral design The edge made a fantastic trim between the spine and the front of the journal. It is kept relatively simple since I wanted that lace to be the focal point. I finished it off with gold book corners.
For the spine, I sewed the 6 signatures in using light Dusty pink embroidery thread and a large decorative pendant which hangs through a gold eyelet.
And of course, I had to choose this beautiful Renaissance inspired paper by Graphic 45 as my first page. This is definitely my favorite brand of scrapbook paper. It’s a bit expensive but totally worth it- and it’s double sided! The pink and brown inside cover detail was hand diecut and hand embossed.
Honestly, This may become a niche of mine – lace journals or fabric journals, because I have such a love for fabric and lace as well as for paper. My mom taught me how to sew when I was just a girl, and costume design has always fascinated me. I love that I can combine my love of fabric and my love of paper and books into one pretty thing.
I didn’t really have a theme for my journal although it ended up being a bit parisian. I created it with a color scheme in mind – Pink, copper, and ivory.
This journal was so much fun to make and stuffed full of all kind of interesting textured paper in different sizes. I didn’t have to use any mixed media paper in it – I actually had to really thin out the paper that I had selected for it because there was so much that I wanted to use. It would’nt have stayed closed! It’s so much fun to thumb through and just stare at. 🙂
I recorded a somewhat awkward rambling video here if you’d like to see a detailed flipthrough. I also have flipthroughs of most of the other journals I’ve made. Maybe someday I’ll get used to doing these kinds of videos! :p
I liked this journal so much, that I decided to make a similar one to sell on my shop since I have some of the lace left over. I will share that when I get it listed this weekend!
A few other journals I plan on making and listing soon:
- an Indian/Bollywood inspired junk journal in bright jewel tones with lace and beaded teal cover
- a plush solid velvet junk journal in a jewel tone with metal embellishments
I’ve honestly never been more excited about making these journals. I feel like each one that I make gets better and I feel like I’ve had an”aha” moment as Oprah would say when it comes to using fabric on my journals. I’m expecting big things in 2018. 🙂
To see my current work for sale, feel free to visit my Etsy shop, or if you like awesome pre-owned womens clothing, check out the items I have for sale on Poshmark! Also if you would like to keep up day to day, follow me on Instagram @mermaidcoveart
Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!
January 5, 2018 Update: I listed a very similar lace journal on my Etsy shop today! See it here!