Fall 2009 Notebook
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Designer: May Flaum
Fall is my favorite season, and sewing my favorite new hobby. When I saw Lisa Truesdell's article about sewing on paper, and how she sews chipboard I was inspired to try and sew directly onto this moleskine journal cover. It is very thin and light, and was a breeze to work with. I'm glad I sewed so much down, usually my journals fall apart and I think this one has the potential to hold together quite well.
My intention for this journal is to document where we're at this fall - photos, stories, recipes, new and old traditions - anything that anyone in my family wants to add they are welcome to. My goal is to make a new one each fall and compare to years past. It won't be hard - I just love how this turned out.
I see so many possibilities for journals now that I've made this one. I do have a prize to share today as well (hooray!) If you head to my blog you can win scissors, paper, and so much more in honor of fall. I hope you enjoy!
Instructions (Print version)
1. Start by using the quilted corners border/corner punch on a memo card. Then take your journal (mine is 5 x 8) and stitch it on.
2. Cut a piece (approximately 1 1/2 x 8 1/2) of patterned paper and cut with ripple deco scissors. Stitch this into place on the cover.
3. Draw a pumpkin on patterned paper, then use inks and sand paper (or emery board) to distress until you get the look you desire. Cut a stem from brown paper, making the bottom rippled with the deco scissors and attach.
4. Punch several leaves with Fiskars squeeze punch in patterned papers and cardstock. Ink the cardstock ones with the orange or brown ink.
5. Now place leaves on journal cover along with the pumpkin.
5. Stitch "2009" stickers onto lace, then stitch to lace twice more once on the journal cover.
6. Add "fall" and use black pen around edges to accent. Then finish front with buttons and other small details.
note: On inside I covered the back of cover with a piece of patterned paper cut about 1/2" smaller than the journal to hide the stitching.
Now your journal is ready to get started - I've got a pumpkin chocolate chip recipe on my first page - and I'm ready for more fall!
other: Basic Grey Eerie line, Jenni Bowlin memo note book, American Crafts star, pen, and cardstock, unknown lace, beads, buttons