Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fabric Sketchbook Journal - Week 2




We created sketch books this week. I know I say this every week, but this is my new favorite structure!
It uses full sheets of paper to draw on instead of folded books and has binder rings to add more paper when needed! It also has a row of pockets on the bottom to hold pencils, papers and found objects. To make the row of pockets, I used the pug /dog fabric I bought months ago to make craft aprons.
For the cover and lining, I used the fabrics I bought on Etsy from Uberstitch . I finished it with a ceramic button from my super talented friend Tara Ross.

I love how the theme turned out to be a Retro Urban Dog Park with pugs!
Melanie's journal is wonderful too. She used our favorite owl fabric on the outside and vintage fabric that she bought years ago from a quilt store in Leadville, CO for the inside pockets.


I am definitely going to make more of these journals. They are easy to make, functional, fun and they have pockets! What more could I ask for? :)
I cannot wait until Friday when our week 3 lesson arrives in my inbox.
To make this journal yourself, Click here to see all of Sue B's classes. This one is week 2 from Journal Making for the Fiber Artist.
The classes are well written and very easy to do. If I can do them, anyone can.
Most of the journals are made by ironing fusible web to a stiffner and then very easy straight line stitching on the sewing machine to finish the edges.
What are you working on this week? Please leave me a comment and let me know. I would love to hear all about it!

24 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

I really like these new journals. The fabric is fab! Keep up the great work girls!

Sherry said...

Love the full size paper option here with the binder rings. The pockets are a must and the fabrics are awesome. I'd have to agree, my favorite, for functionality, so far. Great work, you two.

Tere Sanders said...

Ooo I love this one, too! You make the most beautiful things. HUGS!

Ruth Welter said...

Love them Melissa!!!

Ruth

Sandra y Coco said...

great journals! I haven't started on the second one, yet. I will try to learn how to use the sewing machine first so I dont spend the whole week trying to finish the borders by hand! yes, I am very slow... ;)

Lisa M Griffin said...

These do look so wonderful, colorful, fun and functional. I love how excited you are about them too! It is always a good feeling when you work on something arty and the process from start to finish is a joy to experience. Can't wait to see you next one.
Thanks for sharing.

Brenda Pinnick said...

so cool! I just love 'em! You did an excellent job on making them, I'm very inspired.

Phyllis Dobbs said...

You turned your fabric buys into some gorgeous journals! They are fabulous!

Nevis said...

Very cool! Love the pug fabric!

Puglette said...

Very nice! You both used such lovely fabric. i do like a journal with pockets!!

I am working on crocheting an elephant doll for my niece. I have a bag of body parts!

Hugs,
Puglette
:o)

Rachel said...

both of those journals are great! I love that you can add more paper or take a sheet out - that is a great design.
This week I am working on getting the Thanksgiving decorations up, and I'm also starting to work on making my wreaths, garlands and other decorations for CHRISTMAS!!! I'm getting way too excited about it.....

lizzyl said...

these are super cool. i love the little button on the front too!

this week i am working on a few new camera cases for my etsy shop and hopefully i will get to the xmas stockings too!

Diane said...

These are great, Melissa! I love them!

marianne said...

Wow super journals!
The fabric with the pug! Super find!
And everything so neatly sewn.
Great!
XXXMAR

marianne said...

PS for Emmitt:
you have been tagged!

Pearl said...

Melissa, you are so talented and crafty! Mom loves all of your work!

This week Mom is working on finishing the old dresser in our garage. I hate when she goes out there all night!

Mare said...

Oh! The journals are lovely! I LOVE that doggie material you used in the journal and in your aprons! And I'm glad you found the pattern for the teddy bear! :)

Maggie and Mitch said...

OMG, the journals are just lovely! We love the fabrics!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Tara Ross Studios said...

these are wonderful, M., and the time you had making them. Thank you for your entry!

Lisa M Griffin said...

Melissa... you have been tagged! =)

Diana Evans said...

Hi Melissa!!!

These journals are amazing to say the least ....and I love the fabric choices...

thanks for the kind words too ....you sure make my day!!

I hope you have a wonderful night...

Hugs
Diana

Laura said...

Your fabrics are so adorable, and I'm loving that cute button too!

Jill Beninato said...

I LOVE your journal and that totally cool dog fabric....beautiful!

The Devil Dog said...

Mom loves, loves, loves your journal. You are so cool.

Roxy