It seems like ages since I posted last, but I have been busy, and really can't recall where last week went!! I decided to recycle some brown paper shopping bags again, making folio styled journals which I thought might be useful for those who like to document their travels. The first one I have to share has been painted with magenta acrylic, and after scrunching, it was rubbed over with a silver inkpad to give some highlights.
Each of these journals contains three signatures [a bookmaking term for folded sheets of paper], and these signatures have another piece of fancy scrapbooking paper on the outside to enhance the journal. I managed to find this very pretty paper at a store in Dalby last week.
As I've intended these for documenting travels, etc., I've included some fancy swing tags for luggage, as well as concertina pockets which could hold all sorts of visitor information brochures, or whatever reminds one of a particular location. Just having a little personal travel dream here!!
I've used some hot pink rattail cord to help hold it all together. I didn't have a suitable button in a big-ish size, so I made one myself using polymer clay, textured it with a rubber mat, then painted with silver/magenta highlights. I think it looks quite swish. And, yes, I intended it to be 'not neatly round'.
The other journal I've made is a little bit darker and more sober in appearance. This one has been painted with brown acrylic and rubbed over with Treasure Gold. I did have a fairly nice button, and some round leather cording, which seems to look the part.
Unfortunately, I'd gone ahead with this one before we I knew we were going to a bigger town, so the outside of the signatures is a slightly stronger A4 paper. I've printed out an old map I found on the internet to use for making the pockets and adorning the luggage tags. This still looks okay, just not as 'girlie' as the top one.
Thank you all so much for leaving such lovely comments on my felting piece. You have all given me the courage to revisit the felting machine, thanks heaps as always.