Monday, October 29, 2012

A journal for Kim

The past weekend my niece Kim celebrated her birthday. Because she's had some troublesome times over the past years and has handled it like a trooper I wanted to give her something to celebrate her survival instinct.

I also remembered she entered a journal giveaway of mine in the past and of course I know she's seriously creative, so I was left with only one option: I had to make the girl her own journal!

So last week I sat down in my studio and I made this:


It's a very simple one signature journal. The cover is made from a very sturdy textured paper (I know it looks like leather or something in the picture, but it's not). I stitched these tags/tickets by Tim Holtz on the cover with a sewing machine and also zigzagged the outsides of the cover.


I used the Tim Holtz tickets as tabs as well by stitching them to the outside of several of the journal's pages. They are a bit out of line here and there, but we'll just call that the charm of handmade things. Ahem...

Here's a detail of the binding: 


As I said it's a simple signature binding and this means it's just a bunch of pages of pretty paper folded in half and sewn together with needle and thread. To spice it up though I added beads and ribbons to the thread on the outside of the journal.

Here's a detail of the journal standing up, with a view of the back: 


The journal is full of beautiful handmade papers and it has a bit of a grungy handmade feel to it that I really like. Here are some samples of the spreads: 




If all has gone well she will have received the journal by now and I really hope she likes it. What I like about a journal like this is that it's easy to make and yet, because of the paper and some details it also can look really unique. I hope my niece will enjoy playing with it. I added some extra's in a baggy to get her started. Happy birthday Kim!

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy week!


16 comments:

  1. Caatje... your journal is gorgeous... love the tickets that you incorporated onto the pages... and the cover is wonderful... really does look like leather... am sure Kim will love it...

    Jenny ♥

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    1. Thank you Jenny. She let me know she is very happy with it.

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  2. Wat mooi, Kim zal er vast blij mee zijn!

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  3. What a fun journal for your niece! She will be so inspired by this.

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  4. A special and lovely gift, Caatje! The papers inside look beautiful, and I really like how you used the tickets as tabs. Clever!

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    1. Thank you Andria. I do love those tickets and I've used them in all kinds of ways already.

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  5. Wow! Lucky niece! You are so special. Bless you!

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    1. Thank you Melody, what a nice thing to say!

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  6. another beautiful creation Caatje! Thank you for sharing - you are such an inspiration to me!

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    1. Thank you Flora! Have you received your journal yet?

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  8. You're a fabulous aunt!!! The journal is gorgeous.

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