Tuesday, August 30, 2022

My first fabric collaged journal

Hello dear readers, I hope everyone is enjoying summer so far...
I am back to share another style of journal, this time with my very first fabric 
collaged cover.

I have admired for so long all my favourite fabric artists, especially those creating many layered vintage fabric collages, 
so I tried it for myself, and this was my result. 
I believe this is also called slow - stitching :) :)

I was quite late in discovering slow - stitching; but since then, I've found myself a bit obsessed with hunting for vintage fabrics, especially antique linens and laces. Now that I have built up a little collection, I can start to create collage projects by grouping together like colours and textures. 

I found slow - stitching described as:

Slow stitching is a new art form built on old traditions. The movement was originally spearheaded by Mark Lipinksi, one of the quilting industry's most well-known figures.

Slow stitching is a craft where modern creativity meets ancient practices; a craft that's about the journey, not the destination. Slow stitching isn't about mending or making garments from a pattern. Neither is it about working towards a goal or a timeframe.

Slow stitching is about using the needle and thread in the same way you'd use a paintbrush. It's about creating art, about enjoying the process rather than worrying about the product.

Basically, slow stitching is about taking a step back from the busy, chaotic world we live in. It's about appreciating the moment, about taking a few deep breaths and relaxing. In other words, it's about mindfulness.

Doesn't that sound wonderful? An art practice that is relaxing - not stressful, more concerned with exploration - rather than fixed goals, focused on peaceful enjoyment - not rules, or complicated expectations. As well as, low investment! You can pick up a few fabrics at your local thrift store, and some basic trims, needles and embroidery thread at your local craft store. 

If you love fabrics and sewing, I highly recommend you try your hand!

  I selected various pieces of coordinating vintage fabric pieces, then starting with a sort of base piece of fabric, I layered on different pieces and swatches of fabrics and trims, and once I liked the arrangement, I hand sewed them all together using some very simple embroidery stitches.

Here are some more photos of my journal signatures.

Lots of collaging using bits of vintage book pages, lace doilies, and printed images. 
Then I use gesso to blend my elements together, and add messy black Stabilo writing.
Your journal is a space for anything that suits your fancy...design plans, drawing practice,
favourite poems, songs, or photographs. 


Thanks for looking, see you next month.

Love, Lisa xoxoxo

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Shabby Spring journal

While I know we are in full swing of summer,
I want to share my shabby peachy Spring journal made with 
my Mother's Day and Easter cards as my inspiration.

Spring Journal

I have been so lucky finally living near a larger city that I find myself obsessed with going
to estate sales every Saturday, scavenging for treasures....I have found so many vintage linens
I have to pinch myself sometimes. Here I made a sort of fabric collage on the cover using some
of these linens that I dyed with strong tea, and then layered and stitched them together.
I love how this turned out so I have many photos.....
I added some pretty charms to the sari silk ties that bind the journal.

 I created the cover with cereal boxes cut to size and then layered with cotton batting. 
I then cut out whatever fabrics and lace that I've chosen and sew them right onto the covers.

Words can't even describe how much I adore vintage embroidery, whenever I find these beauties
it just makes my heart sing. I love ripping them up, sewing bits together and creating lovely 
pieces that make delicate soft pages in a book.

I try to leave plenty of spaces to sketch, doodle, write down some thoughts, or add photos.

Thanks for looking! Enjoy the sunshine!
I'll be back in August with another style of journal.
Take care,
Lisa xoxoxoxo

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

New journal made with 'In the Past' AB Studios collection

 Hello dear readers, I'm back today to share another journal I made, this time using
the AB Studios collection 'In the Past'.

This time I chose to try my hand at a soft journal cover made from an old embroidered blouse and some black velvet. I added a little glass cloche that I made using some tiny shells and a bit of sand from 'my beach' nearby. I also added some seashells and glass beads.

You can find this collection and all of Ada's other wonderful products here.

Lots of soft pretty trims sewn onto the edges of my signatures so that they spill out of the book.


 I use either coffee or tea to darken and age my pages. Then I use different things I've gathered to collage onto the papers....old letters, doilies, vintage book pages, dried flowers etc.

Thanks for looking, have a wonderful time in the sunshine this month! 
I'll be back with my Spring Flowers journal that I've almost finished.

Love, Lisa xoxoxo

Sunday, May 1, 2022

New shabby junk journal!

 Hello lovely readers, it's been so long since I posted on my blog, 
my creativity comes and goes like a breeze across the shore. 

My mind is always turning and full of ways to use vintage textiles and papers. I have been making journals for quite some time now, and I want to share some photos of them over the next few months. The first one to show is a dreamy shabby journal that I made for a very sweet, very special friend.

I created all the pages in this journal using a kit full of soft shabby pinks with wonderful bits of different fabrics and laces that my friend sent me for my birthday. I decided to try my hand using a hard cover book I that removed the insides from, and then collaged over the front and back cover.

Here are some of the signatures:

I generally use a lot of plain copy paper that I dye with coffee or tea, and then collage
onto the pages using vintage ephemera, gesso, paints, and stamps.


I like to leave the ends of the waxed cord that I use to bind the signatures nice and long so that I can add some pretty beads and charms. I love how they add some glittery interest and little jangle when you are browsing the book.

I love creating pages with dried flowers. When I gather them, I immediately press them between wax paper and put them in a large heavy book. Later you can add them to your pages and then seal the flowers with either clear gesso or Modge Podge.

As a final note, when it comes to ways to add a closure to the book, I thought about ways to attach some ties. 
I sewed two pieces of a thrifted blouse directly onto the book cover, and then added a glittery brooch.

Thanks for looking, and I'll be back soon with another yummy journal to share.

Take care of each other!

Hugs, Lisa xoxoxoxoxo

Saturday, December 26, 2020

'Noel' for AB Studios

 Merry Christmas to all my sweet crafty friends!
I hope everyone has had some great family time and shared the warmth of this
holiday season with those closest to you.

The 'Holly Jolly Christmas' paper set by AB Studios is full of wonderful Christmas colours 
and patterns. I especially loved the page 'December'; it has a warm vintage feel to it,
and it really inspired me to create these mixed media journal pages.

The magic of Christmas is best seen through the eyes of a child, and I always
find myself feeling nostalgic around this time of year. My girlhood memories of longing
for the excitement of Christmas day, ripping through the presents, the special family 
dinner, all the wonderful times I have spent with my parents and sisters, come
flooding back to me. All the memories I make with my child, I hope he holds dear too.
We get our portrait taken together every Christmas - he's growing up so fast -
but still counts down the days through December. 
We sang some beautiful hymns, listened to the story of Jesus, full of rebirth and 
hope for peace on earth, and prayed for a better year coming.

I used so many pretty AB Studios products here, stamps, stencils and the wonderful 
Christmas papers. I fussy cut some wreaths, and added some watercolors.

You can find AB Studios shop here: https://shop.agabaraniak.com/en/

Here are a few close ups:

I've been creating handmade journals and really enjoying recycling all kinds of papers
including plain brown paper bags - I like to messily coat them with gesso and add stamps and 
some die cut shapes - here I cut some out of the paper 'A Holly Jolly'.

THE people that walked in darkness have seen a great light. They that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. 

                                                 Isaiah 9: 2, 6–7 

All best wishes for a healthy happy New Year to all my friends,

Love, Lisa xoxoxox

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