Friday, 1 February 2013

New Journal Making Adventures & Winners....



Firstly CONGRATULATIONS to Jo Murray & Vicki (Hula-la) who were the winners of our Joy In The Post Blog Party giveaway. They each receive a journal and stash of art/craft goodies to help them make their own art journal and round robin swap. If you were inspired to organise or participate in your own art journal round robin then take a look at this inspiring post written by Lisa full of tips.

This week I've been trying to make a journal for our next swap. I've used ideas from Sue M Doggett's book 'Handmade Books'. Trouble is, for my first attempt, I may have over reached in trying to adapt her own instructions. Maybe I should have made it easier on myself. Never mind; it will be unique. My colours for our themed swap are 'Magenta, Teal and Silver'. Here, in a photo story, are my attempts so far at making a journal box full of individual journals.














  • What new creative skill/method have you tried recently? How did it go?
  • OR if you haven't tried anything new in a while: what creative medium/method/style would you like to try your hand at? What attracts you to this art form?

Wishing you all a Happy & Creative weekend!
Kat :-)






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23 comments:

  1. Very Cool, Kat. I love your color choices and your journal looks fabulous already! Are those little wool balls and did you sew the little beads on them? Creativity Soaring ~*~*~*

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    1. Kim - thank you :-) I have to admit I bought those balls when I bought the magenta felt - they are made of felt and seed beads and were just too cute to resist :-) Kat x

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  2. Whew! Well, you box looks great Kat! I know how difficult they can be...I made one a couple years ago and it is on my "never again" list, lol. I am intrigued by the heart and balls too! I am excited for our journals to start their paths again ♥♥

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    1. Lisa - thank you sweetpea :-) Yes, I can imagine how it would end up on a "never again" list - I've wrestled with this one for sure, lol! When buying the felt I couldn't resist those balls and tag as I knew they would surely have a place in my new journal (I can imagine how I want to use them if the next stage goes to plan). I have lots of ideas that look great in my head but are never as easy to bring into being. But not being one to give up easily I give it a good try!
      Hugs
      Kat Xx

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  3. OMG... I can't believe my good fortune! Many many thanks. My art group meets on the first Weds of March so I will broach the subject of a round robin journal then. I hope everyone will be as enthused as I am. I'm bound (no pun intended) to get a great response from them.

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    1. Jo - glad you're excited to win your goodies - you were a great party guest on all our blogs and deserve it :-)! I look forward to learning how your group take the idea. Kat X

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  4. Gorgeous colours - my favourites! I love the brightness of your blog

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  5. First of all, Congrats to Jo and Vicki! I hope you both start a journal journey and that you enjoy it immensely!

    Kat, wow...an amazing project. I can see that it would be a ton of work. But learning something new makes it all worthwhile!

    I decided to try making my journal this time, something I'd never done before. The instructions said to use waxed linen thread for the binding. I used waxed thread, but I don't think it is linen. I'm thinking now both the "waxed" and the "linen" were important! Even though I pulled the stitching very tight I'm noticing that it is stretching a bit :( I may go as far as taking out all the binding and starting over with the correct thread.

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    1. Maggie - thank you sweetie - yes it is more work than I'd realised mainly because of my lack of experience. I've substituted materials before and sometimes the alternative works fine but sometimes I've really wished I'd got the exact thing needed because it would've done a better job. We live and learn. I've had to pull apart and start again many times. Hopefully you won't need to take out all the binding. Fingers crossed for you.
      Hugs
      Kat Xx

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  6. It is beautiful Kat! The book looks inspiring as well. Wow what can I say...Magenta, Teal and silver. Gorgeous!!! I'm excited.

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    1. Gemma - thank you :-) I'm excited to start the new swap too. How are you getting on? I'm looking forward to you being part of the joy in the post :-) Kat X

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  7. What a great project! Love the colours and design. Thanks for the step by step details of how you created the journal.
    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. Beverley - thank you :-) Glad you liked the step by step - I just have to keep remembering to take photos at each stage as I often get distracted with the making of it :-) Kat X

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  8. Wow Kat I am so impressed. That looks very challenging. I believe too challenging for me at the moment or maybe ever. lol It looks lovely though and I am happy that you got to try a new technique. I look forward to seeing the finished project first hand.
    Hugs!
    Tammy

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    1. Tammy - thank you sweetie :-) I look forward to seeing it finished too, lol. I'm hoping the finished product will be something like the picture in my head. I found some more supplies today to add to it. I'm having great fun.
      Kat Xx

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  9. What an achievement! The box looks so neat and strong too. The pink looks great against the blue box too.

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    1. Lorik - thank you :-) I hope it will stay strong and not fall apart, lol :-) The colours in their bizarre combo came to me as I lay awake one night and I'm loving working with them.
      Kat :-)

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  10. I received my fabulous prize of amazing art supplies to begin my own Art Journal "Hop". I was blown away!!!
    Thank you soooo very much. I have taken a picture of the stash, and I will try to photo journal the whole process of the upcoming event with my Arty Tea Party Group of talented chics... And thanks to Lisa at Priti Studio for the blog tips on how to actually get started! WOO HOO...HAPPY HAPPY...JOY JOY!!!

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    1. hula-la - Fab :-) I hope Jo will get hers soon too (although I suspect it takes longer to Australia). You're a worthy winner & were a fab party guest :-) I look forward to the photos of your Arty Tea Party.
      Kat Xx

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  12. Hi, Kat! I haven't been visiting blogs much lately and it's fun to be able to have the time to do it now! I always love to see what you're up to. I had to laugh when you said: "Never mind; it will be unique." :) I think it looks beautiful!

    Hope you're having a wonderfully productive and creative week (and a healthy one as well!).

    Hugs to you!

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