I shared in earlier posts how I found a very tattered and shabby worn quilt a few months ago. I used bits and pieces of that quilt in several projects, using every last scrap of it. Today I am sharing a mini book that features the quilt on the cover. It is such a compliment to the theme and embellishments. I love this book madly. So much so, I am thinking I need to break down the full assembly into a tutorial soon. Until then, I hope you will enjoy this quick tour.
The core of this book is actually a manila file folder! I like using them for handmade books because they are a nice weight and are inexpensive. On this book, I covered the outside with a piece of the vintage quilt. I covered the inside with pattern paper. After adhering both to the manila folder, I added machine stitching around the edges. I love that the back cover shows bits of the embroidery that once embellished this quilt. It is so worn that only traces of it remain. That tells me it was loved dearly. I am glad I could incorporate it into projects that were so meaningful to me.
On the cover, I layered a piece of pattern paper and vellum together. I machine stitched around the edges of both pieces and adhered it to the cover. I love how vellum lets you tone down a colorful background pattern. You get the essence of the paper and its color, but it doesn’t compete with the main focus because it is muted.
For the next layer, I cut a Shortie Tag from white wool felt. I used the large scallop edge at the bottom of the tag. I attached a piece of vintage lace to the bottom of the tag. I cut a square of pattern paper and sewed it to the center of the felt tag. I adhered the assembled piece to the center of the pattern paper and vellum layer.
I die cut a Pointed Mini Envelope from white wool felt and assembled it as usual. I added machine stitching to the side edges for contrast. I actually used a spool of vintage thread for this project. It was a cream color that had darkened in places with age. I used it on nearly all my projects from CHA (our trade show in January). I loved knowing that I was incorporating vintage thread in my projects. I added a small pink wool felt die cut heart and a vintage button to the closure of the envelope.
Next to the envelope I added several felt posies made with the Shabby and Pom Pom Posies dies. Check out how to make those in my Posie Spool tutorial on the Spellbinders blog. I created the cute hanging tag by folding a Shortie Tag in half, adhering it, and adding a hole so you can add twine to hang it from.
I also added a few rosettes tucked in around the posies. Find out how to make those with my Pom Pom Posies and Posie Parts dies in the Pom Pom Posies Rosettes tutorial on the Spellbinders blog.
I added waterfall pages on the inside cover. I alternated the two styles from the Waterfalls One die set.
I embellished each tab using the same formula- a square of pattern paper, a small photo matted on kraft cardstock, and a hand lettered sentiment on a Shortie Tab. The photos on the waterfalls are all little things in my daily life, little things that are simple and easily overlooked.
I added a smaller book inside. The cover of the inner book features my new Rejoice stamp. I stamped the image on Neenah cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers. I used ClearSnap Gingersnap ink for all the edge inking in the book.
The themes on the pages in the inner book are all the big things in my life- me, my husband, our family, and our home.
I added photos of myself on the first page inside the inner book. I wanted to fill the journal page with words to describe myself. I hate talking about myself almost as much as I hate photos of myself. I managed to fill in the page before the show, but not before taking photos.
On the second page, I added a few photos of me and my husband David. I filled the journaling page with different little notes about us (again, after photographing).
On the center pages of the book, I added a few random things focusing on the theme of pink. Each page in the inside book followed the theme of square photos matted on kraft cardstock and sentiments on Shortie Tabs. I also added tabs from the Tabs One and Two sets.
The next book page was about family.
The last page of the book focused on my house. This is how the other journal pages ended up looking, a mix of different hand-lettered words. I wrote all the words first with a black pen and then added a grey shadow. The grey really gives the letters depth.
Even though I am a letterer, I have a hard time lettering directly on a project. Doing this freestyle lettering was really a step outside of my box for me. But you know what? Even though they are not perfect, I love each one. They show a piece of me, perfectly imperfect.
I added another section of waterfalls on the inside back cover. I used the Waterfalls Two set.
I followed the same structure for the second set waterfalls as the first. I really love using a repeating structure like this. It takes away the stress of trying to come up with something different for each page. I think it also helps keep the focus on the photo which is the most important element. (By the way, that is my car, a MINI Cooper that I named Bradley Cooper. We were inspired by the “you named it Brad” commercial.)
The last touch was a bookmark with a hanging tag attached to the inside center spine with a vintage button. The tag is another Shortie Tab. I added a die cut felt heart to it. I stitched through it with vintage thread. I added a vintage jewelry bauble for fun.
This book makes me smile! Even the page about me. That one was a tough one to finish! I am glad I did it though, it was kind of fun to challenge myself to say some good things about me. I also love that each page features something in my life that I love. They aren’t big things, they are little simple things. Those are the things that fill our days. I love the idea of celebrating and rejoicing all of those things, both big and small!
All of my new products, including the Rejoice stamp are now in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!