Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fun with friends and a little book again

Hello all, thanks for dropping by here. Today I am sharing a little book created with Eileen Hull's passport die.
A few days ago I had some friends over for an afternoon of crafty fun and we all made one of these (well we did not finish them), but we made a good start and I have now completed mine.
Here's a photo of us all around our table
From left to right: Rita, Jennie, me and Annie
We had so much fun and decorated our covers with texture paste and paints, Infusions, Oxide inks, stamping and so on. It's always so inspiring to see how different people create such different things all using the same stash.
Below is the spine, I used twine to sew my signatures and threaded the middle one with some beads for decoration.
Mine turned out quite fat as I created 3 inserts, using coffee dyed papers, some Tim Holtz and Prima papers as well as some digital print outs I had prepared for us all in the right size. I'll be sharing some of these as freebies in days to come, so stay tuned :).
Here is the back of mine, I left it quite plain, while adding a few embellishments to the front:
The saying is made with a stamp from a set by another Scottish friend, who sadly could not be with us, - Lynne Moncrief from Adorn. Annie had very kindly brought this stamp set along and I think we all used it in places.

As I made 3 little inserts, each with about 5 double pages'  I'll only show you a few of the pages, maybe I'll share a few more at some other point, - here goes:

Here you can see how I tucked the ribbon for the closure under a couple of little punch outs.
A page with a pocket and a little tag, - it's all in junk journal style again, which at the moment is my favourite style for making these little books and journals.
Here is the little tag that fits inside the pocket, another space for a quote or some journaling.
Some subtle stencilling and a coffee dyed page.

I sewed the signatures together with twine, that I also then pulled through to the cover as you might be able to see from one of the photos above. I left it all quite plain, so things can be added at some later stage. I am probably going to use this for some of my favourite hand written quotes.

Well, that's it for now, thanks for your visit like always and see you next time, have a good week!


Maryann Laursen said...

Once again you´ve made such a gorgeous journal Astrid. It´s soooo beautiful and I really like, how you´ve made and decorated this. Just my style too, and I soooo love, how you´ve made and decorated this little beauty here. Stunning work hun well done.

Brenda Brown said...

Now that is just delightful Astrid with such gorgeous mixed media covers and wonderful junk journal inserts. You have a wonderful way of bringing journals together that look so precious and inspiring oh how I would have loved to be at that table with you all. Looking forward to seeing more journals and pages xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous little book, love the vintage style and all the lovely details inside and out. Great photo of all you ladies together, glad you had a fun day. Hugs, Valerie

Margaret Mifsud said...

What a wonderful time you must have all had crafting together .. sounds like heaven to me!! Your journal is stunning Astrid .. I so love your style. The gorgeous colour, the fabulous texture .. you bring it all together so beautifully!! Have been thinking of making something similar so I will certainly be using yours as inspiration. hugs xx

Redanne said...

I can just imagine how wonderful this journal 'feels' with the beautiful texture on the cover. The inside is gorgeous too with all those wonderful elements you added. The photos here and on FB are brilliant, you all look so happy. Looking forward to seeing more journals now! Hugs, Anne xx

chrissie said...

The idea of having your friends gather around the table and craft together is enough for me to be thrilled and then I looked at the beautiful book----what an amazing project. Always something inspiring when I visit here

Love Chrissie xx

Jennie Atkinson said...

Astrid your journal is fabulous, so many wonderful elements inside and outside. What fun we had with the Infusions and Oxides and then decorating the covers. Mine is nearly finished and I so love the coffee died papers and printed inserts you made for us. It was such a fabulous get together and I do so hope I can get down to Edinburgh again soon. Jennie x

Dortesjs said...

wow gorgeous work

froebelsternchen said...

A fantastic booklet - Absolutely AMAZING! Nice to work with kindred spirits!

Happy Day!

brenda said...

How nice to have a crafty get together at home Astrid and super journals you created, I always admire the wonderful textures you achieve.

B x

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with friends! Your journal looks wonderful and I will be looking out for the others! The inside papers look fascinating so please do show more! As usual we have been away and trying to keep up! Hugs, Chrisx

butterfly said...

Delightful papers and tags and pockets on the inside, and your weathered, textured exterior is gorgeous. Sounds as though you all had a lovely day, and I'm looking forward to catching up with the other passport books as they appear.
Alison x

Let's Art Journal said...

It looks like you had so much fun creating these books together, what a lovely way to spend time with your friends! The texture and patina effect you have created on the cover is lovely and there is so much lovely detail inside too. Have a great week! J 😊

Meggymay said...

What a lovely day you all must have had crafting and chatting together,
Its a gorgeous journal book and the quote is lovely.
Yvonne xx

Dorthe said...

Oh Astrid, I wish I lived in Scotland too- close to you, maybe being lucky to also be invited to such a wonderful day :-)
I love your book, with the weathered cover -and love the twine binding- which fits it so perfect . Your pages are beautiful, with the feeling of old days, and worn out materials !! xxx

sarascloset said...

First, let me say what a lovely group of ladies you all make! So beautiful,and I can tell this was one fun party! Secondly, your journal is so pretty, with your signature aged to perfection patina effects. I would love to visit with you and learn your lovely style! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

Matilde said...

The cover looks great, as well as the pages :)

Jenny Marples said...

Astrid I'm so totally in love with your little journal! In fact I lvoe all your journals. Oh to have been a fly on the wall at the gathering of the AVJ Scottish contingent. The amount of combined talent in that room is mind boggling. Can't wait to see more of the pages xx

Anneke said...

This looks gorgeous. Can't wait to see more!
Love it Astrid!

Karen said...

Love this book! Great job.

Scraps of Elegance said...

The background painting work on the covers are fabulous Astrid! So much depth and vintage appeal. I only wish i could have been invited to that table. 😊

Marisa Job said...

Beautiful!! Love all the details and colors!!

Helen Wallace said...

Sounds like a magical time, gathered with some of your tribe to create beautiful things. I love that each project reflects the individual style of the artist, even though you used the same supplies, Where to start? It's all divine really, the muted colours, the subtle texture, the little pockets, the coffee dyed papers. Wonderful work.

Sandy said...

The Fabulous Four - The energy in that room must have been bouncing off the walls with such four fabulous artists together!
I love your book Astrid and I like the concept of junk journals - one more time, let's use the world fabulous. I need to look at your post a couple of more times.
sandy xx

Jackie PN said...

Wow! What a wonderful time together as art sisters and friends,I am sure! There is nothing like that camaraderie!
Beautiful book Astrid, I love each and every detail- and don't you just love Lynne's stamps?! So happy she has come out with them!
Jackie xo

Unknown said...

Ok - so I am admitting it up front... I loved the WONDERFUL photo of you four dear artsy ladies more than your creation Astrid!!! Forgive me - eheheheh!!! And... I have to say... your table looks like it will cave in from all the craftiness!!!! So fun to see you all together - love it!!!

And yes... your book is also VERY AWESOME. The writing and the vines on the covers with the wonderfully muted and vintage colors is just truly breath-taking. I could look at the front forever.

And it always amazes me how you come up with all those amazing pages inside. And such a lovely tag too. This was a SUPER FINE post Astrid. Thanks bunches. Xj.

SewPaperPaint said...

Astrid, I have so enjoyed reading about your time with these lovely friends. I truly adore your fabulous little journal and the lovely vintage texture. Thanks so much for sharing all of the details so we can almost feel like we were with you. Hugs, Autumn

The Sparkly Fairy said...

What a brilliant idea and lovely friends you have.

eileen hull said...

Astrid this book is so classy! I love all of the textures and colors- makes me want to know what's inside... so thanks for sharing some of your pages with us too. What a fun gathering to meet with your creative friends and laugh and make stuff! Maybe someday I will get to Scotland... :-)

Annie said...

Your journal is stunning Astrid xx love the wonderful colours and textures on the outside, offset with Lynne's Affirmations stamps, which are perfect for Journalling xx delicious stained papers on the inside too. we had such a great day together and were totally spoiled by your amazing hospitality as well as your kindness in preparing those fabulous coffee stained papers etc.

Sending huge hugs
Annie xx

Mrs.B said...

Stunning little journal, so many gorgeous details and beautiful textured cover.
Avril xx

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