Thursday, August 12, 2010

From the Worktable

My first handmade journal!

Yes I've done journals before (I love to do journals) but I've always altered purchased journals.

But with this journal I actually created the signatures (the pages that make up the book)

and then I did the bookbinding

that is the part that "ties" the whole book together

I played with all my favorite elements

old ledger paper, sheet music, texture and layers,

 image transfers and transparencies

pretty images, lace and stamps

tags and fabrics, vintage, and new made to look vintage. 
And finally started to get the hang of my free motion embroidery foot on my sewing machine.

Shabby love.  I was in my glory. 

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Anonymous said...

So pretty ! ! My daughter love making journals & the binding process!!
Have a Wonderful Day!

Cathy said...

What kind of paper did you use for the signatures? BTW, I love your blog!

Linda M. said...

Your journal is very beautiful Gail. I would love to hold it and touch each page.

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

Cathy, I used watercolor paper. :-)

Ozma of Odds said... lovely is this?!!
~ and you say this is your very first one?!! It appears as if you have got it down already!!
xo, Rosemary

Bunty said...

I'm loving your journal Gail - the pages are so very pretty. I love all your layouts - they are really beautiful.

I must try and do some more to mine - the trouble is that work gets in the way!



Melody said...

Oh Gail..that is journal is beautiful.

Martina2801 said...

It is beautiful and artistic. Standing ovation from me!!!

Leone said...

Your journal is beautiful. I have just started one through instructions from Carole who offers an on-line Journal Workshop. I hope mine ends up being as beautiful and yours. Thanks for sharing!

Leone said...

By the way, for anyone who is interested in the On-line Journal Workshop, Carole is at

Judy said...

This journal is lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Joanna Pierotti said...

Beautiful Gail!! I just told my friend prior to seeing your book that this is what I'm going to work on. You have inspired me further. Isn't it fun binding books! I've only done two so far. Have you dyed yet?
xo joanna

Kathy said...

This just may be the prettiest creation I have ever laid my eyes on. I love each and every detail on it. Bravo Miss Gail~

TwoHeartsPath said...

This is just Beautiful!! I Love Every Page!!

Nanniepannie said...

I've visited your blog a couple of times and I've really enjoyed it. Your creativeness is inspiring to say the least. I added you to my blog list today. Thanks, Nancy

Kim said...

Love, love, love it!! Looks great and can't wait to see it in person if it lasts that long! great job!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Each and every detail is splendidly gorgeous! Best wishes, Tammy

slommler said...

So gorgeous Gail!!! I love all the textures!

Lottie said...

This is absolutely stunning - really gorgeous - what a brilliant journal. How many pages did you put into it - it's awesome

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

This is my kind of journalling - you've really stamped your mark on this Gail.

It's so feminine and vintage, like from days gone by.
Beautiful elements all brought together so thoughtfully.
Lovingly stitched - you did well with your embroidery foot!!

Take care

kathy said...


This is just breathtaking.Your inspiration has me digging through flea markets this weekend looking for shabby vintage look. Thank you- SoKat

Donna said...

Your journal is gorgeous! I love all of the wonderful textures and layers and colors! You obviously spent alot of time on it :) I have made altered books before, but never have made the book from scratch. Very impressive!

Lovey said...

Gail this is!

Anonymous said...

This so did a great job on it!