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More Vinyl Long Stitch

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I’m taking a break from vinyl long stitch journals after making a crapload in the past week or so.  I received a gift certificate at work for my 5 year service anniversary to Hollander’s and I spent it partly on imitation leather book cloth so until that arrives, I’m going to work on other stuff.  I have this crazy book idea that I’m very excited about, but we’ll see.

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August 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Overcast

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I read somewhere that, in terms of getting accurate colors and the sharpest picture, an overcast day yields the best results. So after work today I tested this and holy crap, it’s true.   In any event, except for the strap, which I need to fix, I like how this book came out.  I tried a different version of the long stitch and instead of punching individual holes in the cover, I cut a straight line where I intended to sew.  In the middle of sewing this book up, I regretted this decision, but once it was done, it ended up pretty okay.  I lined the vinyl with cardstock and sewed the signatures to the cover with hemp.  I will add today’s pictures to the list of reasons why I do not like the sun.

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August 25, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vintage Illustration Journals

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I buy a lot of old books- mainly to tear them apart for repurposed blank journals, but sometimes I just like to look at the pictures (really).  I sewed these with hemp using a simple pamphlet stitch and instead of trimming the cord, I left it long so that it can be wrapped around the book.

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August 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Canvas Long Stitch

I bought a few yards of canvas at the same time that I bought vinyl for my long stitch journals.  I definitely prefer the vinyl- vinyl is much easier to work with and cut and the finished product is much more to my liking.  That being said, I am going to give some more thought to incorporating all of that canvas into books.

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August 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Two More Repurposed Vintage Books

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Long Stitch #2

Edit (I decided that I didn’t like the ribbon):

August 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Long Stitch

This is my second attempt at a long stitch journal.  The first was made from an old jacket & I’m keeping that one for myself!  For this one, I used vinyl (leather versions of these look amazing, but the whole animal skin thing makes that not an option due to my delicate sensibilities) lined with heavy textured patterned cardstock.  There are 5 signatures of recycled paper and each is sewn to the spine separately.  I used StazOn solvent ink to stamp the front (I was really worried about bveing able to stamp onto a material as slippery as vinyl, but StazOn is a champ).  Lastly, I added a ribbon enclosure.  I lovelovelove the spines on long stitch books. LOVE.

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Gerard Duo

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I had no idea who Gerard Duo was before I started making this journal yesterday.  I have a bunch of old postcards and art stamp that were put out by the Metropolitan Museum of Art back in the 40s.  And I just liked the picture on this particular card.  But apparently Gerard Duo was an amazing painter who excelled at candlelight scenes. The painting to the left is called The Night School.

The journal is filled with linen paper and there is a thin transparent layer of sealant over the front cover and picture.  I also tried adding decorative paper to each signature, which I think came out pretty okay.

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August 7, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

And the leaves that are green…

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This is one of my personal favorites.  I think it’s the Thai unryu paper on the cover.  The texture is just so wonderful and the leaves!  I filled it with light green parchment paper and if you’ve ever touched parchment paper, let alone, written on it, it’s just so yummy.  And I love stab binding, except it’s so noisy- I use an awl and a hammer.  I really need to find a viable quieter alternative method.

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August 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

More Upcycled Journals

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I kept all 15 original pages of this awesome book and put in blank bunches of brown Kraft paper, white medium weight card stock, recycled text weight paper sand specks paper, and heavy off white  card stock.  The pictures are adorable. 7.25 x 7.5.

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This little chubby book has all original illustrations from the book “All About Gemini.” It’s 6.25 x 4.    It has 6 different types of blank pages, [96 total and 192 if you count the front and the back].

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Weekly Reader books always make the best journals, if you ask me.

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August 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment