The outside cover is a pretty water-color looking fabric with gold lines imprinted in curvy branch-like patterns. I fused it to a stiff interfacing, then couched on some fibers in gold and pastels.The inner lining is a coordinating solid fabric with tiny gold dots. I added a pocket of pretty fabric. Uh-oh, mistake number one. I stitched the velcro closure on to the front and right through the pocket.
For my journal pages, I used paper cut to size from a large sketchbook. I kept the edge where it was connected to the pad, because it looked kind of deckled. I may add some gold paint to the edges. Some of the pages have a pale wash of Lumiere paint and some accent squiggles. Here's another little boo-boo: a gap of about a quarter inch between the signatures, or sets of pages. I had the hardest time figuring out how to sew these in. Apparently no one else in the class had a problem, so I studied their pics and got the idea.
One of the suggestions for the lesson was to "wrap" each of the three signatures with an enclosure of colored card stock. All I had was manila- way boring. I decided to use an old quilting calendar page as my signature wraps. OOPS- what to do about the old calendar and writing on the other side? I could have used it as is, but decided to paint with Lumiere paints. That did not quite cover up the calendar blocks, so I started collaging some painted paper towels left over from another project, and some strips of the calendar quilt picture. I had to let these dry about two days because of all the clear gel I used to apply them.
So, then I decided I liked the collaged side better than the quilt pic side. This one was used to wrap one of my signatures.
But I do love that quilt with all the polka dot circles. Here it is with a pocket attached.
So, I proceeded to cut my calendar picture into three strips of various widths to make my signature wraps. Then, when I lined them up with the signature pages, I realized that two of them were too narrow to use, because the holes I poked in the paper were wider apart. So, I left two signatures unwrapped, and made the extra collaged pics into pockets and bookmarks. I guess these are supposed to be bookmarks? I still don't quite get the whole journaling thing. Probably these are supposed to be something else you write on.
This is a pocket made of one of the collaged pieces.
I made a couple other pockets out of gusseted paper with decorative scrapbook paper glued on it. (Yes, I have some scrapbook paper.)
I cut out the letters for LOVE and added them to this pretty scrapbook paper.
So, I am already behind on Lesson 2, but I am eager to get going on that one. It will be a sketchbook. Wish me luck!