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Acorns to Oaktrees

May 31st, 2013 at 8:55 pm

New Journal

Signature with 9x12 envelope
Signature with 9×12 envelope

I’m taking an on-line class, 21 Secrets 2013. You pay $59 and get to take all the classes. So far, I’m about 1/2 way thru my first class. I just don’t have a lot of free time, but I’m really enjoying it when I get to it. The class is taught by Terri Kahrs. The idea of using a 9×12 inch envelope in my signature came from her. She suggested using it as a journal cover, but I really like having hard covers, so I stick the envelope in my signature. I think it is a really good idea for sticking stuff in.


Terri introduced us to new methods for making backgrounds, but I really like using a polymer rib (pottery tool) to spread acrylic paint for backgrounds. So after I tried Terri’s methods, I went back to my same old, same old.

The journal covers are 2 layers of mat board. I used ribbon to secure the covers, from the outside, to the signatures and covered the signature stitching with green duct tape.

Signature spacing.

I like to space out my signatures. Otherwise, once I’m done embellishing my journal, it’s a big thing that won’t close. I don’t like that. So I sew my signatures to card stock that has been reinforced with tulle from my wedding. I had a lot of tulle; it’s going to be a while before I buy other reinforcing material. The card stock and the glued on tulle give the spine strength and toughness.

Another view of signature spacing.
Interior view of signature spacing

Interior cover

I used duct tape on the inside to attach the journal covers to the sewn signatures. You can see it on the envelope side. I covered the interior cover with a piece of paper and painted it all. I primed the pages and the duct tape with gesso.

If I can find my camera, you’ll get to see the spreads.

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