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A few years ago I started talking with my friend LeighAnne about working out a license agreement.  She makes the most incredible maternal art that is often embroidered on bags.  I was so excited when we worked it out for me to be able to use her incredible artwork.

We also talked about doing a trade when she got through with her customs list.

Well that day has come and I just got the picture of the applique that will be going on my bookbinding bag.  I gave her a lot of freedom and I am glad I did.  I told her my favorites and what colors I liked and that I wanted my three kids on it, and she went from there.

Not only do I get a super cool bag, but now I have this fabulous applique to work with.  I have to decide what I am going to make first.  Thank you LeighAnne.

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My favorite book

I am so proud of this one.  I really wanted to combine the beautiful Bluegrass Moon artwork I am blessed to be able to use, with the woven cover I learned from Pam Sussman.

I have been trying to think of the best way to do it.  I didn’t want to loose the beauty of the texture of the woven cover, so I decided to just weave a frame.  It makes the weaving a little more challenging, but it was so worth it.

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My artistic journey

Chris’ comment on my blog got me to thinking about how I decided to start bookbinding, and my artistic journey in general, so I figured I would share it.

I remember when I was young loving to doodle, and do artsy type things.  I was very excited when art was a choice in junior hight school and I loved my art class.  The next year I had too many classes that I wanted and needed to take, and there just wasn’t room for art, but it was always a dream to take art classes.

Well life got busy and the next thing I knew I was a mother.  My sister started me scrapbooking.  Then my other sister invited me to a CTMH (rubber stamp) party.  I wasn’t going to buy anything, but came home with one set that I was going to use to scrapbook.

I don’t think I have scrapbooked since that day.  I fell in love with rubberstamping.  Since I have never learned to draw or paint, it gave me away to be artistic.  I could take other peoples images and play with them and make something I was proud of and enjoyed.

People would often look at my cards and tell me they wished they could do that, and I would often think, well I can show anybody how to make that card.  It was quite awhile, before I realized that what they wanted was not to be walked through making a card, but to decide on their own how to group the colors and images to make something beautiful.  That was when I started realizing that maybe there was a little bit of an artist in me.

It wasn’t long before I realized that I wanted to branch out.  I wanted to make something other than just cards.  I started seeing some of the incredible journals, books, and other items that Chris Peden and some of the other members from Stampsmith’s yahoo group made and I started to branch out.  I also really wanted to learn to bind journals.

I couldn’t find any classes, so I got Chris’ instructions, some bookbinding books, and set out to teach myself.

I fell in love and there has been no going back.

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It worked

One of the reasons I love binding journals, is after the journal is bound I have this incredible canvas that I can work with.

When Pam Sussman taught us to weave the book cover, I really wanted to figure out a way to be able to do that and still leave an area for me to embellish.  The more I thought about it, the more I thought, “why can’t I weave a frame around my focal image?”  I couldn’t figure out why it wouldn’t work, so I decided to give it a shot.

First I created the focal image of the journal, collaged it, and let it dry.  Then I cut the weaving strips.  Weaving was a bit more intense, but it was doable.  It looks great.  I still need to add the fiber, glue it to the boards, and bind it, so there won’t be a picture for a little while, but it is coming.

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Before I left for artfest I had a bunch of covers covered in fabric and all ready to go for mini journals.  I came home ready to use the new binding techniques I had learned, so I pulled out all the ones that would look good with ribbons and then started looking for matching ribbons and brads.  Here is what I came up with.

 

 

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Well, yesterday Maren said something that made me think, “yep she is my child.”

My mom had called me to see if I could go to Michael’s and look for cute boy themed 8″ X 8″ albums.  When I told Maren what we were doing and that Grandma could find lots of girl ones, but no boy ones, she said, “Why doesn’t she make the girl ones boy ones.  She just needs paper and decopodge.”  I had to laugh, because I would just change them.

Last year on my birthday (April 30th) I had a big celebration at my hyenacart.  I invited lots of different artists to make an item and then I made something to go with it.  It was lots of fun and did very well, so I decided to do it again this year.

I am licensed to use all the beautiful artwork from my friend LeighAnne.  She takes her sketches and creates the most incredible maternal art appliques.  I am also a huge fan of the sketches.  I got permission to have a few fellow artists use her sketches in sets.

So I sent one of my favorite sketches to Lady Malice and asked her to work her magic on a journal cover.  It arrived the day after I got back.  It was so incredible I knew it had to have a special binding.  I loved the look of the ribbon binding I learned from Pam Sussman, but couldn’t run ribbons over the artwork, so I decided to mix things up a bit and make the same binding without the ribbons.  I love how it turned out.  It just shows me what incredible things we can accomplish when we all work together.

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I really enjoy teaching, but I haven’t been able to since Stiles was born.  So when a mom at my daughter’s homeschool resource center asked me to show her how to bind a book, I was thrilled to be able.  These are some that she just made on her own and posted.  They look great and it is wonderful to know that she is using what I taught her.

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