Friday 20 March 2015

M. I. A.

It's been a little while since I last posted.  I have been so busy but nothing actually completed that I could blog about.

I've been working on Altered Book class for His Kingdom Come and wanted to design some Thermofax screens for it.  Shonna kindly drew this for me and this and the other designs she did are currently at the makers.

I've been working on a book study for His Kingdom Come which starts in May.  we are going to read The Creative Call by Janice Elsheimer together.

And I've been working on a new collaborative class that the Foundation Team are going to put together when we meet up next month in Florida.  How exciting is that!

So all in all, I have been exceedingly busy and nothing to show you for all my work.

Last year I took part in a Junk Journal Swap organised by Sandie Cottee.    When my pages came and all the amazing bits and pieces I didn't know what to do with it.  I knew how to assemble a Junk Journal - I just didn't know what I would use it for and so it got put to one side.    Last week a new online friend, Angie, introduced me to an online class called Remains of the Day.  And at last I could see what I could do with all the pages an ephemera Sandie had sent me.  I resisted buying the class for all of an hour!

So as an antidote to all of the stuff going on above I jumped in and started the class.  I found all the pages that I'd been sent in the swap.

I gathered together lots of bits of paper - you know the sort that's too good to throw away but not big enough to do anything with.

And these bits of scrapbooking cardstock that were cut off some other project.

I sewed these strips together to make pages that are 8 inches by 6 inches when folded.

I sewed bits of paper on the sides.

I sewed lots of pieces on all over the place.  I have 28 pages so that's 56 sides and that's a lot of photos - so here are the pages in a rather wobbly video.

Here are few of the pages.

I also included some of my gelli prints and pages where I had cleaned stencils!

I added bits of fabric.

I divided the 28 pages into 4 sets of 7 for the signatures of the book.

But put together they make a book around 3 inches thick.  So now I'm wondering whether to make 2 books instead.

I love the process of making things rather than the finished thing.  This journal or journals was a satisfying process because I didn't think I just bunged stuff together.  I could probably do the same thing with glue and doublesided tape rather than the sewing machine.

And as for the pages I've made.  Well, they're not very me and I don't know whether I will ever use it.  Still, I have been very creative and that's what matters.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. This is fantastic! It makes me wish that I sewed. I'm going to go check out the link.

    1. So long as your machine does straight stitching you don't really need to know how to sew!

  2. Very cool! I wish I had room to add sewing to my tools. I like the idea of two books. You can sell them, or gift them. They are treasures!

  3. Wow, wow!! These got me really excited Bernice!! It was lovely to see how you used the pages and ephemera that I sent as part of the swap and perhaps if you just leave it sitting for a while you will be inspired again to use them as a journal or book cover perhaps. I love the idea of stitching, it is such a different effect. I am planning another junk journal swap soon, this has got me eager to do it sooner rather than later!! Thank you for sharing this, it has made my day and the video was not too wobbly at all. The credits did make me smile though :D x

  4. This post made me happy! Beautiful pages and good job nurturing your soul!

  5. love this! Oh my-your pages are amazing. You really grouped everything so well. Really super combinations. And even though the pages "are not you", I think the process and the practice is valuable just in itself don't you?
    Angie (BritChickNY)

  6. Absolutely Fabulous Bernice! Love it x

  7. I absolutely love it! And the work you put into it......hours and hours I imagine! Now you could fill it in as you go along, like a life journal since it's already sorta set up for you. I know you have so much ephemera and I have tons of cardstock and old books with thick paper. I have a very old family Bible that was left behind by the former owners of my house and I've gotten into that. I may try that but you have such an awesome imagination! Actually, I've bought some of your stuff and I love it and I've more that I've bought on Etsy. I love this art!!

  8. Your junk journal is looking good, nice and juicy, full of goodies! So glad you have found Mary Ann Moss and her class. She galvanised me into making books! A great teacher and all of her classes are a delight to take. Have fun!


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