Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Travel Journal, part one

Prior to my fabulous travel adventure I signed up for an online journal class, Remains of the Day, taught by Mary Ann Moss.  As I begin to recount my travel and art adventures with you I thought it might be nice to start at the beginning and share my journal...

Front Cover
What fun I had using material scraps left over from my Silver Bella 2010 apron.  I also added some vintage lace and ribbon from French General which I have had for several years.  Tiny glass lady bugs and hearts hang from the side.

Front cover with open flap.
The button ribbon which goes around the journal was from Anthropology.  About two years ago this was the ribbon Anthropolgy gave out with their Christmas boxes for gifts. 
Isn't it just perfect for the journal wrap?

Back cover with open flap
I made a little back pocket and attached a sweet cherry applique, think I was channeling Jenni Bowlin...LOL

Back inside cover and flap
When I attended The Farm Chicks Antique Fair, I found a wonderful piece of vintage chenille fabric which I thought might be just perfect for the journal.  I then printed a vintage travel ad onto Claudine Hellmuth canvas and sewed it onto the chenille


The pages, two signatures
I adore the art of book binding and thoroughly enjoyed creating the signatures and binding them by hand to the cover.

For those of you who regularly drop by you may think that I alread shared this journal and I sort of did...
When I first started the class I did a post about the journal, but was not happy with my end result and chose to scrap the first one and start over.  I reused some of the fabric but eliminated the oil cloth I used on the inside, it was just too stiff, and made some design changes as well ...LOL 

XOXO
Catherine

22 comments:

gudrun said...

This book is the most gorgeous work of art I have ever seen.
So glad I got to see your book in real life in greece.
It was so wonderful meeting you and get to know you.
love
gudrun

Deb said...

LOVE this project so much, Catherine. Your fabrics and colors are some of my favorites. I've seen this project done before, and seeing yours really inspires me to take on this challenge as well.
xo

Cindy Welch said...

The photos do not do your travel journal justice. Your creativity just blows my mind. The journal was sooooo FABULOUS.

Anonymous said...

Don't stop now! I want to see the whole thing again! I was mesmerized in Greece by your journal and signed up for the class when I got home! Your use of vintage 'stuff' is exactly where my heart is! I also peeked at your daughters journal - beautiful!
How talented you two are.

Enjoyed meeting you in Greece and I am like Ali - I just wanted to hold your journal in my hands!

Diane Herrington (broken toe)
diane5809@austin.rr.com

amy lapi said...

unbelievably gorgeous! :)

Suz said...

Catherine,
You know, I do hang around here a lot and I forgot it. It is now new and beautiful to me, That is the good thing about memory lapse! I love it. Love the colors. Love the graphics. I remember that button piece from Antro. I think it was out birthday present from them!!

Yes, Ana makes everything from scratch. That is the Croation way. She has a bakery and makes incredible cupcakes, too. She even makes her own fondant and it tastes wonderful. They gave us six huge extra pieces of the cake to take back to our motel. I will stop there ;-)

Anxious to hear more about your trip!

Big hugs,
Suz

Ronda Palazzari said...

i so whole heartily agree. The pictures do not do it justice. This is the most amazing piece of art. I could hold it for hours and dissect each layer. it is as beautiful as you are Catherine. I feel blessed i got to hold it!

Nicole Austin said...

catherine, your journal is gorgeous! thank you for sharing. i saw the link to your blog in mary ann's post on the ROD yahoo group. i love all those colorful pages, too!

Beth said...

amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jenny said...

How totally gorgeous Catherine...

Jenny x

Lisa said...

If it were not for the 1,000,000 stairs I would have had to run up to get away from you I would have snagged this while in Mykonos... it is the most incredible journal I have ever seen. It is a true piece of art. You are so talented.

Pamela Jane said...

Oh, Catherine, this looks like it would be such a pleasure to hold and examine, especially with so many special memories tucked inside. So glad you had an inspiring trip! Waiting to see more . . . :)

jamie said...

this is fabulous. would love to see the inside.

A Serenade for Solitude said...

This is amazing! I just love all the detail and the color. I, too, would love to see inside. :)
-Cassie

Lucia said...

Awesome work!!!Love all those colors and style!!!Love the fabric design and i would like see inside...sooooooooooo cuteeeee!!!

stephanie said...

I just saw a photo of your adorable travel journal on pinterest and had to come tell you how wonderful it is...

I was at several Silver Bellas too...

Idea Queen said...

Saw your travel journal on Pintrest and would like to know how you made it. I am in love with it and would love to try to make one. Is there any way you can share how you made it?
Thank you so much,
Laurie
happydales@me.com
http://hipandhumblepaperworks.blogspot.com

Bea said...

wow!!! beauty!

Kiki said...

Ditto was Idea Queen said. Could you please post a DIY or email me? glitzandblitz@gmail.com

JaseyJade said...

Come and share ideas, pictures of your own piece and some tips
https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-JournalScrapbook/466258726746098

keep spreading the message!! ♥
nice Journal btw!

Cynthia said...

What did you use for your pages? Are they all the same material or did you mix it up a bit?? Thank you from a huge fan from Minnesota!!

Melissa said...

There was some kind of class in Greece? How can I find out more about these travel classes? It sounds amazing.