And they say quilters don't sew buttons! For the last several weeks I've been working on this journal project for my online class with Carole Brungar of Madness and Mess. My classmates and I learned everthing from creating journal pages, to using transfers, to sewing the pages into a cohesive book form. Carole is an outstanding instructor and offers easy-to-follow videos on each technique needed to complete the projects. Now that we've finished up this class, Carole is ready to begin her next one entitled "I'll Make You Smile". You can learn more here on her blog.
As satisfying as it is to have the journal completed... well, 75% completed because I still need to add some stamping and journaling... I feel very good about finally using some of the many laces, hankies, embellishments I've gathered over the years. I noted to a quilt guild friend that I'm hesitant to write in the journal after all that work. What if my writing detracts from a page rather than enhances it? She came up with a great idea. She suggested writing on some vintage-looking paper outside the journal, using a variety of pens and practicing until I find bits or pages of writing that I like. Then I can glue them in. Now that's a good solution, and I'm going to give it a try. Will show more pages when I add the journaling.