Sunday, 16 March 2014

A Birthday Gift for a VERY SPECIAL Lady........

Evening all,

LOL I am still here, honest. I'm just pottering away in my own time at the moment rather than doing any challenges, which will more than likely continue for the rest of the year hee hee.

My apologies if I don't blog hop so much either, I only get on my lap-top for a short time in the early evening at the best of times!!!

Anyhoo, I made this for my fab big sister Karen (me being the 'pesky' one ha ha ha) for her recent birthday. It is a junk/smash journal made from 12x12 scrapbook papers. The cover is made from a large cereal packet..................




........this was covered with some wrapping paper then painted, stenciled and doodled on until I was happy.

The internal signatures, 3 in total, are 12x12 papers folded in half and stitched in using a 5 hole pamphlet stitch down the middle. I then had a fiddle and put in the 'X' stitches at the top and bottom to anchor the pages.
The papers I used were single sided and were glued together for stability and edged with various washi tapes. Some pages have pockets for tags and some have additional tip-ins for journaling on. The inside covers have vellum pockets too for some extra storage hee hee........













Hee hee hee, I filled the pockets with various bits of arty/crafty fun, either made by me or pilfered from my stash. I decorated the fronts of the tag inserts too, leaving the backs free for journaling.

I used some of my own hand-made stencils, Tando stencils, Prima stamps and various other stamps from my stash throughout the journal.

Hopefully Karen will have as much fun playing with it as I did making it.

Many thanks for popping by and leaving a comment if you feel you would like to.

Mahoosive hugs to you all

Dawn x x x x 

9 comments:

Coco said...

Hi Dawn!! I'm so happy to read you again, it seems like all goes well for you sweetie, happily! :D You have made a fantastic journal for Karen!!!! You are very lucky with each other... We can feel your deep and mutual affection through your respective makes, they always fabulous! Huge hugs Coco xxx

Karen Gist said...

I adore this book!!!!! It looks so gorgeous that I am still at the admiring & stroking stage haha!!! A big thank you for this gift xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm THRILLED to see you back. I almost wrote to Karen to ask what had happened to you. Now I see you have been very busy making this journal. Color me impressed. BTW, if Karen doesn't want it, you can send it my way (GRIN).

Now get back to blogging, please, because I miss you.

Terrie Purkey said...

You have been missing lately and I've missed your projects. This one is absolutely delightful and your sis should love it. You did such a creative job with - all those colors and design ideas. Great job! I've been toying with the idea of making a few journals as Christmas gifts this year and this really inspires me to just bite the bullet and DO IT!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Nice Dawn....I love all the pockets and tip-in pages I see....I am sure she will enjoy it quite a bit. Glad to see you are not completely down the rabbit hole. Missed you. xox

Gio said...

Welcome back, Pesky Sister! ;-)
Fantabulous junk journal, I'm sure Karen will have a lot of fun with it!!

BJ said...

Dawn - it is AMAZING bet Karen was super chuffed to receive this from you, I know I would have been. There is love sewn into every page. BJ

Kaz said...

Dawn this is just gorgeous, you are so clever making all these books xxx

Traceyr said...

WOW what a lucky big sister Karen is - this is gorgeous Dawn and you can tell it is made with much thought and love gone into it.

SUPER!!!! :) x