Sunday, April 12, 2015

Finished! Its more like a Scrapbook Journal but I got some "junk" in it!

I have taken a slight detour from my fabric memory books . I was introduced to "junk journals" and like the fabric books...got hooked! What a great way to preserve memories! Quick and easy!  The book is shown below, I have started writing memories in this "junk journal" of things my children/grand children did or said, and since I dont' get to see them on their birthdays etc, I write what I would have said to them had I been able to..... things like that. Kind of like bringing my past memories to the present. It's fun and knowing my memories will never fade if I write them down...gives me comfort anyway. Its  like a walk through time. It worked out great as some of the memories are very short...so the smaller pages work great for that!
If you want to read where/how it started...read my blog post  HERE. I am working on filling it with past memories I have of my grand children 

 I learned there was more to "junk journals" than this one I had. I watched some videos on Youtube and joined some "junk journal" groups and got hooked! I stopped SB'ing 10 years ago, but kept most of my supplies and when I realized the same supplies were used, I drug my leftovers out of the closet and the journey began!


But...here is my first "junk" journal book! I think I like it! It turned out to be more of a scrapbook journal book
Now "junk journals' are made of just that..junk papers, flyers, envelopes, stubs, bags..basically if it is paper and can be written on or glued on or just looks pretty/cute...it is deemed a supply for a junk journal. I love the vintage ones...all those old form papers, the date paper from library books from back in the day, time sheets...just all kinds of old themed papers (many from my own childhood/past) ...blended with current stuff and you have a wonderful journal to write..whatever you want to write in it! "Junk journals" are often made with a vintage look..old fashioned...retro...shabby chic and those are my favorite style. Some day I will have one!

Well, I decided to make one. However... I have two "craft issues".  I am a very organized, structured, tailored kind of person...everything has to match, be even, equal and organized. So...me and "junk" aren't friends much. So my first book is structured, tailored, neat, clean and organized! It is more of a scrapbook for journaling instead of for pictures. My other issue is... I can't just make something cause I like to make it. I have to have a reason, a theme, a purpose. I have no use for a junk journal as I don't have anything to write about or "say". I am not busy enough to use it as a planner. So...since my grand daughter's 15th birthday was on my mind, I decided to "use her" as my theme and reason for making it. Her fav colors, memories from her past, where she is now etc.

 I used cardstock and scrapbook paper and cut the pages 8x8. I used the accordian style binding and here's the style of page I used. Then each of the middle pages was cut at the fold or left open at the top to form a pocket page.

This is the cover. I used cereal box for the covers and spine then covered them with pattern scrapbook paper from my stash. The words are "happiness, smiles, Good Times" Thought that'd be good for her high school years. I just used a thick fabric ribbon and wound it around with a tie so it was easy to open and nothing to pull or hook to keep the book closed. The playing cards... no point, just looked nice. It was a piece of 12x12 paper and I cut out a "straight" (or is that a flush?) and used all hearts as she is in my heart and I want her to always know that! A piece of lace, a length of gold glitter ribbon and 3 little rose motifs.


There are 11 pages total (fronts and backs) plus pocket pages in the middle, but I didn't include pics of some of them...it will be long enough with just these!  Every page has pockets, tuck spots, open up things, pull down tabs...lot of places to put/tuck/write things...but on 8x8 area! She likes "secret" things like that so I hope that will be a major appeal to her to like the book!

This is the second and third pages...the light paper on the left side opens downward with lined paper to write something and a bobby pin decorated to use as a paper clip to hold something there. The right side... a doily folded over the side of the page making a tuck spot. I stuck a piece of pink paper and a few sheets of a little story she wrote several years ago when she was into writing stories. She can put whatever she wants there.
 Flip the page and you get the doily on this page too and more sticker words and some decorated papers to write on..front and back - tucked under the doily. Right side is a picture from a magazine of her dog.. at least nearly her dog. Looks alot like him, but not exactly..she'll get the point! I was trying for the "junk" feature. Behind it is a pocket with some tags to pull out to write on or glue a picture!
 Next 2 pages...left side is just a strip of the black paper..she likes halloween so it it black with yellow, orange and white dots and tags with gold glitter ribbon on the bottoms and tags with candy corn (her favorite candy) print ribbon at the top. Other side is an envelope..open it and there is a paper in there to write. She was just  her mothers maid of honor and the colors were this teal and black so that is why I chose this paper..thought she could write about her feelings of the wedding etc.  And I garnished it with same colored rhinestones.
 Next is a page on the left, is made with a pattern paper looking at tad vintage. I printed out, on beige cardstock, some post cards "dated" and designed from back in the 30's-ish. She can pull them out and write on the backs. Right side is...2 years ago this christmas she went to Paris so I pull a page from a magazine with the Eiffel Tower on it, glued it to cardstock and made a pocket out of it with 2 tags..again with the gold glitter ribbon at the tops this time.
 These next ones were the first pages I made. It ended up looking more like a scrapbook journal instead of a junk journal, but as the pages went by, I did figure to add some of the "junk" parts...like the magazine pages. This one... it was scrapbook paper too, says "it isn't about waiting for the storm to stop....(and the next page says "its about learning to dance in the rain") These were on paper too, so I cut them out and mounted them to make a banner. Left side is pockets with decorated cards for writing...right side is little "file folders" and if you open the folder, there is a long attached paper for writing..then you just fold it up and close the folder! The whole right page is made into a pocket with a yellow cardstock card to pull out for journaling or pictures. She can have her friends write on some of these tags too!
 This is the back side of the above...left side is two card tags in a slide slot and the right is 3 journaling cards with words at the top in a pocket.
I ended up using things from her past. My theory is...have some of her past for memories...some for the present to make memories and some for the future for her hopes and dreams of making memories!  Her favorite thing for many years when she was little was animal prints...leopard and zebra specifically so of course, I had to make pages of that. Fortunately I had some in my stash! Left side is 3 tags I covered with the leopard print in a pocket made from a small brown paper bag that has a tag in it. Closed, it is fastened with a decorated paper clip. The middle page there is zebra print and a large pocket with a tea dyed paper "book" and......
 turn the pocket page and you pull the book out and can write in it. Page on the right has a pocket of the zebra print and a leopard print writing card to pull out. The part on the pocket is a "secret" thing (she enjoyed playing secret detective) ...pull the brown tab up and it says "Treasure Map" and it is a piece of typing paper, tea dyed, that can be opened to full size and she can write on it, the fold it back up and hide it under the clasp! I don't know if she will "like" that idea now, but when she was around 7-9 years old...she'd a loved, loved, loved it!
 Trying to bring "junk" into the journal, her favorite "food" is mac and cheese so I took a page from a magazine and folded it and inserted it into the binding and also one of her favorite candy,  conversation hearts...these here are cookies, but I think she'll get the point! Same thing..magazine page and slipped into the binding.
Turn the page and there is cute scrapbook paper print of chocolate chips...a pocket and 2 journaling cards. To the right is a pocket with a journaling card in the top. She loved choco chips when she was little and to my knowledge...still loves a handfull every now and then!
For current memories, the next pages are school theme...the lockers there are a printed paper of all lockers so I cut two out, cut some lined paper and stapled to make a book. The papers behind it are just plain and I accented them with grades etc for the school theme and in a denim pocket with a little vintage grade card embellishment. To the right is a tag pocket with lined paper on the front and a lined tag in it..with a pop top glued for the tag pull! Turn the tag pocket and it is the same on the other side and the right page is paper that looks like a chalk board, and a small stack of the Post It notes and some index cards with a paper clip for journaling. That page also is a pocket.
 She loves the beach, so this page I used beach theme print paper.. the shells are a realistic print, the pocket is a paper that looks like sand and I used vellum for the note paper. To the right is water looking paper I made a large pocket opening at top with a flap closure and 2 pages inside for journaling. She loved Orca whales so I had to include a sticker of that!
 Turn the page and on the back of the water pocket is another "sand" paper pocket and shell cards. The duck is a punch art embellishment I made 10 years ago and still had from my scrapbook days. The other side there is slide pocket and more journaling cards.
 I made the pages and assembled the book kind of like from when she was little (first page) to things she liked in the past, to the present of school and ending with "what the future holds" so I thought I hope she gets to travel to see places...so I used a map of New York. I chose New York as there is alot of history there and I believe in kids knowing the history of this country etc...and New York would be her style anyway so I just stopped at AAA and got a map of New York. I used little Post It arrows to show places I am sure she has heard of, to the right is the front of the map with the Statue of Liberty on it, and...
 flip that up and there is the part of NY she probably knows most about..with an arrow pointing to the Twin Towers as 9/11 happened in her life time, Madison Square Gardens, Staten Island  and museums and other things, can't remember right now. I wanted something to resemble a pass port to go along with the travel theme for journaling so I made one as you see there with blank paper inside and the map there is a pocket page where the pass port slides into!
 Last page is a die cut of the skyline...somewhere. It is left over from my scrapbook days and I glued it to make a pocket with some tags and the back cover is more of the map of New York.
There are two more facing page sets, but I think this post is "picture heavy" enough, so I'll stop there.  I think it turned out okay for my first time. The binding is the accordian style and I goofed in that I creased the pages with a 1/2 inch section which would go into the accordian folds, but made the accordian folds only 1/4 inch so a bit bulky in the middle, but with use, I think that will settle down.

I am not sure if she will like it...she is a city girl and a cheerleader in 9th grade and totally with the "e-everything gadget" and not at all crafty inclined so I am not to sure she will understand the point of the journal as it relates to memories but if she doesn't want it, I will just keep it and maybe she will want it later! I will stress to her that she can put anything she wants in the pockets and tuck spots. Notes from her friends, dreams she has for her future she writes to herself, thoughts, pictures, ticket stubs, programs..fill the pockets with anything...write about anything....anything she wants! And it doesn't have to "match" the theme of the page either.

The next book I made is called a "paper bag" journal...but I forgot the paper bag...but it still turned out good... I just have no use for it! I'll have a post about that next week so keep an eye out for the post!  I am hoping to make them  good enough to be able to sell them at a craft fair come November. It would  sure be nice to at least recoop my expenses because as you well know....crafting is not exactly cheap! Plus.. if I make them...I need something to do with them!  Wish me luck!

P.S. On the fabric books, the reason I got distracted enough to find something else is,  I ran out of lace and it is pretty expensive to buy, but I went to a swap meet last week and there was one booth with nothing but lace and ribbons. I bought 2 yards each of 2 different wide, flat lace which is what I was needing, so I plan to go back in a few weekends and get some more, so once I get the initial hoopla out of my system of junk journals.. I can do them at the same time as my sewing room is set up to be able to just sit and do either I want without having to pull things in and out of storage/closet. I got it pretty organized in there! So ....don't leave me now! More to come!


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Junk Journal - A New Way to Keep the Memories Alive!


A JUNK JOURNAL - 
A NEW WAY TO KEEP THE MEMORIES ALIVE!

This is the "junk journal" I won in a giveaway last month.  It is made of literally just "junk" papers, cards, tags, labels, odd pieces of paper, etc...all very pretty, cute or otherwise unique. I hadn't a clue as to what it was or what I would do with it but hey.... I won something and.....I sure liked it!

Here are some pictures of some of the pages in the book...all shapes, sizes, themes, colors! Note cards, strips of cards, parts of stationary, tags, labels...kind of like, you name it, there was a "page" of it in there!









But still...what do I do with it? I am not busy enough to make it a planner. I don't have anything to say to journal about. Well, my daughter recently got married and for a very terrible reason, I was not able to get to her wedding. Sad doesn't start to cover how I felt. 1:00pm was the ceremony and at 1:00 I stopped what I was doing and thought about her and then said a little something to her in my mind. I then thought that  I wanted to write that down....but where. Then I thought of this junk journal. It was just a few sentences that I said and a small little prayer, so I needed just a little bit of page...it would be perfect! So I got the book out and looked through for a complimentary page...and found this one of a bride. How perfect.Then I just flipped the card and wrote what I was thinking.

It suddenly hit me...journaling doesn't always have to be about what I do or have done...it can be about others and my special thoughts of them. Well, as they say, one thing lead to another... and thinking this was a good idea...my grand daughter just turned 9 the week before...and I thought I'd do the same for her...so I chose this card-page. She loves "old time-y" clothes so this was perfect for her. On the back I "talked" to/about her.
 

And then my most recent little grand daughter was born, I wrote welcome to the world note to her and this oval "page" of the little girl was a perfect match for her!
Well, nothing to happen for awhile now...but something occured to me on St Patricks day last week. It made me remember the past St Patrick's Days. For years, my oldest grand daughter loved the leprechauns and all that went with them. I would get green sequin shamrocks and secretly sprinkle them around and she'd think they were from the leprechauns and the trail to the pot of gold or to where they lived.  She'd even make leprechaun traps! I would pick her up at school and as I walked to the meeting place, I'd drop the shamrocks as I walked, so when we walked back....she'd see this trail of the little green shamrocks and think she was chasing the leprechauns! The rest of the day she was with me, I'd secretly drop them around and some green plastic coins and It was such a fun time for us! It was great for many years, but now she is a freshman in high school so of course, it is just a wonderful memory for both of us that we like to recall every St. Paddy's Day.  I chose a green "page" in the junk journal and I glued some of the little shamrocks (yes, I have kept them all this time!) to the front of the page, and on the back..just a little note about our fun St Patrick's Day "tradition". So I intend to write a little something about someone on every holiday or time/event that I had in the past with someone and just write like I am talking to them and recall the memory we made together.


More thinking about bringing past memories into present....I  thought about the little notes that this same grand daughter (she will be 15 next week) wrote to me over the years past. I have many of them taped to the mirror in my bathroom so I see/read/remember them every day. What a perfect addition to the book! This one says "I had fun spending the nite at your house and thanks for letting me bend the rules. I had fun". So I just glued the note to a "page" of its size. I don't remember what rules I let her bend but I apparently let her bend the best ones!


 So, I have decided to use  this junk journal to  bring  past memories,  into my present. When finished, not only will i have a nice book of my favorite memories but....anyone can read it and "walk" through my life and enjoy my memories! Since it is not in chronological order, it will kind of be like a time travel thing! (And I enjoy reading books about time travel!)  One page  might be dated currently and the next page could be dated 3 years later, next page 6 months earlier and the next..a year later and the next 8 months prior and so on. It reminds me of that book "Time Travelers' Wife"...where the  guy popped in and out of time during his girl friend/wifes life.  I liked the point of the story but it sure was a hard book to read and keep track of what was going on! The movie stunk! But my time travel journal.. will be awesome and enjoyable and bring lot of smiles to lots of faces!

I am working on a "prolog" for it and since I have always loved Robert Browning's..."Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be..." quote, I think I shall include that some how.  If this world tarries another 50 years, my great and great great grand children will have a little bit of Nanny in their lives..without ever having met me! Plus, memories about when their mothers and grand mothers were little! A journal through time...in a junk journal!

I am also making fabric lace memory books... you can read about that journey HERE on my blog. More memories to preserve and fun to be had while making them! Here's a few pics to show you what a fabric lace memory book is. I am working on making one for each of my 5 grand daughters.
 


So..this is my start into the world of "junk journals". I love them! They are so cool, neat, groovy, and just really, really amazing...both in how they look and what they are for. And what a great way to use/recycle/upcycle...junk! Granted..."junk" journals are made of literally that...junk...junk mail, junk pieces of paper (see the one page up there...old notebook paper page!) And in this book are pieces of the green ledger paper, graph paper, and things like that. Junk mail days in the mail box are a good place to find junk paper! So I intend to keep looking around and finding things...due to the "no size" limit...anything is possible! I just have to figure how to bind mine. I think like this can be done at Staples and I know there is a kit for sale to do it your self, but I probably won't invest in one of those.  I have since discovered how to make "junk journals" out of my stash of scrapbook papers and embellishments. Different in looks and structure than this style, but still really nice. I have started one and see it is more of a "scrapbook journal" as it looks like double page layouts that I used to do, but hey....it works and looks great!

And there is a style to use junky stuff like this...and include it in a junk journal with binding..which is the way I intend on going. So...I am excited and anxious to make these.. and hopefully.... preserve more of my memories. I will be posting more about the scrapbook journal next week.. have a few pages done..so if you want to follow along...join to follow my blog up there on the left side at the top pf this page. I have joined a few Facebook groups that have just the best ladies chatting about their journals and the how-to's and what to do's and things like that. I love sharing, learning and helping other with this amazing craft! Come on and follow along with me! In the mean time... do as I plan to do.. and collect some junk!

And when all is said and done...... since dementia "runs" in my family... when I am old, I think that I will be living the happiest times of my life..since my memories are where my happiest times were!

Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!


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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Monkey Page for a Fabric Memory Book

My third little grand daughter, now 6, likes gorillas (she calls them "crillas") and super heros. I made her this super hero tooth fairy pillow last fall and have a super hero page in the works for her book. I have not found any gorilla fabric that I could use for appliques for a page for her, but....found some scraps from a tote bag that I made her a year ago...It's a monkey..."brother" to a "crilla"...at least that is what I told her!
Anyway... I cut out some of the monkeys and use iron-on interfacing to the back and then cut them out to be appliques for her page. She is another grand child I didn't have the blessing of doing day care for so she and I don't have many memories until recently. But...this one we have.

She also loves the outdoors, digging holes, climbing trees and her daddy has taught her lots of outdoor survival things. So this page had to be something to that effect. Hard part is... I am not that outdoor-sey anymore! Yeah, back when I was 6, she is a mini-me...but now...well, let's just say I had a hard time creating something to resemble outdoor! But.. I had some fabric charms that were the green camo print....and some beige lace and some other like color things...so I put this together....
 I had that background fabric already cut and why I decided to use it, I am not sure! I might have been able to do better with a different background, but I tend to over think things so I just did it.  I made the pocket out of the camo print charms and tried something new. I bought a large bag of odds and ends at the thrift store and ended up with lots of lace hem tape and this iron on hem tape. I thought I'd give it a try..see the solid green on each side of the pocket? It is adhesive on each side, so I just cut the pieces and ironed them on...and it worked very nicely! Not nicely enough to make me want to go buy more (if they even make it anymore..this stuff was marked 89 cents for the package...that means  OLD!). I added the buttons on each side (mainly cause I mis measured using the iron on tape and couldn't get it off!) but they are a dark green in color so they match. Then used beige flat lace on the edge of the pocket flat, a little piece of ribbon for the flap pull and a glitter/sequin flower.


I just used white lace for the outside edges of the page and this page does not have a "back page" to it. I thought I'd make each page and then sew them together, that way if I want any pockets, pouches or side of lace inserted in the edge seam... I could do that. Sometimes things just look better when they are caught in the seam. So this one will be sewn as the back of another one. I intended for it's back to be the super hero one, but goofed and sewed the lace on the top,bottom and right side, instead of left side! So both pages are the same. No, I am not going to rip out that lace and do it again! I'll just make another page....and MARK IT this time as to which side is to be laced and which side is left as the "binding" side! Yep, lace does cover a multitude of mistakes!


made a gathered lace flower with a little pearl button for the center. I figured (trial and error style) if I pull the gathered lace really really tight instead of just into a circle...it will make a more closed up kind of flower...kind of like a rose bud looking flower. And then I did the regular style of gathered flower in a green lace and another larger one in the rust lace and put them all together to make this flower. Then just a few color coordinated buttons to make it not so lacy!  And the little monkey...he is sitting on the top  of the pocket...waiting to help open the pocket! As I am sitting here typing this, I had a thought.. I need to add a dot of velcro or a snap to the flap of the pocket to keep what gets put in the pocket...in the pocket!

Actually this one came together rather quickly...but then again, it isn't really fancy or embellished either.  I am figuring that I will do 2 pages  in the books, memories I have of the girls...like this one and the Apple Shirt one and the Princess Dress page (and I have a super hero one on the way and 2 song ones nearly done) and then the remaining pages will be just decorated/embellished whoever I want and they get to put their own memories in the pages.

So that is what I have been busy with this week...well one of the things! I also discovered JUNK JOURNALS...and I am hooked on those now as much as these fabric ones! Same theory, same techniques...just paper instead of fabric. I used to scrapbook big time 8 years ago and still have alot of my supplies, so...no shopping trips to the craft store! But I'll fill you in on those when I get some done so you can see what I am talking about. I think that when I get older and get dementia...I am going to be the happiest I have ever been! I will be thinking I am in my past where I was happiest!

Until next week....

Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Giraffe Page - Fabric Lace Memory Book

In creating these fabric lace pages, I always include a memory. Ergo the name...Fabric and Lace MEMORY book! I did day care for the two oldest grand daughters (now 9 and 15) but the next two I wasn't able to do that for them, so the memories are not many. However... where there's a grandmother, there's a memory...so the youngest (now 4) loves giraffes. She calls them "Jaffs". (Her 6 year old sister likes gorillas and calls them "crillas".) So... I found this giraffe fabric...a thin polyester flannel at the thrift store...4 yards...brand new fabric ,...and it had giraffes on it! I intend to make her some pj's with it, but, for now.. I cut out the giraffes and made them appliques and used them for the memory on the page.
Giraffe Page

 I made a ruffle of green sparkley fabric lace to go around the edges and a row of a beige lace, and then covered the raw edges with white ric-rac. I intended to use a white braid with gold braided through it, but got lost in the shuffle of laces! But the ric-rac is okay. The white bit of lace you see is on the other side of the page...a page post for next week. I didn't applique the giraffes to the fabric, I used Stitch Witchery... you know the iron on tape that is iron on on both sides. I know, I cut corners, but in this case, I thought it'd be okay! I did do the dot embroidery stitch in each eye (with black thread) and nose to secure the giraffe down. 3 of the giraffes are on a pocket. I just found  a scrap of fabric that matched the yellow and folded it to fit the page and make a slant pocket. The other 2 "jaffs", I ironed on the page so they look like they are peeking out from the pocket.You can also see the white lace ruffle from the other side of this page


I added a row of clear yellow beads along the edge of the pocket and a row of the green sparkely fabric ruffle. I plan to write a note to her and slide it in the pocket. This pocket is also good for her to add her own memory later and slip it in the pocket. Also, a pocket this size is a good way to add an item that is a memory...a pacifier or a rattle or something large that was special to her..doesn't have to be giraffe related, just an item special at the time.

Then I made a flower out of the green sparkely fabric. I cut a 10"by 2,1/2" strip, folded in half, did a basting stitch on the raw edges and then pulled the threads to gather it tight as possible and secured..then added a fancy pearl and silver button, then just sewed it to each end of the pocket. You can use a glue gun to attach it, but I am not set up with an outlet nearby so I just tack it down.A good thing about this work is...you don't have to make it "play ground worthy" or sturdy for wear or "kid proof". An adult will be looking at the book and it isn't a "take and play" thing so things don't have to be secured tightly and you don't have to be concerned with "wear and tear"...so tacking things down works fine.

I think my little LillyAnn will love this page and have fond memories of her love of giraffes. I also made her for her birthday last year a fabric growth chart and 2 puffy throw pillows for her bed, all with "jaffs" on them and she loves those. She points them out to me every time I go over to visit..."see Nanny, I'm this tall" and "I kiss the jaffs on my pillow". She loves her jaffs!

This page was also rather quick. I tend to spend more time deciding on how to create it than it takes to put it together. I am also seeing that I am not going the "vintage" way either. This is kind of whimsey and fun...but at the same time.... "anything goes" as long as the memory is there!

Similar Items I used on this page:




Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!
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If you'd like to start from the beginning or refer to a previous post, here are all the related posts to my adventure in creating a "Fabric and Lace Memory Book".

Make Your Own Laces and Trims
Princess Dress - Love This Page!
My First Page and some Tips
It's Coming to Life and so Much Fun!
How I Organized my Supplies
Shabby Chic and I Am Hooked!


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Make Your Own Lace and Embellishments..cheaply!

I have been steadily working on my Fabric and Lace Memory book for a few weeks now. I was a bit concerned when I suddenly noticed I was not looking forward to working on the pages! When I say "I'll work on it after I do the dishes"... I know for certain...something is wrong!!! I realized I was kind of bored with the pages. Why was that, I asked myself? I realized I was using the same laces and trims and doing the same thing with them! I was just tired of using and seeing the same laces and trims. A sure fire way to crush the creativity! I had been checking the 2 thrift stores in my town for craft and fabric supplies, but neither has had anything for a few months. So...I forced myself to get my coupons together and make a trip to Joann's. Yeah, right. That was a hard thing to force myself to do! I was out the door in minutes!

We all need Trims, Lace and other Embellishments - at a "cheap" price!  So I say.. make your own! Why pay $3.97 a yard for ready made lace, that you can make yourself for pennies?

At Joann's, I walked right past the fabric...(there's a first time for everything) and went right to the bolts of lace. I had 6, 40/50% off coupons so I started looking for lace yardage. I found these laces at $5.99 a yard and  figured 1/2 yard each of 6 different colors/kinds would keep me from getting bored for a little while!  I chose these colors....


These were $5.99 a yard and with my coupon...I paid $3 a yard. I figure 1/2 yard of each so that made the 1/2 yard $1.50. I got blue, yellow, rust and beige would make many gathered flowers, page ruffle and have some for the size of the page or other feature. And since I can use multiple colors on one page, I can use a little of each color on a page if I want to! I did get 1 yard of the beige as that is the best for the main ruffle on any page adorned by another color of lace on each page side. The blue and yellow and rust have a scalloped edge which I cut off about 2 inches wide to use as a decoration somehow on a page.




Then I saw these  >>>>>>>
Sparkley, shiney, gorgeous yardage! The sparkle shows a little in the picture, but for real...it is shiney and sparkley! It will be perfect for the same...gathered flowers, page ruffle or the size of a page similar as I did on the
Princess Dress page.    At $7.99 a yard, I got 1/2 yard of each of these and with coupon that was  $2 for 1/2 yard each

Then I wandered around the "lacey" bolts and found this...tulle or netting... not sure what it is called. I thought it'd be good for making the gathered flowers. Red, pink, yellow, white and green. I like multiple  "petals" on the flowers. I got 1/4 yard each and it was $1.49 a yard so...for 75 cents.. I'll take a chance on it working! However, when I worked with it at home...bit more trouble than it is worth! VERY thin and slippery and hard to see to gather etc. But I will work with it and figure something out


And then, as habit tells me to do, I wandered to the button isle...where the buttons were 40% off without a coupon! So I looked around and found these....
They are all a "tarnished" silver and three have a pearl in the center and the other 2 have a filagree pattern on them....and one of those is gold. These will go with any page in any fashion and they look "vintage-y" and memorable! I can sew them on or glue them on. These were $1.50 to $1.75 each and with 40% off that...I would have gotten more, but these were all they had like this!

Then turn around to the wall of lace and I looked ONLY at the red tag items... and specifically at the 50 cent a yard and found these.......

The two ric-raks were 25 cents a yard so I got 4 yards. Ric-rak is good for covering  lace edges. The black "tape" looking trim has gold in it and the white pearls.. I have used the silver ones I have and they look great so I know I will use these and for 50 cents a yard...got 2 yards. The sequins...pink...not sure on those but they will cover edges nicely and since they are shiney...they'll look great no matter how used! 50 cents a yard I got 1 yard.

I got some of that self adhesive Velcro in white as I intend to use that for envelopes or holding removable things in place and it was 50% off.

So I got enough to inspire me again and keep me going for  a little while!




Last night I made this flower.

Here's HOW TO MAKE A GATHERED FLOWER....

I used the pink sparkley FABRIC and cut 2,1/2 inch wide strip BY 12" long. I found that to be the best for me, but you can make your sizes whatever you want. The beige lace cut 2" wide and the pink in the middle was 1,1/2" wide lace strip and of course, the pearl button in the center. All you do is fold the strip in half, gather the raw edges and pull the gather threads until the fabric is all gathered and then make a few stitches to secure and then tack the two raw end edges togetheR...and you are done! You can wiggle the gathers around to make the flower "even. Then just stack them and either sew together or you could use a glue gun on this.

It looks better "for real" and I can't wait to add it to a page! What I am going to do first tho.. is make several flowers in different colors...one for each girls book. I don't want one of these flowers on every page, but since making so many books, I am using my "can't look at this stuff again" times to make up some embellishments to have ready to use when I am back in the saddle again! I am going to look for a new style/pattern of fabric flower to make...or maybe a bow of some kind!

So.. check the sales and the coupons and know that you don't have to buy as much as if you were
quilting or making something big. If you are making one book...it would be even cheaper! I think this "stash" will last me for awhile! I am also using more print/pattern fabric from my quilting stash instead of solid white (bleached muslin) fabric...and that is working well!

Hope I was able to inspire you all to either get started making or continue making your own version of a fabric lace memory book! If you have any pictures.. I'd love to see them!
 
Thanks for stopping by and...keep on sewing those memories!

If you'd like to start from the beginning or refer to a previous post, here are all the related posts to my adventure in creating a   Fabric and Lace Memory Book.

Princess Dress - Love This Page!
My First Page and some Tips
It's Coming to Life and so Much Fun!
How I Organized my Supplies
Shabby Chic and I Am Hooked!


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