Monday, November 4, 2013

Remnants Eclectic Elements Journal

Hello Monday! And of course a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, this week our challenge is Patchwork. This is a really fun theme, use paper, or fabric or any other material you can think of. One of my favorite projects, is to use scrap papers and patch them together into a card or a layout, have a look at this card for an example. But this week, I wanted to use the new Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric.

Remnants Eclectic Journal - Layers of ink
I love these fabrics, with the same designs as some of Tim's papers and stamps. I made a little mini-book/journal. I haven't quite decided what to put inside it yet, I might use it as a travel journal. It would be great as a gift too (but I think I want to keep it). It is 6.5 x 4.75 in (16 x 12.5 cm).
I have almost only used my sewing machine for paper for years now and it was happy to see fabric again. I wanted the covers to be soft and made them from felt and canvas, which were covered with the striped fabric. You can use batting instead of felt, but I didn't have any at home. I stitched around the edges, leaving a spine. Sorry, I forgot to take step photos for this project.
I cut out squares from different fabrics, using designs that I particularly liked, numbers, clocks, text and rulers. All the edges were frayed and they were arranged on the covers. I sew around all of them, not worrying too much about it being straight. This is the back of the journal.
A piece of grungeboard was covered with fabric, using a glue stick and when the glue was dry, I die cut a butterfly from it. I placed in the centre of the clock and attached with a brad, also adding a game spinner. Paint was rubbed into the Word Band and it was also attached with brads.
I love this curiosity definition, it is a favorite stamp of mine too. Two gears and one more game spinner finished the front of the journal.

For the insides, I cut two pieces of natural sticky-back canvas, inked and stitched around the edges and glued them to the inside covers, hiding the stitching and brads. Pages were folded into signatures and tied together with twine before attaching them to the spine, through two holes into which I set eyelets.
I tied all the strings of twine together, making sure they were tight enough.  
I was very happy with how this turned out and the little journal feels great to hold, ready to be filled with something meaningful.  
I hope you will have time to join us this week. As every week, one random participant wins a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. The team also loves to look at all the entries every week and pick out projects to be spotlighted.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely week!
Happy Crafting!!
Dies: Sizzix: Mini Butterflies
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Game Spinners, Sprocket Gears, Long Fasteners, Observations Word Bands; We R Memory Keepers Eyelets
Tools: Sizzix Big Shot; We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile; sewing machine


  1. great job Ann-Karin! I love the patchwork cover!

  2. ooooo this is wonderful Anna Karin - must get some of that fabric xx

  3. Anna-Karin...your little book covers are very cool. I love Tim's fabric and how you've really patchworked it into little machine sewn squares as embellishments on top of more of his fabric. Very cute idea and beautifully done little book! <3 Candy

  4. This is really gorgeous! I would have a hard time giving it away too :)

  5. this book is SO incredibly cool!! I love the way you did the patches - and I'm inspired to try my hand at a fabric journal now myself. That's something I've never done - looks like fun!

  6. Wowza Anna-Karin! What an incredible patchwork journal cover! Love all the stamped detail!

  7. Wow... Anna-Karin, your journal is so wonderful! I love how you sewed the fabric and the stamping is fabulous! Great design and inspiration! :)

  8. Gorgeous journal Anna-Karin and the fabric works beautifully . Love the stamped detail. This is a fabulous idea. Tracy x

  9. Gorgeous, Anna-Karin! Love the stunning cover you've made! Those fabrics are so pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  10. Glorious use of the new fabrics - this is wonderful, Anna-Karin!
    Alison x

  11. This is beautiful! I love the way you combined the fabric with the grungeboard and findings to create a wonderful mixed media journal. It's gorgeous!

  12. Fantastic! Love the mix of textures here, and you are making me want to pull my sewing machine to play.

  13. Your patch cover is fantastic! wonderful work as always! Barbarayaya

  14. Love this canvas themed piece, Anna-Karin! The combination of ideas and textures is really cool!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. FABULOUS! I love how you patched the pieces together and made a cover! The embellishments are wow! Beautiful!

  16. I am a little tardy with my comments this week, but how could I not say HOLY COW when I saw this?? You know how I love fabric and you have gone above and beyond with this project! You combined these beautifully and I really love everything about this.


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