Toni, one of my online Craftsy students, came to Denver to take my Mixed Media Adventures workshop this September and she gave me a very special gift: A tin box celebrating the anniversary of the invention of TravelersJournals.
I opened the box and made a tiny reproduction of a Travelers Journal and I started researching this company and its products. I loved the idea of having a permanent cover where a person could switch out various journals because they were bound by an elastic band rather than sewn.
Most of the Travelers Journal covers are made of leather, but I wanted to make mine from fabric. I have been collecting lots of lace for my Junk Journals so I decided to use this to add some interest to my cover. Several years ago, another student sent me some buttons that she crocheted and I have been saving them for just the right project. And, I picked up some hand-dyed silk ribbon at the Quilt exhibit in Houston. The fabric I used came from an old Sari I bought online and some silk scraps I had in my stash.
I guess my message for this cover is never throw anything away, treasure the gifts given to you from students, and find way to combine it all into something gorgeous!
Thanks to all my students who continually inspire me! And yes, I will be offering a free pattern for this cover soon. I will offer it in my monthly newsletter when it's ready.
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!