Friday, May 31, 2013

Fly Away Art Journal

Today, I want to share an art journal I created for Spellbinders to use in an ad.  When I responded to the call for this project, I decided to make the journal as if it were for myself.  Then I would have something I liked if it wasn't used for an ad.  Well, of course, they liked it!!!  I like it, too! 

The call required the use of aqua, soft yellow, green and orange.  I doubt I would have used those exact colors otherwise!!!  It was a challenge to step a bit out of my "box"!  I really like the combo now!
I made this art journal totally!  I cut Mixed Media paper and tore the edges for the pages.  Then I bound it with my Bind-It-All. 

The cover is natural canvas that I dyed with Ranger Color Wash.  Actually, I used the back side because it was a better color for this project.  I stitched the canvas to a smaller piece of natural canvas with some cotton batting sandwiched between.
I sewed the cover to the binding with leather lacing.  It took me awhile to figure out how to connect the two. The sewing worked out well!
The pages are blank for art journaling but I added a few little inspiration cards bound in with the pages.  Each one has an art related statement.  Those are from Cosmo Cricket.  I used the same mixed media paper, leaving it plain so one could art journal on the tags, too.

Now for the cover, the fun part! 
The bird is one of the new blanks from Spellbinders® Media Mixage line.  I painted it, textured it and sanded it a bit.  A bit of turquoise felt shows through the opening on the bird.  I added fabric wings that I colored with ink. The bird pulls 2 flags through the sky!  I used letter stickers from Cosmo Cricket to spell the words.  I added a couple clouds to the sky, too.

The bird house was cut with a Spellbinders Cuckoo Clock die.  ( now retired but may be available yet in some stores)  It's cut from burlap.  I trimmed off the "cuckoos" from the bottom and the chimney.  I cut 3 different fabrics for the roof trim and layered them and added yellow brads. The trim at the bottom of the house is 2 layers plus some yellow ribbon.  The flowers and leaves are cut from wool felt and canvas. I layered a few of them and added button centers.  I attached all the pieces to the cover with Beacon Fabri-Tac glue. 
Here's the ad as it appeared in Cloth, Paper, Scissors!  I'm so thrilled to have it in that magazine!!! 

Thanks for stopping!!!

Happy Creating!


Spellbinders MMM-001 Artisan X-Plorer™
Spellbinders MB6-011 Birds One (blank)
Spellbinders MD2-011 Birds One (die)
Spellbinders S5-075 Cuckoo Clocks
Spellbinders MD2-004 Flowers One (die)
Spellbinders S4-398 Say What? (clouds)
Spellbinders S4-399 Charmed I'm Sure
Spellbinders S4-328 Foliage
Beacon Adhesives - Fabri-Tac
Buttons Galore & More buttons
Cosmo Cricket Stickers
Creative Impressions - Yellow Brads
Cotton fabrics
Wool felt
Tiny Eyelets
O-Wire Binding
Mixed Media art paper
Bind-It-All machine
Cotton batting
leather lacing
Yellow Ribbon


Margie H said...

OMGOSH, JUDY~!! That is too stinkin' cute for words - love that journal project. If you are incline to ever do another one...I can test it out for you...on a permanent basis! HA! I enjoy seeing your wonderful projects - you inspire me :) Have a great weekend xo

Jean Bullock said...

How cool! Good for you!

Dawn Carlyle said...

Love the canvas cover! And I love that magazine....

Teresa said...

So, so cute!! Congrats on getting in the Mag... You are amazing at what you do :)

Anonymous said...

This is really amazing. I love the way you made it look. Thank you for posting the different steps that you went through in order to make this! It is a treasure.

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Thespoena McLaughlin said...

This is so adorable Love it! And congratulations on it being published!