In my third workshop for 21 Secrets, we made an art journal with a recycled book and things around the house. I used a children’s book (Mystery of the Haunted Pool) that I bought at a recent city book sale. I did need to sew a bit, but since I don't have a working sewing machine, I did a lot of gluing.
Most of the journal cover is glued, not sewn, like Rae Missigman showed in her videos. But she said to use what we had - fitting, since the workshop is called Go Green. I did "hand sew" some of the book pages together to make signatures. And also used some 98 lb. Mixed Media paper for some other pages.
New things I learned?
1) Patience is
2) Glue guns are really neat, and dry super quick. I took my DH's glue gun, and will keep it in my work room until he needs it.
3) I bought a box of color catchers, so I could dye my own signature wraps. Never heard of these before. They are sort of like "Cling Free," but catch the dyes from clothing in the washing machine. Also, we glued the wraps into place - something I’ve never done.
4) My Singer Stitch Sew Quick (a handheld machine) will sew through 10 sheets of book paper at once!
5) Rae talked about some recycled materials that I’ve never used before, including fruit/vegetable bags (see cover) and letters from chip bags (Doritos, above). Great ideas!
This project was a little different than my regular journal page. Maybe I'll use this new art journal for some of my other 21 Secrets workshops!