"How about a little twist on the saying something old."
That's the challenge that Cynthia (Antiquity Travelers) put before us
over at the BBArtisans team blog, to take something old and make it new.
I was thinking, I could make some paper beads from old paper, but decided instead to use one of my 21 Secrets workshops for this challenge. Joanne Sharpe's Artful Lettering workshop was perfect!
When I was in the fabric store buying supplies, I found some leftover textiles called "Fabric Quarters." Aren't they beautiful? I just love fabric! I picked up three tie-dye quarters before I even knew what I'd be using them for, just because I liked how they looked.
After I finished my practice sampler for the workshop, I was instructed to "sandwich" some poly-fil between two pieces of fabric. Here's where the fabric quarters came in. Since I don't have a sewing machine, I backstitched around the outside edge of the three layers. Then used my new found blanket stitch to adhere my stitched muslin piece to the cover. I sprayed glue on my practice sampler and it's now on the inside cover. The last step was to sew at least one signature into my journal - I used white mixed media paper.
So here it is: Something Old (the fabric) and
Something New (my stitching and mixed media paper)!