Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday Finish: Journal Cover

Look at me! Posting twice in one week! Hopefully I can actually turn this into a habit!

I came across Jenny of Elefantz site quite on accident one day. Not even sure what I was looking for but I love all of her very sweet embroidery projects. While I enjoy cross stitching it has been quite some time since I've done embroidery project. I figured there was no time like the present!

I wanted to start with something relatively easy but could used in a secondary project. Jenny presented the perfect project: a journal cover! More to the point, a cover for a worship/scripture journal. Her design is absolutely beautiful!

Of course I had to put my own spin on it! So I created a scrappy cover as well as changing up the colors a bit. Here's my version:

(c) Crafty Ashley B
Front Cover
Embroidery patter from Jenny of Elefantz



(c) Crafty Ashley B
Scrappy Back Cover
(c) Crafty Ashley B
Inside view with sewn in book mark

This was my first try at creating a journal cover. I'm quite pleased with most of the design, especially the little touches of cream lace. However, there are many areas I can improve.

I used interfacing (non-sewing) on the cover to add body. However, I didn't take into account I would need to top stitch and I had a bit of trouble. Plus I'm not too happy with some of the sloppiness due to my troubles. Plus when I ironed the front I caused a couple of wrinkles that are little bothersome aesthetically. The flaps didn't line up properly and is improperly attached in one corner. (No picture! I'll admit to the problem; just not take photographic proof!)

Overall I am pretty pleased with this project and plan to use it either with the Domestic Reflections series with Jenny or with my notes during Sunday service. I generally take notes (I was a student for 10 years!) but on my phone. I've found I don't go back to read through them though. Given it is already mid-February I had best make a decision!

Here's one more look at my journal ready to go!
(c) Crafty Ashley B
Ready for note taking! 

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Happy Sewing!




10 comments:

  1. What a sweet cover! Your embroidery is beautiful. (I especially admire things I can't do myself.)

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine! I bet you could do it! Jenny of Elefantz has some wonderful instructions!

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  2. Ashley, this is such a great combination of sweet and practical! If you had troubles constructing the cover, they certainly don't show.

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    1. Thanks, Lara! I used it in church today and it was lovely to use!

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  3. Very cute book cover Ashley! And lovely embroidery!

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  4. I've always wanted to give hand embroidery a try, but I've been spoiled by my embroidery machine :P Love the journal cover!

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  5. How beautiful! Love the colors and stitchery together and want to check out your Hexie Quilt as soon as I'm done! Lovely stitching!

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    1. Thank you, Dee! I'm quite happy with it!

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