Saturday, May 1, 2021

Sharing a Sewing Themed Altered Book

Hi Friends,

I just finished this Sewing Journal and thought you might enjoy

a flip-through.

You may be inspired to create one for yourself or one for a Mom you love.

This book was just the right size for me

to alter at 5 1/2'' by 8 1/2''.

I removed pages at a ratio of 10 to 3-

[ meaning tear out 10 leave 3 remove 10 and so on ]

When completed I had 13 pages to decorate.

I added some charms a bobbin and a button to the spine.

The cover is printed paper  attached to the cover

with matte Mod Podge.

 Here is the post where I share how to

                                 Make your own Scrap Book Paper from Vintage Linens

Front cover with pocket and flap-

Three of the book pages 

were folded down and layered to create  pockets.

Folds along the edge makes a tuck spot.

I added some vintage snaps and tags.

To make the heart strip-

I used a heart punch to cut a heart from a book page then layer on top of rose heart

sew by machine down center then glue to book and then glue buttons  ; )

Linen flap opens to

Journaling paper that has been sewn into book.

I loved the embroidered flowers.

The sun can move up or down into the pocket :)

This page was from an old children's book,

the poem is hiding under the  flap.

The needle book is complete.

I added some buttons and tags.

More pockets-

Plenty of places to store ideas.

I used a copy of a button card to make a

small booklet by sewing pages together

on the sewing machine.

Here's some ephemera for you to use in
your own

Sewing Journal.

This label can be used as a pocket or tag.


Here is my needle book cover.

You can print on cardstock and make a 

folded journal card.

Here's a  sweet picture of a little girl sewing

doll clothes .

Aren't these cute kittens?

Most of the paper I used in this book came from this paper pack

by Park Lane- Family Heirlooms.

This pack is single sided-

It was from Joann's Fabrics.

Sorry that was so long!

I hope you enjoyed the flip through-

Have a blessed week, my friend.

xo Lisa S

Monday, April 26, 2021

Recycled Junk Mail / Business Envelopes

Hello my Friends,

Do you get a lot of junk mail ?

Sometimes I look through it and think,

''What can I make with that?"

Some cool bits of cardstock and sometimes

fun colors and textures-

This week it was envelopes with windows,

I decided to cover them with pretty paper.

First, I cut 3 sides of the envelope- top and both sides.

So it will opened it up.

Fold your top flap piece down about 1 1/2''

then another fold line 1/4'' under the first fold.

Open the envelope and cut down the center fold line 

to the second flap fold line.

Glue down the flap on inside window side.

Measure your paper, mine was 8'' wide.

Fold in half, slip your envelope inside to mark the window.

Run a pencil or bone folder along the inside of the window.

It will leave an indentation in the paper.

I went over the mark with pencil so you could see.

Use a utility blade to  x-out the window.

You can use tiny scissors to cut open the window.

You can use Distress Ink on paper edges.

Then you can glue down the front over the window.

Next choose what you would like to see through the window

and glue to the inside of  the back.

Make a closure with tiny brads or eyelets.
I cut 1 1/2'' circles with cardboard and covered with 
decorative paper.

Poke a hole in center and attach to your folder.

Glue a scrape piece on  flap

and cover the back of the brad,

glue down and score and fold your flap again.

I  used a 2'' circle to cut a half circle

finger pull.

Cut a 12'' piece of string.

I used embroidery floss.

Tie around top closure and knot.

On the other end I added a bead,

That's it-

Here are some of the folders I made.

This envelope had a large window.

This is the back -

This is  the front-

And this is the back-

I'm so glad we could spend some quiet time together!

I hope I didn't confuse you with too many details.


xo Lisa S

Sharing a Sewing Themed Altered Book

Hi Friends, I just finished this Sewing Journal and thought you might enjoy a flip-through. You may be inspired to create one for yourself o...