Stitched Art Journal

The other night I was feeling creative, but wasn’t in the mood to get out paper, small bits, and glue. I wanted to do some stitching, but that quilted runner in the corner just wasn’t speaking to me. So…

…I got out my stitchery journal suitcase. It’s been a looooong time since this has seen the light of day!

WARNING!  This is a pretty long (but hopefully fun) blog post, so grab a snack…or a pillow!

 A page I finished quite a while ago, but didn’t share here. I made a lot of copies of old photos onto fabric I’m happy to say, because I’m not sure my new printer will cooperate with fabric. Snippits of worn out stitched thrifty finds are perfect for these fabric journals.

This project is humming right along because I have so many embellishments from other projects I’m repurposing. I do that with my paper art journals too, I love having a stash of ready made decorating bits. The bird is clearly impressed!

Using up an orange lace flower from another project. I’m not sure what I’ll do when I run out of leftover embellishments! (actually, yes I do.)

This little Raggedy Anne has been looking for the right home for years. This is definitely her new forever home.

Are you still hanging in there?

Haven’t lost you yet I hope!

A piece of painted canvas fabric and a hand made fabric button. I’m slightly addicted to making fabric buttons. I even have a Wilhold button making kit now, I’ll share more about in another post.

I have a lot of those travel thread pieces left from my mom’s sewing stash. this is a perfect project to use those up in.

You never know what you’ll find floating around in that old suitcase of mine!

At last, the final photo. Thought I would show you a bit of the planning stage of my next page spread.

Truth be told, I wanted to share about this journal because I know that there are a lot of people that love shopping the sewing and crafting sections of thrift stores as much as I do, and we all need a little inspiration for some fun ways to use them up.

Also, I’ve been thinking about putting some “sewing notion” ephemera packs into my shoppe some day and thought I’d throw out some feelers.

If you made it to the end of this post without needing a nap, I thank you.

Please let me know in comments if you would like to see more posts of my stitchery journals, your feedback is always appreciated!

As always,

Thanks for stopping in,

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Patty

Shoppe News!

New art journals and ephemera packs in the shoppe today!

One of my favorite things to do is to gather up books and ephemera within a theme. Christmas and Halloween is easy, but some of the other themes I come up with are a bit trickier. I’ve had this one on the back burner for quite a while…

…”Country Life”, just in time for summer!

Each ephemera pack has 45+ pieces with matching paperclips (loved making those!).

Lots of farming, barnyard animals, and fruits and veggies.

The journals have lots of super cute pages with a country theme.

Each one comes with their own small selection of ephemera of course.

And painted art pages.

Please mosey on over to PattysArtJournals if you would like to see more details, the link to my shoppe is in my sidebar, or click here.

I’m happy to say that I’ve decided to do these “Shoppe News” posts during the week from now on. I want to leave my weekends free for sharing my latest creative projects, or in the case of this weekend’s post, thrifting! Yay!

Thanks so much for the visit

Hopefully I will see you this weekend,

~Patty

Shoppe News and “Half-baked” Art Journals

My goal of finishing up “half-baked” art journals is well on it’s way.

I’m one of those people that gets super inspired, then wants to jump in before I loose my momentum, leaving partially finished projects in my wake.

This journal is from a batch of mini art journals I made back in 2015. They were really popular, they may have to make a comeback.

The final page spread. Time to move on…

…but before I do that, I want to share the new ephemera packs this journal inspired me to make for my shoppe.

There’s a lot to take in here, flower cutouts (I cut way more than I’ll ever use), stamped images, floral postage stamps, vintage images from an old gardening book, birds…well, you get the idea.

I think these are my favorite ephemera packs to date. I made 10 of them, so if you’d like to see more, pop over to my shoppe by hitting the link in my sidebar or go here.

I’ve struggled over the last week as to which “half-baked” art journal I want to jump back into for June, and I have finally chosen one. I’ll share more about that next time.

As always,

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty

 

 

 

Mini Art Journals In the Shoppe

Well, between weeding and replanting, I finally got around to making and listing some mini art journals. I love these mini art journals to use up some of the smaller bits that need a home.

I used the original book pages on all of these because they were so cute.

Case in point!

Of course lots of ephemera included.

And some of my painted pages. I kept them simple and just decorated over the white background.

Be sure to use the coupon code: CUSTOMERLOVE20 to receive 20% off your order!

There’s lots to look at, so pop on over to my shoppe when you get a chance! The link is in my sidebar, or here

Until next time,

Thanks for the visit,

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend,

~Patty

Garden (journal) Progress

This is the time of year that my garden seems to get the better of me. Thankfully, this year I got a jump start on my weeding. It’s still not perfect, but we’ve been able to enjoy the yard a bit more lately.

It’s still early days, but there a few blooms out there, so I decided to snap a few photos before they fade (disappear). And what better way to use photos of flowers but in my Garden Journal.

Believe it or not, I didn’t use the saturation when editing this photo, crazy! This Rhodie bush is in the way back of our garden, it’s finally big enough to see from the patio.

Here are some of the photo options I cropped and printed to fit in my mini garden journal. This is a great way to incorporate some memories into an art journal without journaling. But I will be adding the date.

 My Bachelors Button. I’m proud to say that he has given birth to many offspring which I will be relocating this weekend.

I was pretty excited to use these particular flower cut outs that I wrote about last week for this project, the colors were perfect.

These Irises really are beautiful, but I think it was the sunlight that took this shot to the next level. I didn’t need to do much editing on this photo, it’s a tad pixelated, but it’s not going to be entered into a photo contest.

There you have it, a peek into my garden. Adding photo memories to this little art journal has given me lots of ideas for future projects. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, so I’m sure this will translate to my next project beautifully, more on that in a couple of weeks.

I still have a few things to share about this journal that I will be talking about next week.

Until then,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great rest of your week,

~Patty