Saturday, 10 September 2016

Ring of Friendship

Good morning!
Welcome to my page!
I am in love, love, love...yes with my sewing machine and making vintage junk journal! Here is my second one in a week. To see my previous one with Graphic 45 papers, click here.
This one is made for a dear friend who loves coffee and butterflies and pretty much anything with wings and of course, VINTAGE!
I have kept all of her likes in mind, and managed to make this one of her. I couldn’t bring myself to end this project as I had so many ideas and I wanted all of it here!
So bear with me for a picture heavy post, I promise to keep the write up small, lol!
I have used a brown cover envelope as the base and have made a chipboard spine as I wanted to make a journal with twine binding. 
This way the pages can be removed and added to her convenience!

She loves oranges and browns and have sort of used those colors here. I created a faux leather spine cover Kraft paper, Deco art mists and crackle glaze,. The rusty ring that you see is an empty red tacky tape ring!
I did some mixed media on an old wedding invite. Have used stencils and modelling paste, crackle paste and mists from Deco Art. 
Once I was happy with the layering and textures, I fixed the rusty ring and in went some coconut coir and I stamped a lovely sentiment about friendship. I tore the edges and inked with walnut stain and placed it on the coir bed.
2 little bugs and an ornate butterfly seem happy out there. The butterfly is from text paper and I have stiffened it with UTEE.
Some linen chord for closure and the best part it I had a great time stitching this entire journal cover and the closure. It was so much fun!
Time to open the we go.
Page 1 is a flap over from the brown cover and have used it as a tuck spot and also you see an adult coloring page.
This journal has coffee stained papers, lots of pockets, tuck spots, journaling tags, check list pages and adult coloring pages too! I have also attached some text pages, which she can gesso and even make art journals here. This is one handy book which she can carry when she is travelling, keep bills, color pages, journal and what not!
All the pockets and tuck spots are made from text page, This time an old Nancy Drew book!
Here is a vintage lady peeking thru a zip lock cover!
I have some tiny yearly notes stitched into a mini accordion!
Some tuck spots using the picture pages.
An envelope from the novel!
A checklist on the move!
More adult coloring pages.
The last page, you can see the flap of the brown cover, a secret compartment to keep all that you treasure!
The back cover is equally vintage and has my friends initial! What a co incidence!
Here is look at all the journaling tags, post cards and tickets from the journal.
Lots of winged beauties here for her to admire.
I could just go on and I know a pictorial is no justice to the efforts that has gone into making this journal! But I am technically challenged to take videos lol!
That’s pretty much the story of this journal and I will be handing it over to my friend soon!
I forgot to ask...can you smell the COFFEE here!
I would love to take this journal along to the following challenges....
Stamps and Stencils- Colors of Autumn
Creative Artist Ch- AG mixed media
Frilly and Funkie- Things with wings
A Vintage Journey-create within a frame
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.


  1. Hi this is stunning. Thank you for joining us at <a href='’> Creative Artiste Challenge Blog </a> for challenge 18 Anything Goes and the sponsor is Scrapmatts. Hugs Jackie DT


  2. Love it !!!! Thanks for playing at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo Challenge ❤️

  3. A stunning Journal, your friend will absolutely love it.
    Yvonne xx

  4. This is really amazing Rupa !!!the stitching and the book pages really make this unique...and those zip lock pouches are a great idea too !!

  5. This is simply awesome Rupa! Loved how you added the coloring pages here! Brilliant!

  6. Oh, my GOODNESS, Rupa! Your friend is going to treasure this journal you so lovingly made for her! There are so many details to drool over, but I have to comment on your stitching and that amazing binding! This looks so professional! All of your tucks, envelopes, tags are all so beautiful! I get what you say about not being able to do all the works justice and being technically challenged by a video! Ha! H! Great upcycle project! Thank you for sharing it with us at Anything But Cute for our Friendship challenge-perfect! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  7. What an amazing piece of art! I adore it and all the love that you have put into it. Thanks for joining us at Country View Crafts. X

  8. Ooooh, Rupa, what an absolutely stunning journal you have created! Your friend is going to treasure it! I love every single detail and especially the way you did the covers and the binding! Marvelous project! Thank you so much for joining in our 'Friendship' challenge at Anything But Cute and for joining us at Stamps and Stencils this month! Hugs! Branka xx

  9. What a great junk journal you created for your friend Rupa! I just LOVE the frame ring you made from the tape roll! Beautiful textures, colors and wonderful pages inside - so much fun for your friend to keep all those special 'things' in!! Thanks so much for joining us in the AVJ Create within a Frame challenge! Julia xx

  10. Beautiful project. Stunning in every way. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month. Hope to see your beautiful Art work back here again soon. Judy DT

  11. Such a cool project!! Thank you for joining us over at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo for our "Star" challenge xx

  12. Such an amazing creation, so much colour and lovely details.It would be fantastic if you shared this creation at Anything goes September link-up, Just keep on creating
    Susan xx

  13. So much colours and fantastic things inside :) Thank you for joining us at Scrapki-wyzwaniowo!

  14. Goodness, this is wonderful! I love the clever frame you created with the tape hoop! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie Things with Wings Challenge!

  15. Lovely colors :) Thank you for playing along with us at scrapki-wyzwaniowo!

  16. I love amazing colors of your artwork! All the best from Scrapki-wyzwaniowo!

  17. Your stitching is wonderful, as are each and every page. But the cover is a great work of art! I love every color, texture, and element (especially the rusty tape roll!) Amazing mixed media work. I'm so thankful you joined us at Stamps & Stencils and Anything But Cute with this gorgeous creation. Hugs, Autumn