Hi everyone, Heidi from www.makeyourlifecolourful.com here. Today I have a project to show you that’s a little out of my comfort zone: I don’t really create projects using fabric or stitching very often, but I wanted to try nonetheless and I had a lot of fun creating today’s project! It’s a small booklet in which you of course can store your all time favorite recipes, but I’m planning to use this book of recipes as a small art journal for fun food and drink related quotes/journal pages! That’s why I’m calling it “My ART Book of Recipes“!
Today I’m working with a ready to go 7gypsies Starter Journal Cover made from “Canvas“ in the size 5×7 (there also is a larger size available and you can choose between canvas or burlap, isn’t that fun!). The cover can hold more then one blank journal insert (and as much as three, depending on how full you make your pages). For my insert I choose a 7gypsies Starter Blank Journal in the color “Kraft“ but they also come in Ivory. The way I decorated the inside of my cover I would choose the amount of inserts you want to use from the beginning.
First I cut a piece from a Canvas Corp Fabric Sheet in “Denim“, I think about half of what comes in the package. Because I’m not good with sewing and stitching I adhered the denim piece to the canvas cover using gel medium and a brush: on the front I wrapped the denim inwards and hold it there with clothes pins while the gel medium was drying. That means that on the back of the cover the fabric comes a little short but that’s okay. Gel medium is a really strong adhesive for about everything and it will still be flexible when dry. After drying time I created some decorative stitches on front and back using black thread.
For my next element I choose the largest strip from the Canvas Corp “Farmhouse Kitchen Stripe on Ivory“ paper and cut that out. From the Canvas Corp “Ivory & Black Gourmet Sampler“ paper I choose the element saying My Book of Recipes. And for some fun embellishments on the front of the cover I choose the 7gypsies Cutlery set in “Antique Silver“: I didn’t only use the cutlery itself but also the blue striped packaging it comes in (because it matched the denim fabric nicely). That’s a fun element with lots of CCB products, the packaging is so nice you can also use that on your projects!
The next layers are all done with drying time in between: I first adhered the Kitchen Stripe paper to the project in the same way as I did with the fabric: using gel medium and a brush, with decorative stitching on the back. On the left inside part of the cover I also adhered the denim and the paper with efficient but not so nice stitching, that’s okay, it will be covered and I just wanted the combination of paper and fabric to hold.
From here I first started working on the inside of the cover, but you can do it any order you please! When the inside was done I added the other elements to the front of the cover using gel medium and let them dry.
For the inside of my cover I choose the beautiful Canvas Corp paper called “Herbs on Ivory“: I cut two panels in a size that I liked and edged with Versafine “Onyx Black “ ink and using a foam applicator tool. To the inside back of the cover I also wanted to ad a fun little additional element: for this I choose one of the tags from Canvas Corp called “Handmade“, this I also edged with the same black ink.
Then I adhered the Herb panels to the inside of the canvas cover using gel medium and let that dry with clothes pins on and then added some stitching using white thread. On the inside back of the cover I did the same and also adhered the Handmade tag and added some Canvas Corp Jute Cord in “Natural“ (because it matched the kraft paper nicely).
Now all I did to finish this ART Book of Recipes is to pencil in the title of my book on the first kraft page of the journal insert (first with pencil and then with a black Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen (s)) and my journal in ready to go!
Some detail pictures of the front cover:
Back cover detail:
I wish you all a creative day!
These are the materials that I used:
7gypsies Starter Journal Cover “Canvas“ 5×7
7gypsies Starter Blank Journal “Kraft“ 5×7
7gypsies Cutlery: Antique Silver (both the cutlery as the paper packaging was used)
Canvas Corp 12×12 paper “Farmhouse Kitchen Stripe on Ivory“
Canvas Corp 12×12 paper “Herbs on Ivory“
Canvas Corp 12×12 paper “Ivory & Black Gourmet Sampler“
Canvas Corp Fabric Sheet “Denim“
Canvas Corp Printed Tags “Handmade“
Canvas Corp Jute Cord “Natural“
Brush, Needle and thread (black and white)
Versafine “Onyx Black“ ink
Black Faber Castell PIT Artist Pen (s)