My husband really likes journals, so I was hoping one of the journals from my class with Sue would work for him. My hopes were far exceeded with journal number four. It has a nice masculine look.
As shown in yesterday’s blog, I followed Sue’s amazing process for transforming brown paper lunch sacks into faux leather. On the cover I added a long leather bootlace for wrapping and securing around a real silver button. Very western looking, I think. John picked out the button and the lacing. I would have gone for darker lacing, but he picked out the lighter brown, and it was definitely the right choice.
Inside are three signatures wrapped with scrapbooking paper that I decorated with scraps for a little extra zing. The signatures are stitched in with taupe colored DMC linen embroidery floss. I’m finding this to be quite strong stuff with just enough of a rustic look to complement the rest of the journal.
John prefers lines on his journal pages so I set up a page on my computer with lines, colored them a light brown, and printed out gently lined pages on ivory granite stationery. These are 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets folded in half.
I made four pockets with more of the scrapbooking paper, stitched the bottoms with a decorative machine stitch and filled them with “Notes on the Run” cards that John loves to use from The Planner Pad Co., tags I made by fusing paper onto mailing tags adorned with more linen embroidery floss, and Post-It notes on the inside flap pocket.
I think it turned out quite nice and John really likes it. It has some special touches, but it’s not too fussy for a guy.
We went for a walk in Carson National Forest this morning, on one of the still closed to vehicles forest roads, and saw some early spring wildflowers. So I just had to include a picture.
I have no clue what kind of plant this is, but it has leaves somewhat like holly. Could be some form of western holly? ‘Don’t know, but it provided a lovely, bright, springy spot in our morning. The flowers are much brighter yellow than the picture shows.
*Special note for knitters, check out “The Sacraments of Knitting”. Make a couple copies and keep them in your knitting bags for new “converts”.