Things I Make

Mistaeks are Mandatory....Flub it Up!

Flub it up I did! 

I recently read about altering notebook covers in Somerset Magazine. It isn't a new concept for me, but it reminded me of something and sparked my creativity.

Andrea Ockey Parr has a spread in the most recent issue describing her technique for making a collage and sewing it onto a notebook cover. I have taken small notebooks and painted/collaged the covers. I had not tried sewing a collaged or painted piece created separately onto a cover.

It reminded me that I have a stash of dollar spot notebooks I purchased years ago. I had a plan at the time that I never realized. They are 8" x 8" square and have 16 thin pages each. They were geared for children to create their own story books.

So I got to work.

I cut the square notebooks down to about 5 1/2" wide and made a couple pieces of messy mixed media I would cut to size. My goal was to create a couple of mailable journals or letter books one could share or exchange with a friend. I wanted to make sure they would fit into a 6" x 9" envelope.

Everything was going great. I made tabs from the cut-offs of the art pieces. I adhered the artwork to the cover with some adhesive to keep it in place when I sewed them together. I stapled the tabs onto two sheets of paper making the end product 8 pages long. I didn't adhere the inner pages together. That decision worked out perfectly as they can serve has pockets to hold hidden surprises up to 5" x 7".

The Finished Books



I'm not a seamstress. 

Sewing the new covers on was a challenge. I've had great success sewing paper, but have no idea what to do when it isn't. I had so much bunching on the inside of the second notebook that I ripped the thread out in frustration and decided to let it be. I have more notebooks and will have many more opportunities to sew covers. 

In the meantime, I Googled for solutions and I have decided to try again after rethreading my sewing machine and doing some practice with different settings. 

Mistaeks are Mandatory!

If you follow me on Instagram or keep up with my Facebook Page you know I've been working on other things lately too. I'm evolving and growing and healing.