Book Cover – Art Journal

Mely is in an art program, and I often pick up hard cover, spiral-bound art journals for her when they are on sale – she prefers these for sketching. I decided to make a quilted cover for one that I gave her for christmas – it was a bit of a disaster in my opinion, since I can’t figure out it if I like it or not 🙂

Rachel from Stitched in Color has a pretty cool tutorial on making journal covers, which came in handy when I started on this project. I think my problem was editing – I had so many fabrics I wanted to incorporate that reminded me of Mely… especially the Michael Miller hot pink eiffel tower print, and the fussy cuts from Alexander Henry’s “The Ghastlies” line. The purple flames were from the quilt I made for her last birthday, so I wanted to incorporate that as well on the wonderful splotchy, purple print that I settled on as the background fabric.


Here’s the front cover (above) with the fussy cuts. Close ups of the fussy cuts are below. I used variegated thread from a canadian company called Wonderfil. I picked up several spools  at the Creativ Festival downtown last October, and this was the first time I had a chance to use it.


IMG_1683Here is the back of the journal cover, and below that the inside flap… I used the blue fabric only because I wanted a contrasting colour – there was so much purple on the front!


    I was trying to represent the fussy cut grey appliqué bits as grave stones with hellish flames below, and purple ghoulish birds circling above…. Maybe you see it, maybe not?


The keys are from a scrapbooking kit. I used the pink one on the cover, tucked the rest in the inside flap, as Mely likes key motifs.

The journal cover is functional, although weird looking to me. But Mely loved it, and I guess that’s all that counts 🙂


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