Friday, August 26, 2011

more Scrappy Journals

Yesterday I ate, breathed and slept Celebrate Color. So much planning! In order to wind down a bit, I made another scrappy journal before bed with simple, no-brainer piecing.  I tell ya, improv piecing is like therapy.  That said, I never really know how it'll come out.  I kind of put myself at the mercy of my scraps...

Fanfare journal

Last night's journal started with that piece of Anna Maria Horner's Garden Party Fanfare print in red/pink and teal/blue. I love, love, love this print, but somehow hardly ever work with it. I have a good sized cut, but it never seems to "go" with my projects.  Anyways, I had a few Fanfare scraps and that other geometric Garden Party scrap up top.  Add to that scraps in Woodcut, Central Park, Kona Everglade, Kona Bahama Blue, unknown pumpkin solid and some random corduroy cuttings and you have.... a mostly defined color scheme?

back

The back is really, really simple.  I was worried that it was my tired brain talking, but even today I really love the back.  Actually more than the front.  It fits with the mature, not-crazy vibe I was going for and the texture + print stands on its own. 

Here's another journal cover made earlier this week

Strip-pieced journal

for someone who likes strings and bright colors.  I piece the whole darn thing in strings, inside and out:

back

hello little birdie

And that was enough strings for me for awhile!

So far I've made 7 random, scrappy journal covers.  Wanna see them all?

so far...

When I get #11 finished, I can give them to the lovely people I have in mind to thank.  But, to be honest, I'm going to be bummed when they are done.  It's such a treat to work on a mini-project like this, exploring different styles, techniques and color schemes all the while giving life to my scraps.  The journal cover itself is really simple to make (see this tutorial), so finishing is a breeze.   Before I finish, I hope to make another with triangle scraps in that pinwheel-ish design.  That one is still one of my favorites!

25 comments:

  1. I love the colors (and fabrics) of these new ones and really love the photo of them altogether!

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  2. The new ones are beautiful. I really love the stripey one, but the first one is very elegant!

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  3. I love these! Thanks for inspiration. I love paper goods (journals, stationary, letters...) but hello! These are gorgeous!

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  4. I am just head over heels for these. I keep thinking how nice it would feel to hold one in my hands. I suppose I should check that tutorial out, but man, if you sold these, I'd be lining up!

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  5. They are all so special and colorful. But I agree the pinwheel one has a little something extra going on, although the green one is crazy detailed too. I need to check out the tutorial and put some time aside to make one.

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  6. OMG! Love them!!! You are a scrappy genius!

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  7. The covers are fab!
    Question - is the inside back different from the inside front in how it fits? If not, can you just put it on the opposite way? Or would that make the print be upside down? Just a thought. :D

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  8. Thanks, Flying Blind. I totally want permission to keep making these indefinitely...

    Yes, quiltzyx, they really are reversible so long as the prints don't go upside down!

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  9. I love the cord on the first one but I don't think I'd get past sitting and stroking it!

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  10. Pretty!! The first one is so elegant, I love it. But the triangle one is still one of my favorites!!

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  11. I love them all laid out together- so pretty!

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  12. The mossy green one with the hand quilting is my favorite. I don't usually go for green but the whole thing looks great in all the shades of green.

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  13. Rachel, they are just lovely. I just finished a scrap improv pieced table runner yesterday and it has the same exciting feeling that these have. I love them! Go on making them!

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  14. As always, I love these! I agree about the improv piecing-- it's quickly becoming my favorite kind, and I love how it lets my brain relax a little since you really can't screw it up! If you find you can't stop making these gorgeous journals, I'd be happy to help out and take one off your hands :)

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  15. They're all so amazing! I especially love the use of the corduroy! :)

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  16. They're all great, but I think my favourite is the one at the top of this post, except that I think I'd be constantly stroking the red cord bit lol

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  17. I just love that Fanfare print too! And I have hardly any left! I used it really generously in a quilt recently because I decided I was finally going to cut into all my favourite, out of print pieces rather than have them sit on my shelf.
    Your journal covers are great!

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  18. Love those. Each one is unique and fun. The strip one is my fave. Great job Rachel!

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  19. they are all so awesome! I have that print in a different colorway but couldn't remember which designer it was, lol. Just last night I was googling trying to find it, hehe. How crazy you posted about it!

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  20. love these! they look so great all together - I don't think I can pick a favorite!

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  21. the pinwheel is my favorite! and the bright string one. they are all amazing though.one day i will try your tutorial. thanks. :)

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  22. These are beyond cute! Just out of curiosity are you planning on making some for Etsy?

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  23. Yes, I think I will be making some to sell! I can take orders too, if someone's feeling eager.

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