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...
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?
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
for someone who likes strings and bright colors. I piece the whole darn thing in strings, inside and out:
And that was enough strings for me for awhile!
So far I've made 7 random, scrappy journal covers. Wanna see them all?
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!