Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Vintage Sweet

True Confession:  I've been in a craft show slump.  I just don't feel like I've been making enough lately and with the show less than a month away there have been moments of concern.  Yes, concern. (That, and lack of concern when I've been caught running down homeschooling rabbit trails and blocking out the whole project.  Oops.) 

Now that I've completed a few things, I think I can focus on Craft Show again for about a week and half before I need to do any other projects.  So, for starters... a run of covered journals.  I had already decided to make more with those typewriters when I sent off the original Vintage Sweet covered journal as my first camper gift last week.

with Melody Miller typewriters

We all know playing with fabric is the fun part! So, naturally, I pair up new fabrics for each typewriter cover.    Each of these covers needs a shot of text fabrics.  I'm lucky to have a collection by now.  If you like text, my best advice is start a collection.  Really good text fabrics are few and far between.  That, and they tend to go fast.

Madrona Road from Pink Chalk

Have you seen the new Madrona Road by Violet Craft?  It's a cool collection overall, but the text prints should not be missed.  "Memoir" in charcoal or white are already marked sold out at many of my favorite fabric shops.  I was happy to find them both at Pink Chalk Fabrics (and she still has some as of this typing).  Not about to mess around, I bought yardage in both (1 yard in white and 2 in charcoal) and got right down to using them. 

Stash builders

Besides the other cuts from Madrona Road I added these from left:  Metro Circles, Essex yarn dyed black, Lizzy House Candy Corn, Sweetwater Reunion.  The Reunion is another text print, and it's a really dark navy. Very cool.  Happens to be on sale at Pink Chalk...

Madrona Road covered journals

Ok, so where were we?  The journals.  Madrona Road worked into these two. 

Sweetwater Reunion covered journals

I used the Sweetwater Reunion text this way.

1263sm

My favorite (predictably) is the most colorful.

 Seed Catalog covered journal

And Vintage Sweet no. 5 features Seed Catalogue in black on white, a great example of a text print that became hard-to-find with remarkable speed. 

Aaah, now that feels better.  More "inventory" to add to my stockpile and more text prints thoroughly enjoyed.  Sometimes I'm going to imagine a project using the other prints I picked up from Madrona Road.  They have a bit of a fall flavor!  right now I'll get back at a few other craft show projects in the works, including a background I can't wait to show you tomorrow! 

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Oh, I almost forgot 2 important things.

Thing #1 - My journal covers are based off this pattern by Jennifer Paganelli, with some modifications.

Thing #2 - I'll be posting my own covered journal tutorial this August to walk you through my approach step by step, due to frequent and super-nice demand.

Over and out.

31 comments:

  1. I love that Madrona Road text print. Also, so excited to hear that you are going to post a tutorial. Love your journal covers!

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  2. Lovely new covers and great stashings!

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  3. LOVE the fabric combinations on your journals. Thanks for the Pink Chalk shout out! :)

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  4. These are getting better and better. And upcoming tutorial? How fun! I'm getting a feeling I'll need one too.

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  5. I was going to ask what type of journals you were covering! I have made these before, though nowhere near as prettily.

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    1. I use "composition" books, which are a school staple in the states. The regular lined ones are available everywhere, and the graph paper ones I order from Staples.

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  6. Oh, Rachel, great fabrics!!! My little daughter Rozarka loves my school typewriter, so these fabrics... wow! :-) J.

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  7. Very nice journal covers. I look forward to the tutorial. Where did you buy the typewriter fabric?

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    1. Well, it was actually a gift and is now kind of hard to find. Try searching at Fabricworm: http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?yhst-10775676472182+pWnGxD+index.html+

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  8. I can't wait to see the tutorial! These are adorable!

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  9. I love the Madrona Road prints.

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  10. I love this journals! Maybe my favorite so far? No,its impossible to pick a favorite. And I cant wait for the tutorial,just yesterday I hunted through your site to find the link I remember you posted for the directions, and decided to make one for myself this week for my Sketchbook. Now I'm going to wait for your tutorial, I hope its up soon!

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    1. Definitely impossible to pick a favorite, they're all so lovely!

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  11. Your journal covers are absolutely awesome! My favorite is also the most colorful one. Can't help it! :) Good luck at the craft fare, hope you'll sell them all! Looking forward to the tutorial.

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  12. These are great! I agree that the typewriters just scream to be paired with text prints.

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  13. Great looking covers! I love those text prints too...I've begun searching to see if the great text fabric they used in the Olympic closing ceremonies is available anywhere....!

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  14. Your journal covers are almost as scrumptious as my grandchildren. That means they are awesome and my three-year-old Grandson, Oli, is convinced I'm going to eat him because I tell him he's yummy and scrumptious, which of course he is.

    You are amazing and hope you have a GREAT craft fare and wish I could be there.
    Lots of Love
    Patti xxx

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  15. I sadly couldn't afford to get some of the text prints. I so wish I had now and worried about the money side later! Your journal covers are gorgeous! What else are you planning on making?=D

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    1. With the text prints, you mean? Oh, I like to incorporate them in all kinds of random patchwork. I've enjoyed using black background text prints a lot in the past, so I knew I wanted lots of the Memoir in Charcoal.

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  16. They just get better and better don't they? Thanks a tutorial would be great!

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  17. Love those journal covers! I have the typewriter and a few text prints in my stash, waiting to be used -can't wait to see the tutorial, so that I can start cutting into them! Thanks for the inspiration, Rachel!
    And good luck with the craft fair too! :)

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  18. these are so awesome, rachel. maybe you should consider selling them on etsy? can't wait for your tutorial!

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  19. Go easy on yourself, Rachel. You are trying to create a lot in a short amount of time. We are cheering for you!

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  20. I heart the typewriter journals!

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  21. OOOhh, tutorial! So excited! I'm trying my hand at journal covers but so far have two failed attempts, so thank you in advance! =)

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  22. Oh my! Thank you, thank you! I haven't said so out loud, but I would love a tutorial! SO sweet of you to share:). They look great!

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  23. Oh yay! I'm glad you got some mercy ready, but I'm really excited you're going to be sharing your tutorial. I've wondered how to do this for a while.

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  24. Really loving the journal covers ~ the typewriters really do it for me! Excited to know that you're doing a tutorial!

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  25. I hope you sell all your journals, they are beautiful. I look forward to your tutorial.

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  26. These are gorgeous! I can't wait to use your tutorial -- I'm thinking Christmas gifts for everyone...

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  27. Last night (before I saw your post) I attempted a journal cover without using a pattern. It is usable but not exactly right. So I very much look forward to your tutorial - the covers you have made are fabulous!

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