Apparently, I like to craft like the apocalypse is nigh when I have Winter Break. I think my brain realizes that school has been pushed back, for now, and there are creative juices flowing.
Several things led up to this first project:
- I started a Pinterest board on Traveler's Notebooks. They intrigue me.
- I have read and researched and followed creative as well as efficient people who have used Traveler's Notebooks.
- I have seen several people who have made their own covers. This post is one I used to guide my project.
- I purchased several Midori inserts and a binder.
- I have watched countless videos on hand lettering (a passion of mine since I was 12). I have purchased brush pens and printed practice sheets. (whole 'nother Pinterest board)
- I joined Cathy Zielske's Fit 2017 class. In that class, she gave an option for documentation via Traveler's Notebook.
- I decided I wanted to try making my own "Fauxdori" Traveler's Notebook cover.
- I am a VERY novice sewer, so you are about to witness something that took a lot of stitch ripping, cursing, and machine instructions reading to get done.
I ended up using the suede side of the leather. The flipside did not enjoy being sewed many times. Leather is not as forgiving as other fabric.
I currently have two inserts that I use regularly in the "Fauxdori." One is my Fit monthly journal and the other is my small group journal.
I got these trinkets at Michaels. A constant reminder for me.
And these Heidi Swapp marquee letters were another project. I had started messing with these a few months back, then they went on the back burner. When I finally had time to set the up, I found the "S" lights had a short in them, so I bought a new strand (Lord knows where a receipt was for that original purchase). Not super impressive with a dark photo, but my son really likes them and wants me to make him one with his name. :)