Saturday, January 14, 2017

My first "Letter Journal"

I came across "Letter Journals" recently.
 Here is a video link for you, just in case your are interested. 
They are meant for Art - Journal - Swaps or Round Robins but that is not my intention.
I was looking for another format for my Art Journal Pages. I mainly create two - page spreads in Altered Books and/or  A5 sized Journals. So  I rarely make square-shaped pages , which is a pity, because I  like  square-shaped layouts.
 I made one prototype for me to test.

I bound it  with a 5 hole pamphlet stitch , just one signature, made of 4 sheets of
 good quality watercolor paper.

 At the back of the cover I sewed fabric of an old jeans to make the cover sturdier.

The sewing gives a nice touch and is an extra layer what is always a good thing, am I right?!

 I will link my cover page to Art Journal Journey
for Erika's lovely January theme
Every Pages Tells A Story / Tell Me A Story

 I think I will perhaps make some more of this nice little journals soon.
They are quickly made and do for sure well as a small gift for someone
and also fit in a simple envelope to send them by mail.

Happy weekend!



  1. Eine wunderbare Idee als Geschenk und sehen doch so schön aus und mit dem genähten... was man alles machen kann.. danke für den Link!
    Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  2. Just looked at the video Susi-thanks for the link. Your pages look terrific and it is a great idea. I agree that sewing on projects adds a little extra something to the project.

    Love Chrissie xx

  3. Eine schöne Sache mit den neuen Format, manchmal muss man wirklich die Sachen anders betrachten damit man weiter kommt. Das Nähen ist auch schön, ich war hier auch wieder zugange mit meiner Maschine. Dir ein wunderbares Wochenende, Valerie

  4. Cute little journal, and a wonderful idea for gifts, and yes layers are always a GOOD thing!
    I used the link and found out what a "letter" journal is.....very interesting. Are you part of a group?
    I think it would be loads of fun to participate in a letter journal group.

  5. Gorgeous page and I wonder how did you sew in a book? Very carefully I think. The collage is beautiful as well, I really love circles. I wonder why we are drawn to certain shapes? ... somehow they speak to us :) Happy Weekend, Shirleyx ps.. yes for sure we love our pets, I know you do too.

  6. Liebe Susi,
    wie immer eine tolle Seite, die Idee
    zu nähen find ich klasse.
    Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Abend.
    LG Sadie

  7. Such an adorable little journal and a brilliant idea as a present. I love your cover, the material pieces you have used are stunning and the stitching makes it so special! Simply gorgeous - I love love love it! Happy weekend dear Susi! J :-)

  8. Since I can't see anything video until I get my new computer home, I can't watch this video. I do love your journal page, though, and I agree that sewing adds that magic touch to any journal page. I also like the idea of using old jeans to strengthen the cover. That is CLEVER. This is a beauty, Susi, and you and your pages are SO inspiring.

  9. loving the journal, the collage is lovely you make the best art

  10. I will go see the link Susi. This is a fantastic new journal and the pages look wonderful, the sewing is a great addition and seems to join everything together.
    Yvonne xx

  11. Wonderful format and your bee page is oh SO charming liebe Susi!
    Your stitching mimics the flight of the buzy bumble bee beautifully and is indeed a wonderful addition ♥


  12. wow...das ist wieder so wunderschön. Eine tolle Idee. Ich bin wieder mal begeistert!!
    Liebste Grüße und schönen Sonntag!

  13. I love your journal cover Susi. The bees really make it with the stitching, which looks like they are flying around on the fabric. And thanks for telling me about letter journals. I linked in and there is so much about them. I guess I know what I get to do tomorrow. I love learning new things and seeing I haven't heard anything about them, I am excited. :) Hope you're having a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

  14. What a sweet idea Susi - love your cover and how you have illustrated the quote you have used. The denim would certainly make the whole journal a lot sturdier

  15. Deine Cover-Seite ist so toll - so viele Details, die genähte Fluglinie, die Kreise in super Anordnung, die Jeans als Verstärkung auf der Rückseite - geniale Idee! Danke für den Link - da sieht man mal genau, wie so ein "Buch" genäht wird, das war bisher ein Rätsel für mich.
    Einen wunderschönen Sonntag wünsche ich dir!

  16. What a fabulous idea Susi - "BEE the change you want to see" - I went to YouTube and of course watched several videos - I spent an hour watching videos! Of course one thing always leads to another doesn't it.
    Don't faint - latter today I am going to post a journal page - can't believe it myself!
    Sandy xx

  17. Dieser Bucheinband sieht total genial aus und den Jeansstoff hast du dann so klasse collagiert, die Hummelchen sehen so niedlich dazu aus und die genähten Kringel drumherum geben dem Ganzen noch Pepp. SUPER!
    Liebe Grüße und eine schöne,kreative neue Woche.

  18. That is really beautiful...and a good quote! :)

  19. ist ja lustig, vor 10/15 jahren hießen die dinger noch "deco" und frag mich nicht, was ich damals für Geld an Porto ausgegeben habe. richtige Entscheidung deinerseits: selber behalten. dein Format hast du so schön gewählt, und die nähkreisel unterstreichen das hummelbrummen wunderbar!
    schöne Woche dir!

  20. Wowww, das sieht ja super aus, gefällt mir sehr. Toll gestaltet. Letter Journal klingt ja interessant. Muss mir gleich den Link anschauen. Danke dafür.
    LG Carola

  21. Beautiful! I love the bees. I've participated in one letter journal swap...last year..on Facebook!

  22. Wow,wow and wow Susi,this is absolutely gorgeous!! Really makes me want to create something as beautiful!
    Donna xx

  23. Hi Susi - I love your journal and pages you have created with the wonderful and clever stitch work. I am trying to catch up with everything I missed last week but I will try to remember to check out your link as that looks interesting.
    Hope you're having a great weekend.
    Gill xx

  24. Oh Susi! this is sooo lovely! And yes, I love the sewing- nice touches indeed! Love those busy bees and their buzzing stitches around them!
    thanks so much for sharing where you found this technique-nice video!
    Sending hugs,Jackie

  25. Süße Brummel-Hummeln mit genähter Flugbahn, klasse! Das Format finde ich super, denn es ergibt aufgeklappt ein Quadrat!
    Lieben Gruß von Ulrike

  26. This hand-made journal is super, yes, and I do like the way the black stitching swirls round the bees. These bees look so realistic floating on the page. You are very adept at creating layer upon layer but also at the same time creating a co-ordinated page where all is in the right place.

  27. Genial, gigantisch und traumhaft schön, fantastisch gestaltet, liebe Susi.

    Einen schönen Tag
    wünscht Dir

  28. what a great looking journal and I love your pages so far Susi! I agree that stitching adds that something extra but I don't always think to add it - or I can't because of the journal itself.

  29. Wow what a great page!! I love it all !! great quote and I love what you did with the bees and the stitching!!!

    Have fun!!

  30. This quote is so important! This spread is wonderful and full of vibrantly used colors! :)
    Suchi xx

  31. Gorgeous journal..and one of my favourite quotes!! So true..beautiful work!

    Hugs Giggles

  32. Wunderschön!! Ich muss mir mal viel Zeit nehmen für dein Blog. Hier gibt es tolle Sachen zu entdecken. Ich liebe deine Art Journal und Mixed Media Seiten. Tolle Idee, das Cover mit Jeansstoff zu verstärken!
    Liebe Grüße

  33. I missed this post, so thank you for sending us here, and thank you for the link. I'm certainly going to take a look at the video. I love your busy bee pages full of colour and texture.
    Alison x

  34. This is fantastic. What a clever idea, and a great gift for someone to receive from you.

  35. your letter journal looks amazing! your creativity is just wonderful to see everytime, dear susi <3 I will look at the letter video link too, thanks for sharing! xo Cheetarah


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