Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Post No 2207 ---JOURNALS for froebelsternchen

I  made three new journals for me. I will take the opportunity of TSFT to show them to you. So if you are interested grab your cuppa and have a look.

 I am quite happy with my three new friends - ready to get filled.

 The first one is a neutral Journal - I sewed a cover and bound 
watercolour- and  mixed media paper in it.

 Having flaps to put material in it is something that I love.

 Even on the back I have space to store scraps or images.

 I took  neutral fabric to be able to  paint it in the process of work or after it is completely filled. Or it gets it's own organic patterns and colours  during I work in it.

This one is made with coptic stitch and is filled with old
book pages.

I even reinforced every single spread with masking tape.

The covers are made of collaged canvas. A collaged and painted canvas  I started once and didn't finish ever. I cut the canvas away from the wood and this came handy and is sturdy enough to use as covers.

I will link this cover - I added a digital quote to it - to

This kind of binding is nice since the pages lie flat and this is nice when working in the journal. 

 The third one is my favourite- I call it a 
deconstructed and reconstructed
Altered Book Journal .
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (in German)

All pages are sturdy - two pages at a time sewn together and 
pre- gessoed - isn't that nice?! And 4 signatures sewn into the cover with a five - hole pamphlet stitch.

I used the old book cover just painted randomly with white gesso  to sew the signatures  in - the inside of the cover is covered with a napkin .

Thank you for reading and watching all that!
Happy T-Day!

Drei neue Journal, die ich für mich gebunden habe.
Ich hoffe sie gefallen Dir!


  1. Guten Morgen liebe Susi
    *wow* das ist wunderschön in Stoff diese Bücherumschläge und bedruckt und gemalt. Die vorgefertigten Seiten darin grossartig.
    Das Journalseite für LANDSCAPES OF THE SOUL ist so romantisch, ich freue mich dadrüber.
    Da werde ich noch viele Seiten aus diesen slebst gemachten Bücher sehen können, das ist spannend!
    Ich wünsche dir einen schönen Tag!
    Lieben Gruss Elke

  2. How clever is this Susi, you are a genious as well as an artist, I just love this idea and may even make one.xx [aNNie]

  3. Beautiful new journals you made, Susi. I am inspired!!

  4. Das ist ja toll. Mein Sohn hatte in der Schule buchbinden als Kurs, daher weiss ich wie schwer saß ist und wie viel Sorgfalt dazugehört. Das sind großartige Arbeiten von dir.
    Ganz liebe Grüße

  5. New journals are always so exciting, aren't they? I love your new ones. You have been busy! I need to make myself a couple of new ones. I think you have inspired me to get a move on it when I get some time next week. :) Happy T day. It was an enjoyable visit to your blog today. Hugs-Erika

  6. Beautiful journals, Susi - it's a while since I did that but I do have a couple waiting to be used... bet you had a lot of fun making them and the preparation in advance will make filling the pages so much easier.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cath x

  7. Susi your special art journals are amazing!!! Each one is so different and will be so much fun to fill. I couldn't choose a favorite. Thank you for sharing your handmade journals. Happy T day!

  8. Tea for me please! I so enjoyed meeting your three new friends, they are all very special in there own ways ...lol 😉. I love the neutral journal with it's lovely pockets for scraps, the cover of the copic stitched journal and how the pages lie flat. Then there's the gorgeous deconstructed and reconstructed Hunch Back journal, my favourite too, with its lovely cover and ribbon, beautiful napkin detailing and amazing stitched pages! I can't wait to see the artwork that you create in them all - how exciting 😁. Wishing you a Happy T Day dear Susi! J 😊

  9. Oh wow I love all three journals-I need to learn how to do that--perhaps when things slow down here. you are sooo creative-hugs
    Happy T Day Kathy

  10. Susi LOVE your books... you've really inspired me... I love to paste and collage and draw and color and i'm thinking maybe i need to try to make my own books too... Happy happy T day to you! Hugs! deb

  11. Your books are so different and so beautifully made Susi! I love them all!
    I hope you are having a great week!
    Alison xx

  12. How exciting! I do love the ones that have pages that lie flat. I'm not sure how I could work with it otherwise. Those covers are very attractive

    Happy T Tuesday

  13. I am in LOVE with all these journals. I simply don't hand sew, so these with their binding stitches make it so enjoyable to view.

    I never thought of reinforcing pages using masking tape, but I like the idea. and of course, I adore the German text. It has such a beautiful font you only find in German books.

    Thanks for sharing these three books, your tips, how you made them, and of course, your allowing us to choose between coffee and tea for T this Tuesday.

  14. Einfach nur genial!!! Ehrlich gesagt kann ich mich nicht entscheiden welches ich von den dreien am schönsten finde...Sie sind alle drei einzigartig!
    Na dann, bekommen wir ja viiiel zu sehen in naher Zukunft ;-)
    LG Conny

  15. Lovely journals, Susi. I can't decide which I like best. Thank you for pointing out that the coptic-bound one will lay flat for working in it. That's a real plus. They're all so pretty and finely done. I look forward to seeing what you fill them with.

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  16. You are so productive and and I adore the canvas covers that you created from an old painting, just brilliant!!! Thanks for sharing, Susi!! xo

  17. Wow Susi, your art journals look amazing. So special that you were able to make the books to your own specifications. I look forward to seeing the pages come to life with your inspirational art work.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

  18. Beautiful journals. Will enjoy watching you fill them up. Happy T Day

  19. Wowwwww, wie toll ist das denn wieder?!
    Überhaupt hast du in letzter Zeit tolle Seiten hier gezeigt. Leider hat mich das Arbeitsleben wieder und ich habe im Augenblick wieder zu wenig Bloogerzeit. Darum lasse ich dir mal ein Sammellob da.
    Ich wünsche dir eine schöne neue Woche.
    LG Carola

  20. Oh wow, I love them all Susi and I’m deeply jealous of your book binding skills too!!
    Donna xx

  21. Oh My Susi! What a joy it is to see these journals! So inspiring - I have a book ready for altering but haven't touched it so far! Happy T Day! Chrisx

  22. Oh my! These are amazing! These would certainly inspire me to create! I love them all but I love the last one as well. I tried Coptic stitch before but couldn't get the hang of it. Yours looks great. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful creations.
    Happy Tea day,

  23. ich bin ganz entzückt, liebe susi! alle drei sind toll geworden, der stoffeinband bietet ja noch viele möglichkeiten ihn zu gestalten. mir gefällt auch der "glöckner von notre dame" am besten, so ein bisschen leicht gruseliges mag ich ja total gerne! was ist das denn für eine bindung? long stitch? der englische begiff sagt mir nämlich nichts. ich habe auch noch schöne alte bucheinbände und würde sie gerne mal nutzen.
    liebe grüße

    1. Ich glaub das nennt man Rückenstichheftung??? auf deutsch -
      Ich habe zwei Signaturen in den originalen alten Buchdeckel
      eingenäht - ja ich denke das heisst auch Longstitch.
      ich mache es nach dieser dieser einfachen Grafik.

  24. Beautiful work! So much fun to make your own journals. :)

  25. Da bist Du ja gut vorbereitet, liebe Susi. Besonders das zweite Journal gefällt mir sehr gut. Die Farben und dann noch genähte Seiten, ja, das ist ganz mein Ding.
    Herzliche Grüße

  26. Klasse gemacht deine neuen Tagebücher und nun bin ich gespannt auf die Bilder, die die Seiten zieren werden.
    Liebe Grüße

  27. Drei wundervolle neue Lieblinge hast du da gestaltet, und jedes ist anders und einzigartig! Ich bewundere deine Kreativität sehr!
    Sei lieb gegrüßt! Rike oxo

  28. Wonderful Journals Susi - I love the 'neutral' one in particular

  29. Alle 3 Bücher sind ganz fantastisch, wobei mir auch das letzte richtig ins Auge springt mit den zusammengenähten Seiten. Das muss ich mir merken... Ich bin ja neugierig, wieviel Bücher du insgesamt schon gestaltet hast?
    LG Ulrike

  30. All three are simply wonderful, Susi. I love the fabric pockets included with that cover -so clever - and the Coptic stitch album is just beautiful. I think it's between that one and the deconstructed one for my favourite. I do love those vintage book covers! Great post and fabulous journals.
    Alison x

  31. Oh these three journals must be very excited at the thought of being filled up by Susi! They are waiting patiently for the first paint.
    I think I like the coptic one the best with the gorgeous painted covers, and how interesting that it is filled with old book pages, I don't think I have seen this done with coptic binding before.

  32. Wualaaaaaa Susi !!!! your new Art Journals are just GORGEOUS !!!! I love them, so so wonderful !! The covers are amazing, Really great Art Journals!! Congratulations!
    Very happy day to you, besotillos.

  33. How wonderful, Susi - I am delighted with your new journals, so you must be over the moon with them. I am incredibly inspired, and can see some new ones coming up in my studio soon!!!

  34. Your journals look fabulous - I bet you can't wait to get started filling them, and I look forward to seeing what you do in them! I really like the idea of stitching two pages together - I usually just glue them, but stitching adds a nice touch, so I will definitely try that!

  35. Susi!!
    Thank you for sharing these!! I just love the time and effort you put into your journals- fabulous! and i may have to try a few of your tips!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  36. Wow gorgeous and a lot of work...but so worth it!! Perfect quote too!! I agree!

    Peace Giggles

  37. oh it looks like I missed this post in 2017 - so I am happy I got to see it at last Susi - especially as I understanding bookmaking a bit better now that I've been trying this year. I love the coptic stitched books as they lie so flat - I had to watch a YT video over and over to do when stitching and I will probably have to do the same for the next book as I've forgotten how to do it ha ha ;)
    But I love each one of the journals you made - each so unique, beauiful and so satisfying that they are hand made.
    Happy New Week my friend xx


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