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Monday, October 3, 2011

Composition cover-up . . . . .

I just love composition books.  It reminds me of elementary school.  But it really hurts my eyes to look at the cover so I started covering them up.

I started with something simple like this . . . . this is the book that I write all my dye pots in.  I write a lot of my mistakes in here, too!


And I have a book for my business . . . .  thoughts, things I need to do, things I want to do . . . . .


I decided I would like to teach this as a class at the Pieceable Retreat at the end of October so I created this one for the class sample back in March.


It turned out cute.  I even put some pockets on the inside cover.  I had read about every pattern out there for journal covers but there wasn't one individual pattern that I liked.  So I decided to make my own.  I didn't like how this one went together.  The pocket section inside is VERY bulky and I really didn't like the topstitching around the outside edge.

So one last try and I came up with this . . . . . .
The pocket section is much less bulky and I was able to write the directions as I went. There are 4 pockets on the inside for business cards, pencils, receipts, papers, etc.


And I included a page marker just 'cause it's easier.


It still needs a little tweaking before the class starts in 2 weeks but I am finally happy with how it turned out.  After all the renditions . . . . FINALLY.


Blessings, Cathi

17 comments:

sunny said...

How cute! Imay need to try to make one for myself.

Quilt Hollow said...

Spiffy! Now just aren't you clever!! I say that you should make a few extras to sell in your booths!! Perhaps a "Quilt Hollow" one! Hee!!

Colleen said...

Very nice. Love the pockets. I too am a huge fan on composition notebooks ~ I think I like them because you aren't tempted to tear pages out of them; I just can't stand a spiral book with pages torn out and those little bits that are left behind. Do I need therapy? LOL!

Cat Haven Crafts said...

I love all of them! Great designs.

Sue said...

I love these. I've started covering my journals too with fabric. I guess it's the sewer/scrapper in me, but these are a lot more fun!

Yours are just gorgeous.

Lynn said...

All so cute! I've always loved those composition books too!

Teri said...

I love them..... I'm going to try and make one for my granddaughter's 13th birthday......very cute.

Teresa said...

Its a great looking composition cover. You know, I need to start a book too to just jot down things I want to make and ideas. I get the most wonderful, fabulous, creative ideas...and then can't remember what they were. Probably not all that wonderful and fabulous, but it would be nice to be able to remember them!

Barb said...

I love your covers....just wonderful!!

Angie said...

Okay, dear heart, do you think you could share your instructions with those bloggers (like me) who live too far away from you to take your class? Hint hint :D

Karen said...

I like all of your covers. They show off your creative style. I like the idea of the page marker. That is a very good idea.

Friendship Crossing said...

Your journals turned out so pretty! I've made a couple before and I know what you mean about not finding exactly what you want. I want to make a Bible cover and can't find anything I like, so I'm going to design my own too.
Yours turned out great!!

Tanya

QuiltSue said...

These look great. I love covered books, they look so much nicer somehow.

Ullan tilkut said...

Hi! Greetings from Finland! I love the quilts! They are fantastic! :)

Lesley said...

Absolutely beautiful! You are so creative! See you on Saturday at the Christmas Sewalong!

Barbara said...

I love each and every one of these!

paulette said...

There is nothing like having a special book...I use mine for everything!! In fact it is now full...just sayin...Your's are absolutely gorgeous!! Love them all!
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