Saturday, December 23, 2017

Coptic Chops

I spent much of the past week making journals to collage in.  Despite all the books I've made in the past five years, these are actually the first that I made for myself with a distinct purpose in mind.

The two on the right in this photo are tall and narrow ~ they have virtually the same size paper as the Midori Travelers Notebook inserts I've been using to collage in.  I like that size ~ each spread is 8.5 x 8.5 (actually the Midori insert spread is 8.25 x 8.5).

The pages in the third journal are 8.5 x 5.5, a standard half-letter size page. This is slightly bigger than the handmade journal I'm also using now for collages (see last two photos below).  I also like this size to work in.

That handmade journal I just referred to, A Hermit's Wild Friends, that I made in a workshop a few years ago, was not designed to do all that collaging in.  The bound spine is/was not wide enough to accommodate adding all that ephemera, which has caused the fore edges to fan out to about four inches already...and I'm not finished with it yet.

Consequently, because the book was constructed with only heavy two-sided tape holding the covers onto the rest of the book, the covers started to pop off the book.  So I just pulled them all the way off a few months ago.  

When I'm finished with this journal, I'll glue the covers back on with PVA.  Or, I'll fashion covers out of something else, and use those cool vintage covers for another journal down the road...probably the latter.

Hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend, whatever you celebrate. xx



12 comments:

The Idaho Beauty said...

Really beautiful new journals you've made. I really DO need to give that coptic stitch a try - I do love its look and the way the book opens so flat with it.

Merry Christmas and a creative new year!

Jacki Long said...

Wonderful Connie, you are so talented.
Happy holidays.

Dori Singh said...

Love all the lush collage!

frazzledsugarplummum said...

They are so very beautiful as are the pages you put into them. So much to look at and admire. All the best Connie. I'll be thinking of you as I fly over Bass Strait to my daughter early in the morning. She is shouting me to 6 days in Melbourne...on the cheap. Hope the fires stay away from you. They have been terrible to watch. I cant imagine what it must be like for those there.
Thank you for being a friend Connie. Wish I could bring you here.
Love Shirley

Meg Fowler said...

Just WOW!!! The new journals and the collage pages ... as always!!!
Merry Christmas, dear friend.

jenclair said...

Your journals are gorgeous, Connie! Merry Christmas!

Els said...

So many lovely collages, Connie !
Happy Season and all the best for a wonderful, creative New Year !
Love from Holland

tgarrett said...

Great looking journals Connie- wishing you a nice holiday weekend.

Judy Sall Fiber Art said...

Beautiful journals! I have only made one book, and that was in 8th grade. I really admire them and love the fabrics you used for the covers. They are already works of art, even before you fill them with your lovely collages!
Hope you had a good weekend, and may the coming year be full of creative joy for you!

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john said...

Love your journals. Love your collages! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! :-)

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