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Believing in Tomorrow

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I put the quote "Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow" in a garden journal I just finished up for a swap - so true wouldn't you say? I really worked pretty hard on this, we had to make the covers durable so after covering them with fabric, I added a couple leaf skeletons and stenciled my partners initials from a stencil I cut and have sent to her for future use, I coated it with 4 or 5 coats of polycrylic. For the binding I did something new to me, it's called "Secret Belgian Binding" - no idea why they call it a secret because I found 2 tutorials online for it. Love the look:
Here is the inside cover, I handcut the stencil and really don't know who said the quote I put in there, it just said unknown when I found it: 
I also made 3 tabbed sections and each tabbed page has a couple little pockets to stash things in:
I hope she enjoys it as much as I did making it.
Wishing you a lovely garden of your own...............at the Shores

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Susan HP said...

Love the stenciling, the pockets, the initials. You are a bookmaking pro!

Andrea said...

Thank you, Susan, you are quite the motivator :o) I really love making these journals, maybe I will try making a dozen or so and put a piece of my artwork on the front cover and pop 'em on etsy. Can't hurt huh?

Susan HP said...

You should MOST definitely do that. Seriously. If I were roaming around Etsy looking for a journal, yours would absolutely catch my eye. Do it!

Bandeau said...

Beautiful!! I really hope you post some of these in your Etsy store :D

valdes53 said...

Omg i love all your stuff. i really wana learn to bind books , but have been busy painting alot i hope i get to it

 

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