18 October 2017

'Tis Near Halloween at Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome! Sara Emily's hosts the latest challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog. She's called it 'Tis Near Halloween' and here's her description for the challenge requirements; "It's no secret. I. Love.Halloween. With Halloween just a few weeks away, I challenge you to create a vintage or shabby chic project with a Halloween theme. If Halloween isn't your thing, that's OK - just be sure to include orange, black and purple in your vintage or shabby chic project (These colors are not required if your theme is Halloween.) It would be a grave mistake to miss this challenge!"

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, so there are plenty of reasons for joining in the fun.

My spooky project for the challenge is this hand-stitched notebook - the perfect place for recording potions and more.


The pages inside were created using a mix of white card and Tim Holtz 'Memoranda' Paper Stash, embellished with his Halloween Ephemera, Clippings stickers, machine stitching and stamping using Tim's 'Laboratorie' stamp set (I've only shown some of the pages in the video below as there were 72 pages in all!) Tuck spots were also added to some of the patterned pages. The front cover was made from one of Tim's Halloween Baseboards with some additional Ephemera. The back cover was created using a carrier sheet for one of Tim's large stencils added to a piece of chipboard 4"x 6" and I painted the inside of each cover with black gesso to coordinate. Finally the whole book was bound using coptic stitching to allow it to open flat on each page. See some of the pages in the following video - you can expand the screen using the icon in the lower right corner to get a closer look).


I'm very pleased to report the person this notebook was designed for was thrilled to bits with it.


So for now that's my DT project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge 'Tis Near Halloween'. Make sure you hop on over to see what my talented team mates have been inspired to create for this challenge, and remember to link your own shabby chic or vintage projects featuring rust to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes that are up for grabs.

I'll be back later today with a new project for Eileen Hull Designs. In the meantime take care of yourselves and get creative! Jenny xxx


23 comments:

  1. This is so clever jenny! Love how you’ve put it all together, perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much Kaz! As a queen of all things Halloween it's wonderful to know you like it xx

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  2. Thud! That is the sound of my jaw hitting the floor. Your work is always inspiring...but wow, Jenny...you took it to the limit this time. This album is so beautifully bound and just filled with amazing detail. To make a project of this size takes so much determination. I'm beyond impressed.

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    1. Thank you so much Kathy! I was really pleased with how this turned out and appreciate you seeing what it took to create it xx

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  3. Wow, Jenny! A little there and a little here ~ it all works so beautifully together! Love! TFS!

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    1. Thank you so much Wendy - yes, I practised restraint so that the recipient had space to use the pages themselves xx

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  4. Fantastic album. Love how you did the binding and combined the papers with ephemera and text but still left lots of space for making entries or adding photos.
    Hugs!
    Cec

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    1. Thank you so much Cec. It was important to remember its ultimate purpose and be balanced with the design xx

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  5. Beautiful stitched binding and great use of those Halloween papers and ephemera - stunning.
    Alison x

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    1. Thank you so much Alison. It's a great binding technique to use. Glad you like it xx

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  6. So very cool! I love how you stitched this together and then the fun and beautifully designed cover! Fabulous journal!

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    1. Thank you so much Suzanne. I'm so glad you like it xx

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  7. Oh, my Heaven's to Betsy, Jenny! The amount of work and love that went into this one project is beyond my comprehension, but I just know that the person who received this appreciates every second of time and every
    stitch that was stitched! It is not sitting idle on some table, but being paged through everyday, I am certain! I am floored by not only the stitching around the beautifully collaged pages, but that impeccable hand stitched binding! Oh, my gosh! Your collages, so well thought out and balanced, look great, and I especially love the simple stamping on the opposite page here and there. And topping it with that spooky but FUN cover is icing on the best cake ever! What a wonderful piece of artwork that is both STUNNING and useful! Thank you so much for your inspiration for my Halloween challenge! Hugs!

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    1. Oops, so for the funny text. Roger cat was obviously typing while I got up to refill my coffee!

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    2. Thank you so much Sara! I'm glad both you and Roger like it as much as my son who now keeps it close to hand. He's thrilled I'm pleased to report xx

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  8. You already know how much I love your books and this one is no exception, each page is wonderful and the binding - I so want to learn how to do that, it is so, so professional! Stunning! Anne xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Anne. The binding gets easier the more you do it xx

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  9. I just know that the person who received this appreciates every second of time and every


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  10. wow!!! Love the details of your fantastic book Jenny x The binding looks amazing !!!

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

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  11. Wow! What a masterfully crafted handmade book, bound impeccably and so we well designed. The work and hours you must put in to making these Jenny is more than noticable in the finished result and most definitely worth it. Incredible x

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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