15 May 2019

I love it because... for Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are embracing the Spring season and all it brings. It's my turn to host and I've called the challenge 'I love it because... '. How often do you create something just for you that makes your heart sing? Doesn't it feel great when you do! My challenge to you is to make a vintage or shabby chic piece of art, be it a journal page, a tag, a card, a home decor project etc, that fills you with happiness and makes you smile - don't forget to tell us why you love it so much.

As ever, the Design 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 Top 3 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.

The passion for creating small bound books continues here and I love that this one combined stitching and using up scraps as well as a junk journal text block.

In the tutorial shared over on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog HERE I showed how to use Eileen Hull's 'Notebook' die as the basis of a bound book, covering the whole book with sticky back canvas. For this version I cut a strip of the canvas 2 3/4 inches wide by 10 1/4 inches long and stuck it to each inside cover edge 3/4 inch in from the edges as shown below. I didn't measure the gap between the covers and the spine piece, just centred it knowing that the size of the strip would ensure a 1/4 inch either side.

With the basic cover assembled a piece of plain calico larger than the finished book was cut. I would recommend leaving a minimum 1 inch border for this.

Here's where the scraps came from; I used pieces of the gel plate printed paper created HERE, some of the embossed packaging paper, pieces from the edge of the calico fabric, torn book page from THIS project, and even some of the gel plate printed card used on THIS box. Having stuck them onto the calico a simple zigzag stitch secured the strips and also made the piece more flexible.

Having stuck it firmly onto the outside of the book cover, bending the edges over and securing them onto the inside with strong tape, I added even more detail with Venise lace and Design Tape (some from the 'Journey' set as it coordinated with the colours on the printed pieces really well).

With the outside of the book covered I bound the inside with a text block (made from various tea stained papers and cards) using the method shown in the Frilly and Funkie tutorial HERE. More of the gel plate printed paper was used to decorate the inside of the book cover and the outer pages on the text block.

To complete the front cover a Lace Baseboard Frame was coloured with a mix of 'Pearl' Mixative Alcohol Ink and Dina Wakley Media 'Gilt' Acrylic Paint. The 'Large Stems' were cut from mountboard and painted with Dina Wakley Media 'White' and 'Evergreen' Acrylic Paint before 'Sublime' Alcohol Pearl Ink and more 'Pearl' Mixative were applied over the top to add a beautiful shimmer to the flowers. A Big Chat Sticker was mounted on more card and added to the frame, whilst Transparent Wings were fixed onto the flowers with Glossy Accents and then anchored more securely with 'Brass' Liquid Pearls bodies.

For now that's my take on the theme 'I love it because... ' for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

All the products used to create this notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.


  1. Oh my gorgeous! If you could watch me as I read these posts, you would think I was daft. I lean in closer and closer to the screen to catch every single glorious detail. This pieced to gether cover is my favorite yet. All that perfect stitching with the neat rows of paper...my word! It's magical. The simplicity of the cover design lets every single element shine. Jenny, you have really hit on something fabulous with your book binding. I can tell this is where your heart is right now, so dig deep and keep sharing. I'm loving it! And I love you, too! xo

  2. Jenny I'm loving seeing more and more of your journals, and you are inspiring me with your posts and gorgeous books! Like Kathy, I find myself drawn into your posts and moving closer in to feast on your words and pictures. What a great way to decorate the cover! I love it when you can use up scraps and your have made it look so shabbilicious with your stitching, design tape and laces! And the stunning layers of die cuts is the icing on the cake! Thank you for all your inspiration! Hugs!

  3. FAB-U-LOUS! This is gorgeous with the pieced cover and the lace strips. The flowers jump off the page on top of the vintage feeling frame. Add the delicate butterflies and this is one fantastic book.

  4. Your book was inspiring and beautiful just from the cover, but your strips zig-zagged together put it over the top for me! I don't sew and to see how you pulled those together had me wishing I did! I love your books and this one is no exception!

  5. Love, love, love that pieced cover! beautiful project!

  6. Stunning book and such a clever use of leftover scraps. Beautiful!

  7. Jenny this book cover is absolutely stunning x I love all the fabulous details and the lace, butterflies are my favourite additions x

    Best wishes and huge hugs Annie x

  8. Another delightful journal and brilliantly detailed instructions. So great to have you playing along at PaperArtsy now too!
    Alison x

  9. This is just gorgeous, I love the stitching and bits of lace. Love this Jenny!

  10. Wonderful journal! All the details are fabulous.


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

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