Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hibiscus Journal

Hibiscus Journal, (5.75" x 8.75")
Fannie Narte

This journal was made using one of the fabric papers from a previous post. The hibiscus flowers were stenciled onto the fabric paper using colored pigment inks and clear embossing powder, which was heat set with a heat gun. The edges were zigzag stitched using blue thread, and the journal was bound using my "Bind It All" machine.

Here's a look at the inside. ;-D Hi, Melissa!

Melissa's name was printed onto fancy paper, and the hibiscus flower was stenciled over her name using blue pigment ink and clear embossing powder.

I'm producing many journals through my experimentations with different ideas, styles and techniques and creating a sizeable stash. It's handy when I need a new journal for my personal use, to place in my Etsy shop, which is currently under construction, or to give as gifts. Journals make great gifts.

I like to surprise friends. Do you like surprises?


Brigitte (SE. Louisiana) said...

It is beautiful Fannie. I recently bought the Bind It All too but haven't used it yet.

Jacq said...

What a nice journal. I like the stenciling on the fabric paper.

quiltcrazygal said...

Fannie - I really like the journal! Your work always makes me smile! Marva just included me in a tag and I wanted to share your blog in my tag:) Please stop by my blog for details and some new projects:) Thanks for being so kind to me! Cheers, Jenna Louise

Lisa M Griffin said...

What a lovely journal you have created. The hibiscus is so pretty and I really like the edge you gave the cover. Great work on this journal.

Sherry said...

Melissa is one lucky girl.

Diana Evans said...

wonderful journal Fannie...Melissa will love it...lucky her!!!

kiwicarole said...

You are a machine Fannie! I can't get over the work you produce! And such good quality and so much of it! This brings one question - Do you ever get any house work done? Does anyone in your home get a cooked meal? LOL! You really set the pace for the rest of us!
hugs, carole

kiwicarole said...

Fannie, I have been thinking about buying a Bind it all machine, and I see you've been using one. Do you think they are worth the money? They are quite costly here. But it makes ones work look quite professional. :) carole

Noel said...

Fannie, can I have some of what you have that allowes you to produce all these beautiful pieces of art as quickly as you do.....hehehe!
You asked the question "Do you like surprises"...the answer is YES and I bet you do to...VBG!!

I like how you did this journal. I've seen this binding machine at the local scrapbooking store and it's great but I have a binding's the one that uses the plastic teeth coil.

Wurzerl said...

Hi Fannie, what a beautiful journal. I love Hibiscus and you did a great job. It' s looking very nice.
Have a great time

Melissa & Emmitt said...

oh my goodness! my heart just jumped! is that for me????? oh my goodness! thank you fannie!
i am so excited i can barely type!
you are wonderful!

Fannie said...

Well, Hello, Melissa. Nice to see you. ;-D

Yes, this is for you. How did you guess? ???

I'm glad you're excited.

Heather P said...

I love to visit your blog, Fannie. You continuously inspire, delight and, yes, surprise me. I do like surprises!

Fannie said...

Hi, Brigitte, I enjoy my Bind It All. I think you will yours too. I will look for your creations on your blog.

Jacq, do you like to stencil? The translucent quality of stenciling adds depth to the piece, doesn't it?

Hi, Jenna, thanks for the tag. You do have lovely creations on your blog. Kindness between friends goes both ways. Thank you!

Hi, Lisa. Do you keep a journal or use a sketchbook?

Hey, Sherry. How's your journaling coming? When I stare at a blank page too long, sometimes I cut photos, words or phrases out of magazines that show my mood and glue it to a page in my journal. The only thing I add to that page is the date, and I call it done for the day. ;-D

Hi, Diana. I'm the lucky one to have you and your encouragement each day. Hugs, Dear Friend.

Fannie said...

Hi, Carole! I feel so validated. ;-D

Thanks for your probing questions. Ummm, please define "housework" and "cooked meals." Ha, ha. The messiest place in my house is my studio, and salads and years of preparing chicken in one hundred different ways becomes second nature. But I would certainly welcome a housekeeper and a cook any day. That way I can mess up my studio even more! Oh, wait a minute; I do have a housekeeper and a cook--thanks, T. Ha, ha.

Bind It All--it all depends on the cost, and how you would define "worth." I know I'll use mine a lot as I like making journals, books, etc., and I can see its use for gifts too. So for me, it is worth it because of the use I'll get out of it.

Thinking financially and as an investment, I figure if I make 12 journals, a year's worth for me, I've made back the purchase price of the machine. Anything beyond that number is "free"--sort of. That's how I judged its worth in my situation. Hope this gives you ideas and makes sense.

Fannie said...

Hi, Noel, I have that machine too. That machine will make nice journals too. The difference between the two is that the Bind It All is able to punch through cardstock, and the Docubind cannot--the model that I have cannot. However, the Docubind has a lengthier punch area (up to 11"), and the Bind It All punches in increments of 3" lengths.

Fannie said...

Welcome, Wurzel. Nice to see you.

I'm glad you like surprises, Heather. You just never know what may show up on my blog or in your mail box. ;-D Thanks for your visits and comments.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Fannie!
My journal just arrived and I am jumping up and down! it is the most beautiful and wonderful gift.
thank you soooooo much! the translucence and texture of the hibiscus flowers are amazing. I have never seen anything like it and the fabric paper is wonderful.
thank you fannie!!

Fannie said...

You're welcome, Melissa. Glad you like it. Thanks for your uplifting visits to my blog. I'm glad we met. Enjoy!