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Mixed Media Tutorial: Stitched Journal Spots

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Hello lovelies. I have a pretty cool tutorial to share with you today, but first a little background. This past Christmas I received a wonderful package of hand crafted goodies from a friend and fellow artist in Canada. She’s working on getting a website up, but in the meantime check her out on Instagram. She goes by FiveFingerArtStudio. In the package she sent me she included some of her journal spots that she created using a paper bag and a colored photocopy of one of her backgrounds. I was in love with them and when I used them all up I jumped at the chance to make my own version. Five Finger Art Studio was sweet enough to let me share my take on her journal spots with you. I hope you enjoy.

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For this project I used this round journaling stamp from the Dylusions Write Between The Lines stamp set but if you don’t have one, you can just as easily draw a circle.

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Using a permanent ink, such as StazOn or Memento Luxe, stamp your circle onto whatever paper you want your base to be. I used my 2 favorite things, underpaper and book paper.

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Once your circles are stamped, use a permanent pen to doodle flower petals or a scalloped edge around the circle. The advantage to using underpaper is that your journal spots will already have fabulously random color.

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If you use book paper you’ll want to give your spots some color. you can use your media of choice. I went with Faber-Castell gelatos.

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While your media of choice sets or dries, use that same round stamp to stamp onto white paper or card stock and cut them out.

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Next cut around each of your flower journal spots.

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Using glue or gel medium, affix the stamped circle to the middle of your cut out flower. I used my handy dandy Ranger Glue Stick.

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Once the adhesive is dry, use your sewing machine to add some wonky stitching. If you don’t have a sewing machine you can draw on stitching or add doodles of your choice, if you’re interested in buying one then it may be worth researching best home sewing machines on TeachYouToSew. I have a very reasonably priced Brother Sewing Machine that’s perfect for my mixed media projects.

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I like to leave the threads long for a more organic look, but that’s entirely up to you.

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And that’s it, your very own unique, stitched, and oh so cool journal spots to add to your art journals and other mixed media projects.

Thanks so much for reading and a big thank you to Five Finger Art Studio for the inspiration.

Wishing you a beautiful day. Remember to make time for play.

xo,

Belen

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Stitched: Creating Booklets From Your Gelli Prints

Hello my lovely followers, I know that many are busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I do hope you’re still able to carve out some time to make pretty things and keep that creativity flowing.

Today I’d like to share with you a fast and easy way to transform some of your yummy gelli prints into cute stitched booklets that are just the right size to tuck into your bag.

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Use them for jotting down to-do lists, grocery lists, as stocking stuffers or create a few to carry around for doodling.

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The November Stencil Club stencil from Stencil girl was used to create this gelli print.

To create these, I used a paper trimmer, plain white printer paper, a few gelli prints that I had in my stash and my sewing machine.

Since my paper and gelli prints are the same size, I just cut them in half. One print will create 2 books for me, but you can cut and size your gelli prints and paper to you liking.

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Once it was all cut, I aligned my paper and the half of a print that would be the cover, folded it and gave it a quick score with my bone folder, just to give myself a guide for stitching,

One thing I’d like to point out here is that not all sewing machines or needles are created equal. Some machines can handle a thick stack of paper, others can’t. I recommend that you play around with yours and see what works. My booklets contain 8 pages plus the cover.

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Once your paper and cover are aligned and you’ve given it a light score, you’re ready to stitch.

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Trim your thread, close your booklet and run your bone folder along the spine to help define the fold. At this point, you can prettify it even further by adding a little stamping, doodling, more stitching or just leave it as is and let the gelli print shine.

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I stamped some lettering to the front cover of this one and added some wonky stitching.

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Stencil used to create the gelli print is “Art deco Leaves” by Crafters Workshop

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Something else I’d like to point out is that you don’t have to limit yourself to just using gelli prints. These can just as easily be created using scrapbook paper, envelopes, even your “under paper”. This booklet shown here was created from a happy mail envelope that I received from my good friend and talented artist, Jana Freeman. There was no additional stamping or doodling done by me. It was gorgeous as is and I wanted her art to shine. You’ll notice that my stitching bunched up at the top and created a tangle. Well I decided that I rather liked the character that the tangled thread gave the booklet, so I left it.

That’s the great part of these little books, you can really make them your own; there are no rules. If your machine can do the job, you can stitch it. If it can’t, you can stitch it by hand. Make big ones or small ones, create them in whichever way is pleasing to you, just have fun!

Thanks for reading!

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