One of my favourite inspiration bloggers is Alisa at Life Is A Beautiful Place To Be.
She writes beautifully and creates amazing things which she blogs about - thank goodness!
Seeing her inspiring work always makes me want to get busy.
Lately Alisa has been blogging about Full Tilt Boogie, a book binding course she has been taking for the past few weeks.
I have taken a couple of bookbinding courses myself, but they weren't as free-wheelin' as Full Tilt Boogie seemed to be. So, I checked it out, signed up and am having a blast!
My sewing room, which I completely re-arranged after Where Bloggers Create is now a disaster...
Full Tilt Boogie teaches three different journals - I am on the first one...except I am making four.
Yep, four. Maybe more.
I can't get on to the Week 2 Journal unless I quit making the journal from Week 1 ..... but they're just so doggone much fun!
I have signatures all over the place, some clamped, others glued and sewn, some just put together but not attached, and a great, heapin' pile of cut of card stock and paper just waiting...
This is the first one-almost-finished... pink linen, vintage lace from France and a button from my favourite antique store that-used-to-be-in-Enderby, B.C.
I love the open spine detail - I used waxed pink linen to stitch the signatures - not my favourite thread but love the look!
The tapes are heavy satin with lace on top and I machine stitched them all together
I have no ephemera at all so used card stock and watercolour paper to make the signatures - I am bound, bent and determined not to buy anything!!
I did have one old music book so I photocopied some pages on to card stock - love that!
and to primp up the inside I glued lace and trims from my trip to France on the inside covers - something old, something new...
I also used some wallpaper samples fro the inside cover as they had such beautiful texture (and I'm not a fan of wallpaper!)
So I still have a blue one and a Christmas one that together with this pink one will be for my Sale, a retro one with a burlap cover I'm making for myself and then another one for my five year old niece who is coming to visit. She loves to paint and is awfully good at it so I'm thinking a journal of her own, all bound, and primed with gesso might be just the thing...
I'm a little hesitant to look at the videos for Week 2 - after seeing what I got into after Week 1.
No wonder the class is called "Full Tilt Boogie"!