I’ve seen a bunch of travel journals that were just accordion books of pockets, very flat and purse friendly. Inserted into the pockets were tickets and pamphlets and sometimes cards with journaling. Since I am going to Chile this fall, I wanted to create one that would hold notes on what I get to see and sketches done on the way. If I don’t keep a travel journal, my ADD brain will forget what I saw.
I have a lot of paper (understatement) and I wanted to combine some to make a heavier weight piece that would hold up under use. I failed paste in first grade and have never recovered. Well, once I discovered Yes! brand, I improved a bit. Gluing them together would only give me a wrinkled mess. I decided to try sewing them together.
Voila. A piece of an old tablet that Cristi brought me from Sock Summit and a piece of lovely cardstock from a sale at Fedex. I discovered that if I sew the paper together, I don’t get wrinkles or any other mar to the surface. All kinds of paper projects have now opened up to me.
I grabbed a bunch of papers, like drawings that were not very good, painted backgrounds that were going nowhere, a map of the world from an elementary school text company, and I started sewing. I cut them in different sizes, even cut them with tabs to help find things. Why? Haven’t I taught you that is a useless question when it comes to art and craft?
To test the results in action. I took the first piece and decided to tangle on it. But instead of drawing a string to define the areas, I sewed it!
If you have never sewn on paper, it is easy. I like a smaller needle like I would use for sheers. The paper will dull that needle quickly, but that doesn’t create a problem unless you try to use it for cloth. You can drop the feed dogs as you would for machine quilting, but I didn’t. The paper is so slippery that I could move it around any direction without doing that.
Another small advantage of this is that the narrow list-type pieces that I made don’t get lost in my purse. They are sturdy enough to not crumple into a ball, but not so inflexible as a notebook is. Also, they are pretty. I like pretty.
My daughter who reads my blog is shaking her head right now thinking, “Oh, Mom, you need a job.” But deep in her heart she knows this is how I stay sane.
Started a new knitting project. WA-HOO.