moleskine collages


A dear friend gave me a three pack of pocket size Moleskine notebooks for my birthday, and, this afternoon, I was inspired to create little fabric, felt, found paper collages on two of the covers. I'm still pondering the third.

I've been so caught up in stamp carving and block prints that I forgot how much I love to sew onto paper. I spent some time gathering felt, fabric, and paper scraps, created two little sketches, and channeled my deep desire for all things green into the two wee collages. This is a nice little project that ends up making a sweet little gift for someone you love. Don't be afraid to sew right into the cover, but do think about changing your needle to one that is more thick and sturdy. I used fusible webbing and a bit of fabric glue to attach the larger swatch of fabric. I'm going to put one of them by my bedside to use as a place to write words, sentences, or even little pictures each night. I like that it is small, so there is no pressure to write and write and write. One or two words is sometimes enough.


The neighbors across the street probably think I lost something really important in our front garden because each time I pass it, I pause and search for our first crocus shoot. The kids gather around me, and we use our feet to push leaves to the side in hopes of seeing a tiny little green sprig. As of this afternoon, all we've found are a few stickers, an old drinking straw, lots of dried leaves and vines, and some dirt.

xo e

12 comments:

  1. That is darling! I have a few of those very same notebooks, and I just may have to follow suit. Did you sew all of your fabric on? Or just the felt? If not, how did you attach it?

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  2. Thanks, Lindsay! I used Wonder Under http://www.amazon.com/Wonder-Under-Regular-Weight-Paper-Backed-Fusible/dp/B001144RM6 and a bit of fabric glue here and there to adhere the blue fabric to the top of the notebook. It is an iron-on fusible webbing. Once attached, I trimmed the edges. If you end up making one and want to share, please consider posting at my Flickr project page (in my sidebar).

    Cheers!

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  3. These are so pretty and inspiring. Thanks for sharing! ~Lanie

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  4. Lovely.

    Your yard investigations would be more, um, interesting if you lived across from a pub like we do. Picture Chick holding a bottle of Mike's Hard and Miss Mouse a pack of Camel Lights.

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  5. I love these, Emily. The designs are perfect!

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  6. I am a fan of moleskins. I love the size. Slip them here and there, and they are perfect for jotting down quick thoughts... although sometimes looking back I can't quite remember where I was going with my thought... but that is NOT the fault of the moleskin :) Having said that, I LOVE your designs on the natural brown paper. Makes you smile every time you pick them up, right? Anyway... love the sewing on the cover and I'll be linking on Facebook. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. Oh, Emily. You are so amazing. I have a moleskin book in my bag right now and I think I may take it out and embellish it. I love your simple and stunningly beautiful ideas.

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  8. Thank you, lovelies! All of your comments have brightened my week... and it was a week that needed a little brightening.

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  9. Emily, I'm back to tell you that I made my little "chapbook" lovely. I linked to you today. Come over and look at what your inspiration produced. Happy! Happy!

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  10. These are adorable and such a great way to anticipate spring!!!

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  11. really lovely. So what's on the third one? I like sticking with the tree theme.

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