thankful gratitude journal…

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

it’s always inspiring when i see someone take the ordinary and creatively alter it into the extraordinary. today media specialist tammy tutterow shows us how to customize a worn cover journal using my eclectic elements fabrics. even if you’re not an expert at sewing, tammy takes us through step by step to inspire you to give this project a try…t!m

Worn Covers make it so easy to create handmade mini albums!  Not only are they easy to alter and customize with ink, they also make a great base for custom fabric covers.  Today I want to show you an really easy way to create a fabric cover for a Worn Covers album.  This cover is easy to sew and an easy project for beginning sewers.  With just a few lines of straight stitching you can created a fabric cover that is easily customized for any season or occasion.

Supplies:

  • Surfaces: Eclectic Elements Fabric; Worn Cover; Ranger Sticky Back Canvas- Natural; cotton batting
  • Stamps: CMS166 Tall Text
  • Dies: Layered Leaf, Labels
  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Ink: Jet Black Archival
  • Distress Markers: Peeled Paint, Black Soot
  • Distress Spray Stain: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint, Spice Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, Mustard Seed, Tarnished Brass
  • Alcohol Ink: Caramel, Giner, Sunset Orange
  • Embellishments: Crinkle Ribbon, Ring Binder; fabric grommets
  • Tools: Non Stick Craft Sheet, Heat It Heat Tool, Ink Blending Tool, Sanding Grip, Grid Blocks, Waterbrush, Big Bite
  • other: fabric grommets; twigs

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

I wanted the exposed fabric edges of my journal to have a really shabby and worn look so I tore my fabric to create frayed edges.  If you have never torn fabric, it is really simple.  Simply make a cut about 1/2″ to 1″ long at your measurement.  Grab the fabric on both sides of the cut and pull apart in opposite directions.  The fabric will tear in a straight line.  It will leave frayed edges.

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Cut or tear a piece of fabric for the front cover.  The piece should be 13″ wide by 8″ tall.  This will leave a 1/2″ margin for the seam around the cover of the book.

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The inside of the book cover will have flaps for the worn cover to slip into.  The flap pieces should measure 3″ x 8″ tall.  Cut or tear two pieces from the same fabric as the cover.

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The cover is lined with a second fabric.  Cut or tear one piece 8″x 13″ and two pieces 3″x8″.

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Cut one piece of thin cotton batting 8″ x 13″ and two pieces 3″ x 8″.

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Press all of the pieces.

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Apply glue stick to one side of the large piece of cotton batting.  I like to use Ranger’s Collage Glue Stick for this.  It will bond the fabric to the batting without soaking through either and won’t leave hard stiff places in the fabric.

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Place the liner fabric over the batting.  Smooth over with your hands to line up the edges, smooth out any wrinkles, and to press the fabric into the adhesive.

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Turn the piece to the other side.  Place glue stick on the batting.  Place the cover fabric on the batting.  Smooth over with your hands to line up the edges, smooth out any wrinkles, and to press the fabric into the adhesive.  If either of the fabrics have a clear direction, be sure that fabrics on both sides are going the same direction.

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Adhere the fabric strips to both sides of the batting using the glue stick.

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Sew along the right edge of one strip and the left edge of the other strip.  Lay the cover piece so that the lining is facing up.  Place the strips on the cover so that they line up with the edges of the cover piece.  Place the pieces so that the strip with the sewing on the right is on the left side of the cover.  Place the strip with the sewing on the left on the right side of the cover.  Pin the strips into place.

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Sew along the top, bottom, and side edges 1/2″ from the edge.  When you have finished sewing, you will have sewing the strips down on three sides creating pockets.

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Slip the worn cover into the assembled fabric cover.

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Use a marker to mark the placement of the holes for the binder in the Worn Cover.

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Punch or cut a hole on the two marks.

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If desired, add fabric grommets to the holes.  (You can learn how to set fabric grommets here: http://tammytutterow.com/tutorials-and-classes/basics-101/).

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Cut a piece of batting and a piece of natural colored Sticky Back Canvas the size of the Layered Leaf design.  Adhere the Sticky Back Canvas to the batting.

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Place the piece canvas side down on the die.  Die cut the leaf.

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Die cut a second leaf the same way.

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Mist the die cut leaves with water.  (You may notice that I embossed one of the leaves.  I wanted to test to see if it would hold the embossing through the coloring process.  The verdict is to emboss after for the best embossed design.)

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Mist assorted fall colors onto your craft sheet.  (Colors shown- Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Antique Linen, and Peeled Paint.)

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Place the wet leaf canvas side down into the stain.  Lift the leaf up.  If more color is needed, place it canvas side down into the stain again.  Place the leaf in different places to pick up different colors.

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Continue inking until you are happy with the color and coverage.  Ink both leaves.

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Color one yard of Crinkle Ribbon in the excess stain.  Mist the ribbon with water to help the stain wick through the ribbon.

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Use a heat tool to dry the leaves and ribbon.

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Mist a fine mist of Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stain over the leaves and ribbon.  To get a fine mist, hold the bottle further away from the items and give the mist a full quick mist.  To create large spots, hold the spray closer to the items and push the mister plunger slowly.

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Add a light fine mist of Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain to the leaves and ribbon.  Dry the leaves and ribbon again with a heat tool.

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Place a leaf in the coordinating embossing folder.  Run the folder through your die cutting machine.  Emboss the second leaf.

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Use an ink blending tool to brush over the edges and embossed areas using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

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Place the ribbon along the back of the binder.  Put the ends of the ribbon through the holes in the binder.

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Place the ends of the ribbon through the holes in the Worn Cover and the fabric cover.

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Pull the ribbon tightly through the holes and tie into a bow on the outside of the book.

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Adhere a cluster of small twigs to the left side of the cover of the book using a strong quick drying clear glue.  I gathered my twigs from a tree in my yard.  If you don’t have a tree with small twigs, you should be able to find something that would work in the floral decor area of a craft store.

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Adhere one of the leaves over the top of the twigs.

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Adhere the second leaf to the cover slightly overlapping the first leaf.

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Adhere a few more twigs over the second leaf.

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Create a small bow from some of the remaining ribbon.

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Adhere the bow to the front of the book over the twigs and leaves.

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Die cut a label from Sticky Back Canvas using one of the Framelet dies from the Labels die set.

Thankful Gratitude Journal by Tammy Tutterow | www.timholtz.com

Ink the edge of the label using an ink blending tool.  I applied Walnut Stain to the edges and some orange using ink already on my yellow/orange ink blending tool.

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Stamp a title for the book onto the label using Jet Black Archival Ink.

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Peel the backing off of the label and adhere it to the lower right corner of the book.

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Scribble Peeled Paint Distress Marker onto your craft sheet.  Use a waterbrush to pick up the color.  Brush the color onto the label around the letters. I like to add color along the right side of the letters like a shadow.  Use a heat tool to dry the label.

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Use the fine tip of the pen to trace along the edge of letters to add definition.

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Drip fall colors of alcohol ink onto three Gumdrops.

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Adhere the Gumdrops to the cover.  Place some of them under the top leaf to help lift it up off of the front of the cover.

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I have added a few pages inside already.  If you would like to see them, you can check them out on my blog at: Thankful Journal.

Tammy

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online…
(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

Eclectic Elements (IE|SSS)
Worn Covers Diary (IE|SSS)
Natural Sticky Back Canvas (IE|SSS)
CMS166 Tall Text (SSS|IE)
Layered Leaf (IE|SSS)
Labels (IE|SSS)
Ring Binders (SSS|IE)
Crinkle Ribbon (SSS|IE)
Walnut Stain Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Jet Black Archival Pad (IE|SSS)
Peeled Paint Distress Marker (SSS|IE)
Black Soot Distress Marker (SSS|IE)
Antique Linen Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Mustard Seed Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Peeled Paint Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Rusty Hing Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Walnut Stain Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Tarnished Brass Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink (SSS|IE)
Caramel Alcohol Ink (SSS|IE)
Ginger Alcohol Ink (SSS|IE)
Grid Blocks (IE|SSS)
Sanding Grip (IE|SSS)
Water Brush Detailer (IE|SSS)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (IE|SSS)
Blending Tool (SSS|IE)
Heat Tool (IE|SSS)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Vagabond (IE|SSS)

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40 Comments to “thankful gratitude journal…”

  1. Mary M. says:

    Great tutorial….I love the leave, the coloring makes them look so real! =)

  2. Lagene says:

    Amazing fabric covered journal! Love it, & thanks for the details!

  3. Diana says:

    simply wonderful!! reminds me of my mom covering our school books many moons ago…thank you

  4. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Stunning journal cover, really beautiful.

  5. Helen Cooke says:

    I love seeing how mini albums (or albums of any size, really) are made and this one is no exception. The use of these terrific fabrics is great!

  6. Darlene Conrad says:

    I love your Journal! I am going to try to make one to. Thank you for the wonderful idea.

  7. love the idea! you can make these personal for family and friend
    birthdays or holidays.

  8. Helen says:

    I just treated myself to a small pack of your lovely fabrics so now I know what to try for my first project. Love your restrained use of colour Tammy. Fabulous project and wonderful gift idea! TFS x

  9. Linda E says:

    Love this Tammy, thanks so much for sharing!!!

  10. This is just gorgeous Tammy, I still haven’t got my greedy paws on any of Tim’s fabric yet… But I am determined I will soon, and I have so many interesting ideas of what to do with it 😉

    Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Cathy Osborne says:

    Love the book. I love using fabric to cover minis and/or boxes. This one is so, so cool.

  12. ruby t says:

    Yet another fun project! Now I really have to get the labels set and the big leaf…. The label turned out so nice with the green and extra coloring.

  13. Erin Mighton says:

    this makes me want to order all the supplies and make one! I love this

  14. Sheri K says:

    Thanks for a great tutorial of this awesome project–love it!

  15. Marcie Lovett says:

    Just beautiful. Love the idea of using the ribbon to hold the binder rings in.

  16. Angele says:

    Great idea with this wonderful fabric!
    Also realised that I really should trie to cut some other materials from my dies in the Vagabond – keep forgetting that it’s possible 🙁

  17. this looks awesome – beautiful work – thanks for the inspiration xx

  18. Bonnie says:

    Beautiful – I love the look of the cut, inked, and stamped canvas.

  19. Sharon Young says:

    Wonderful and clear tutorial. Love the fabric cover. The leaves in the canvas look amazing. Thank You for showing us new and exciting ways to use our dies and stuff!

  20. Cheryl VanNorman says:

    Gorgeous !! Love love love this idea- thank you for the awesome tutorial.

  21. WilmaB says:

    This is absolutely fabulous!!! Love it!

  22. Jennifer S. says:

    Lovely! Great use of the fabric. I love the fabric but don’t sew so I am loving all these alternate ideas.

  23. Marilynn Ellsworth says:

    Gorgeous!

  24. This is fabulous, Tammy!!!!

  25. Johanne Lacombe says:

    It’s very beautiful. Great tutorial.

  26. Redanne says:

    This is beautiful Tammy, great tutorial too – thank you!

  27. Debbie B says:

    Love this idea!! The fabric you designed is wonderful.

  28. Eva R. says:

    Great project! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Rachel B. says:

    Great project! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Roxanne says:

    What a sweet project….I am just loving the fabric line! Love that leaf die too….but its hard to find….waiting till it ever gets in stock… 🙁 Thanks for sharing this wonderful project! Love it!

  31. Lorelei says:

    Absolutely fabulous!! I love love love this project. Everything about making the journal looks like fun and when it’s finished we have a beautiful place to share our gratefulness. Perfect!

  32. Rosann says:

    This is so awesome Tammy; absolutely love those leaves and the colors of the ribbon. Great tutorial !

  33. Wendy says:

    Love this!

  34. Deb L says:

    This is beautiful Tammy! TFS your creativity!

  35. SusanK says:

    Gorgeous! I love the idea of creating the pockets separately; something to try next time I need a journal cover. This would make a nice gift, too.

  36. OMG this is fabulous Tammy, thank you for the step by step, I’m going to have to make some of these for Christmas gifts

  37. Shirley Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing, love it and all the fall colors

  38. Debi Vintinner says:

    Love Tammy’s work!! So gifted!! Very beautiful, that girl has serious talent!!

  39. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the mix of textures and those warm, autumn colors. Tammy is a rockstar!!!

  40. Violet says:

    Love it. I’ve covered old photo albums with fabric to give them a new look so this us one project that would be quite easy for me to do…..if I had all the supplies that is.

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