A first for me…

Today I needed a change of venue – something different from all the knitting/felting I’ve been doing. Something to help me get organized in 2011. To help rEmEMbEr all those on-line accounts and secret passwords!

A few weeks ago I came across an article in cloth+paper+scissors Jan/Feb 2011 issue.  In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a mixed media collage publication (They have a website as well.). An article ‘Folder Journal’ intrigued me.

The article provided instruction on how-to create a journal from office supplies…that is, a simple manilla file folder! Hmmm…after studying the article, I thought to myself, I can do this!

WARNING! Now, I’m not very talented with a sewing machine, nor am I a big-time scrapper, BUT, I have NEVER sewn on PAPER before. Ugh…the tension adjustment drove me cRaZY!

Well, here’s my results. I’ve only just begun to decorate my journal and made a few cards. Perhaps after I cover all my mistakes, it won’t look so bad. Ha Ha

So, now I almost have a handy ‘journal’ to organize my computer notes & secret passwords.

The secret is in folding the file folder to create POCKETS for storing info.

You create a mini book, stitched with the machine and covered/embellished with cloth, paper, emphemera, etc.

My pages consist of sheepies, wool, hearts, my daughter in 2003…

I’m liking it primitive and tattered, but you can embellish to your heart’s desire! This would be a fun project with the girlfriends and your kids…I think you wouldn’t have to necessarily sew it with the machine?!??

And, so you don’t think I’ve been sluffing, here’s my hand-spun Shetland felted bag with a sheepy on it. Look for it in my etsy shop!

Do ewe like it?