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Duct Journal2 for Kathryn

This is the finished album, my grand daughter chose the paper and the pictures, and wanted prayers in it.  I threaded elastic through a piece of lace and added a lace trim with a cameo button.


I gave the pockets tabs to make access easier for a child and put little arrows above the pockets to show the way in.
I have already started another one :)  Till next time, take care x




Duct Tape Binding journal/book

Sometime ago I watched a You Tube video using Duct Tape as the binding, I wasn't quite sure I liked the method, you ended up with two inner pages and the cover.  The finished album was wonderful although that was just shown in the beginning, here is the link if you want to watch it.  Duct Tape Binding

A few weeks ago I thought I would experiment.  I cut my 3 sheets of 12 x 12 to 12 x 6 and scored it at 3, and 9 inches.   These particular papers I didn't like.  These pack were quite cheap and I bought them for experimenting with.  two pieces were placed side by side with a tiny gap between.  You can see I didn't lay my duct tape straight.  

The piece on the right was folded over to the left and then the next piece was attached.  Picture below.   Obviously one side gets thicker so I did two separate halves and then put duct tape over the two halves and then turned the whole thing over and put duct tape on the outside.  When you do the outside you need to stick it first on one s…

Journal cover

I glued a wide hessian ribbon to the back and inside covers of my journal.  I used Pinflair book binding glue.  Although not opened it was several years old and I wasn't sure it would work.  I used a mixture of pegs and bulldog clips to hold it in place while it dried.  Then I added some pretty ribbon as you can see in the pictures below.

My closure is an elasticated crocheted ribbon with a flower I made added.  I used elastic through some lace ribbon to keep the signatures in place and added a metal heart embellishment.

My grand daughter saw it and wanted one so that is my next project. Till next time xx

Last day for Poe appreciation hop

Last day for the annual Poe Appreciation Day hop at LeighSBDesigns.  I have enjoyed the challenge and Leigh said my enjoyment showed which I thought was lovely.  I really didn't know very much about the works of Edgar Allan Poe till last October when I joined the 31 days of Halloween Hop at LeighSBDesigns.  He is credited with being the first to write a detective fiction (Murders in the Rue Morgue).  In each piece I have chosen one of his works as my inspiration.  This time I chose the poem Eldorado.



I did two versions, one slightly grungier than the other.  Only because I wanted the horse to stay white :)  Next time it will be back to my junk journals x

Poe Appreciation hop

Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day 2019 4th annual Blog Hop
January 19-23
This is my fourth entry for the Poe blog hop at LeighSBDesigns
One of the nicest things about the hops at Leigh's is you are supposed to visit all the other entrants and leave a comment, and they of course come and visit you.  Having a few comments makes such a difference and of course everybody benefits from the inspiration of others.
If you want to know anything about Edgar Allan Poe, there is so much stuff available by typing his name in Google. x

Poe Appreciation Hop

Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day 2019 4th annual Blog Hop
January 19-23
This is my third entry for the blog hop at LeighSBDesigns
This design was inspired by the story "The Balloon Hoax" where Poe wrote an article about a visit to the moon by a balloonist in a newspaper, the story was retracted later.

ATC Coin
I have been working on a little journal for my grand-daughter today, hope to take some pictures tomorrow. x



Poe Appreciation Day2

Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day 2019 4th annual Blog Hop January 19-23
This is my second post for the Poe Blog Hop at LeighSBDesigns

This design was inspired by the the story "The Gold-Bug"


"The Gold-Bug is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in 1843. The plot follows William Legrand, who was bitten by a gold coloured bug. Poe combined the characteristics of two insects for his gold bug, the Longhorn Beetle and the Click Beetle. In the story the feverish Legrand sees the shape of a skull in the beetles colouring


ATC Coin


Art inspired by Poe

These verses from “Annabel Lee,” written by Poe in 1849, the last year of his life, tell of his sorrow at the loss of his child-wife: I was a child and she was a child, In a kingdom by the sea; But we loved with a love that was more than love— I and my Annabel Lee; With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven Coveted her and me. And this was the reason that, long ago; In this kingdom by the sea. A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling My beautiful Annabel Lee; So that her high-born kinsmen came And bore her away from me, To shut her up in a sepulchre In this kingdom by the sea,

This is my digital art work inspired by the poem. LeighSBDesigns is having a Poe Appreciation Hop, and this is my first entry.

Edgar Allan Poe Appreciation Day 2019
4th annual Blog Hop

January 19-23
Prizes sponsored by
LeighSBDesigns Art Stamps
Stampendous Rubber Stamps

Come and join in the fun x

More pages

Some more pages


Pages covered with napkins.

Each side has a pocket made from half an envelope, tea dyed.

The page on the right is an envelope pocket.

The page on the left has a tuck-in pocket, the right page has a napkin stretching across to the other side.


What happened next...

Yesterday I showed you my new folder covers.  I had wanted the Eileen Hull folder die and saw it on offer.  I was about to order it when for some reason I thought "Will it go in my Gemini machine?"  It hadn't occurred to me before, so I checked and it doesn't. :(  So these folders are my attempt for a wrap around journal.   Having watched several YouTube videos on making junk journals I "knew" that there were about 6 pages to a signature.  I calculated how many signatures my journal would need and then cut my pages from old music paper, paper bags, tea dyed paper etc.  Once I had enough pages I was ready to start.  I had seen one video which used elastic bands or hair bands to hold the signatures together.  I only managed to get some neon coloured bands.



A start on the pages.

Double pocket pages.




I think of this journal as a work in progress, so the above pages are not finished - more tomorrow.

New Year, New Style

A very happy New Year to you all.  I am making some changes at Crafting With Jack. I started this blog when Jack was only a year old and he is 12 this year :)  I was going to change the name, but I think I will keep it, at least for the time being.  I came across a blog the other day and the owner said it was a "BWO" meaning "Blog without obligation",  so that is what I have decided to do.  I will still offer free images and those images will probably be weekly, but there may be gaps!  Since this is a fresh start I have deleted everything prior to 2019.

Okay, what have been doing lately?  I have tried sewing papers together and I really like the look.  The idea was to make new papers out of scrap pieces.  I quickly discovered that just using random scraps did not work for me. so I started grouping certain pieces together.



This is my favourite piece.

I collaged some scraps onto paper with the intention of sewing over it, unfortunately my sewing machine didn't like …