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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Shabby Fabric Collage Notebook/Journal

Hi everyone, just wanted to show you my latest creation. I had to take a little break from the fabric book in Nancy's Parisien Dreams workshop, as I wanted to make a gift for my Sister for her birthday. I found an old photo of her when she was a little girl, maybe 4 or 5, transferred it onto some fabric and added it to this notebook cover that I made.Here is the photo I used.
We couldn't help commenting she was wearing lace-up school shoes and Mum reminded us that back then we only had the one pair of shoes and we had to wear those every day. My sister (Sue) and I were also very fortunate to have a mother who sewed. She sewed all our clothes, we had a dress for each day of the week. She also made our underwear too and knitted all our cardigans and jumpers. She also made her own clothes and knitted jumpers for my Dad and sometimes made him shirts also.
How times have changed.   Makes me feel guilty now when I complain of being too busy. Especially when we have so many modern appliances to make our life easier than it was for our Mum back in those days.

Anyway, back to the Journal cover. This was a fairly quick project to make and I enjoyed every bit of it. I just made a cover out of fabric to fit the size of the journal and just built up layers of texture using pieces of fabric, bits of old doilies, laces, cheesecloth, seam binding ribbon, vintage mop buttons and some embroidery stitches. I also printed a quote from one of Robert Browning's poems "grow old along with me the best is yet to be".
 I also made a card to match, which I forgot to take a photo of, but you probably get the idea now.

 Anyway my sister was thrilled, she rang me as soon as she received it in the mail and said she loved it. So I felt pleased I'd made it for her.

 Anyway, do hope you like my little creation. Now I need to get back to my fabric book so I can show you the finished result before too much longer.

Winter has really set in in my part of the world downunder. Lots and lots of cold rainy days here, just perfect for creating. 

 Wishing you all a happy week, wherever you may be right now,


  1. Hi Robyn,

    I love the sweet photo of your dear little sister and how lucky she was to receive the gorgeous birthday gift.
    My Mother used to sew all our clothes and knit our cardigans, and think a lot of people did.
    I enjoyed making clothes and knitting for my kids too. Winter is here too, in NZ, it has been cold.

    Happy week

  2. The book you made for your sister is so sweet Robyn! A gift handmade and from the heart is always extra special!!
    xo Catherine

  3. What an adorable book and gift for your sister!


  4. Oooh, it's wonderful!! I like the idea and the pic, absolutely great!! :-)

  5. Hi Robyn, Your collage is just beautiful! It's no wonder that your sister was so thrilled about it.
    Hugs to you,

  6. Oh Robyn this is Gorgeous! No wonder your Sister is Thrilled! I still have the Fabric Book to Do too with Nancy. Actually I think I might Give it Try after seeing your Lovely Book for your Sister. Thank You for your Inspiration!
    Have a Wonderful Weekend!

  7. Olá amei seus trabalhos, adorei tufo.



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