wiseheart: (Uhura_tribble)
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This is a vintage one and it cost me ungodly amounts of work and sweat. This time, I used real double-pages, which were then sewn to the cover spine, after having decorated every single one free-hand. Of course, when I was done I discovered that I'd somehow forgotten two double pages, so I had to cut them apart and glue them in separately with double-sided tape, with the result that some of them ended up a bit crooked, but, well, that can't be helped now.

Front cover: brown felt with antique-looking corners

The full outer cover; note the lace-trimmed band on the spine

(The brooch is actually an old button of which I cut off the hook - unfortunately, the plastic parts of it got a bit damaged by the strong glue I used, but no other stuff would keep it in place. Fastening the clasp was a real pain, too; it should have been screwed to the very edge of the cover - I think it was meant for wooden boxes, not for paper -, but the cardboard wouldn't hold the screws, so in the end I saw no other way than to sew it on. That way, it can't really be closed, but it looks pretty nonetheless.)

Front cover, inside (that gate pattern alone took me 5 to 6 hours to cut out free-hand):

Inside the first sequence (there are 4 altogether):

The back of Sequence #1 and the beginning of Sequence #2:

Inside the second sequence (this is where the wedding photo is supposed to go):

The beginning of the third sequence, with a quote from Solomon's Song:

Inside the third sequence (as you can see, the pages aren't all the same size - I've corrected them too much, alas!):

The fourth sequence (with hand-stitched rose bush):

(As you can see, nothing is wasted in my little workshop. Environmental awareness and all that. And now pocketses - without a Precioussss in them, I'm afraid. *g*)

Also, some flowers - none drawn by me, unfortunately. I very much have my limits:

And the end of the journal: one more pocket with a congratulations note and the inside of the back cover:

So, this is it, basically. I hope you like it, despite the glaring mistakes and the poor quality of the photos.

One word to the paper I used: the thick motif paper came either from a collection unexpectedly found in the ALDI supermarket or from a single sheet of scrapbook paper bought at Rayher's. For the pages I used simple copying paper in beige and light brown, cut the edges with motif scissors and painted the silver or gold trimming by hand.

Date: 2017-05-28 04:46 pm (UTC)
artemis10002000: (Padme)
From: [personal profile] artemis10002000
Oh my gosh that is so elaborate! Yeaah I can definitely see how that was the most challenging/nerve-wrecking of the lot. Sheesh. So many details, and it's huge, plus all the extras like the brooch and the lock...

But it's worth the work, and I'm sure the diary will be loved!

Date: 2017-05-28 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wiseheart.livejournal.com
I hope so; otherwise I'll assassinate the bride before the wedding! *g*
But seriously, she's the loveliest, most grateful person I've ever worked with, so I do think she'll love it. She certainly deserves every hour I spent on working with the journal.

Erm... it isn't really huge, at least where the size is considered. It isn't any bigger than a regular postcard. Just complicated. Very, very complicated. *g*

BTW, the next [livejournal.com profile] picowrimo session starts next week. Are you interested to at the very least take a look at other people's stuff? It appears that this will be a quiet session, and we can use readers as well. Or are you too busy with exams and stuff?
Edited Date: 2017-05-28 05:47 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-28 05:49 pm (UTC)
artemis10002000: (Padme)
From: [personal profile] artemis10002000
Oh man, picowrimo! I had completely forgotten, thank you for telling me.

I do have some Star Wars fic to finish (or even start, for that) during June, so I'll be sure to drop by.

Date: 2017-05-29 05:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lhun-dweller.livejournal.com
Wiseheart, these journals are lovely! You have a real knack for putting the elements together in ways that respect the classic bits while also including little surprises.

Date: 2017-05-29 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wiseheart.livejournal.com
Thank you! And welcome back to cyberlife!

Date: 2017-05-30 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] akane42me.livejournal.com
It turned out great! Absolutely great! Beautiful work. She is going to love it!

Date: 2017-05-30 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wiseheart.livejournal.com
Thank you, I hope so. She is such a sweet girl, I love her like the daughter I never had.

Date: 2017-06-05 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] third-charm.livejournal.com


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