Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Moleskin Journal - Expression

I recently purchased some 'Moleskin Journals' I thought they'd be fun to alter, if you are not familiar with Moleskins, they are blank Journals with a lovely soft 'kraft' cover. So I decided it was time to make my first :)
Using some of my New stamps from
I set to work!
I started with this little butterfly, and then the house, Lot's of layering of Printed Paper, stamping glueing and stitching...
I just love stamping over printed text, but for a change it was over this lovely collections printed paper, I love the 'hidden dimension' this technique gives this piece, at first you don't really see whats underneath, Your eyes go straight to the 'top layer' of the design but soon you find yourself trying to see past the stamped image to see the 'partially hidden' background. Once my little House was Stamped, Sewn and finished, I adhered it to the Moleskin.

Supplies used are - Moleskin Journal, Collections Elements Houses & Dainty Butterflies, Vintage Wallpapers Printed Paper & Words, Queens Dresser Drawers - Pensive Phillip Stamp, Clearly Impressed Home Elements Stamps, Darkroom door Stamp DDRS009 little Dreams (for the script on the butterfly) German Scrap scallop border.

Well Excitement is Growing in our household as each day brings us closer to Christmas

Such a wonderful time :)


Sue said...

I love the stamping over text, it gives such depth to the piece.....WOW!!

Sam Marshall said...

Hi Gillian,
Your cover looks fantastic and I'm loving the dimensional quality of the stamping over text.

Sarah Schwerin said...

This is brilliant! Love it to bits!

Chrisy said...

...most creative moleskins i've seen...

Rachel Greig said...

This is stunning Gillian!!

Night Owl Designs said...

Love the black and white Gillian! Very "noir" LOL

The Stamping Queen said...

Fantastic as usual Gillian!! I'll have to give it a go now *LOL*.
Hope you and the family have a great Christmas and a very inky 2009.
~xx Barb xx~

purplepaint said...

Gillian - this is so cool!!! I just gave you a blog award, details are on my blog if you have time to do it. :) Marva

Sanja said...

Dear Gillian,
I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

mamaluke said...

That is gorgeous, you are right about the layers, I love looking at a piece of work and discovering hidden layers and meaning. Also, may God Bless you at this Christmas time, I trust it will be a blessed time with your family and friends, lots of love, Ruth x

Nancy Maxwell James said...

If there is righteousness in the heart,
There will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
There will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.
So let it be.

~Scottish Blessing

Merry Christmas!

Mary-Beth said...

Gillian, this is so scrummy!!!! LOL I love the dimensional stamping and gorgeous detail.

Happy New Year to you my friend!! Wishing you all the best.

heidi and seek said...

Just had a browse through your blog and I love every single thing you've made. You have such an eye for design!

Kathy said...

Hi Gill - Happy New Year

I adore your little book the moleskin looks amazing with the B&W.

I know I've been a really bad friend lately but I'm going to try harder to keep on top of things this year!

Will email soon and catch up with your goings on asap