Friday, June 12, 2009

Shell Journal

Many years ago, I was invited to teach (dollmaking) on a cruise. Barbara Willis, another teacher, sent all the other teachers a template of a scallop shell shape for us to create our own design for an additional project for our students...well the cruise wasn't a go but the shell shape kept speaking to me to do something!

I loved the shape and designed a shell journal for my own personal project...
I created it with quilted covers of hand-dyed burnout silk velvet, 11 altered pages, and bound together with rayon ribbons.
Tiny shells, vintage pearls, antique pearl buttons, and a special crystal button, nestled on top of vintage dyed lace. All where sewn or added onto the quilted cover.

Into the ribbon bound book, each page was created using different types of paper.
Many of the pages hold poems of the sea, vintage laces & postcards, an old button card, shells, anything that was a gentle reminder of shells and the sea...

A little sparkle of glitter to the starfish...
Old "Mermaid Pearls"...
Postcard with a Vintage Embroidered Flower added...
Little postcard tucked inside
a handmade velum envelope...
Old Paris stamps...
Pearls of Wisdom...
The truest Greatness lies in being Kind,
the truest Wisdom is a
Happy Heart.

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