Monday, 8 June 2020

A stitch in time saves a Rustic 9

Hello creative friends, 

How you all doing? 

Inspired by a rusty number nine found buried in my garden 
I thought i'd incorporate it into the cover of my latest 
junk journal...


Layering it's stencilled cover with die cuts of old paper, 
embellished with buttons, wrapped thread and lace


a punched book page made an alternative surface to stitch. 
Alongside a stamped embroidery reel topper and bobbin wound with 
thread, the button is from Granny's button tin still attached to it's card.


Onto ribbon edged with machine stitch faux typewriter keys sit.
I love how the original book cover still peeps out from below.


Not convinced this journal cover is quite finished, there's still 
room to squeeze in a found curio or trinket don't you think?

A stitch in time saves 9... 
(it's one way to approach the new blogger interface..!)


Wishing you all a super week ahead, 

Take care
Creative wishes
Tracey xx

Sharing today's creativity with:

A Vintage Journey ~ Rustic Charm 
Creative Artiste ~ Mixed Media Challenge #61
Art Journal Journey ~ Halle's theme: A Stitch in Time

32 comments:

Halle said...

This is amazing!! Love the texture and layers. WOW! Thanks so much for linking up for A Stitch in Time!

Ina G said...

Simply brilliant Tracey. Love the rust and grungy look and then you have the softness of the threads, buttons and so many other bits and bobs. So creative and beautiful.

Helen said...

what a fab project! have a good week

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful cover Tracey, love all the embellishments and the texture, well done, you've created a treasure there! Have a good week, hugs, Valerie

Elkes Lebensglück said...

That is a grandiose imaginative project!
Have a beautiful Day, Elke

sirkkis said...

Absolutely gorgeous take on the theme. Love all details 😍
Wishing you wonderful and safe week a head 💗🌺

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous journal cover love the sewing theme and embellishments -great added stitching too
Carol x

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

I so love a junk journal and this cover looks perfect. Sending hugs and wishing you a lovely creative week, Angela xXx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This is absolutely PERFECT, Tracey. I love the way you took us through this and kept us in suspense until you finally revealed the completed cover. This is truly out of this world. Thanks beyond belief for sharing this with us at Art Journal Journey, dear.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, what an amazing cover! I love how you incorporated the different stitches and the metal 9 that you found in your garden - stunning 😁. I hope that you have a super week too, sounds like you are going to have a busy one! Happy and creative hugs and wishes! Take care! Jo x

Roosterhead Designs said...

Tracey I'm in love with this journal! It is so gorgeous and brimming with vintage appeal~ *swoon* ; ) Love all the textures; and the sewing theme is so cool. TFS Inspiring cover! Hugs, karen o

DVArtist said...

Wow Tracey this is stunning. I love how the #9 inspired you to create this wonderful journal cover. You are so talented.

Lys said...

A gorgeous vintage journal cover. I love the details you made and their composition, as well as the strong 9! Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge.

Meggymay said...

A fabulous mixed media page Tracey. I love how you used punched holes for the stitching. An Awesome cover for your journal, thank you for linking to Halle's theme at Art Journal Journey.
Yvonne xx

Sharon Fritchman said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Tracey! I love how you made it into a cover for your journal! Everything about it is so creative and fabulous. HUGS!!

My name is Erika. said...

That was a fantastic find Tracey. I like the number nine and you used it so well. That's a great addition to the cover to your junk journal. And nice use of stitching also. This is an amazing page and I am glad you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey. Thanks. Hugs-Erika

aussie aNNie said...

So lovely, great colours and design here, so beautiful is this mixed media and the rusty 9. I am still upgrading my new computer and almost there, bit lacking in time for comments.. xx

nwilliams6 said...

Oh my gosh, this is wonderful. What a great cover incorporating so many great things. I KNOW the inside is magical too. LOVE this!!!!

Redanne said...

Oh wow Tracey, what a great find (says she who has a tin of rusty nails) that rusty 9 was! You have incorporated it beautifully into your cover. I love how you added the buttons and the little safety pin is a nice touch. It most definitely looks finished to me but if you fancy adding a rusty nail just let me know, I have plenty! Hugs, Anne xx

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous cover Tracey, love how you've used your rusty '9' with the Stitch in Time theme.
Avril xx

Andree said...

A fabulously tactile journal cover Tracey. So many wonderful textures and fascinating elements.
Thank you for joining in with our June challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media. Good luck x

Sue said...

Wow Tracey this is such a beauty! That rusty 9 was such a find, and it looks wonderful included with all your other treasures. Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

Astrid Maclean said...

This is a stunning cover Tracey, gosh that rusty 9 looks fantastic what a brilliant find. The other things you added all work brilliantly together too. The stitching, buttons, embroidery, and of course the saying! Can't say I would associate it with the new blogger interface yet though, for me it certainly is a stitch at the time, but whether it's going to save 9 I am not convinced yet. Anyway, let me use this opportunity also to say thanks for the lovely comments you have left on my blog recently, and I apologize for being such a bad blogger, but thanks for adding this beauty to our challenge at A Vintage Journey, it certainly oozes rustic charm!! xxx

Mac Mable said...

What a stunner of a project with tons of fabulous texture. So very unique and I love how you incorporated teh '9'....amazing Tracey x.

Mac Mable said...

We are both keeping well our end and I can honestly say I don't know where time goes. I am looking at more videos and playing with techniques (which I love) and hopefully will actually make them into a card! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to ask after me Tracy I really appreciate it. Keep safe and well your end my friend x.

butterfly said...

Completely stunning, Tracey - I adore the vintage neutrals, and the scrumptious soft fabric textures and lacy delights. The rusty nine (what a lucky find) is a worthy focal point on this amazing journal cover - fabulous! Sorry I've not been visiting much - busy with new stamp release - but hopefully getting back to normal for a while now.
Alison x

Dorthe said...

Dear Tracey, oh this is absolutely stunning,- the most beautiful cover , you have made . So many gorgeous details, with your sewing and the threads creating the wonderful wilderness, which can be when handstitching and looking for just the right tone of threads. The button still on its card and the number nine- you really found special sweet pieces for your journal cover. Well maybe you will find one more special detail to add,- but if not this is already so stunning. I hope all is fine, and well- and send you big warm hugs and loving thoughts. xoxo

Lisabella Russo said...

Oh this is amazing! I love it. I especially love that you found the 9 in your garden and it inspired you to create such wonder...

butterfly said...

That's weird - I know I left a long comment here, bewitched by your rusty 9 and by those glorious lacy layers and textures. Maybe you can still find it in your Spam? In any case, it's a completely stunning project. Breathtakingly lovely.
Alison x

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

So sorry Alison, been offline for a couple of weeks and just found your comments along with other in spam :( thank you for your double kindness.. much appreciated x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Wow! Stunning page Tracey! Number 9 took me back to my childhood home! Love the gorgeous textures! I am definitely due a proper catch up here! Hugs, Chrisx

Cath Wilson said...

Such a stunning book cover. I love the buttons. I had a lot of those pearly buttons from my Great Granny and my Nan's sewing box... but sadly, they were among the casualties of a move because they were still readily available at the time. That's no longer the case...sorry to say. Lovely memories for you there, then as well as stunning art collage.
Cath x