Friday, June 9, 2017

easy traveler's notebooks with the stitch happy

Hey there, friends! Happy Friday! Being a scrapbooker/memory-keeper at heart, I'm really intrigued by this new Traveler's Notebook trend I'm seeing all over the interwebs. I love the idea of having a notebook you can carry around in your purse on your travels and at your events or celebrations for journaling and documenting your memories. With my busy life, I think it's a great solution for easy memory-keeping.

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So, naturally, when I heard about the Stitch Happy sewing machine by We R Memory Keepers, and that it could sew with floss, baker's twine, and metallic thread, I knew it would be a perfect tool for making my own traveler's notebooks.


Then, I saw the Stitch Happy Multimedia Card Kit, and the wheels started turning. The 4x6 cards are the perfect covers for traveler's notebooks, and the ephemera and felt pieces are the perfect embellishments for those covers!


Now this was a project I was super excited about! I started by cutting some plain white inkjet printer paper to just under 8" x 6". (My exact measurements were 7 7/8" x 5 7/8".) That way your paper won't stick out past your cover.


I stitched 6 sheets of paper inside the cover of each notebook using White Multi Media Thread (floss) with the small straight stitch. (For an instructional video on using the Stitch Happy sewing machine, CLICK HERE to go to the We R YouTube channel.) I stitched straight along the score line on the card, with the paper stacked up underneath it.


You can see the stitching on the cover above, and on the inside of the bound notebook below.


To secure the binding, I tied a double knot in each end of the stitching, and then trimmed off the excess floss. Then I decorated my notebook cover with some of the ephemera and felt pieces in the card kit.


I added a decorative stitch to the front using Aqua Multimedia Thread, and the small zigzag stitch.


To secure the decorative stitching on the cover, I pulled the front thread end through to the back of the cover, and then tied the two ends of thread into a double knot. I repeated this process at the bottom of the cover stitching as well.


For a more finished look, I covered up the stitching by adding some double sided tape to the inside of the cover, and then adhering the first blank page to the inside of the cover as shown below.


These make great favors for showers, women's/church groups and parties.


They're also fabulous gift ideas for teachers, friends, coworkers, or neighbors.


Of course, you're going to want to keep a few for yourself! Thanks for joining me today, and Happy Sewing friends!

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2 comments:

StarSpry said...

These are great! I love how customizable they are :)

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Fabulous!!!!