Gathering Together Handmade Journal

My newest journal seemed to call out for the name Gathering Together… from the picture on the front cover to the season of the year, this journal brings to mind warmth, family, friendship. ~SueBee

A tour and flip-through of the journal is here: YouTube

Gathering Together is available for sale here: Etsy

Journal Information:

Unique, vintage-style 9″ x 6.5″ Junk Journal that I named Gathering Together. It features two signatures (packets of pages) hand-stitched into a single set of holes in the spine. The journal holds 84 pages, counting fronts and backs. Beautiful upholstery fabric covers the outside, a vintage tea-dyed quilt block covers the inside, and a specialty stiffener is inside allowing for a soft, yet stiffened, feel to the book. Lots of vintage lace, dupioni silk, and other fabrics were used throughout the book. A fabric tie hooks around a button that was hand-sewn to the front cover and holds the book closed. A small, decorative tassel is attached to the back of the book with a bulb clip.

Ephemera abounds in this journal, with lots of old-time pictures, vintage lace, dupioni silks, other fabrics, coffee and/or tea dyed papers. There are lots of tuck spots, and journaling space galore. Much of the ephemera was scanned from antique books I’ve owned for nearly fifty years, as well as things my mom’s friend had her in kitchen in the early 1900s.

The intent of this style of journal is that it look old, worn, and well-loved. Fabrics and papers were dyed with tea or coffee to achieve a vintage look. Old-time pictures add to the atmosphere of the time. Note: all art product within the journal was designed and created using materials owned by me; photos used are ones that I took; no digital kits created by others were used.

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Categories: Hastings Cottage Designs


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4 Comments on “Gathering Together Handmade Journal”

  1. Oct 15, 2019 at 2:37 pm #

    You are very enterprising.

    • Oct 16, 2019 at 7:40 am #

      Thank you. Yes, I do put the hours in, but they’re enjoyable hours!

  2. Oct 15, 2019 at 1:14 pm #


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