Some time back I signed up for a blog meetup – ‘Mixtogether’ – held by Nichola & Justine (aka the crafty girls behind Mixtape Zine). Sounded good – come up with a crafty gift (the theme this time being Creative Journals), turn up, meet & greet other crafty-bloggy girls, eat & drink yummy stuff. Yay. Only we know how good I am with deadlines, so it’s probably not terribly surprising to you that – with the Mixtogether on today – I was just starting my gift two days ago!

Anyway, long story short (too late!). I got it all done in time with only a few moments of panicky stress and swap anxiety (would it be good enough? would I be laughed out of Amitie in shame?) I’ve been meaning to have a go at some bookbinding for ages (Dermot gave me this book for Christmas – it came in handy). This binding is a Japanese stab binding, with a hinged front cover. I’m pretty happy with the outcome, and I’m pretty sure Nichola liked it too 🙂

Here’s the inside of the journal so you can see the funky end papers (it’s difficult to photograph a book that by design does not lay flat):

And to go with this, I whipped up a pencil roll which is a slightly more grown up version of the crayon and pencil rolls I’ve made before. This kind of just evolved from fabrics I had in stash. It’s a little bit reminiscent of the aesthetic of two of my very favourite bloggers, I think (Tree Fall and Soulemama).

Here’s the inside – Finn helped me to pick out floss colours to match all the coloured pencils (they’re watercolour pencils, in case you’re wondering about the paint brush there in the middle):

And a close up, coz I just can’t get over those little circles! They were fun to stitch while we were watching the Olympic opening ceremony last night:

Despite me feeling less than perfect (random virus #27 (or so) for the year is still hanging about, and I have an ongoing headachy thing), the mixtogether afternoon was lovely. I received a beautifully made portfolio from Jane, but that will have to wait for some morning light before I get photographs. I’m dragging me and my sore head off to bed.

12 responses to “Mixtogether

  1. I love love love your pencil roll! Perfectly made, and the coordinating circles are just the cherry on top. Great job!

  2. Wow. That is amazing. I am in awe of your talent.

  3. Well, it looks fantastic in the photos and so much work. I am sure the lucky girl was overwhelmed

  4. Just gorgeous, as usual, Melanie!!!

  5. Awesome swap gift Melanie.
    Hope you are feeling better now.

  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my gift! Thankyou so much. My girls had their greedy little eyes on the pencil roll but i’ve hidden it out of reach 🙂
    Your work is beautiful and soule mama and tree fall are some of my favourite bloggers too!

  7. You did a great job bookbinding by the look of it Melanie! The pencil roll is gorgeous too. LOVE the little circles 🙂

  8. Your gift was absolutely beautiful…the journal and the pencil roll were absolutely amazing! The embroidery was the perfect finishing touch.

  9. Oh my gosh, they are fantastic Melanie.


  10. What a great pencil roll – and I love how you marked where each pencil was supposed to go.

  11. your pencil roll is absolutely beautiful. so many sweet, beautiful details.

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