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Handmade Journals: The Mystical Moon Journal

teacher avatar Linda Matthews, Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist

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8 Lessons (37m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Setting Intentions and Rituals

    • 3. Making the Journal Cards

    • 4. Painting the Pages

    • 5. Embellishing the Pages

    • 6. Making the Cover

    • 7. Attaching the Signatures

    • 8. Finishing the Cover

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Learn how to make this beautiful little moon journal and discover how to journal using the lunar cycles as your calendar. Create monthly rituals so that you can harvest the energy of the moon to set intentions with every new moon, and clear space and let go at every full moon.

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Linda Matthews

Digital & Mixed Media Textile Artist


I’m a full time digital and mixed media textile artist, designer and teacher and I love nothing more than sharing what I’ve learned as a way to encourage and inspire the creative spark in others. If you love to tell your story using images and words, visit me at www.www.CreativeArtnSoul.com

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Linda Matthews and in this class I'll be showing you how to make and use this lovely little moon journal. Moon journaling is a unique way to develop a regular journaling practice using the moon phases as your guide. Although you could use each phase of the moon to journal about specific things. For this journaling practice, we're going to use a simple process by setting new intentions with each new moon and then record our gratitudes and release what no longer serves with every full moon. So this is a gentle that you would use twice per month as a way to create a sacred space in your life for reflecting on the things that you desire to bring into the physical world through your intentions. To be thankful when they finally appear. Release them if they're not meant to be. Because men journaling is a unique process, I've designed this channel to be equally unique and creative. The general is reusable with pages that have pockets and paperclip attachments that are used to hold journal cards which are used in place of writing pages. So when reusing the journal, will you need to do is to make new journal pads rather than a complete new journal. You could make the journal with one page for each new moon and one page for each full learn. However, I've made a gentle with one page for both the new moon and the full moon. This means that I have for signatures which totaled 16 pages, which is more than enough pages to hold a year's worth of journaling cards. If you were to make a channel with pages for each moon phase, then you would need to double the amount of pages. The fabric cover is easy to make and the signatures are attached using a simple pamphlet stitch. The pages are embellished with fabric pockets and EC clip attachments. I'm also showing you a unique and creative way to make journal cards that are embellished with fabric and lice scraps. And you can use this technique to make either single cards with double-page cards that give you more room for journaling. I hope you enjoyed making this lovely little moon journal. And I also hope you enjoy the process of using the journal has a way to bring your intentions to life. 2. Setting Intentions and Rituals: Moon journaling offices, a slightly different way to journal. And instead of using the standard calendar that we normally use, you get to use the lunar calendar and the cycles of the moon as a guide. This lunar calendar brings with it a new energy and different awareness to your journaling practice. Mystical moon journal is intended to be used twice per month, once at the new moon, and once that the full moon. And can be used as a way to improve yourself and your life in some way. The best time to use the journal is on the date of the new or full moon, or within one or two days after, before the moon moves into a new phase. To determine the times and dates of the moon phases for your particular city and country. Usefully and can the supply and resources document to access the online moon phase calendar, where you can download a PDF calendar and timetable. Once you know the dates of each new moon and full moon, then you can make sure to set a time and place on those dates for your journaling. When setting aside time for human journaling practice, it's a lovely idea to create a special ritual, which essentially is just a way to make this journaling practice a special occasion. I like to make a cup of my favorite tea and turn on some quiet music. This sets the stage and makes this moments special for me. You might like to light a candle or use of favorite pen, just so long as it's something significant and meaningful for you. The new moon is the beginning of the lunar cycle. And this fresh energy invites you to set your intentions for beginning and creating new things in your life. And intention is a guiding principle for how you want to be live and show up in the world. It's an aim or objective that God's directions. And it's different from a goal in that instead of making a list of things you should do, it becomes a direction for all your choices and all your energy. It's flexible in flowing and allows for changes in direction if need be. When setting intentions each month, you can set as many as you like. However, I like to keep it simple and only choose two or three at a time. And intention might be something like, I intend to be more mindful about the things that I eat and the exercise I do. It's a way to improving my health. I intend to keep an open mind and become more receptive to clarity, inspiration, and any information that will guide me towards my goals. Once I said, be mindful to always make decisions that support your intentions and move you toward making them a reality in your life. A good idea to read your intentions daily. As a constant reminder. The energy of the full moon brings with it a time to be thankful for what we have and also a time for letting go of what no longer serves us. Even if our lives are not as wonderful as we might wish, we can always find something to be grateful for. Focusing on the things that we have and are grateful for rather than the things that we don't have. So invites a new positive energy into I live on the Full Moon. Simply write a list of those things that you are truly grateful for. The full moon also invites you to let go of things that are no longer working for you. Things that might lie heavy on your hot, such as letting go of grudges or forgiving someone. It's also a time for reviewing the intentions you set at the new moon and releasing them if you feel that they're not in your best interest, just let them go. Then start again with new intentions at the next new moon. I'd like to make a list of things I want to let go on a piece of scrap paper separate from my journal. After the list is done by shredded, will screw it up and throw it away as a symbolic gesture of letting go. You could even burn the list if you wanted to. Simply do whatever feels right for you. I hope you enjoy the light of the moon and that you will use this God is starting point for your own personal journaling practice. 3. Making the Journal Cards: These embellished gentle cards are fun and easy to make. That can be made either as a single card or as a double card that can be folded over. The folded cards are useful for times when you want to write more than what will fit on a single card. The songs of the cards will depend on the size of your journal pages. So you'll want to make sure that they're slightly smaller than the page. Mychannel cards are about three inches wide by about 4.5 inches high. You can use any type of thick paper or card stock to make the cards just so long as you can write on it. I've printed the vintage paper image that's included in the supply. Let's document on both sides for piece of card stock. You can cut to size. I like to tell my cards using the edge of my ruler as a guide so that they have a slightly rough for the folded cod stock twice the width, then fold in the middle. Some fabric pesos slightly larger than the cogs, so that the edges of the fabric of visible when you place the card on top. Make allowance for a longer piece of fabric, either along the top edge or down the side, so that you can fold it over onto the card and then had some stitches or on the small buttons and embellishments. Once you've decided how you want to fold the fabric, glue stick to adhere the card on top of the fabric. Fence somewhere around the edges, either by hand or on a sewing machine. After the fabric backing has been shown on. You can embellish the cons to using hands to choose metal champs and fabric analyze scraps. You can either so these embellishments directly through the cod or touched them to the fabric, and then include the fabric to the cod once everything's completed. 4. Painting the Pages: The pages of this journal should be fairly thick and rigid so they can support holding the journal cards. So mixed media paper or even watercolor paper is a good choice. I'm using mixed media paper and I'm cutting the pages to size at nine inches wide by 5.5 inches high. This gives me a folded pay inch, 4.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches high. This mixed media sheets are nine inches wide by 12 inches high. So I can cut them to get two sets of pages from a cheat. After cutting, I like to refer the edges by running a small pair of citizens across each edge of the paper. After the paper has been cut to size, fold each page in half and make a crease down the center, then paint a Light Code of jest. So on each side occurred of Jessica will help to strengthen the paper and make it more rigid and supportive. And also makes it easier when painting as it prevents the paint from seeping through to the other side. You only need a very light code of jet so and you can dilute it with some water if you need to. Once suggests, oh, it's dry, you can then paint the pages. You could use any colours to paint the pages. However, I'm going to use light neutral colors, such as wine, cream, and a light brown. It's not necessary to paint the pages perfectly, or even to paint the entire page using different colors. And I tried to make each page look different. Yeah. Right. 5. Embellishing the Pages: Once all the pages have been painted, cut, someone inch fabric strips which will be signed in the center of each page. Glue the strips over the centerfold on each page using a glue stick. Then so damn both sides on your sewing machine. The glue helps to hold the fabric and position while you saw them in place. Fabric strips are used as embellishment for the pages and also to help prevent the pages from tearing. Once I assigned into the cava. There are several ways you can make fabric pockets to hold the general cots. To make a corner pocket. First cut a piece of paper to use as a template so you can get the correct size. To calculate the size for your template. Measure across the bottom corner of a journal page at right angles. This is the width measurement. The height measurement will be half the width. My measurement across these five inches. This gives me a good size pocket that extends almost the full width of the page. The height is half the width, which is 2.5 inches. To make the template fold each corner up to meet in the middle, which creates a triangle shape. You size measurements to cart or tear pieces of fabric, embellish them with lice will Fabric scraps and fold them into triangle shapes, and hence so the center at just together. If the fabric is thin at a piece of stabilizer underneath to make it a little firmer and more manageable. Finally, slip the pocket over the corner of a page and machines so in place close to the outside edges of the page. To make a slip pocket measure across the width of the page thing. Two pieces of fabric, the same width by about two inches high. One piece of fabric for one side of the page and another piece for the other side. You can then embellish the front with Fabric scraps and buttons or charms. To attach the pockets. Apply some glue to the page around the edges, just enough to hold the pocket and position while you so position one pocket on one side of the page and the other pocket on the other side. Then machine so the pockets in place around the bottom and the sides. I've also added some hands touching him and along the side edge. Another way to attach the gentle Tod's is to use a paperclip attachment, kinda piece of fabric about two inches square, and then add any additional stitching or embellishment. I'd like to add to slightly smaller strips of fabric that span across from side to side with the stitch at both ends to hold them in place. Paperclip can then be slipped underneath the fabric strip to almost hide it completely. Then fold the fabric over the top edge of the page, and hence so in place with a few simple stitches. Take a paperclip and try to short length the ribbon through the top. To attach the journal. Todd, flip the card underneath the fabric tab and place the paper clip over the top, slipping it underneath the top strip of fabric. 6. Making the Cover: To make the cover, you first need to calculate the width of the spine. To do this, stack, all the pages together with the folded edges facing up and measure across the width. More gentle has for single signatures. And the measurement across the width is three-quarters of an inch. Once you know the width, you can calculate the size of the interfacing for the kappa using the guide that's included in the supply and resource document. Then cut to pieces of feasible interfacing and I add them together. This makes a stabilized, a slightly stiff and better able to support the fabric for the cover. Before you cut the fabric though, rep the stabilizer around the signatures to make sure that the fit is correct. For this journal, I want the cover to be about the same size as the pages. So this looks fine to me. If you want a slightly larger cover, just some measurements as desired. Once you're happy with the size, Todd, or tear the fabric for the outside covering the lining. Three-quarters of an inch larger in width and height than the interfacing. Center and pin the outside cover fabric and the interfacing together and then plan the cover embellishments. If you plan to use an image or a photo on your cover, you can find links to free photo websites in the supply list. Alternatively, you can just use plain or patent fabric for the cover. For the front of my Kaba. I'm using an image that I made in Photoshop together with a paper backing, some fabric, analyze scraps and Ableton. Sometimes I like to tear the edges of my photos just to make it look more interesting. When tearing, do one small section at a time so that you don't end up tearing the whole thing. After I told the edges, I also like to cite them using distressing for the spine section by planted some fabric strips and sewing them together with some hands ditches. This section will cover the spine stitches and all attention. Once I've sown in the signatures on the back, I've made a small fabric collage with some Fabric scraps and Ableton or not using a TI closure for this journal. The cover is soft and flexible enough to fold over easily without the need for closure. Once the design is planned, you can, so we'll glue the pieces to the front and back cover. Absurd the photo and last section to the front of the cabin or my sewing machine. And I'm gluing the small fabric collage section to the bottom. I'm also gluing the small fabric collage section onto the back of the cover. Once the front and back cover is assembled, kinda lining in place. The cover together approximately 3 eighth inch in from the edge of the fabric. 7. Attaching the Signatures: Once the cover is assembled, you can So in the signatures for this channel have forced signatures and there'll be sewing them using a three haul pamphlets stitch with the signature space to quarter-inch apart. To make a whole template for the cover, cut a piece of paper, the width of this 5n plus two inches and the same length as pages. This gentle cover is a snug fit and the same size as the pages. However, if you'll cover is larger than the pages, then you will need to adjust the length of the carpet template. For my channel. This calculates 23 quarter inches wide by 5.5 inches long. Then draw the lines for each of the signatures, spice to quarter-inch apart. Mock ones across three-quarters of an inch in from the top and bottom H and one in the middle. Then Mach the holes where the lines cross. For the page template kind of piece of paper two inches wide by the same length as the pages. Draw a line down the middle and mock the hall positions along the central line. The same as for the cough, a template. Using a bookbinding all or a thin shop to poke holes through each of the hall gods. Then position the cover template, then the center of the cover on the inside. And mock the whole positions using a shop or a mocking pin. Then what's the shoulder page template? And transfer the markings and poke holes in the signatures. So each of the signatures into the cover, cut length of hand embroidery thread approximately twice the length of the page, and thread it through an embroidery natal. Aligning the first signature along the markings on the cover. And starting at the Centre Hall on the inside of the page. Push the needle through to the outside, through the Kaba, leaving about a four-inch thread tile on the inside. Bring the needle back to the inside through the top hole, through the Centre Hall again, back to the outside, then through the bottom hall, back to the inside. Signature, attached the remaining signatures in the same way. 8. Finishing the Cover: To finish the cover, I've added some additional hands touching along the spine section and I'm going to glue this section to the cover. You could use fabric glue to do this, but I'm using spray glue because it's quick and easy. Once the glue is applied to the spine section, physician and on the cover, person place and let it dry. If using fabric glue, you can use some pins to hold the pieces together while I dry. I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this little moon journal. And I also hope you had fun using it as a way to keep you on track with your goals and your dreams.