Monday, September 28, 2015


I welcome this Monday with sleepy eyes; and a full heart : )
I just spent a lovely week with one of my (2) daughters and her family.
They came to visit from beautiful Montana~ with 3 of my (7) grandkids!  WAAHOOO~
(Please note - that is a Very Big wahoo: )
They left before dawn this morning to go home.
(insert tear drops here)
 But! My other daughter and her family will be here in just a few days!
I am ultra blessed~ (yikes, I've gotta get bed sheets washed!... : )
Here is a Burlap journal   TOTALLY and COMPLETELY
inspired by Lilla from (click>) Just Lilla's blog
I saw one of her notebook/journal/photo holders last year and had to try it.
I have entered this journal case in the "SIMPLY NEUTRAL TUESDAYS" event found at  (click here >) Apples Apricots
Blog!!  This is my first 'linking' : ) I'm starting to feel all grown up! lol
I find the most beautiful things on this blog; and those who visit and follow Wen.

OK, This case was a gift for my sister~
The outside is burlap (it opens from left to right) and ties shut with a pretty 1" wide twill tape (seam binding.)

The inside is lined with a lightweight muslin type fabric. I did some stamping with a harlequin stencil & 'script' stamp.   On the right is a burlap 'pocket' and the left side pocket was made from some cotton (extra wide) lace/edging. This was not too difficult, and lots of fun to do!
I filled the inside with a card (below) and several vintage post cards and misc. ephemera~ The left side pocket is large enough to hold a paper notebook or even a 'tablet' or Kindle.

This is the card I slipped into the book.  It was made with Maja Design scrapbook papers from Sweden.  ( >)  Maja Design  They are gorgeous!  They rip, tear, and 'distress' beautifully. I added the little wooden boat and anchor (I made a teeny sail from linen)~
There is a strip of burlap on the card (following the burlap theme of the case) and a bit of Gesso medium added for texture~
This was a gift for my sister as she took a journey of sorts - to a Ladies Retreat with her church.
She was working thru some difficult times with the help of Jesus : )

On the front I sewed some scrapbook paper, corrugated board and burlap. Then added some bits of this and that.  I lined the edge with laces and a banner style bunting (I guess you call it!?!)  I glued some white buttons on a heart I 'die cut' (>)   from a Sizzix die  (I used a piece of natural batting for the heart.)

Thank you!! ever so much for looking in today~
Blessings to you,
Karen O


  1. Oh, I just love your gorgeous burlap journal, dear Karen. You should link up with Wen's simply neutrals Tuesday:)
    Thank's for your visit.

    1. I did get brave and 'linked-up' Marie!! You are a true artist and it is such an privilege to have you visit!
      thanks for the encouragement; I needed that! ; ) Blessings to you~

  2. Your work is lovely and I am glad that you are posting. I love your blog! Sue

    1. I love your blog too! What an honor to have you stop by!

  3. Wow! This is so beautiful, and looks like it would be so fun to do! I do love the neutral colors of course. So very nice to have a visit from you!

    1. Thank you Jacqueline! Was an honor to have you visit~

  4. Karen,

    Your burlap journal is a lovely choice for the Simply Neutral party. I like the pocket on the angle. You have some other gorgeous work on your blog, too. Thanks for sharing with us.

    1. You are so kind!! Thank you for looking in today! (I like finding inspiration on your blog!! : )~Karen

  5. Thank you so much for joining the party Karen! I feel honoured that you picked my party as your first link up ;) Your burlap journal is simply gorgeous! And I love the beautiful sea inspired card you enclosed. I'm so sorry to be late in my visit Karen, but we're dealing with a lot of hardship in the family at the moment. I'm really glad though to meet you and your beautiful blog. You have a new follower! :) Sending you hugs xx Wen

  6. I am overjoyed and privileged!! Thank you so very much Wen~

  7. What a wonderful a burlap journal you have created, everything is beautiful, and a style I love, Karen, and your card inside is so sweet
    with the little ship, (could have been here, a summerday ) , the gorgeous distressed edges and the burlap.
    Thank you for showing, and hug, Dorthe

  8. Thank you Dorthe!! So glad you like it. The papers I used were from Sweden, so perhaps it Was there- on a summer day! : )