ID: "Belgian Eyelet Heart"

Journal (closed): approx 5.5"w x 8.5"h x 1.25" thk.

Created: September 12/08
Modified: September 21, 2008
I recently bought some book kits from Quietfire Design, one of them being a Belgian Eyelet journal. I love the binding on this book and decided to create one of my own. I was born in Belgium and it just pulled a cord in me (pun intended).

Belgium is known for it's beautiful lace work, and while I was making the first book, I thought this would look so nice with lace. When I think of lace I think of romance and hearts and that's how this book evolved. I also wanted something that was clean and almost pure (white and cream came to mind), but I can't do something without a little pizzazz and the gold was added.

There are 10 signatures of 5 sheets of 8 x 11" paper folded in half and contoured to the cover shape. Each signature has 20 pages for a total of 200 pages in this journal. Four of the sheets are Fraser Papers, Synergy Bond Linen "Pure White" 24#, and the cover sheet of each signature is a Pearlized Text weight 80# "White" from Coast Paper. Both papers are very receptive for calligraphy, and various inks, although the Pearlized paper will take a bit longer to dry. I cut the heart shape and the "gold" stand from book board and then when they were decorated mounted them to mat board.

The heart was covered with really beautiful quality laces and fabric. I attached the main fabric piece tot he front with Sookwang double sided tape, then used glue to attach everything else. The gold stand is painted with Daniel Smith Gold acrylic gesso. The mat board was edged with a Krylon gold leafing pen. When the heart and gold stand was adhered to the mat board, I added some Mica Delights "Tiger Eye" from US Art Quest.


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  sThe signatures were sewn with a 2 ply "white" waxed linen thread. The Eyelet binding is done with two strands, one of 2 ply "natural" waxed linen thread and one of a gold filament. I needed both, one for strength and durability and one for the pizzazz. The eyelets on the covers are long neck gold available from Quietfire Design. They were "almost" too short to go through the double thickness of boards and fabric.






Closed with view of Tie closure

  inside of covers, a mulberry gold embossed cream toned paper. I also spliced a piece to cover the eyelet and ribbon on the inside.


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