Champion Book for Girls - journal and page

This girl's annual is circa 1940
I've been busy beyond belief this week, prepping then teaching a class at the Gerrards Cross Summer School. This year, I taught a recycled, upcycled journal where we used vintage book boards - and also an eclectic mix of vintage papers in differing sizes. Which makes for a different journal every time!

Side view showing stitch detail
So I thought you might like to see one in detail! This book is circa 1930s, a child's annual with board covers. The papers were really brittle, yellowed and actually crumbling, so I didn't feel at all guilty about cutting the boards away and completely re-binding.

Showing the mix of papers: different sizes, different types, including text, sheet music etc.
This one has tapes made from Grunge Paper, which I've painted and then applied gilt cream. I've sewn over the tapes, and then fixed them to the cover boards with little ties of embroidery silk.

I'm already addicted - I have made 5 in the last two weeks!

Animal Tales - another little journal. I'll be changing the title here I think.

And I promise I'll be posting more pix very shortly.

My 'I hate my hairdresser' journal page. The face is a cutout from a magazine, which I've then gone in and over-painted, drawn back into, etc. The lettering is by hand, using a fine paintbrush.

I've been so busy I've not been able to find time to get to the hairdresser (I'm booked in tomorrow, hurrah) so I thought you'd like to see a journal page I've done in the style of Teesha Moore, re a disastrous 'do' I had some months ago. Which went to prove it doesn't matter how much you pay, there's still no guarantee you'll look like a human being when they've finished, lol.  This time, I went home, ate a lot of chocolate and cried! My husband said, as he has a few times before, 'Never mind, pet, it'll grow...'


  1. Happy Pink Saturday, Susie! The girl's journal is too cute! Funny how a vsist to the hair dresser can make one feel all fresh and new again. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.


  2. Hi Susie. What a sweet books and a fun hobby. Happy Pink Saturday, and enjoy your weekend.

    the French Hutch

  3. What a gorgeous journal. And those pages are amazing. Are you attending the Olympics? I envy that you are in England. Your Pink Saturday post is lovely.

    Wishing you a very Happy Pink Saturday,


  4. Hi Susie, Happy PINK Saturday! I really love your journals but then I am so partial to vintage images and have lots of PIN boards just for them. Have a wonderful weekend, Nan

  5. HPS!

    What a beautiful book you made! We are busy watching the Olympics here.


  6. That's a nice book to have! Happy Pink Saturday.

    Come join my Color Connection meme, it is also my PINK entry. Hope you join the fun!

  7. Happy Pink Saturday Susie, Thanks for your visit and comments. I love what you did with June's blogs and she is one of my favorite people too. I also love your journals, I want to make some too. One day I will. Good luck having your hair done. I use to be a hairdresser and you have no idea how hard it is to please some women. (laughing) I doubt you are one of those. ((smiling)) Joyous Wishes, Linda

  8. Wonderful journal! I need to get to my hairdresser too, always feel better with a good do .
    Happy Pink Saturday

  9. truly gorgeous work! love your blog. i'm a new follower. happy pink saturday! xo

  10. Hi, Susie...remember me..?
    Just coming by to see your beautiful work.
    As always, it IS beautiful.
    xo bj

  11. Hi Susie..that journal is just the best. Love it..nicely done.
    Happy Pink and Yellow Saturday!!
    xo Tami

  12. Your journals are so cute! I love the covers and the pages that you created. Your work is skillful and creative. Thanks for sharing this.

  13. That's such a charming Journal - I love it!
    Hugs from Austria & Happy PS!

  14. Goodness, that is such a great idea - love it! That would make a perfect scrapbook for a little girl athlete, how timely with the fabulous Olympics going on right now!

    Happy Pink Saturday,

  15. Happy PS Suzie! I TOTALLY love your journals!

  16. What beautiful work you do, Susie! Happy PS, a day late.

  17. I love your journal! I've pinned you!

  18. Oooh your books are fab, Susie! So cool on the spines with all your stitching. I love your journal page too and sadly, I can relate!


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