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This is the new 2016 version of the topic:

 

 

... Homemade Journal ...

 

 

 

 

The last posts in the old topic can be found here:

 

https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/28367-homemade-journal/page-90?do=findComment&comment=3528410

 

 

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This is Journal 206 YUZEN Cranes I completed.

 

My 10th A5 size TR journal.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/022_zpshkkp8m0a.jpg

 

Front

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/001_zps3yuqfg8p.jpg

 

Back

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/004_zpsjhjki5vq.jpg

 

With the bands deployed ..

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/008_zpsg83doov2.jpg

 

this time with the new bands , light grey colour to match the greys of the cranes

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/009_zpsajzgkxfg.jpg

 

 

We went for white stitches , to match the white of the cranes ..

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/010_zpsafcqmlj2.jpg

 

Full spread ...

White threads were chosen becos I wanted both covers to be unified across the bookcloth spine accent , I wanted something white to be that 'connection' visually.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/017_zpsxnmqp4qj.jpg

 

 

Now with the matching flyleaves in view ...

and matching ribbon pagemarker as well ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/018_zpspyfh16aq.jpg

 

 

The spine detail ..

The threads could be done straight (and not slanted) as well, but I wanted some visual interest here

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/020_zpskmxhvglj.jpg

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/019_zps257fsp0a.jpg

 

 

 

The stitches are seated in the debossed portion of the spine accent ...

to give that little protection away from abrasions and getting snagged...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/005_zpstykt8jct.jpg

 

 

 

We didn't want the cranes to be outshined,

So it was a matter of finding hues that could take the place of background (subdued) colours.

One option was a deep purple , to match the purples of the cranes ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/012_zpsan9wmx9s.jpg

 

We went for the deep purple magenta hue that matched the bookcloth deep colour ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/003_zpssntqwyim.jpg

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/021_zpslazjxaoy.jpg

 

 

The emboss is flushed flat (well ... almost... :D ) wherever two different materials come together in a joint/seam.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/026_zpsti9dobjj.jpg

 

 

Writing paper is TOMOE RIVER paper, 52g , Cream

7 Signatures,

10 Folios each,

Total 280 writing pages.

 

 

some views from different angles ....

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/024_zps9wac83rf.jpg

 

 

... I .... dont have a deep purple pen .... :blush:

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/002_zpsxtogfmct.jpg

 

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/206%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20I/027_zpsoxoutyxj.jpg

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I don't have a deep purple pen either... nor a magenta one, actually. So I will make do with my blacks, browns, blues, reds, greens, and whites. Or the demonstrators. No worries, any pen will shine next to this. And a joy to write with between the covers.

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I don't have a deep purple pen either... nor a magenta one, actually. So I will make do with my blacks, browns, blues, reds, greens, and whites. Or the demonstrators. No worries, any pen will shine next to this. And a joy to write with between the covers.

 

 

Excellent. I must get to writing more in my journal, ... to fill it up so that I can get another of your masterpieces.

 

 

Thanks

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I was very keen to try out the other YUZEN paper.

 

After the purple cranes, it sparked off another idea.

 

An idea of doing a matching pair.

 

So this is an attempt on the other Crane design.

 

The first step is laying the YUZEN paper on the covers ...

But this time round, I decided to remove the YUZEN paper where the emboss lies ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/004_zpspcwahlck.jpg

 

Here the Yuzen pieces of thin paper removed - where the card emboss is going to sit.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/008_zps2jf6mtlu.jpg

 

 

I am making an improvement over the purple crane attempt, cos I noticed the trapezoidal embossed parts , though nicely delineated, were looking a tad thickish.

Removing the Yuzen paper underneath solved this problem.

 

 

 

Here, now the card underlays for the emboss, are glued into position

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/014_zpswp95rwet.jpg

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/017_zps7dwen6oh.jpg

 

 

 

Now the final stage, laying the accent spine bookcloth into position

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/020_zpsuiqix7th.jpg

 

Here you see the emboss now slightly less raised ...

The effect is subtle , but noticeably , the emboss is less thick and visually more proportionate ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/022_zpsixvzx9f6.jpg

 

 

Beautiful print artwork ...

A pleasing blend of hues... :thumbup:

Here you see the Yuzen paper diving under the bookcloth, continuing this technique in my journals carrying two materials that meet.

This is done to shield the bookcloth edge from exposure to abrasions.

 

One of the challenges also of exposing bookcloth in this manner is the way you cut the bookcloth.

If you are not careful, you can end up with frayed edges of bookcloth.

This zigzag cut of the bookcloth had to be cut in two steps to avoid the fraying.

A very sharp snapblade cutter at the kinks, and a rotary blade elsewhere.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/026_zpsutyz0wlx.jpg

 

 

 

True to the symbolic meaning that cranes represent in Japanese culture, you can see that there are attempts at depicting pairs of birds ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/RFLTF4T_zpsrbnfrkcr.jpg

 

 

 

The idea I had was to make a matching other ...

The other would be opposite - the bookcloth is the main covering, and the accents are the Yuzen paper.

 

Here , the covers are covered with bookcloth.

with the card underlay for the deboss/emboss.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/019_zps9fy9fkw4.jpg

 

whatever is cut out from the first set of covers now is glued onto the exact same position on its matching pair of covers.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/027_zpsvniv02z7.jpg

 

 

The matching pair ...

The Jet black bookcloth matches the matte black of the Yuzen paper almost perfectly .

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/RQ8ILD1_zpsfcwvlfbd.jpg

 

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/RW8E3Q1_zpsdzmt1ljh.jpg

 

 

I am thinking of using bright red threads - to match the little splotches of red on the Yuzen paper.

 

:)

 

 

 

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This is Journal 207 YUZEN Cranes II completed.

 

My 54th TR journal

 

A6 size

 

Front

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3416_zpsr84ox6ul.jpg

 

Rear

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3419_zpsa0u8mr97.jpg

 

Band deployed

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3420_zps2woves43.jpg

 

new nice bookbands

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3421_zpsguqfk9t3.jpg

 

 

I decided on bright red accent colours ...

Red threads , red ribbon , red flyleaves ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3422_zpsaxvk8sq9.jpg

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3423_zpsw1z3bzkx.jpg

 

 

Full spread

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3426_zpsi6wwqnfq.jpg

 

Now with the flyleaves in view

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3427_zpssuaewivg.jpg

 

 

This bright red flyleaves is striped...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3431_zps5iizxkpf.jpg

 

Colophon

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3436_zpszbtbgxsj.jpg

 

Writing paper is

TOMOE RIVER paper, 52g, Cream

7 Signatures , 10 Folios each, total 280 writing pages

 

 

some other view angles

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3440_zpsgso87shh.jpg

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3442_zpsqgqshoen.jpg

 

You will notice that the emboss is now less thick.. :)

A little more subtle ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3443_zpslmurisuj.jpg

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3444_zpshhc07ugm.jpg

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3418_zps3dlnpmri.jpg

 

 

 

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That black really makes the cranes stand out more. I almost wish I had waited and bought this one instead...

Can you make the same one for me later, on a sort of lay-away plan? I do have to wait a little while... but I want this one...

It may be better for me to unfollow this thread, ha ha. :yikes:

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The black with the cranes is amazing. The contrast is just perfect. The pop from the red is not distracting. I really need one of these with a lovely paper in this new design. I'm really loving my 2015 version but this is just lovely. I should have waited but... Not waiting is a good reason to have both. You are definitely getting better with each journal. I've been asked many times where I got my journal when I use it outside of the house.

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That black really makes the cranes stand out more. I almost wish I had waited and bought this one instead...

Can you make the same one for me later, on a sort of lay-away plan? I do have to wait a little while... but I want this one...

It may be better for me to unfollow this thread, ha ha. :yikes:

 

Sure ...

 

My pleasure ...

 

But I think you should wait and see the blue sakura , and gold/black leaves first .... :D

 

They are equally stunning designs ....

 

I am gonna try the blue sakura next.

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The black with the cranes is amazing. The contrast is just perfect. The pop from the red is not distracting. I really need one of these with a lovely paper in this new design. I'm really loving my 2015 version but this is just lovely. I should have waited but... Not waiting is a good reason to have both. You are definitely getting better with each journal. I've been asked many times where I got my journal when I use it outside of the house.

 

 

Thanks and yes the YUZEN papers are so beautiful, it makes anything look pretty when used on it. :)

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This is Journal 207A YUZEN Cranes II , the matching half of the earlier one featured above.

 

55th TR Journal A6 size.

 

Whatever that is cut out on the spiine from the #207 , is mounted here on these covers...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3445_zpst4gvbdix.jpg

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3465_zpsvy0qmsk6.jpg

 

nice black bookbands

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3448_zpsfshaq3sz.jpg

 

Full spread

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3453_zpsvwdkzo1p.jpg

 

Same red accents

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3454_zpse0m0b1x9.jpg

 

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3461_zps4undi7w7.jpg

 

 

Here the black covering is GEMATEX Jet Black Bookcloth , a nice matte very black fabric.

It matches the matte black of the YUZEN paper - also a very dark intense black that is very very consistent in tone throughout the paper which is about A1 size large.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3457_zpsra2bfldh.jpg

 

 

some other view angles

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3463_zpsjed1qdid.jpg

 

 

The place where the stitches sit are not debossed, so this is one feature that can be improved.

At the moment , I dont have an idea how yet ...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3464_zpswdnd6pas.jpg

 

 

 

Paper is TOMOE RIVER paper , 52g, Cream

7 Signatures, 10 Folios each

Total 280 writing pages

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3466_zpsazzpqpfk.jpg

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Here is the matched pair together ...

 

 

Thats a PILOT CUSTOM 823

( I dont have a bright red pen :( )

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3474_zpso7grsoqj.jpg

 

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3477_zpsinrx4dyc.jpg

 

 

I feel that the trapezoidal cutouts on the spine are too small to reveal the beauty of the Crane design.

I am thinking a smaller, more finely detailed motif may work better .

So which means the blue sakura Yuzen paper and the gold/black Yuzen paper may yield better results.

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3478_zpstgdwlf0i.jpg

 

 

When shelved, you still can distinguish which is which , but its very subtle...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3480_zpsla2rhgmq.jpg

 

 

Some people use paired journals - ie, one given subject matter , but each recording opposing views/thoughts...

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3497_zps7opnr2ab.jpg

 

 

 

http://i1339.photobucket.com/albums/o704/tmleem4/JOURNALS/2015/207%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/207A%20YUZEN%20Cranes%20II/DSCF3490_zpsypln3xd6.jpg

 

 

 

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Very beautiful. But I am not so sure about using them as a pair, or even wanting the matched one. You're right, a smaller pattern might work better for that idea.

So bring them on, those other patterns. I will follow your advice and wait, though I must say I love those white cranes... and if you had only made that one book, I would now be in serious trouble about it. Such beauty. :puddle:

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Wow. I DO like those cranes. Very pretty pattern.

 

 

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More new covers - what's with the red, white, black?

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