Composition Book Cover in Stitch Craft Create [Giveaway Closed]

22 March

[Giveaway is closed]

Here it is, my first magazine contribution.  As soon as I saw it, I had to share it on Instagram and say “Look Ma, I’m in a magazine!”

Comp Book Cover Stitch Craft Create

It’s a composition book cover that I designed with vertical pockets (so tucked-in items don’t fall out), sized perfectly for business cards, Post-it notes, and more.  Ribbon bookmarks and an elastic penholder top it off.  Stitch Craft Create beautifully featured it as a wedding planner in their Spring 2013 issue.  But more than a wedding planner, it can be used for so much more.  Here’s a couple more I’ve made: my Sewing Journal, my Platform Planner, and my husband’s martial arts training journal.


My project is on pages 48-51.  The photography and layout is just stunning.  I couldn’t be more pleased!

Comp Book Cover Stitch Craft Create Page

The fine folks at Stitch Craft Create provided some items for me to give away, valued at $90:  Tula Pink’s book Quilts from The House of Tula Pink, Poppy Treffry’s book Freehand Machine Embroidery, two issues of Stitch Craft Create magazine (Spring 2013 and Summer 2012), Erin Ries’ Handmade Embroidery Pillow Kit, and three spools of Mettler 50wt silk-finish cotton thread.

Comp Book Cover Stitch Craft Create Giveaway

To win, you can enter two ways:

  • Instagram – take a photo of the fabric you would use to make a composition book cover, tagging it #compbookcover
  • Comment on this blog post – let me know why you would make a comp book cover:  day planner… diary…  exercise log… sewing journal… travel journal… sketchbook… gardening journal…. whatever!

I’ll announce the winner on 4/1/13 – no fools!  Update: Giveaway is closed.  Congrats to the winner, Brenda!

31 Responses to “Composition Book Cover in Stitch Craft Create [Giveaway Closed]”

  1. MelodyJ 03/23/2013 at 6:38 pm #

    I just started art journaling and it’s been fun so far. I would like to be able to make a cover for my new hobby.

    • Brenda 03/25/2013 at 7:39 am #

      I have been wanting to make a quilting journal but have never found a worksheet/spreadsheet that seemed friendly and usable. Thanks for that! I’ll be looking forward to trying this out.

      • Angela 04/01/2013 at 4:55 pm #

        YOU WON! Congrats, Brenda! Look forward to seeing your quilt journal 🙂

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Melody, thanks so much for reading my post. So cool that you started art journaling – sounds fun!

  2. Lori Ehrman 03/25/2013 at 7:45 am #

    I found your blog from a post and link on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog. I like the idea of a journal page so followed the link. While here I also found this post about the journal cover. Makes sense to me…. a journal about my quilting and a pretty cover for it too. I’m a Vera Bradley fan, because like my stuff tucked away in cute stuff. I’ve been eying so bag patterns so I can make my own bags, especially ones to use for taking my stuff to my LQS for a class or so in. I will be the envy of all there with bags, purse and journal covers all to match. Now to find the perfect fabric.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity.

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:03 pm #

      Lori, thanks for your thoughtful comment. Hope you make your journal about quilting, even though you didn’t win this prize. Take care!

  3. Kristen Powell 03/25/2013 at 9:26 am #

    I would make a sewing journal, like you showed us on Sew mama sew today. Love it!

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:04 pm #

      Kristen, even though you didn’t win this contest, I sure hope you still make your sewing journal. I just started mine, and I LOVE it. Just wish I started it sooner.

  4. Sarah G 03/25/2013 at 12:21 pm #

    A sewing journal! This is such a good idea. I try to write notes as I make a pattern but have a problem with misplacing my notes. This is a great way to keep everything together. I can’t wait to make one! Congratulations on being in the magazine!

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:06 pm #

      Sarah, thanks for your comment! Even though you didn’t win this contest, don’t let it keep you from making your sewing journal! The magazine is on newsstands now. I know, before I kept a journal I tried to keep notes, too, and it was just a disorganized mess. The sewing journal is so helpful!

  5. alyssa 03/25/2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Love your sewing journal! The Cinderalla theme is great, inspiring!

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Thanks Alyssa! I hope you make a sewing journal, too, even though you didn’t win this contest. You will LOVE having one.

  6. Marie Sagers 03/25/2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Congrats on the magazine entry! I need to see if I can find that one locally. I have need for many comp books- quilting, sewing, journaling, genaology. I am starting with a quilt one!

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Marie, thanks! I sure hope you make a quilt journal, even though you didn’t win this contest.

  7. Stacy 03/26/2013 at 9:27 am #

    I was just thinking that I needed to start a knitting journal the other day, I just hate it when you make something and then can not remember what yarn that you used so that you can use it again. A journal would definitely help with that and I do like my things to look pretty, like the cover would do! Thanks for the chance to win!

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Stacy, a knitting journal would be great! I hope you make one, even though you didn’t win this contest. Thanks for commenting, and best of luck to you.

  8. VickiT 03/26/2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I just saw your wonderful tutorial at Sew Mama Sew and wanted to come tell you how great it is and to say thank you. Lucky me that you’re also very generous that I find a giveaway too.
    What a great thing too that you’ve now been published. How exciting, I’m sure. Congratulations.

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:11 pm #

      Vicki, thanks so much for commenting! Even though you didn’t win this giveaway, I hope you get a chance to make the comp book cover. I just love mine. Take care!

  9. tami 03/26/2013 at 4:23 pm #

    i love this comp cover idea! perfect to make and give as a gift!

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:13 pm #

      Tami, thanks for your comment. I hope you get to make a comp book cover, even though you didn’t win this giveaway. And yes, they are perfect gifts! I’ve given plenty away 🙂

  10. sandee 03/27/2013 at 5:06 am #

    sadly we dont get the magazine out here and its to xie to bring in 🙁 sadly i wont know how to make your cover!!!
    sandee in Oz

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:14 pm #

      Dang, that IS sad, Sandee! I do believe that Stitch Craft Create sells the magazine online…. you might want to check their website at Thanks for your comment!

  11. Hilde 03/27/2013 at 6:08 am #

    Congratulations on the magazine! I just saw your sewing journal in Sewmamasew, and this is what I would make of it, a sewing journal! I defenitely need one, it’s very frustrating not to remember the adjustments I made to a particular pattern when I start sewing it again, or the details of some steps that helped sew it quicker or better…thanks for the giveaway!

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:16 pm #

      Hilde, thanks for your comment! Yes, I totally empathize, not writing down those adjustments are so frustrating when you want to make it again later. Sewing is too fun to be frustrating! Even though you didn’t win this giveaway, I hope you get the chance to make your own sewing journal. You will love it.

  12. Jen 03/27/2013 at 7:09 pm #

    I would love to make one for a sewing journal. I always think about recording my projects while I’m working on them, but when I’m finished I want to just get on to the next one.

    • Angela 04/01/2013 at 5:19 pm #

      Jen, thanks for commenting! I really hope you make a sewing journal, even though you didn’t win this giveaway. I know what you mean – it can be hard to take the time to record your thoughts on what you just made, rather than moving on to the next thing. But it really is worth it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how fun it is to handwrite about what you make.

  13. Leslie Campbell 04/21/2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Sis…I have meant to tell you for a long time now..that I stole Brian’s comp journal you made for him on his birthday!! I use it EVERYDAY! I made a calendar in the journal because my cell phone calendar could just not keep up with my life! Plus, the cell calendar just shows color block on the days and I have to select one day at a time to look at where I’m supposed to be. My life demands that I see the entire week, and lately the entire month, at one glance. I have all kinds of important notes tucked into the side pockets and I always have my mechanical pencil right next to the planner! I love crossing off each task off the days on the calendar! Plus, I have all this remaining paper in the comp book for notes I know I will rip out later. Love it!! Couldn’t survive without it! Love you, Leslie

    • Angela 05/15/2013 at 12:24 pm #

      I’m SO glad you like it, Sis! But I need to make one for you! Or you make your own 🙂

  14. Jan 05/04/2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Angela, saw your article and was wondering if you could help me adapt it to a blank sketch pad. I draw out my work so the comp books do not work because of the lines. Thanks for your time, jan

    • Angela 05/15/2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Hmm, not sure of your sketch pad measurements, Jan. But….it looks like the ratio of an opened comp book to the size of the cut fabric cover piece is 1.13. So measure the height of your sketch pad and multiply by 1.13 and measure the opened sketch pad width and multiply by 1.13. Try cutting your cover and lining pieces to those measurements. Then for the flaps/pockets, use your same converted height number. Hope this helps!

  15. Patti 02/24/2018 at 7:17 am #

    Thank you SO much! I love the Sewing Journal, and now I can make a cover for it. AND….I think I will use this to make a cover for my Bible too.

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