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Ripped & Stitched

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NOTE: You will still have access to the course classrooms on my site and can work at your own pace. This course will just not be available for purchase after June 10.

Rip, stitch, paint and bind your way through this workshop where we will create a beautiful bound book complete with pockets, pages, tags and embellishments. Combining a love of office supplies and art supplies, this art journal/book has twelve sections ready for monthly collections, a travel journal or organized art explorations. You will learn an easy new binding method to create a chunky 9" x 6" book ready for filling in whatever way inspires you.

As always, you can count on step-by-step video instruction as we paint, rip, stitch and glue our way through the artful project. Learn how to make your own fabric paper to use as a custom embellishment. Finally, join me for a bonus project to further expand the usefulness of this beautiful journal.

Original Release Date: February 2013

"Oh, Roben! After watching the welcome video, this is more awesome than I thought it was going to be. My mind is racing ahead at stuff I can add to it!" ~Dawn


"I'm so glad I signed up for this workshop! I loved it! Thank you for making the workshop affordable... and your videos instructions are easy to follow." ~Bronny

"This is an amazing class! You don't want to miss it!" ~Patter

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish and how long do I have access to the course?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You have unlimited access. If for any reason I have to close the doors of my site, you will be given notice and videos will be made available for download at that time.
Can I watch on my iPad or smartphone?
Yes, as long as your setting and OS is up-to-date, you can watch.
Are the videos downloadable?
No, the videos are not downloadable, but you have access when you need it so you can watch on your own schedule.
Can I share my access and can I get a refund?
The tuition is non-refundable once access has been given to registrants. One student per purchase. No splitting/sharing classes, please!

Your Instructor

Roben-Marie Smith
Roben-Marie Smith

Meet Roben-Marie

Roben-Marie provides ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. She teaches artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through her blog and her popular online workshops.

As an artist, instructor and woman of faith, her mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. Her own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps her fingers messy and her heart happy.

Roben-Marie has been an artist for the last ten years, and is self-taught, so she believes that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. She’s taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and her work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines including: Journal It!, The Artist Unique, Creative Letting Workshop, Art Saves, Exhibition 36, Journal Revolution, A World of Artist Journal Pages, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, "Somerset Studio," "Art Journaling," "Green Craft," "Artist' Cafe," "Artful Blogging," "Legacy," "Somerset Memories," "Somerset Life," "Somerset Apprentice" and "Somerset Gallery."



Sewing machine and thread in cream/white and black
Glue stick

Fabric Paper:
Muslin - about 13” x 22”
Book pages - about 10
Elmer’s glue
Spray bottle with water
Two cheap chip brushes or other bristle brushes
White acrylic paint
Freezer paper - about 15” x 23”


Twelve - 9 x 12 catalog envelopes
Assorted acrylic paints
Optional: GelliArts Gel Plate and brayer
Paint brushes - a couple will work
Deli paper or freezer paper for monoprinting

Muslin - 20” x 16”
Fabric strips - about 25 strips at about 1” x 17”
Gel medium (or your adhesive of choice)

Duck cloth-
(2) 9 1/2” x 6 1/2”
(1) 9 1/2” x 1”
Fabric (coordinate with the fabric strips stitched to cover fabric) -
(2) 9 1/4 ” x 6 1/4”
(1) 9 1/4” x 1”

Collage Pieces for Book Cover:
Small bits of lace, fabric scraps and duck cloth
Found words (see download for ideas)
A few straight pins


Twelve shipping tags
Small bits of lace, fabric scraps, twine and ribbon
Adhesive magnets*(2-3)


Wax bookbinder thread
Bookbinder needle
Book awl/paper piercer
Four (4) pieces of ribbon - 24” x 1/2” each
Twine - about 1 yard
Small crochet hook - about 1/2” (optional)
Exacto blade and small cutting mat
Pencil or disappearing ink pen (optional)
Cardstock or paper - 9 1/2” x 2”

Bonus Project:

Elastic - 1/2” width cut to about 22” in length
Strip of fabric: about 2 strips - each at about 1 1/2” x 21”
Small bits of lace

Trowel or scraper
Mat board-
(2) 9 1/2” x 6 1/2”
(1) 9 1/2” x 1