Tuesday, August 2, 2011

31 days to create

This is another of my submissions for the American Crafts Design Team. It's a handmade journal for a month of reflection/craftiness/experiments/journaling. I would say art journal, but it seems that everyone is doing an art journal now. So it's the un-art journal.

I used some Thickers and a few paints to get this look.

The inside of the journal is full of blank, numbered pages , lined with super cute American Crafts papers.

Wanna make your own? Here's how:

Start with a couple of pack of chipboard Thickers and two pieces of chipboard. I cut mine to 5x7, but you can do whatever size works for you.

Fill up the front of one of the pieces of chipboard with lots of Thickers. Be sure to leave space for ring holes.

Cover the front of the cover with a good coat of Gesso. I used white, but you could use black, too.

Choose a color of paint you like, or mix two colors together. I prefer Studio Acrylics, but any old paint is fine.

Be sure to mix enough for two coats.

After the first color is dry, choose and coat with a second color.

After the second color is dry, use sand paper or a file to rub off some of the layers of paint.

Now you can see the layers of exposed color.

Cover it with a gel medium like Mod Podge. I usually use Studio Gel Gloss Medium, but this Mod Podge has sparkles in it, and how can I possibly say no to sparkles? Use a heat tool to get it quickly, completely dry.

Use Ink Gold by Viva Decor to dirty up the cover. I used the charcoal color, and smoothed it on with a foam sponge. If you get it on too heavy, just use a little water to take some off.

I took it easy on the backside.

So that's all there is to it! Try it out for yourself and let me know how it goes!

Happy Tuesday!


  1. Super freaking cool. I love it. Totally going to have to scrapjack that from you :D

  2. Britt, the journal is adorable! You always amaze me when it comes to your creativity. I can't wait to try it myself.

  3. Oh wow, I am so glad I came across your blog. Its AMAZING!!! You are so talented and I love the fact you share how you make your projects. My blog is still a wee blog baby (excuse the "wee"...being from Northern Ireland I say it a lot!!) but I love doing tutorials too. In fact I have only had my blog less than an month and it just seems to be all tutorials at the minute! Anyway, Im off to wander around your blog for a bit and become a follower....Yippee! Happy crafting and thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us all, being a newbie blogger....I can certainly do with the inspiration. Lee xx

  4. Totally love it! Great work! Kim

  5. This looks so good Brit. Very clever. =D

  6. Oh, I've got some chipboard pieces I could definitely do this with. Thanks for sharing.