Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade art or travel journal

I just finished making this stunning art or travel journal yesterday.  It took me about a week to make this journal from an old book.  First I thinned out the pages from the book and then I glued 4 pages together to make a thicker substrate for the gesso and then the metallic paints.  I made tip out pages, envelops and tags, a small secret book from the decorator paper.g45 midnight masquade 1

The cover is a work of art.  I made the wings, clock and key from paper clay and painted them with metallic paints. I added raspberry rhinestones, Swarovski crystals and pearl buttons to the cover.  There is a metal clock on top of the clay clock.  I fussy cut a lady from the Graphic 45 paper and added lots of crystals to her dress.  I sealed everything with varnish and covered the spine of the book with purple decorator tape.  And I dusted the entire cover in diamond dust.g45 midnight masquade

 

It is 7.5 x 5 inches and 3 inches thick.  It closes with white satin ribbons so you can expand it when you put your photos and journaling into it.  I feel like it is the best work I have done so far.g45 midnight masquade 2

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It is currently on sale in my Etsy store 

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#Graphic45 A Ladies’ Diary art journal

I just love Graphic 45 paper.  It always inspires me to create new and beautiful art journals.  This is one that I just completed using the paper called A Ladies’ Diary.

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I made this journal using large book binding rings so additional pages can be added.  It started as a vintage map atlas book that I took apart so I could use the covers.  After a lot of gesso, texture paste and spray paint I got to add the fun stuff.  So the crystals, feathers, ribbon roses and chain with charm all came next.

It has 41 pages that have been handmade using paper, cards and images from the Ladies Diary paper package and my vintage papers.  I really enjoyed making this journal and hope that someone special gets to use it.  So please enjoy these pictures and you might get some cool ideas for your own journals.  If you have any questions or comments just leave them below.

This is for sale in my Etsy shop at this link; Ladies diary Graphic 45 journal 1 small

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A mixed media travel journal for my sister

My sister is off on a big adventure to South America this summer and I made this mixed media journal for her to record all of her experiences.  I made it with lots of pockets and tags.  Hope you enjoy these photos of it and it might give you some ideas for your own work.  If you have any questions , just ask. sandi journal 2019.jpg

Free & easy tutorial for making a handmade Wine junk journal

I have made this wine journal for my dear sister Cathie for her birthday.  She and her husband love to wine taste and I thought that this handmade diary would be a perfect gift.

I covered a 5×7 paper notebook with maroon designer paper.  Before covering I had used clear heavy gel through a stencil to embellish the front cover and rubbed gold acrylic paint to highlight the design.  I also purchase some wine dimensional stickers from Michaels and glued them on to the cover.  Finally, I used some silver holographic duct tape that I got at the Dollar tree to cover the spine of the book.

wine journal CathieHere is a close up of the journal with the elastic tie and a journal charm that I made to keep it together.wine journal Cathie 1I made the Wine tasting notes on my computer and resized the image down so that it would fit the pages in the journal.  Behind each tasting page is a page envelop to keep any information behind the form.

wine journal Cathie 3 I stamped and cut out some wine embellishment to put inside the notebook and added some journal stickers to dress up the pages.wine journal Cathie 2journal add onsThis wine journal is simple and not hard to make but it is a heartfelt handmade gift for a dear sister.

Free Tutorial how to make a mixed media junk journal with Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest

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Enchanted Forest travel journal

I love making these recycled travel journals and thought I would write up a tutorial on how I made this one.  I started out with the paper;  Enchanted Forest by Graphic 45.  Then I got an old 2 ring book I found at an estate sale.enchanted forest blog 1 net

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I used the pages in the binder to measure and cut the paper for the journal.  Most of the paper was white card stock, some of the pages were from the EF ( enchanted forest) paper.enchanted forest blog 4

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I cut out the princess from the paper and a backing paper for the cover image.enchanted forest blog a

Covered the cover with black card stock and used golden heavy gel gloss and a stencil to texture the cover.enchanted forest blog c

I then painted the dried texture with 4 colors of Lumiere paint and brushed it with a cloth to mute and blend the colors.  enchanted forest blog d

I glued down the background and used foam dots to raise the princess image up on the cover.  I added Swarovski crystals to the image.

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Decided to add extra bling on the side of the cover.enchanted forest blog f

Then I went through the pages; distressing the sides and adding handmade pockets and tags.  I cut out some of the images from the Graphic 45 paper to make embellishments.

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This is a tip out page that I added for more room to put photos into the journal

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And I made a small book to tuck into a pocket to put my private thoughts.enchanted forest journal 4 netenchanted forest journal 5 net

Here is the journal finished and ready to sell in my Etsy store.enchanted forest journal net

Hope this helps you create a journal of your own from a recycled book.  Please leave any comments or questions below.  Thanks for dropping by.

Free tutorial Altered book art journal

moongoddess-cover-redo  Here is the process; I start with an old book that I thin out every 3rd page. Then I glue 3 pages of the book together to make a strong base for the art work. I use white gesso to paint every page and let them dry. Finally comes the fun part. I paint each page with metallic  (lumiere paints)and glitter paints making a book with a rainbow of colors.moon   goddess 1.jpgI added a hand made pocket with a tag here.moon-goddess-3

Then I put pieces of my art work, Graphic 45 paper, envelops, tags, stamps, clips and other items on the inside pages of the altered book.moongoddress-1 This is one of my handmade tags.

The cover is made by cutting an oval and placing the photo in the inside cover.  The back  cover is also  texturized  ( with glue and tissue paper) , gesso, stained and painted. The gears, the clock and the key are added with gesso.  I touched up with distress inks and gold foil swirls. There are 8 Swarovski AB crystals. I have added a ribbon closure to keep all your art work safely insidemoongoddess-tie. The Image of the Moon Goddess is one of my original metallic photo composites.

Hope you enjoy the photos and the altered book.   I make about one of these a month and sell them when they are done in my Etsy store; https://www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography

This book was sold right away.

 

If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will answer them.  Happy creating!

Flip journal tutorial and Going to Mexico and Europe for a year!

The big news , we are retiring and going to Mexico ( for 2 months ) to plan the year vagabonding trip to Europe for a year.  Why just retire?  We are taking a senior gap year.  The year of exploration between working and retirement! We are traveling with only one bag each and a backpack so only minimal art supplies and my art journal.   So my posts here will be more about photography and whatever art presents itself as we travel.  Oh my I am soooo excited.

So here is my last project before starting to pack ( will miss my studio ).  This is a flip up journal with tags.  I saw one somewhere and I thought it would be a good last project. It turned out to be pretty easy to do and I think it looks good.  I cut out the cover and tag pages from heavy card stock and then made plain card stock pages and Graphic 45 paper pages. The cover is made from Spellbinders die cuts and they are painted with metallic paints.  There are lots of pockets and tags made from scrap papers.  The book rings open to rearrange or add pages to the journal.  And I hung a black key on the cover with Swarvorki crystals ( they are my signature item that I use on all of my art work).  Enjoy!  Oh If you want to follow along on our adventures and how we are doing it ; my blog is seniorgapyear.wordpress.com ( follow) because there will only be posts occasionally before Europe and that is in April. tree dream 7tree dream 2 tree dream 3 tree dream 5tree dreamtree dream 6