Saturday, May 15, 2010

Altered Journal

During a recent trip to Michaels, I found several wine journals in the dollar bins. So the journals weren't the prettiest things; personally, all I noticed was a blank canvas.

So, what do you do with a not so pretty journal? Add a bit of paint, some stamps, rub-ons and voila, a very cool altered journal. And super simple to make too.

Start by removing the binding ring so you can work with the top cover by itself. Then, cut a piece of patterned paper to the size of the journal cover. Add a couple layers of paint to give some dimension to the background. Using a dry brush, I first painted on white, let it dry, then added the blue. Stamp the background once the paint is fully dry. Next, adhere the paper to the journal cover with Mod Podge and also add a layer of Mod Podge on top of the patterned paper to seal and protect the paper. Using a Spellbinders die, I cut a piece of patterned paper and added some rub-ons. The last thing is simply to put the book back together.

Start to finish, I think it only took about 90 minutes to complete.

This journal will make a nice addition to a gift set. Maybe add in some small note cards, or even a pen/pencil set.

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