Shabby Style Junk Journal
Hey guys, once again one of our fabulous Junk Journal Design Team Members, Beth from Beth’s Journal Boutique, has created a fabulous junk journal for us. As you know, we are featuring one new Junk Journal each week created by our team of talented artists. Our goal is that you be totally inspired by this series! Beth created a beautiful Shabby Style Junk Journal for us this week. Be sure to check out the video tour at the bottom of the page…you need to scroll all the way down to see it. Are you ready to be inspired?
And now I will let Beth tell you about her project in her own words…
Hi everyone! I am back again to share my August design team project. This month I have created a shabby chic journal filled with pretty floral fabrics and images. I have used a couple fun technique for the journal cover this month; as well as some vintage trims and hankies to create pockets. Let me share my project with you.
The cover of my journal is a re-purposed book cover that I have altered using a crackle paint technique. To achieve this look I first painted the cover a pretty turquoise (Sea Glass by Folk Art). Over top I have added the crackle medium (by Folk Art) ; once that dried I added off white paint that shows the turquoise through the crackle; I have coated the cover with matte medium which has left a beautiful smooth finish while leaving a visually interesting textured finish. To get the look you want, adding the last coat of paint creates the crackles, and the more crackle medium used, the larger the cracks; if you want smaller cracks, make sure your crackle medium is not added in coats that are too thick. The crackle medium is readily available – I got mine at Michaels and I’m sure you can find it at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores as well.
To create this spine wrap, I sewed some Tilda fabric scraps and trim to a piece of cotton fabric. I added some sparkle by sewing on some sequins and seed beads and then adhered the spine to the journal cover using a sheet of strong double sided tape.
The metal bookplate has been painted with the same turquoise paint that I used on the cover. When painting metal make sure to use some gesso as a base and then add your color; the gesso will add a base that the paint will adhere to. To make sure everything was sealed, I added two coats of the matte medium. I stamped one of my favorite notes stamps on a piece of fabric and added it all to the spine with a scrap of lace.
I have used die cuts in a few different ways in this journal: as tabs with a bit of coffee stained doily and sequins, as journal cards and labels with stamping and as a shaker card. Your dies can be very versatile; there are lots of creative things you can add to your projects using them.
Sprinkled throughout the journal are a variety of images from The Graphics Fairy. There are so many style options available and I found all kinds of images to use in this shabby chic journal. One of my favorites is a shaker card I made using one of the lace frames. I added a piece of acetate to the back with a floral image and some sequins.
Some of the TGF Premium Bundles used in this project, from The Graphics Fairy Premium Membership Site:
- Cheerful Spring Patterns
- Blissful Blossoms
- Pink and Yellow Botanicals
- Vintage postcards
- Garden party
- Scents and Soaps
- Lace frames
- Script Ephemera
To see a flip-through of my Shabby Style Junk Journal, check out the video below:
Shabby Style Junk Journal SHOW & TELL VIDEO TOUR
Thank you for spending time with me taking a tour of this journal. This is my last project for The Graphics Fairy for now; I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the design team and am honored to have been able to work with The Graphics Fairy. I hope you have found some inspiration in my work over the past year for your own projects.
You can find me on my YouTube channel where I showcase my journals, on Instagram to see sneak peeks of upcoming projects and in my Etsy shop where I sell my creations.
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