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Tutorial: Mini Journal

Spaced Out Mini Journal WM

Are you or anyone you know fascinated by space? Why not create a fabulous space themed journal for your friends and family! Chrissie shows you how with her fabulous tutorial here.

Crafter's Companion Supplies:

Other Supplies: Zutter (or another binding system), Wires, American Crafts Ribbon, Chipboard, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, Waterbrush, Acrylic Blocks, Plain printer paper (60# used)



Step 1: Trim Chipboard to 3.75 x 5.5. Also trim watercolour paper. Adhere watercolour paper to both sides of both pieces of chipboard. These will be the front and back covers. Also trim plain paper (non cardstock) to 3.5 x 5.25.


Step 2: Follow the instructions for the binding system chosen. Punch the holes for the covers and the insides of the book. Do this first, before colouring or stamping. This way, nothing will be punched into or cut off when binding occurs.


Step 3: Stamp the planets onto the front cover and then heat emboss with clear powder. This is to protect the ink from bleeding when water is added.


Step 4: Colour in the images with Spectrum Aqua pens. Scribble colours onto an acrylic block and then “paint” using a waterbrush. Add colour to the background using the same technique.
Colours used in this project are as follows:
Saturn: Desert, Yellow
Moon: Charcoal, Slate
Small Planet: Kingfisher


Step 5: Add some water to the colour on the acrylic block and using the waterbrush, flick some splatters onto the covers. Now the colours will match perfectly and there is no need to use spray mists; Spectrum Aquas will do the trick! The splatters emulate the look of stars in space.


Step 6: Bind the book (per the instructions in the binding system) and then tie some ribbon around the wires. This makes the journal look a little softer and hides the harshness of the wire.

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