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Tutorial: Altering a Journal

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Turn plain notebooks into stunning journals! Use them as gifts or for yourself to keep a track of all your crafty makes! Giovana shows you how she made hers in this fabulous tutorial (please note: Giovana has used some stamps only available in the US, but we’ve shared some suggestions for replacements in the supply list below!).

Crafter’s Companion supplies:

Other Products: Die’sire Ornate Lattice die (we have suggested an alternate above), journal, gesso, white acrylic paint, brush, ribbon, pearls, brown and blue ink.



Step 1: Select a journal of your preference for this project.


Step 2: Apply a coat or two of gesso and white acrylic paint if desired. If you choose to, add a couple of ink drops of Starry Sky Spectrum Sparkle pen, get the ink with a fan brush type and apply it to the cover of your journal.


Step 3: Ink the chosen image in blue ink, then stamp.


Step 4: Die-cut the Ornate Lattice Create a card die using watercolour cardstock. Then using a circle die die-cut the center of this piece.


Step 5: Die-cut a couple of butterflies from the Delicate Butterfly die and watercolour cardstock.


Step 6: Colour the butterflies with Spectrum Sparkle markers: Pink Champagne and Harvest Moon.


Step 7: Adhere Ornate Lattice to journal. Die-cut a circle window from kraft or chipboard cardstock and adhere it as well.
TIP: If you want to create a bit of contrast, you can die-cut a piece of chipboard and adhere it behind the main piece, it will thicken your piece and create a light shadow effect.


Step 8: Stamp “Dream” on a piece of Black pearl Shimmering Cardstock in Versamark Ink and white embossing powder. Create an aged look adding little bit of white pigment ink. Cut a piece of card to fit your create a card width and adhere it to journal. Add butterflies. We would suggest using a stamp from the ‘Memories are Made’ Sentimentals stamp set as an alternative to the stamp used in the photographs.


Step 9: Create a co-ordinate dyed ribbon using Rayon ribbon and a couple of Spectrum Sparkle markers, mist ribbon, squeeze your markers direct onto the ribbon, about 3 drops of each colour, mist again and work with it until you get the colour desired. Then add it to journal.


Step 10: Finally add pearls to butterfly and opposite corners.

We would love to see what you make! Share your projects and cards with us on our Facebook page, tag us on Instagram (#crafterscompanion), on Pinterest (@CraftersCompUK) or on Twitter (@CraftersCompUK)!

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