Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Altered Journal

Hi all! I'm so excited to show you my first altered journal! Crafty Sentiments has another super fun challenge for you all!

Anything but a Card

That's right, No Cards this week! :) So break out your old ugly items that need a good altering or that crafting project you've been dying to get finished and enter it in at Crafty Sentiments! Here is my project! I started with a notebook I bought at Dollar General that badly needed to be altered (picture below). ;)
I wanted to make a journal for my children. Our children are a blessing from the Lord, so I wanted them to have a journal that would remind them that since they are the Lord's children, they are also heirs! Which means that they are Princesses and Princes! On each of their pages, I used their favorite colors to color the image and decorate the page. On some of their pages, I played around with some new stencils I just purchased using gesso and spray inks. Then I added a scripture that would help remind and encourage them that God sees our inside beauty and loves us dearly. For the tabs on top, I used a Martha Stewart punch. Here is the completed journal!!

(see what I mean.....badly needed altering) 

I started with some gesso. Then I covered it with white paper just to make sure the letters didn't show through. Next, I began layering my texture items using Mod Podge. When it was completely dry, I sprayed with Dylusions Vibrant Turquoise, Crushed Grape, and Lemon Zest ink sprays. 

Inside the journal I used many of Crafty Sentiments New Lollipop Dreams stamps. 
This one is Princess Mask

Here is Off to the Ball

and again Off to the Ball

This stamp is Delicate Flowers

And for my Prince I used Billy the Groom

Here is a close-up of all the stamps!

I hope you enjoyed the altered journal! Please join us this week at Crafty Sentiments!!

I am entering in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey - Flowers
Crafts 4 Eternity - Cute Kids
Five Simple Things - Linky Party
Little Scrap Pieces - Linky Party
2 Sisters - Recycle
Sweet Stampin - Glamour and Glitz
Totally Gorjuss - Dotty (made dots on journal pages with stencils)
Pile it On - Cool or Warm colors
613 Avenue - Anything Goes Create Your Own (White, Purple, Yellow)
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes Bright Colors
Make it Monday - Linky Party
amuse studio - Pearls and Gems
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Anything But a Card - Hit the books
Fussy and Fancy - Punches and Dies (Martha Stewart punch and Butterfly die)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - Use a SSS product (Dylusion spray inks)
Cuttin and Stampin - Use Your Scraps (lace and paper scraps as texture)
Just Inspirational - Metal embellishments
City Crafter - Flower Power (3 large flowers and 2 tiny flowers on cover)
Bearly-Mine - Anything Goes
LEJ Designs - Lots of Layers
Use it Tuesday - 2 hoarded items (my metal embellishments and pearl blings are ALWAYS hoarded!) lol
Country View Crafts - Layers


  1. What a transformation, so creative. Love the art journal.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. such a fabulous journal - love this - brilliant work xx

  3. Wonderful transformation! The cover is just beautiful! Very nicely composed and beautifully executed! Thanks for propping this up against our door here at 613 Avenue Create! We look forward to your next visit to the "Hood."
    Chana, Owner

  4. What a fab project! Love all those brilliant colours. Spotted this on MIM xx

  5. A wonderful altered note book!! I love the techniques used to create your background and stunning details!!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

    Heather xx

  6. Fabulous journal and use of your scraps. Thank you for playing along with us at cuttin' and stampin' challenge.

  7. Really cute and so special for each child.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity.


  8. Wonderful artwork!! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!

  9. Beautiful creation.
    Thank you for joining us at LEJ Designs, good luck, we hope you will join in future challenges x

  10. wow what a transformation ,love the gorgeous inkwork and fab images
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  11. Amazing, thanks for joining us at LEJ Designs
    Susan xx

  12. What a lovely journal, I love your vivid use of colour! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember blog hop challenge!

  13. What a fabulous transformation. Thank you for joining us at Anything But A Card this challenge.

  14. Fab altered journal. Love the beautiful flowers and all the detail. Thanks for playing along with us at PCJ in our Flowers Challenge and good luck. Hugs, Gale DT

  15. Great journal and use of your stencil. Thanks for joining in with the fun at Totally Gorjuss this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  16. Fabulous projects. I saw these on MIM..Loz

  17. Wonderful project love the idea thanks for joining us at Altered Eclectics in our September challenge
    Hugs txx

  18. Wow.What a transformation.
    Love this inspirational journal.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin'

  19. Love altered journals. Yours are great. Thanks for joining us at JIC.
    Cindye DT

  20. You have done a beautiful job altering this journal ... I love it

    Thank you for joining us over at LEJ DESIGNS CHALLENGE BLOG

    Good Luck

    Tina DT

  21. What a great Journal! Very nice colors and great embellishments. Thanks for joining us at JIC!

  22. WOW Great transformation its awesome !! thanks for joining us at Bearlymine challenges this time

  23. Wow - you did such a fabulous makeover!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  24. WOW!! Awesome!!! Thans for joining in the fun at JIC.
    Tanja DT

  25. I can't believe the before and after on that journal. wow! Thanks for playing along with my Amusing Challenge this week!

  26. BEAUTIFUL Journal!!
    Thank You for joining us last week at PIO!
    Have a GREAT day!

  27. Fabulous journal - love all those layers and the explosion of colour. Thanks for sharing it with us at Country View Crafts this month.

  28. Gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing on the Use It Tuesday blog... This is a fantastic transformation!

  29. Great job altering that journal cover! Amazing! Thanks for joining us at Use It Tuesday!


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