Hello, I’m Tracy and I’m excited to be sharing my first guest designer blog post for The Little Paper Tree. I made this cute mini journal using Lesia Zgharda Design stamps.
The journal measures 12cm x 8cm and is cut from kraft card. I used a distressing tool on the edges and stained the whole cover including the edges using Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress oxides. Then I stamped the Jar & Flowers stamp by Leisa Zgharda designs on the cover, using Archival Jet Black Ink and colouring them with pencils.
I cut four pieces of watercolour card stock to the same size. After wetting the edges (this makes them easier to tear) and tearing them I distressed them further using Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress oxides. Stamping images onto the pages using Archival Black Jet ink. I used first and second generation stamping as this enabled me to continue the distressed look. The images are watercoloured using Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens in Olive Green, Marine Green, Ochre and Mustard and a fine paintbrush.
The Binding and Closure
Dying the bind cord in Walnut Stain distress oxide I stitched the cover and pages together using the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide to make sure all the holes lined up.
I finished off the front of the journal with a Tim Holtz quote chip (coloured with Walnut Stain distress oxide) and pen nib, coating the nib with a little black paint first. The closure is made by knotting a single strand of string doubled over through the back cover. The string then winds around the journal and the brad acting as a closure.
I hope you like this mini journal, I had such fun making it.
Creative Blessings. Tracy
Find these products:
Jar and Flowers stamp set — Lesia Zgharda Designs
Olive Green 043, Ochre 063, Mustard 067, Marine Green 400 — Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers
Chipboard Quote Chips — Tim Holtz Idea-Ology
Archival Jet Black Ink — Ranger
Watercolour Card — Canson
Pen Nibs — Tim Holtz Idea-Ology
Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain Distress Oxide — Tim Holtz
We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide