Sunday, 14 October 2012

Ums & Ahs Handmade Journal.

When It's Crafting Time sent me this lovely naked 7 Gypsies portfolio I just knew I wanted to make a handmade journal from it. You can decorate these portfolio's in so many ways, with grungy papers or painty inky messyness. I went for the messyness this time, but I'd like to do another one with grungy papers too. They are great value too only £2.00 for two!

Lots of gesso and texture for an arty journal.


Here is the back where I have used metallic light blue acrylic paint and accented it with streaks of plum purple. I've edged the portfolio with gold acrylic paint.


I used scraps of paper (DCWV citrus) and text from a book and painted gesso over the top. I also added texture using gesso through a Dylusions flower and harlequin stencil, then painted metallic blue acrylic paint over the top. I painted some Tim Holtz Grungeboard letters white and edged them in gold metallic acrylic paint and stuck them on the front of the portfolio once it was dry.


When everything was dry I started to concentrate on the journal pages for the inside. I sewed watercolour card into the spine of the profolio using strong purple tapestry cotton and attached lots of pearls and chain tassels from Tim Holtz Idea-ology range.


Here is a closer look of the pages on the inside of  the journal. I'm looking forward to filling these pages up, especially because I've used watercolour card which will show up colours so well.


I like making handmade journals, there is something really satisfying about it.
Hope you have a great creative crafty Sunday.
Michelle x

13 comments:

Evil Edna said...

rather wonderful.EE

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...gorgeous work Michelle, this would make wonderful gifts Michelle, loVe the colours and the embossing, the texture is gorgous...superb as ever...Mel :)

May said...

Stunning work Michelle, O my word the texture is Fabulous great colours.. Brilliant art work as always... Love it!!! Hugs May x x x

Terry said...

Fabulous handmade journal! Love the texture and the gold edging is beautiful! The grunge letters are quite cool!

flutterbycrafter said...

Fabulous hand made journal love the way you've altered it x

Julia S-W said...

Fantastic journal Michelle. What really impresses me is that you've included sewn signatures too - something I'd love to learn how to do! Love the letters on the front too.
Juliaxx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely handmade journal, your front cover is gorgeous and so textural in appearance. Lovely. Tracy x

butterfly said...

That's absolutely beautiful, Michelle... I'm definitely inspired to try something like it. I've always loved handbound books, but never really thought it was something I could do. It may still not be, but you've really given me the inspiration to have a shot. Completely gorgeous!
Alison x

Ruth said...

This journal is absolutely amazing! - when are you running a class?

Ruth said...

This journal is absolutely amazing! - when are you running a class?

Marjie Kemper said...

Girl, this is gorgeous! I just want to touch it... all that fantastic texture is calling to me!

Tabbatha Sandoval said...

Have I said how amazing you are yet? Because if I haven't...you are amazing. I seriously dig your style. Love, love, love this and thinking about doing one myself. It just looks fab and I prefer watercolor paper for my art journals as well. :D

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