Sunday, April 14, 2013

Distressed/Altered Journal

Hi all,
I hope you all had a great weekend. It's so nice and warm over here in North Texas. I got to spend some time outside cleaning up the yard and taking a nice walk in the nice spring air. I hope you all have nice weather in your neck of the woods.
Speaking of spring I did get a chance to do some crafting. I picked up a journal over at Michaels in their clearance baskets it had a beautiful plain white cover that was embossed and beautiful design of eyelets (like a doily). I forgot to take a pic of the journal prior to distressing it. With spring in the air I wanted some pastel colors, here is the finished look. Hope you like it, I thought for my first time using Tim Holtz distressed inks it turned out pretty good.

Close up of the direct to paper, also used Liquid Pearls - silver dabbed all over in various spots around the cover.

Plain white covered journal
Distressed ink pads - Peeled Paint, Victorian Velvet (used ink direct to mat water technique)
Ranger - Liquid Pearls dabbed around ontop
Recollection gems pink

This project will go to the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - Sketch or Anything Goes
Challenge 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Crafty-Emblies - Anything Goes
Lacy Sunshine - Challenge #6 Spring Fever
One Stop Craft Challenge - Challenge#224 - Pastels
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this inspires you to try something with distress inks.
Happy crafting. : D


  1. Beautiful creation Deborah, wonderful distressing and the gems certainly make it pop. I notice you have not created a link to our challenge :) - please could you add us to your list - OSAAT Challenge - Challenge #159 Bright and the URL is Many thanks. Good luck in this weeks OSAAT challenge and hope to see you back again soon. Hugs Jane OSAAT DT

  2. This is gorgeous. Verry creative. Love those pink gems.
    Thank you for joining us at 613 Avenue Create


  3. Beautiful project Deborah. Love the colours and embellies.

    Thank you for joining us over at the Lacy Sunshine Challenge. Good luck.

  4. Great project, love what you have done to the journal
    Thanks for joining us over at Crafty-Emblies Challenge Blog..

    Hope we see you again soon

    Good Luck

    Tina (Design Team)

  5. Very pretty! It's unusual to find an all white journal, you got lucky! Love what you've done to dress it up.
    CDAC DT Member
    A Look Through My Eyes

  6. Well just what a girl needs to see when shes blog hopping is Pink bling,love it
    Thanks 4 sharing and joining in over at Crafty-emblis
    (DT member Sandy) x

  7. What a beautiful journal cover, Deborah!

    I'm so glad you linked your blog up to the Moxie Fab World Blogroll. It will be great to stop by and say "hello" from time to time! :)

  8. Very pretty. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


    CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

  9. Wow, I love everything about this! Really beautiful. Thanks for joining our "Bright" challenge this week at OSAAT! Best, CG

  10. Very pretty, I love the use of the liquid pearls.

  11. wow this is really pretty and Yes I think it is time I get some liquid pearls and give something like this a try. thanks for the inspiration and I will become a follower and hope you will come over to my blog and become a follower of mine.
    Linda K.

  12. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us over at Crafty-Emblies this month and hope to see you in future challenges
    Elaine aka Ellapu CEDT

  13. How beautiful! I love journals and need to learn to make them more artistic! Thanks for sharing your ideas!