Thursday 3 September 2015

Quick Journal Cover

I am off down South this weekend to demo and teach at The Craft Barn... excited and so nervous!

I have been packing samples to take with me, and one of my journals has a terribly dirty,painty cover. Usually I dont decorate covers until the journal is full, as while I am working in them the covers get trashed on my desk. But they do look too grubby to take away with me, so I make temporary covers that can slip on and off. 

This cover is so ridiculously easy to make.. it is literally a rectangle of cartridge paper and a rectangle of brown parcel wrapping paper. 

The cartridge paper is painted, stencilled, stamped, embossed... it took about 30mins to do the background and then a little longer to emboss the butterflies and stamp and layer the title.. but def under an hour for the whole thing. These butterflies are fab and were released back in July. HP1506

Droolworthy layers of painty goodness. 

I glued the brown parcel paper to the inside and painted it with black gesso. Then the 2 end bits are folded in. 

The criss cross embossing was done with EEV05 and WOW embossing powder in Chocolate Caramel Pearl. 

and the top and bottom edges are zig zagged on my sewing machine. 

Now the journal can just slip inside the end flaps. 

All done, nice and tidy.. 

Darcy x


  1. Looking great Darcy and I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Craft Barn, very exciting x

  2. Looking great Darcy and I'm really looking forward to meeting you at the Craft Barn, very exciting x

  3. Bootiful, love the criss crossy Ellen Vargo thingies! Xx

  4. have a great time Darcy! the journal cover looks fabulous.

  5. Fabulous cover, and I hope you have a brilliant time at the Craft Barn.
    Alison xx

  6. Great journal cover Darcy, and congratulations for your future classes at the Craft Barn, as well as the lovely stamp created by you as a freebie within our next Craft Stamper magazine. Will wait for it!! :)
    No luck needed for you, you will be brilliant I'm sure!!!
    Hugs, Coco x

  7. There was no need to be nervous! We all had a fabulous time and made great projects. Your samples were inspiring. Looking forward to seeing you there again xx

  8. Fab cover. Hope you had a great time at the Craft Barn.