Sunday, 11 August 2013

My Story - A Journal by Lynne Moncrieff


Since childhood, I’ve had a love for notebooks, so no surprise it is one of my favourite items to alter.
For this DT post, I’ve altered an ordinary notebook that can be purchased in any store, the type with a shiny cover.
This notebook however, will not be added to my ever increasing mountain of journals, this one was made with a friend in mind. I am sure she will not read this so safe to share it here.

Oxford Impressions With Love (ornate scroll, Paris, basket of flowers and cancellation mark)
Memento Ink:- London Fog and Tuxedo Black
Fresco Finish Paints:- Vintage Lace and Moonlight
Fresco Satin Finish
Tim Holtz Tissue Tape 
Extras:- notebook/journal, French book text, lace, pearl drop, metal frame, seam binding, vintage velvet ribbon, cardstock scraps, pearl sticker and flower.
Oxford Impressions French Script (carte postale)
Oxford Impressions My Story (my story)
Speedball Brayer - I used two different brayers.  The Speedball Brayer is essential for inking up photo real stamps and the other brayer I use for ensuring good adhesion of Tissue Tape and book text to surface.



Apply 2-3 coats of Gesso to cover, then apply PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Vintage Lace and Moonlight.  

Time to decorate the cover with vintage French book text, Tim Holtz Tissue Tape and  various Oxford Impressions stamps from With Love and Jane’s Garden. I also used some extra stamps. Stamp with Memento London Fog and Tuxedo Black. Heat set. Apply 2 coats of Fresco Satin Finish.


Stamp butterflies, postal cancellation marks, Paris and my story onto painted book text.  Tear a panel of text and paint. Back all onto cardstock for stability and apply Fresco Satin Finish.



Using Speedball Brayer, apply Archival Jet Black ink to the Oxford Impressions’ Lily Elsie stamp and stamp onto glossy cardstock. Layer onto panel of painted text. Create a collage style arrangement of the stamped elements, lace and other items gathered to embellish the front cover. 

Until next week.



  1. Wonderful make over Lynne! Lily Elsie never fails to disappoint, she is so dreamy and beautiful, specially on this gorgeous stamp! The background stamping and other elements are beautiful too, so much detail to admire. The recipient is very lucky!

  2. WOW...Love this notepad cover Lynne, The beautiful soft colours & stamping is perfect! I adore the main image she is Gorgeous..Thank you so much for the inspiration... Hugs May x x x x

  3. Such a beautiful journal you've created for your friend. The background stamping is just lovely, and Lily looks simply exquisite amongst all that lacy loveliness. The little Paris postmark metal embellishment is delicious!
    Alison x

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous Lynne - she is going to love it so much. That stamp is just perfect for the front but I love all the stamping on the back too. Thanks for the tip to use the Speedball brayer for the photo image stamps - I'll give that a go. Margie x

  5. This is so gorgeous, Lynne! I love it and your friend will too!

    Lucy x

  6. Oh! My! Word! This is absolutely stunning.
    Your friend will be doing a "happy dance" when she get this "work of art"

    Patricia xx

  7. Dear Lynne, your notebook for your friend is a beautiful art work, with all the stamps on the background and your altering after !!
    So sweet with the Paris stamp, in the frame, and the adds of tulle and laces, and other sweet stamps,--and ofcource Lily Elsie.
    Such a special note book .
    Hugs, Dorthe-xx

  8. oh stunning stunning artwork! thanks for sharing the details. so inspiring. xo

  9. A beautiful altered notebook.
    xxx Hazel.

  10. This is beautiful Lynne! I love the background! xx

  11. Wow! Gorgeous Lynne! A beautiful background for the lovely Lily Elsie stamp.


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