The Dawn Awakens - A Journal by Lynne Moncrieff


Friday and Saturday saw That’s Crafty! have a ODS at HOCHANDA. This also meant the team busily creating samples in anticipation of the shows and this was one of my samples.
Receiving white/greyboard panels (amongst a host of goodies) inspired me to make a journal with a nature theme, I could not resist inking up the beautiful leaf stamp from the new Textures Collection Set 3.

For this journal, I combined That’s Crafty! products with found papers which had been stained/weathered.

Visit the What’s New? or As Seen on HOCHANDA to view recent additions to the That’s Crafty! product range.


That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paints: Antique Gold, Copper, Bronze
Re-cycled Kitchen Paper Towel (stained as a result of items which had been stained with coffee, rusting placed upon the paper towel – too precious to throw in the bin!)
Re-cycled corrugated paper, Rice paper (weathered and stained from outdoors)
Cartridge Paper
Stained Calico (coffee)


Apply stained kitchen paper towel to both sides of two rectangle panels. Leave to dry thoroughly, preferably overnight before continuing by stamping script randomly, only onto front and rear covers, not the insides. 

Create page inserts from cartridge paper, stamping smaller leaf onto lower corner of each upper facing page.  Begin to bind the journal, creating two holes in front and rear covers. I worked with Crop-a-Dile also using that to insert eyelets. Create co-ordinating holes in page inserts. Bind pages and covers together with calico stained in coffee.

Onto stained papers (they were stained from being outside, part of some “bundles” I form and leave exposed in the garden), stamp smaller leaf four times, this is the leaf from the Affirmations set. Onto a piece of cardboard paper, the larger leaf was stamped and this leaf was also stamped onto a panel of weathered and stained rice paper. This paper was so rich in texture as it was multiple layers of rice paper, so the result not a perfect impression of the leaf. Onto torn pieces of cardboard paper, the beautiful script was stamped.

The Affirmation, stamped onto a piece of weathered paper, forms a tag to be attached to the binding of the journal.

Until next time


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  1. That's a beautiful journal, Lynne - glorious use of weathered texture as always, and those leaves make for a wonderful motif throughout.
    Alison x

  2. Fabulous piece Lynne, full of texture and intricate touches amongst your design. A beautiful journal to display even more of your amazing artwork.
    Warm Hugs and wishes Tracey xx

  3. Dear Lynne, I so love your journal, the amazing papers , from your garden, the beautiful leaves stamp, the binding with the tag - so very beautiful, all. Noone but you can, create such fabulous creations using scraps of papers, rusted in their garden, and create such special results.
    Dorthe xxx

  4. Amazing texture Lynne and the rusty effects you've achieved are absolutely stunning. Really ove all the details you've added too.
    Fliss xx

  5. Beautiful work as always , so creative Lynne

  6. A beautiful, inspiring journal Lynne! xx

  7. An awe inspiring work of wonder yet again Lynne, beautiful
    Donna xx

  8. Thank you friends for your lovely words. I have fallen in love with Laura's new leaf stamp, it is stunning!
    Lynne xx


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