A Mini Journal by Amanda Pink


Hi Everyone

Welcome to my weekly post as a Guest designer here at That's Crafty! 
This week I've embraced my love of the darker shades and created a mini journal/notebook.

The journal itself is created from one That's Crafty! greyboard panel - 4.5 x 9inches or if you work in metric 11.4 x 22.8cm. To measure out the width of the front, back and spine I worked in metric calculating that a spine of 3cm would leave a front and back panel of 9.9 cm each in width. I marked these measurements out and then lightly cut along the marked lines using a paper trimmer. Note: I said trimmer not guillotine and yes, I did say 'cut' but do so lightly and if you have a 'well used' blade even better still. Due to the thickness and excellent quality of That's Crafty's greyboard one run of the blade shouldn't (?) cut all the way through the greyboard but will instead cut into it slightly making it possible to bend.

I primed the greyboard with black gesso and painted with black Acrylic paint.When dry I punched three holes across the top and bottom of the spine - they will be where I will thread my elastic to hold the signatures.

I covered the outer walls with 13arts papers. These are very reasonably priced, quality papers/pads - fabulous designs too. This particular one had my name written all over it! 

The insides are covered with a complimenting Prima paper.

Using one of the other paper designs from the same 13arts paper pad I was working with I covered a That's Crafty! MDF Heart which I 'grunged up' a little with Distress paints. The butterfly that sits atop the heart is fussy cut from yet another paper from the pad. I adhered it to cardstock to give it more rigidity and manipulated it with fingers to give it some dimension. The butterflies thorax is decorated with Tim Holtz ideology.

I also created a pocket from the rest of that particular paper design and adhered it to the inside back cover. 

Now for the signatures. I made 4, each from a different kind of paper and each holding a small message, all held in place with elastic threaded through the eyeleted holes I made in the spine.  

Theres plain white paper: 'Enjoy today'

Graph, square paper: 'Love, love love it!'

some coloured paper: 'Go and make some Art'

and some teabag paper: 'Just start and break a blank page' .

The final addition to my mini journal is a hinge clip that serves as either a page marker or alternately it can be used to hold the back and front covers together.

Products I used 

13Arts Stickers: 'Small messages' - others can be found here 
Tim Holtz Ideology: Game Spinner, Hitch Fastener, Hinge Clip, Eyelets

Prima Paper Pad - Engraver 6x6 
White Paper
Coloured Paper
Paper Trimmer 
Ruler, Pencil 

I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me today and that maybe my project has offered you some creative inspiration. 
Thanks for stopping by. 
Wishing you all a great week 
Take care 

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you so much! Pearl I really appreciate x

  2. As Pearl said, absolutely stunning who wouldn’t want to own this?
    Amanda x

    1. Thanks ever so much! Amanda I do appreciate greatly x

  3. An absolutely gorgeous journal Amanda. Love the beautiful cover details and the striking colour combination on there. Just amazing!
    Fliss xx

  4. Amanda, I think you know how much I love journals.... this one is fab-u-lous!! I too, love Olga's papers, they are so beautiful and I love how you used them (and the Prima too). The way you created the spine was very clever and the heart and butterfly look gorgeous. Beautiful work my friend! Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Gorgeous journal Amanda, loving all the details
    Donna xx

  6. This is a stunner Amanda, I really don't need anymore papers, but I'm going across to check these out lol x

  7. What an amazing project, Amanda! I am really feeling the darker tones you have used here. I am thinking it is about time for you to open the store!

  8. What a stunning album - so full of light and shade - brilliant.
    Alison x


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