Monday, June 4, 2012

Made from the "HEART"

My oldest daughter was leaving this weekend for a summer job to raise money for her college tuition for this fall. This event was so emotional for us, she would be flying for the first time, living in a hotel for two weeks traveling with people she doesn't know. This momma had a mini meltdown. So I decided I wanted to make something for her to write down her thoughts and experiences while she is away.
Here is what I created a handmade journal using Marion Smith's digital designs.
 I know when she looks at it, she will think of home. Maybe this will give her comfort on her trip.

 "a dream is a WISH your HEART makes."
Handmade digital journal 4x7 in size tutorial.
Step one:
Take a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of card stock
cut a piece of muslin to fit
spray card stock with spray adhesive
press muslin and card stock together for a good seal
place in printer and run it through.
Step two:
cut chipboard and burlap down to 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 for the covers
use spray adhesive and trim off edges.
Step three:
trim down the digital print out
peal off of card stock

Step four:
Glue down digital print on the covers
using multi-medium matte

Step five:
cut inner pages for taking notes
distress edges

Step six:
punch and set eyelet holes
ink edges if desired.

use twine, jute or ribbon
to use for binding
or binder rings.

It's that simple and easy, I created this journal in about 4 hours (due to drying time). Here is a look at the inside of the journal and back cover. I love this digital page with journal lines and roses, on this page is where I wrote a little love note to my daughter.
Look outside the box when using Marion Smith's designs. I encourage you to give the digital pages a try, you will love them.

Happy creating,
Peggy Lee

Marion Smith's April digitals
Claudine Hellmuth Multi-medium matte
Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
Tim Holtz: Distress ink (brushed corduroy) Stamp (odds and ends CMS100)
StazOn ink (black)
Twine, eyelets
Prima (flowers and gems)
Recollections (felt image)
Tattered Angels glimmer mist (coffee shop and juneberry)
Helmar 450 glue


  1. Rough stuff for us moms. The book id gorgeous.

  2. Lovely little journal! great tutorial!

  3. Awesome, she is going to love using this, and the muslin technique is brilliant. 

  4. Beautiful, Peggy! Marion's digitals are so pretty in this.

  5. Sweet! She will love this I would think and the perfect gift for her adventure


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