Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Journal Cover - Memories

Needing a gift for a teacher was my inspiration for this project. 

Many times teachers need to write notes or jot down reminders or even write about their teaching Memories. 

I have created a Journal Cover for a small notebook about 5 x 7 inches in size. 

The papers used in the project are Graphic 45 with stamps from Tim Holtz and Ali Edwards.

I made the measuring pieces by inking white paper with TH Mustard Seed and Wild Honey then stamping with 
TH Artful Tools. *Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2013 ARTFUL TOOLS cms163
I cut the stamped image apart and inked lightly with TH Vintage Photo and along the edges with Black Soot.

The Tim Holtz Sizzix Die 

Mini Paper Rosettes along with 
Graphic 45 - Le Cirque paper was used to make the three rosettes. The front and back of this paper was used; the center brads are from Close to My Heart.

The notebook was covered with three Graphic 45 papers including a striped paper for the Simon Says Challenge - Stripes. Each paper was inked along the edges with Black Soot plus Vintage Photo on the red paper.

Glossy Accents was used to glue the paper to the notebook. I like to use Glossy Accents so I can nudge the paper before it dries.

I selected the Ali Edwards stamp 

for her unique handwriting and 
stamped it using Range Archival 
Ink - Jet Black then placed the 
measuring pieces around it. 

*Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2013 ARTFUL TOOLS cms163I stamped the brushes from the TH Artful Tools stamp and cut out a small brush.
The brush was attached just to the end of the word to look as if "memories" had just been written.

The assembly of the cover was just 

as fun as making the individual pieces. The cute little girl sitting at the school desk is from Graphic 45 - ABC Primer and the metal pieces are from a local hardware store.

Glossy Accents worked great in attacking the gears.

More gears and rosettes were added to the bottom section of the cover with a black piece of ribbon in the corner.

Open the journal and the first page 

included a pocket which was perfect for a couple of tags.
The "Telling Time" verse and 
"This book belongs to" tag are 
also from the ABC Primer collection and were inked with Black Soot.

Another touch was added 
to the 
bottom edge using TH Idea-ology 
Collection tissue tape - Elements.

There you have it, my project is ready to give to an appreciated teacher.


Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge - Stripes


  1. Judy...this book is stunning. You've done such a wonderful job with your choice of papers and color. Love the polka dots mixed with the stripes, too. G45 has such wonderful papers and the ABC Primer is a perfect choice for a teacher gift. Beautiful rosettes and I like how you've mixed the little gears in with them. Gorgeous make. I also wanted to thank you so much for the very sweet comments you left on my blog! I am so looking forward to seeing you in class! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  2. WOW!!! That is AWESOME- what a wonderful teacher's gift!

    You just have so many secret talents, you never fail to amaze and inspire me!

  3. This is great! I had no idea you could make a tape measure that would look just like the real thing! This is the cutest journal! I love it!

  4. Stunning notebook cover! Love the nostalgic feel of it. Gorgeous rosettes! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra