Art Journals ~ Handmade Covers


Now I can share the covers that I’ve made for Christmas presents.

I’ve added an envelope for storage inside each journal.

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In Love & Gratitude,


Recycled Packaging ~ Mini Art Journal Cover

This was a packaging I received on the post with something inside. And as I have a big problem with too much waste on the planet, plus I don’t see the point of buying expensive stuff just to pay for the brand… I guess that, in fact, I am not much of a consumerist. Or I am just a rebel against the big corporations and refuse to play their game. Or… I am just me.

Anyway, I used this packaging to use it as storage for my ‘The Natural Path’ art journal and with this I call this journal done because I messed up and mixed themes that were for the other journal and vice-versa… The age, the age! Joking, it’s not the age…

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On that note, do you remember when I introduced myself as a hoarder? Well, let me walk you through my mind, just for a second… More than that and you would go crazy!



Okay, so first I have this packaging from Mother’s Day flowers. Clean, not too wrinkled, brown paper with a cute blue stripe, clear plastic. Like, a big sheet of it. I am assuming this plastic is non-toxic and will use it, someday, in a craft project so it doesn’t end up in the landfill site.



Then I received something I bought online and as I put it away I clear see a cover for a mini album, come on! You have to agree it’s just perfect, the only thing I need is to cover it with cute paper, other than that all work is already done for me. Cut, scored and banished.



First, the flowers packaging meets the other packaging for a first layer, otherwise the second one would look like… Cardboard.

And for now, it’s all I have for this one. It’s ready for the next layers and for the inside.

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This one will also end up as an art journal storage.

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The great thing about these little packagings, A5 size, is that they don’t even take too much space to store and they are ready to decorate.

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In Love & Gratitude,

Book Of Magick ~ Cover

Remember this title? Well, here it is. Done and out of the ‘To Do List’.

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Material used:
  • Distress ink: picked raspberry, seedless preserves, dusty concord
  • Die-cuts: mini apothecary bottles, mini feather & inkwell and hardware findings (by Sizzix/Tim Holtz)
  • Stamp sets: bubblegum4me and boxes4abc (by TSOL) and It is written (by Bo Bunny)
  • Pattern paper
  • White gel pen

Cat and book stack are images from Google.


In Love & Gratitude,

Book Of Shadows ~ Covers

Oppsy, I can’t believe that I’m sharing this project with you, but I am.

As you know by now, I do not blog in a professional way, meaning that I don’t earn any money here. For that reason, I only share the projects that I make for myself, so I’m never worried in creating content for the sake of selling anything to anyone or just to keep this space active, it will always be as active as I can. With that said, here is the project I’m working on now. It could be called “My Book Of Magick”, maybe I’ll save that title for another project.

Yes, I’m talking about magick with a K. We are all alchemists, whether we know it or not. But I’m not going to expand on my spiritual beliefs in this space 😉 instead, I’m just sharing with you the covers I’ve made for this project.

By the way, the stack of books was totally stolen from Vicky. I absolutely love her artwork.

Because Ryn allows up tp three projects per month on her Customer Creation Challenge I am submitting this one in addition to the last two already submitted.


Binder Cover

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Materials used:

  • Tumbled glass, faded jeans, chipped sapphire, scattered straw, tea dye, vintage photo, and black soot distress inks.
  • Potting soil archival ink.
  • Vintage photo and Walnut stain distress paint.
  • Gesso
  • Sizzix  Tim Holtz Bigz Die – Hardware Findings, Apothecary Bottles, Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Feather & Inkwell die-cut, Sizzix Hero Arts 657777 stamp & die-cut, Stampin’ Up! Four Feathers die-cut.
  • Mini time travel and Mini ledger stencils (by The  crafters workshop), Dot Fade stencil (by stampersanonymous/Tim Holtz), 12×12 Butterfly Collage Stencil (Janene Meyerowitz for The Crafters Workshop).
  • Literary Owl (by Stampendous).
  • Crayonletters2stamp, alpha4monogram, jar4candy, pb&j2enjoy, bubblegum4me, and cake2build stamp sets (by TSOL)
  • Vintage stamp set (by Crelando)
  • Water Effects 2 stamp set (by Designs by Ryn
  • It is written stamp set (by Bo Bunny)
  • A Little Bit Magical – Knowledge stamp set (by Sheena Douglass)
  • World of Dreams (by Stampin’ Up!)


As always,

In Love & Gratitude,


2016 Planner Covers ~ Part 2


Here is part 2 of my planner covers. I’m hoping for a sunny day to take pictures as the colour captured by my scanner don’t really make justice to the original, but this is the tool that I have for now as I couldn’t yet find a decent white bulb.

For July, I used wild honey and spiced marmalade distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and Traveler stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!). The original is a gorgeous orange.

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For August, I used dried marigold and festive berries distress ink (by Tim Holtz), It is written stamp set (by Bo Bunny), Vintage stamp set (by Crelando), and For The Birds stamp set (by Fiskars) 

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For September, I used twisted citron and mowed lawn distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and stamp sets number 97626 and 98843 (by Inkadinkado)

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For October, I used scattered straw and ground espresso distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and Clockworks stamp set (by stampin’ Up!)

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For November, I used broken china and salty ocean distress ink (by Tim Holtz), the man with the umbrella is a stamp also from Tim Holtz, Water Droplets 2 stamp (CM-T11 by Designs by Ryn), and white gel pen.

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For December, I used stormy sky and chipped sapphire distress ink (By Tim Holtz), and World Of Dreams stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

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For this page, again, I used stormy sky and chipped sapphire distress ink (By Tim Holtz)

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I still have to make the covers for the Crystals and chakras section, but I don’t have any stamps to go with it, and for now, I’m using images from Google. 

I think I’ll have to partner with someone to bring this project to life in a commercial version as I don’t have the skills needed to make it professionally look.


I entered this post on the Designs by Ryn January Customer Creation Challenge.

In Love & Gratitude,

2016 Planner Covers ~ Part 1

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

2015 was a hell of a year for me, and not in a good way… So let’s see what 2016 will bring.

Last year around this time I started working on a personal planner as a business project,  but life decided to snatch it away from me, and only in December, I could return to it. It’s a beta test at this point and will be for the entire year.

Apart from that, craft wise, I wasn’t t too active last year and what you saw on the blog was pretty much what I did, with the exception of one or two scrapbook layouts that I didn’t find it worth of sharing. But I’m all over the place and you can also find me here, here, here and here.

So, today I’m sharing some of the covers for my planner. Because at this point I’m the only one using this planner and it is still in a test phase when I printed out the covers I forgot to remove the line of my table… With the exception of February… Guess what? I messed up the February cover and had to start all over again, that’s why that is the only one that doesn’t have the box highlighted. Oh, and I still need to add the tabs…

This is the cover for the planner itself, I might change it for I Am Creating… 2017?, not sure yet.

For this one, I used milled lavender and wilted violet distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and swirls2build stamp set (by TSOL)

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For January, I used tumbled glass and blueprint sketch distress ink (by Tim Holtz), Elegant Eggplant Ink (by Stampin’ Up!) and Flowering Flourishes stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

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For February, I used victorian velvet and aged mahogany distress ink (by Tim Holtz), Seasonally Scattered stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!) and Celtic Heart (CM-C8 by Designs by Ryn)

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For March, I used spun sugar and picked raspberry distress ink (by Tim Holtz) and Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

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For April, I used dusty concord and seedless preserves distress ink (by Tim Holtz) and Sea Bubbles stamp set (CM-S15 by Designs by Ryn)

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For May, I used shaded lilac and wilted violet distress ink (by Tim Holtz), Fine Feathers and Four Feathers stamp sets (by Stampin’ Up!)

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And for June, I used mustard seed and fossilized amber distress ink (by Tim Holtz), and Work of Art stamp set (by Stampin’ Up!)

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Because my photography skills didn’t improve much, and the weather around here has been on the dark side (for photography purposes) this time I decided to scan my work… Between a cheap scanner and bad lighting combined with poor photography skills… You choose wich one is worse, but I can assure you that they look much better in person. They actually look gorgeous 😀

By the way, am I the only one who hates the changes they make on stuff that is working just fine? Every time I need to make a new post everything has changed, which drives me crazy! Is like learning how to use the bloody thing all over again… Never mind my rant…

I’ll have to come back with more covers in another post. Until then, have a nice time.

In Love & Gratitude,


I entered this post on the Designs by Ryn January Customer Creation Challenge.

London Time ~ Journal

This is a commissioned work. I wasn’t sure what colours to use and almost fell for the (easy) temptation of using blue and brown as this is for a guy (and I love that combination), but I decided to try brown and black instead.



I used the weathered clock die by Tim Holtz, using also the inside piece to stamp some London Icons.



Printed out the word Journal, and inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink. I love this font to match the clocks and gears.



I then made a background stripe to add the letters.

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For the clock I used Vintage photo and Black Soot distress ink.



For the main background I started with Scattered Straw, then I used the British flag from the ‘Paris To London’ stamp set (by Tim Holtz), and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo and Black Soot.

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After adding the gears, I also added a metal charm clip to hold a string of ribbon to serve as a page marker.

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The clock hands and that charm clip were secured with Tim Holtz brads (fasteners?).



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In Love & Gratitude,
Denise, xx