Handmade Art Journal

Aug 21, 2014

I really love seeing all the amazing art journaling that lots of my friends do but I have issues, like serious issues when it comes to the journals. I love dimensional collage which means, I like to stick LOTS of bulky things in my art. Well, this does not work well with a lot of art journals due to the type of binding most have so the problem was solved this week by creating my own art journal. Now I can add all the bulky items I want and the art journal will still close. The thicker my art journal gets is no biggie because all I need to do is use larger binder rings.

Even though I’ve used vintage items that you might not have on had to create my art journal my ideas might spark inspiration for items you have on had that you might not have thought of using so make your art journal your own. I’d love for you to follow along with me and create your art journal as well as share your creations.

Art Journal Cover

I first had to decide what size art journal I wanted, this means I went through all my old books to find the size that I felt was the best size for me to work in. I was kinda feeling like Goldilocks, this book is too small, this book is too big this book is just right… My book covers measure 6.75″ x 9″.

To create the front and back covers of my art journal I simply cut the front and back covers from the spine of the book then removed all the inside pages. These pages will be used in collage art inside this journal and other projects. Using a Crop a Dile I punched three holes on the left side of the book covers and attached them together with binder rings.

Watercolor Pages

The main inside pages of my art journal are cut pieces of 140 pound watercolor paper I cut six sheets to 6″ x 9″ giving me 12 art journal pages. You can purchase a pad of watercolor paper that is 9″ x 12″ so basically all I did was cut the paper in half. So simple.


Vintage Postcards

I attached three vintage horizontal postcards together to create one long art journal page. I will stitch a zigzag stitch between each postcard as well as a simple straight stitch along the edges. I will be able to add inspirational quotes to the post card fronts. I liked the first one so much I decided to create two postcard pages. Each postcard page measures 5.25″ x 9″.

Vintage Postcard Backs

This what the backs of the postcards look like and will be perfect to alter. With the added stitching these are going to look awesome. I’m really excited about altering these.

Cabinet Card Photo

I was even lucky enough to find a vintage cabinet card photo I had in my stash that fit perfectly in my art journal. I will be able to alter this as well as the back. This cabinet card photo measures 6″ x 9″.

Sneak Peek

And this is a sneak peek of the first page in my art journal. I’ll share the full image tomorrow as I’m not quite finished with it. But I’m a big believer in using what you have so these are all items I’ve had sitting in my studio just waiting to be used. The quote you see is cut from the insulator of my Starbucks coffee I drank yesterday. I just applied some Diamond Glaze on top to give it a little extra something.


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