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Thank You Sandra and Shirley

A huge thank you to Sandra and Shirley for mailing to let me know that there was a problem with the commenting on my blog.

All sorted now (I hope) and again thanks to you both.

Whilst giving the ‘Craft Cranny’ a tidy up I came across this Shabby Chic styled book that I gave a class on with my Saturday girls last year but never blogged.

It has separate signatures, so when opened it lays flat.  You can make this style of book with as many papers and signatures as you want.

Here is a larger Shabby Chic styled Junk Journal which I made in a similar way.


The cotton running stitches on the sides show that there are four signatures in this book.

Front cover is made of material with ‘Heat n Bond’ fused to the back.  This makes it rigid, almost feels like cardstock.

Then the fun part begins, throw whatever you like at it.

Gesso was randomly painted all over, then came modelling paste through a stencil, next was pretty pieces of lace and netting which surrounded the image before lastly adding more Gesso.


Here comes the excessive quantity of photos lol.

First pic has such a beautiful image on the left which was done using the Image Transfer Technique.  Not the one where you leave to dry then wet and rub off with your fingers, oh no, tooooo messy.

The method used here is where you adhere it with glue, then smooth flat with a credit card before peeling off gently.  This leaves more of a shabby, distressed look but is not so time consuming as the other way.

Most of the the papers in this book were dyed by myself with coffee.

Try to make a day of it when dying papers because nothing is safe from the wet coffee mixture.

Before drying the papers in the oven place a doily on top of the wet paper then dry.  Below is how the papers look, cool eh!!!

When finished place everything in a plastic container ready for another day’s crafting.

 Again this first pic of a very austere but regal lady was done by image transfer.  Bird and numbers were stencilled onto coffee dyed paper.

Created lots of pockets for tags plus most pages have stamping on them.

Nearly all the tags going into the pockets are from G45 and you can just see hints of washi tape used for decoration.


8 Responses to “Thank You Sandra and Shirley”

  1. Sandra says:

    You’re very welcome Shirl and I’m glad that you’ve got the problem sorted. This is gorgeous and so beautifully feminine. I love the look of Shabby Chic but if I’m honest, I don’t know where to start with it myself, I’m much more at home with my stamps and ink 🙂 Take care and enjoy the rest of your evening. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

  2. Carola says:

    Wowww Shirley, this is gorgeous… WONDERFUL. I am thrilled!
    Have a nice new week. Hugs Carola

  3. Craftyfield says:

    What a fabulous little book! One of these things I should take the time to make…

  4. Donna Ellis says:

    Shirley, what an innovative discovery to use the doilies like that, and create wonderful texturized, “designer” papers! I wonder if the doilies would do that on any dyed, wet paper that were set up to dry? Like sprays, watercolors, etc. FANTASTIC! Thanks for sharing all the photos. I wanted to make them even bigger than your “bigs” LOL Interesting, intriguing, and LOTS OF FUN! Glad you found this beauty during your clean up! hugs, de

  5. Brenda says:

    This is so delicate and feminine Shirley, looks like something my Gran would have taken out of a drawer all wrapped in tissue.

    B x

  6. Shirley says:

    Hi Shirley, I’m glad you received my email and the problem is fixed ! I thought it was just me as I could see other comments. Your journal is gorgeous, love love love it ! Take good care, Shirleyxx

  7. Oh I love this Shirley, exquisite work and filled with so many gorgeous vintage Embellishments.
    Julie x

  8. Dot says:

    The Crafty Cranny is a busy busy place!!!
    Dot x
    Ink Art Designs

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