Love this Life Journal

by Deb Adams

Today I want to share an Art Journal that I have made from scratch that has some special meaning for me.

I intend to fill it with memories and ideas of the major things that have happened in my life already in 2019.

The sentiment ‘Love this Life’ is very suitable as we have lost our family pet this year & my husband has undergone major open heart surgery.

I was inspired by the image of the ‘bug’ on the light bulb to represent how fleeting life is & that we should enjoy every moment.

I have upcycled some thick white cardboard from Hospital packaging I collect from work.

I cut it into pieces approx 8 x 10″.

The surfaces were then coated with Distress Oxide Sprays & Distress Spray Stains.

The colours used for the covers were Mermaid Lagoon, Fossilised Amber & Wild Honey.

Once dry, the sheets were scored down the centre & attached back to back with double sided tape.  Building up the pages of the Journal.

The spine was made from a strip of Tim Holtz gold Deco Sheet. Strengthened with a layer of Gel Medium.

The Scrap FX Heart Explosion Stencil was used to apply embossing ink with a dabber & clear embossing powder to give a subtle background pattern on the front cover.

The Chipboard sentiment & Firefly with Chain were coloured with Black Gesso then heat embossed with clear powder & Lindy’s Stamp Gang powders.

The area within the light bulb was heat embossed with my special mixture of UTEE (Consisting of mostly clear with a little gold, platinum & black) over Tarnished Brass Distress Stain.

This was also used on the distressed edges of the journal & other highlighted areas.

The covers of the Journal were then splattered with Gold Marabu Acrylic spray.

I inserted two eyelets into the back cover to thread through a vintage Sari strip & fringed beaded strip to wrap & tie around the Journal.

The inside pages are just backgrounds so far.  Various combinations of the Distress Spray Stains of

Fired Brick, Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Iced Spruce, Mermaid Lagoon & Purple Mica spray were used.



I will post the inside Art Journal pages as they are created.

Thanks for taking the time to read.  Hope this inspires you to make your own unique Mini Book or Journal too.

Cheers for now,




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