Altered Art Journal Cover with Shari

Hi everyone! It’s Shari here with the much requested cover for my back to back journal.

I started off by cutting a couple pieces of cardboard a bit larger than my journal… and a smaller piece to use as a flap.

shari carroll dec journal

I went with a shabby chic look… it’s so soft, inviting, and a favorite style of mine! So to start out, I tore off a little of the top layer of the corrugated cardboard. Then I went in with some gesso. After the gesso dried I added a bit of Evergreen Bough Distress Paint.

shari carroll dec journal D1

Once my paint was dry, I created some hinges and pennant border using Grunge Paper, Tissue Tape and book text.

Shari Carroll Dec Journal D3

Then I embellished with Metal Tag Labels, Tattered Florals with Clearly for Art and Frosted Film, then I added some Industrious Stickers.

shari carroll dec journal D2

I cut slits in the front cover and threaded in some Linen Ribbon (enough length to wrap around to the front flap and tie in a bow) which keeps the cover shut.  When I’m ready, I will adhere my journal to the back cover.

I’ve  put together a video of the process… sit back, relax and enjoy!  Oh and sorry if I go offscreen from time to time, it helps to pull my project close to me to see a bit better. :o)

Thanks for joining me today. Have you started an art journal yet? I’d love to hear about it.

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Loves good friends, photography and gardening

18 Comments on "Altered Art Journal Cover with Shari"

  1. I just had to PIN this amazing creation … WOW … absolutely stunning!!!

  2. Barb says:

    Oh, my goodness! This is REALLY beautiful, Shari! It’s the perfect cover for your amazing art! LOVE!!! ♥

  3. Jamie Greene says:

    THis is STUNNING, love it!

  4. Lagene says:

    WOWZERS! This is an Amazing journal cover! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  5. Donna Whitten says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I love those soft colors.

  6. Dee in NH says:

    Wow! That’s awesome!!! Great video!

  7. conil says:

    Amazeballs. You’ve created a masterpiece.

  8. This is absolutely gorgeous! And it looks like it was a lot of fun to make! I’ve never worked with cardboard before. I must try!!

    Love it!

  9. Ann K says:

    Amazing. Your ideas fascinate me – and No, I could never be creative enough to do an art journal, but I love watching . . .

  10. ionabunny says:

    That’s really gorgeous. Love the corrugated card and the soft colours. Your journal will be a delight to use

  11. barbara lassiter says:

    I want to start a journal after the holidays and it won’t be anything as wonderful as yours, but I’m thinking it will be just FUN. Yours is perfection, personified and mine will be imperfection, personified, but I will have been inspired by the best. Thanks!

  12. NancyR says:

    WOW — that was so cool watching you put your cover together. Thanks for a great video.

  13. anja curvers says:

    This is really amazing love it to pieces. Thanks so much for sharing.

  14. Julie Heyer says:

    WOW, what an amazing cover for your journal. Loved the video. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Sheri K says:

    Gorgeous cover–thanks for sharing!

  17. Jenny Kozar says:

    This is just stunning — all of it so soft and beautiful!!

  18. Ros Crawford says:

    This is just fabulous!! I would really love to try this … Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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