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.

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

  2. 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!

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