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DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal for Tweens

Summer Fun with  Petaloo: DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal

Hello, Petaloo Fans! Today I have  a fun activity for your tweens. This DIY Sunshine Happiness Journal is a quick, easy and affordable project.  It’s perfect for taking along on a long car trip, tucking into a camper’s suitcase, carrying on an airplane or taking to Grandma’s house.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 1

The base of the Sunshine Happiness Journal is a standard steno notebook.  These are awesome, because the back cover is so sturdy you don’t need a desk.  This is such a simple make that your tween could put this together all on her own.  (I did not make one for a boy, but you could do so easily!)

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 2

I decorated the cover with Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness paper, then added on chipboard elements and stickers for extra fun.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 3jpg

What tween wouldn’t love to jwrite in this cute Sunshine Happiness Journal?  Plenty of pink Petaloo posies make it extra special!

 

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 4

 

Decorate the inside cover with more designer papers and create a simple slash pocket to hold journaling cards.  The cards can be glued into the journal along with photos.

Beautiful Reasons to be Happy Alered Journall by Kathy Clement for Petaloo Summer Fun with Kids Product by Petaloo and Simple Stories Photo 5

 

These fun journal cards will look great when added to the inside pages. You could add postage stamps and envelopes to the pocket to encourage your tween to write letters home from camp or grandma’s house. Tuck in a hot pink pen, and you’re good to go!

Wishing you a fun filled summer! Now go get your craft on!

Cheerio,

kathy

Petaloo Products used in this project:

Gerber Daisy x 6 light pink SKU: 1174-101

Mini Gerber Daisy x 12 fuschia/pink SKU: 1175-102

Botanica Petite’s x 11 FuschiaSKU: 1101-102

Mini Burlap x 11 Antique Red SKU: 1208-250

Other Products

Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness

Really Reasonable Ribbon Geranium Pink Lattice Print Satin

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Altered Art Journal: Simon Says Stamp Metal-Ology Challenge

Everything New is Old Again

The good folks at Simon Says Stamp issued a wonderful CHALLENGE this week: incorporate some metal into your project.  I love working with metallic foil, and have a storage case full of Ten Seconds Studio metal foil stashed away in the Closet of Shame.  Since another of my goals for 2013 is to use items from said closet, I decided to join in the challenge.  After some thought, I decided to alter a standard composition notebook using metal foil, Metallic Distress Inks, Tim Holtz idea-ology and some other wonderful metal pieces purchased from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I am also entering this album in The Funkie Junkie Sunday Share.

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Making the Medallion

Once I had decided to make an altered journal, I knew I wanted to make a big, bold medallion for the cover. I selected Ten Seconds Studio Big Daddy 10 mold and a piece of gorgeous chocolate colored metal.  Before there were embossing folders, there was Ten Seconds Studios, and I find there are still things that I can do with one of their molds, some metal, a paper stump and their awesome array of tools that you can’t achieve with a die cut machine.  Besides, I feel really artsy as I push that lovely soft metal into the mold and watch the image appear.  I used their tool sets to add detail and to antique the image.  Once I was happy with that, I used a combination of Espresso, Pesto and Copper alcohol inks to stain the metal and achieve a vintage look.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 002 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) I love the depth of the embossing, and the way you can make art metal look really vintage with these tools.

Making the Cover: The Details Make the Difference!

I used papers from Graphic 45’s Renaissance Faire collection to cover the notebook, but before I added it, I sanded around the edges and then hit them with some Bronze Distress Stain.  I also used Copper Alcohol Ink to color the black spine of the notebook.   After stitching around the perimeter of the paper three times, I used a distressing tool to tear and rough up the edges.  The paper was glued down and the embellishments were added.  Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 004 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 003 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 008 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 007 (2) The cover was inked, stamped, embossed and I added metal hinges, using my Alterations Hardward Findings die.  These were adhered with Glossy Accents.  The large medallion was adhered with red line tape, which seems to work best on metal.  You can see that I took the time to distress each embellishment. It’s the details that make the difference!

It’s What’s Inside that Counts!

I really like to carry the whole vintage vibe on the interior of the notebook.  Both the front Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 014 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 009 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 010 (2) and the back pages were decorated and embellished.Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 023 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 020 (2) Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 021 (2) As you can see, pockets were added for photos, souvenirs or other ephemera.  These make wonderful travel journals, too!

The back of the notebook is also decorated, covered with vintage map paper. Simon Says Stamp Metal Journal 015 (2) I aged this with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and stitched around the perimeter.

Challenge YOURSELF!

There’s still time for you to enter either of the above challenges.  You don’t have to do anything as involved or elaborate as I’ve done here.  You can use metal buttons, or metallic embossing powder or even metallic pens to qualify for the Simon Says Stamp challenge.  I just like playing with art metal.  I’d love to hear about your experiences working in this medium, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask.  I may not have the answers, but we can explore the topic together.  That’s what it’s all about: sharing and learning and growing in our creativity.

Thanks again for reading my little blog.  I hope you will take the time to leave me a comment.  Your comments make me happy, right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.

Cheerio,

kathy

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