Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May Challenge at Mixed Media Monthly!

Good morning and happy May! April showers bring… rust? Ha ha, it just might. ;-) We want to see projects using rusty colors, faux rust techniques, rust mediums – any or all of the above. You can see all the details and projects from the design team on the Mixed Media Monthly challenge post.

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Our sponsor this month is Emerald Creek, creator of unique embossing powders and other cool crafty supplies. They very kindly sent some of their embossing powders, including the Baked Texture powder Chunky Rust, to the design team so we could give them a try on our projects.

I created a junk journal with Eileen Hull's Journal Die to hold my collection of art mail I've received from all my ATC trading.

Check out that rust on the metal tag! ;-)

The focal image is a stamp from a Lynne Perrella set from Paper Artsy. I stamped it on Mixed Media Heavystock, watercolored it, and then embossed layers of Vintage Beeswax powder over the top. It's mounted on a cardstock tag that I covered with metal foil tape and distressed with paint and Chunky Rust embossing powder.

back of journal

I covered mat board with adhesive backed cloth paper and then cut the covers out of it with the Journal Die. After that I used a brayer to apply a bit of Fresco paint to the covers and also used the paint to stencil. When the paint was dry I used various Distress Spray Stains to spritz all over the front and then stamped with archival ink.

Check out that Chunky Rust covered plane!

Let's take a peek at the inside:

My "flyleaf envelope" has Viva Rusty Paper paint on it with a stenciled
design over it embossed with Ancient Amber powder. 

I love all the bright envelopes. Happy mail indeed!

Here's a bit more "how to"…

Inside covers with elastic binding.

I knew my art envelopes were going to be bulky (and I have a large stack of them!) so I made this journal extra thick. Normally you overlap part of the spine and glue it so you can have either two or three signatures fastened into the cover. I butted the spine edges together and glued an extra piece of mat board I had cut over the inside of the spine to hold it all together. I then used my Crop-o-dile tool to punch through the extra mat board piece so I could string my elastic binding to hold four signatures.

I made four "stubby" signatures of six sheets of light cardstock each. They slide easily under the elastic binding.

I used a "stubby" page as a tab to slide into each envelope (a little glue kept the envelope in place). I just used pointy scissors to trim down each page to fit into the envelope if it was a smaller one. I actually ended up not using one of my signatures in the middle because the whole journal was getting so fat! I was still able to incorporate many of my art envies though.

Thanks for stopping by and making it through my loooong post! Be sure to head on over to the MMM Challenge post and check out what the design team has been up to! Join in the challenge and you'll be in the running to win our sponsor prize!

I am also adding this to the May challenge over at Mini Album Makers. Check out what their design team made for it! Awesome stuff as always. =)

Emerald Creek embossing powders:
Baked Texture - Chunky Rust
Baked Texture - Vintage Beeswax
Baked Texture - Deep Sea
Baked Texture - Ancient Amber

Eileen Hull Sizzix - Journal Die (Sizzix / SSS )
Tim Holtz Mover & Shaper Mini Airplane & Cloud - retired

from Topflight Stamps:
Paper Artsy, Lynne Perrella LPC034
Visible Image - Scripted Streets
Crafty Individual - CI-185
Rubber Dance - Vintage Script

Tim Holtz - Postcards, Documented

mat board
Tim Holtz Paper Stash - Correspondence
Ranger Mixed Media Heavystock
Ranger Wood Grain Cardstock
adhesive backed fabric paper
Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Ranger Distress Grit Paste
Ranger Distress Collage Medium Crazing
Tim Holtz Layering Stencils - Numbered, Crossed, Rays, Industrial, Rosette
Viva Rusty Paper paint
Ranger Distress Spray Stains - Tea Dye, Fossilized Amber, Pumice Stone, Barn Door
Ranger Distress Paint - Walnut Stain, Black Soot, Ripe Persimmon
Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk Paint - Pumpkin Soup
Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black, Coffee
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Mini Fasteners, Stencil Mark, Swivel Clasp, Philosophy Tags, Jump Rings, Tag Labels, Typed Tokens
Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs - Special Delivery

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)



  1. Wow, this must have taken you ages to create. Love the journal and what a great use. Thank you for the inspiration. Creative hugs, J x

  2. This is really a page turner Lisa. Love how it all came together.

  3. Lisa this is absolutely delicious! So many great details - and that cover - amazing collage! This is one of my faves!

  4. What an amazing creation. I like this!

  5. Wow Lisa your travel journal is amazing! Love every page!

    P.S. Thanks for visiting my blog on the other day ☺️☺️

  6. Lovely! Do you seal the envelope and slit the top to put on the stubby page?

    1. thanks! These were all envelopes that I received from other artists so they were sealed up tight. =) I did slit the tops when opening so they were ready to slide right onto the stubby pages with just a bit of glue to hold them in place.

  7. Lisa, your junk journal looks amazing, it was such a good idea to make it larger so that you can fit all your goodies inside. I loved seeing all your pages too, this must have been a real labour of love but it was so worth it!

    Thanks so much for joining in with us at Mini Album Makers this month. Hugs, Anne xx

  8. This is such a clever way to keep your mail treasures! The whole thing is so beautifully done and I love the fact that the contents is all by other artists. That is my favorite die too and I like seeing how you altered it to fit your needs. Great project piece!!

  9. Your junk journal is absolutely stunning Lisa! So many great details and the cover is simply breathtaking!

  10. Awesome junk journal -LOVE IT !! xx

  11. Lisa, this is such a fabulous piece, I love all the different pages and how you were able to incorporate the rust with out it overtaking the entire journal. The cover is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Wow, what a stunning album! You always create so much fabulous detail and amazing artwork - beautiful šŸ˜. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J šŸ˜Š

  13. Amazing journal! I love those rusty touches, and viewing your pages is like opening a box of treasure! How wonderful to display your mail art in this way! I think I just may need to borrow this idea! Hugs!

  14. So fun and creative!! I love the colors!

  15. As always the inspiration you give us is fabulous and this is no exception! Karen x

  16. Fabulous bright and breezy album - what a treat for the eyes on every page. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Mini Album Makers.
    Alison x

  17. Awesome journal!! I love those dangling charms on the spine. My new obsession is buying charms for my books and journals. ;)

  18. This is really the most amazing "junk" journal Lisa! Each page looks like a memory and evidence of a fun filled life. :) I love the PA stamp you used on the cover - perfect! We're thrilled that you shared with us at Mini Album Makers May challenge. Big hugs, Autumn


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