Friday, June 17, 2011

Paisley Petals Journal

Hello, hello! :)  I've been missing in action for a while, because we have been moving into a new (to us) house!  My husband and I have been married almost 15 years, and this is our very FIRST house to purchase, so it is exciting news indeed!  (Note: My husband has been in school for about 13 of those 15 years, and is finally done and working a "real job".)  Anyways,..... that's why I haven't posted for a while.

This beautiful journal is made with the "Paisley Petals" Designer paper that will be in the new catalog coming out July 1st.  It is a lovely collection of papers, and has almost a Basic Grey feel to it, I think.  I love the variety of the papers -- AND it has a stamp set that matches it!!!!!  Woo Hoo!!!

Bryn's kindergarten teacher this year, is indeed one of THE kindest, sweetest people I've ever met, so when I set out to create a gift for her, this sentiment (from the "Define Your Life" stamp set -- retiring June 30th) seemed perfect.  IMPORTANT! the Spiral punch used to punch the paper to slide over the spiral binding, is retiring June 30th, so if you want to re-create this project, get your punch now!  Also, for the dimensions of how to cut the paper to put over your journal, see the previous journals posts on my blog.
 The colors in this designer paper are an interesting combination -- Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait, and Bravo Burgandy, but they do work together nicely.  I used the Fun Flowers die to make the big flower.  I spritzed the petals with my favorite homemade shimmer mist (Champagne shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol in a spritzer bottle), so it is really sparkly in real life.  The leaves are made using a punched oval, folded in half, and then put through the crimper at an angle.  For the center of the flower, I used a retired Baja Breeze corduroy brad.

For the inside of the journal, I stamped the scrolly image from "Elements of Style" and the itty bitty image from "Tiny Tags" set in Crumb Cake ink.

Finally, I embellished the designs using the Basic Pearls -- I LOVE those things.  They add such a nice touch for so little $. :)
Paisley Petals DSP, Vanilla, Bravo Burgandy, Marina Mist, Baja Breeze, and Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
Decorative Label punch, large oval punch
Fun Flowers die and Big Shot
Marina Mist 5/8" satin ribbon
Spiral punch (retiring June 30th)
Basic Pearls

Enjoy, and be inspired!


  1. Really nice job! I am sad also that this punch is going away.

  2. Wow! Beautiful! Found you through SC (blog surfin')

  3. This is a lovely project. Thanks for blessing my day. :)