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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Explore Altered Journal

Since I'm going to be opening the Art Chick Studio store soon, as I'm coming up with ideas for new art projects, I'm also always thinking about what things I can make to sell too. Just creating art feeds my soul...but selling some of my creations will be a great way to spread my creativity around (and hopefully make a little money too).

One thing I decided would be fun to create is altered journals. They'll be blank on the inside for whomever might buy them and want to use them. But I'll create the altered covers. These are just simple composition books you can buy at any department store. I created my first one this past weekend and had so much fun with it! It's called Explore.

Explore Altered Art Journal


I used some 12x12 cardstock paper for the background, which I cut to size and Mod Podged to the cover. I loved the look of this paper and the brown and turquoise pattern it has; and it looks kind of worn on the edges, which is cool.  I used a coordinating strip of paper horizontally across the cover background, then added a vintage photo of a little girl who is pulling a little wagon (she looks ready to explore something herself!). I added some chipboard embellishments at the top and bottom of the photo, and some craft flowers in coordinating colors. The final embellishment was the explore label.

I absolutely love how this turned out, and made another journal immediately afterward. I see lots of altered journals in my future!