Monday, January 24, 2011

The Kraft Journal Challenge #3

     It's an "anything goes" challenge this week at The Kraft Journal.  For a long time I've been needing some sort of journal or notebook to keep track of e-mail and snail mail addresses, and all those passwords and log in information we need when traveling about the web (especially when we're shopping!)

     My project this week uses a 5 x 7 journal from Kraft Outlet.  I've decorated it using some GCD papers I recently purchased.  The journal itself in covered in smooth kraft paper.  I added another layer of inked kraft for my base and then added two layers of the GCD papers.  I painted some naked chipboard pieces with crackle paint and layered my initial on top of some Lunch Bag kraft cardstock that I inked and accented with some machine stitching.  The little corner decoration was cut with my latest Sizzix die purchase (on clearance at Mike's!).
     I punched the center band of kraft cover weight cardstock out with a MS punch and matted it on some more of the DP.  On the bottom panel I tore the paper, rolled it back and secured it down with some small eyelets.  I then threaded some of the Kraft Outlet twill tape through the eyelets.
     Then it was FLOWER TIME!  :-)  I cut each layer twice, once in Lunch Bag kraft text paper and once in the DP.  Each layer was smushed and inked then stacked.  The largest flower is sporting another new purchase, one of the new Recollections embellishment lines at Michael's.  I wanted my other flowers to match, but there was only the large size flower centers so I used some acrylic rhinestones and added some silver microbeads around them for my smaller flower centers.  The leaves were hand cut, scored, and inked using the Lunch Bag kraft cardstock.  The stems were made by dampening and twisting some thin strips of Lunch Bag kraft text paper.  Through the spine I threaded a length of waxed linen thread and added some silver beads.

     For the inside of the book, I added a layer of kraft cardstock to the natural divisions in the book creating four sections.  I added a strip of the DP and also a page tab punched from the same DP.  Using alphabet stamps and some Vintage Sepia ink, I stamped headings for each section of my journal.  You can find direct links for all the Kraft Outlet products I used at the bottom of this post.
     I hope you'll join us for this week's challenge.  Remember you MUST use kraft paper (doesn't have to be from Kraft Outlet) OR Kraft Outlet products on your creations to qualify for a weekly Top Three Designer spot and a chance to win a $20.00 voucher for the Kraft Outlet store in this months drawing.  The linky will remain open until 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 30th.
Happy Monday!

Kraft Outlet Supplies

#151 Natural Smooth Journal
#81 Brown Kraft Cover Weight Cardstock
#202 Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock
#163 Lunch Bag Kraft Text Paper
#926 Round Metal Edge Grungy Prim Tags
#958 Twill Tape 

Other Supplies

Papers:  GCD Studios Loverly paper pad
Stamp:  We R Memory Keepers "list" clear stamps, Inkadinkado Somerset Alphabet stamps
Inks+:  Vintage Photo Distress ink, Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, Walnut Stain  and Shabby Shutters Distress Crackle paint
Tools:  Sizzix Sizzlits Architectural Accents set, Martha Stewart Cherish edge punch, Nestabilities Dahlia (S4-191), Stampin' Up Extra Large Round Tab punch, Making Memories eyelet setter, sewing machine
Miscellaneous:  Colorbok chipboard pieces, acrylic rhinestones, Martha Stewart Silver Microbeads, Recollections flower center, Recollections eyelets, beads, waxed linen cord


Audrey Pettit said...

What a gorgeous journal, Tracy! Really love the paper you mixed in with the kraft and adore all your little details. Fabulous flowers and monogram, and I truly love the laced paper at the bottom. So totally inspiring!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful Journal.. I Just love everything about this beauty.. The krart paper, the beautiful flowers, all that wonderful stitching.. Yep it's soooo Beautiful!!
I hope you have a happy Monday!!

Angi Barrs said...

Gorgeous Tracy. And what a great idea for a journal. Love it. :)

Kristina said...

Great great and great!! I love it Tracy, it really is beautiful. I would hate to write in it..LOL You did a amazing job again my friend!!

Sarah said...

Tracy, I think I'll just have to pick this as my favorite project you've done (but then, they all are!) I love the lacing and, of course, your lovely flowers. And the colors are gorgeous. Totally awesome!

Unknown said...

Fab fab notebook Tracy! They don't sell anything like them in the stores!! Yours is the best :-) It seems such a shame to write in it! You're probably like me, if you have a new agenda or in this case notebook your first few lines will be the neatest but the last are not so pretty anymore (but then again your handwriting probably remains constant I guess!).

Aphra Bolyer said...

LOVE your journal. The lacing technique is so creative. And I really like your flower clusters, too. :)

~* steph :) *~ said...

beautiful journal, my friend! love that kraft paper and your flowers! thanks for sharing and have a great nite! *hugs* steph :)

Unknown said...

this is beautiful!! love the vintage feel of the journal!

Unknown said...

this is just beautiful Tracy...and all the layers with the clustered embellishments make me wanna jump up and down with glee... gorgeous, gorgeous!

Heather Rogers said...

WOW! I made the pic bigger and there is so much amazing detail. Your work is fabulolus girl. :)

♥Jan♥ said...

I saw this earlier in the week, but I had no words to tell you how truly incredible it is.

Suzanne C said...

Love your journals! They are always so very inspiring!

LISA said...

Wow..I am not a fan of craft paper, but this is over the top fantastically beautiful, and I think I now like craft paper!!! I love the papers and colors you incorporated in this journal!! Love it to pieces!!

CraftySil said...

This turned out so pretty! I love the did an amazing job with it.