Friday, May 11, 2018

Land That I Love Journal

Hey, Crafty Friends!!
I'm here with Team Xyron and this week we have partnered with the wonderful, American Crafts, to bring you fabulous projects. And today, I'll be sharing with you this fun RED, WHITE, &  BLUE Journal made with the newest line of papers from Pebbles Inc. Called Land That I Love. It has an awesome patriotic theme that is flexible enough to use on everyday projects.

I used these papers to make this Land That I Love Journal.  And though I love being American, I find some of these papers gave me a more tropical vibe which was reminiscent of back home in Hawaii.

Supplies Used
Boom Sparkle Pop, Ephemera Die Cuts- Shapes (Pebbles /American Crafts)
Creative Station (Xyron)
9" Permanent Adhesive Refill (Xyron)
5" Permanent Adhesive Refill (Xyron)
Eileen Hull Journal Die (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Stitchy Flowers & Leaf (Sizzix)
Eileen Hull Spring Leaves (Sizzix)
May Board (Sizxix)
Eileen Hull Blends- Hydrangea (Clearsnap)
Opalescent Clear Embossing Powder (Clearsnap)
Chipboard Frame (Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts)
Stamens (Wilton)
Fabri Tac (Beacon)
Rhinestone Sticker
Paper Trimmer
Extra Long Stapler

I started by cutting my paper into 6"x 9.25" wide strips. I chose the pattern paper for the cover and a solid color paper for the inside. I need two of each to cover both the outside and inside of my journal covers. I really love this floral pattern from the  Patriotic Blossoms paper. The hints of red really popped so I wanted to go with a plain red on the inside.

Then I ran my paper through my Xyron creative station. I peeled back that adhesive film and applied my paper to the front and back of my mat board.

What's my papers were attached to the mat board, I'd I cut them using Eileen Hull Journal die.

I applied glue to the spines of the covers and align the holes, using a mini clothespin to keep in place until the glue set.

I die cut flowers from the polka dot side of the Patriotic Blooms paper to cut several flowers.

I made short snips toward the center of the flowers to create petals. Then used my stylus to add creased details and to shape the flower.

I cut stamen from white cardstock. I layered and glued each together then raised each stamen one by one for dimension. I stacked my flowers together, then glued the stamen to the center of the flower.

I did the same with the smaller flowers, again adding details with my stylus, but used the smaller flowers to create center buds.

I applied white gesso over a chipboard frame. I needed to prime my surface so I could ink it with our the chipboard sucking up all the ink.

I applied two coats of ink, then sprinkle opalescent embossing powder over top. Then I heat set it with a heating tool.

The embossing powder is gorgeous!! It somewhat deepened the ink color and has so much sparkle and texture.

I die cut leaves from white and blue cardstock using Eileen Hull's Spring Leaves die.

Then, I shaped the leaves and added veins with a stylus.

A couple of the leaves for too long so I gave them a quick trim with a scissor.

To make the inserts, I cut 8.25" x 8.25"pieces of white cardstock folded in half, and staple down the center. Then I used a craft knife to trim off any overhang.

And here is my finished journal...

I plan on using this as a mini album instead of a journal. This would be great to take with me during the summer. So I can scrap memories while on vacay.

I hope you enjoyed this project and you are inspired by what you see. Thank you so much for stopping by! 

Until next time...
Happy Crafting!!
~ Mitsyana


  1. This was so wonderfully explained, I might just get a Red, White and Blue journal done over the weekend! Thank you for sharing, Mitsyana!

  2. Absolutely beautiful! ❤️❤️❤️