Thursday, June 22, 2023

Fresh As a Daisy Art Journal Cover

Welcome to the Creative Card-iology Team June 2023 Blog Hop! We’re celebrating Designer Series Paper (DSP) in this month's hop!  There is a 15% off sale on select Stampin' Up! DSP collections through June 30th, and I hope you'll get some creative inspiration from our projects this month.

I've had a project in mind that I wanted to experiment with for a while now, and this month's theme seemed the perfect opportunity to do so!  I've been wanting to make a mixed media art journal for a while now, and the beautiful paper collections offered great selections for my journal cover.  The only problem was which one to choose!

I finally decided on the Fresh As A Daisy collection, and the Crafting With You bundle was just the right set for embellishing my cover.  I'm not going to give step-by-step directions for this project as I'm experimenting along the way, but I will take you through some of my process for the cover.  The design on my journal cover would definitely make a great card as well as the journal cover and it really lets the gorgeous paper shine! 

I'm planning on using recycled/unused bill payment envelopes to create base pages for inside my journal, so I measured the envelope size.  I wanted to have the cover be larger than my envelopes so I added 1" to the size of the envelope to get my measurements for my front and back piece.  I used cardboard from a package of foil paper and cut a front piece, back piece and a spine, and then adhered my pieces to my DSP.  That process is a bit more complicated to explain than what I can go into here, so I'll just concentrate on the front embellishments.

I die cut my easel from Copper Clay cardstock, a stitched circle on Basic White using a die from the Stylish Shapes die collection, stamped the and brushes on Basic White with Copper Clay Ink.  I die cut the brushes and fussy cut around the sentiment, separating the sentiment so that it fit on the circle.  My "art journal" sentiment was typed and printed off with my computer/printer and ends punched with the Banners Pick A Punch.  I cut a second piece of the same DSP pattern, sized to fit on the easel over the same spot on the underlying paper on the cover.  I sponged around the circle, the easel and the "painting" with Copper Clay ink.  I also added a touch of blue to the ends of a couple of the brushes with Blends.  Everything was adhered with glue dots and Dimensionals.  I added a few Copper Clay Adhesive-Backed Solid Gems to the front and a couple on the spine.  

I hope to show you more of my journal in future posts or videos, and I hope it sparks your imagination on how you might be able to use the beautiful paper collections for cards and other projects!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget to check out my teammates’ blogs by clicking on the links below.  We always appreciate your feedback - let us know you stopped by and leave a comment!

Bonnie's Blog

Diana's Blog

Jessica's Blog

Don't forget to check out the Designer Series Paper Sale and more at my website here.  The best deal you can get on Stampin' Up! projects is the Starter Kit, where this month you can choose $155 (USD) in product for only $99 (USD) plus tax.  That's $30 in product more than normal, through the end of June!  I hope you'll consider  joining our team - we always learn so much from each other and have a great time stamping together!  I'd love to help you get answers to any questions you might have regarding this opportunity, so please reach out and let me know how I can best assist you in your creative journey!

Product List
Fresh As A Daisy 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Crafting With You Bundle (English)
Stylish Shapes Dies
Banners Pick A Punch
Copper Clay 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Copper Clay Classic Stampin' Pad
Boho Blue Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack
Adhesive Backed Solid Gems
Paper Snips
Paper Trimmer
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
Mini Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals
Tear & Tape Adhesive


  1. very lovely Kim Can not wait to see more of your journal.