Monday, 26 November 2012

Tattered Time Mini-Album Part 4–Journaling

I spent most of this afternoon designing a template for a UK-sized envelope pouch, but can’t show you this yet, until I have permission from the designer of the original (US) template. I hope she will allow this, because many of us could benefit from templates based on UK paper sizes, and the vast majority of crafting tutorials on Youtube are US-based, which can make life very difficult for those of us who use a different system, and for whom a lot of stuff is simply unobtainable.

While I wait, I decided to make my first journaling mat for Page 1 of my album. This page is pretty simple in its construction, consisting just of the two flaps which the paper bag album construction provide. Subsequent pages will have more fold-out flaps and more interaction, but this is my first attempt, so I’m very much feeling my way.

The first thing I did was to distress the vertical strip on the left of the page – I thought it looked a bit stark and white, and it looks better for the application of some nice vintage blotches of Black Soot Distress Ink!

I cut a mat from a patterned sheet from the Tattered Time stack, measuring 7 x 9 inches, and matted it onto a piece of black cardstock 1/4 inch larger. I had some of the Tim Holtz clock faces page left after cutting some of the clocks out, so I applied this to the top left of the mat. I will be adding some phrases and other embellishments onto this as time goes on.

I matted another sheet on the back, again 7 x 9 inches, also Tim Holtz, and it was onto this that I did my first piece of journaling, written with my white Uni-ball pen and outlined with my permanent black Zig 08 pen. The piece I have written is a short potted history of my great-grandfather and grandparents, to set the scene for my father’s life.

Finally, a detail shot of the journaling.

Still to come on this page: probably a mini with photos, a bit more journaling, and possibly some tags, and also some separate photo mats. Hopefully I’ll also have some more templates for you soon.


  1. I love seeing the process of the book, the title is beautiful! I don't think people realize the time these books take! Keep it up!

  2. I thought I'd left a comment but it disappeared just before I pressed publish - so I'm sending another - hope you don't get two! This work is just wonderful and I am very intrigued about using bags for the journal - what a huge amount of work is going into it. The colours are so beautiful and your detailing is just outstanding - that black pen around the white letters must have taken hours - such beautiful work. I'm really looking forward to seeing how the pages develop - your ideas are always amazing.


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