I started with two pieces of mount board and covered them with torn up pieces from an old book. Then I used a Prima stencil with Golden Regular Matt glue on both front and back covers. When this was dry I painted them with Luminarte paints. As these paints are translucent the writing on the book paper still shows through. I left it a couple of days before I rubbed Treasure Gold around the edges and over the corners as the Luminarte Paints need this time to cure properly.
I made the Signatures to go inside the journal from a pad of watercolour paper as I wanted something that would stand up to lots of liquid ! The stitch I've used to bind the journal is Coptic Stitch, there are loads of tutorials on You Tube, it is really easy once you get going and the thing I love the most is that your pages sit flat when you open your book.
To finish the covers I added an elastic fastener to the rear cover and then sewed a button to the front.
I then started on the first page using Colour Bloom sprays. I started spraying and then thought that I ought to protect the paper a little so added a coat of clear Gesso. I've used a Viva stencil with Colour Bloom sprays, Luminarte Paint and Fresco Finish paint.
I then used the Lin Brown leaf stencil with Fresco Finish paints, layering the paint and drying between layers.
One of my favourite stencils in the TCW Bingo stencil, so I've added a few numbers here and ther on the page. The TCW Onion Skin is also a favourite and I used it with some Chocolate Pudding Fresco Finish paint.
I then moved on to do some stamping and used the Tim Holtz Distress Damask stamps using Coffee Archival ink and the numbers are from the Mercantile set. The butterflies are from the Papillon set.
I used a black Fude Ball pen to outline the numbers and a white Sharpie pen to highlight the leaves.
I found this quote on the internet and thought what a brilliant thought for the first page of my new journal. I really want to do more lettering on my journal pages so I've decided that this new journal will be where I start on that journey.
The rest of the DT have made some stunnig projects for this challenge so do make sure you hop over and check them out at the ATP Exchange blog.