Tutorial Tuesday–Journals

This week I thought I would mix things up a bit and introduce two ways to decorating journals. One style is shabby chic, and the other is more simple yet elegant. Enjoy.


  • 3-D scrapbook paper or natural fibre paper
  • CD
  • Tag
  • Gold leaf
  • Gold leaf embossing gel
  • Fibre
  • Scrabble Tiles
  • Stamp (not in photo)
  • Stazon ink pad (not in photo)


  • Adhere paper to journal cover
  • Cut CD into desired shape
  • Place gold leaf onto journal and CD in random pattern


  • Rub ink onto tag and stamp out image(s)
  • With Stazon, stamp onto gold leaf’d CD
  • Glue on embellishments such as an old key
  • Add fibre to tag


  • Tear bottom edges of scrapbook paper and black cardstock
  • Adhere two pieces of paper together
  • Add eyelits or brads for interest


This journal is now done.

For a simple, and elegant look, place vintage paper onto the cover, and add stickers and a scrabble tile. Stickers are from K&Co. Paper was distressed with Adirondack Ginger ink.

Inspiration for the shabby chic journal came from Tim Holtz.

Posted on : Aug 26 2008
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8 People have left comments on this post

Aug 26, 2008 - 09:08:00
Kim H said:

Holey Buckets this is so cool! I love the CD pieces I have never used them in anything! I need to try them out! LOVE IT! Thanks for always showing us something new and cool!

Aug 27, 2008 - 12:08:21

This is awesome Beth – I love this look and the tutorial rocks!!! Very very pretty journal! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Aug 27, 2008 - 05:08:27

Hi, Beth. I just tripped across your blog when I was looking for a Pearl Ex tutorial. I just love what I’ve seen so far and will check out your links. May I add you to my favorite links on my blog?


Aug 27, 2008 - 11:08:02
emilia said:

Wow…I just have to click each photo and take a close look of your work! They are amazing…. I never thought of using CD as decoration. So creative!

Aug 28, 2008 - 09:08:01
kathleenh said:

Beautiful! I was going to say that the first one looked very Tim Holtzish and then I read that it was inspired by him. teehee. I really love that second journal with the notes paper and the birds.

Aug 30, 2008 - 12:08:36
malieta said:

Very nice tutorial Beth and thank you for sharing!

Aug 31, 2008 - 06:08:17
Corie said:

This is just GORGEOUS — love the new site!!

Sep 14, 2008 - 12:09:24
Aija said:

You have great tutorials here! Need to try something of these fabulous ideas, thank you for shearing!

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