Distressed Mini Journal by Tracy

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Hello, I’m Tracy and I’m excited to be sharing my first guest designer blog post for The Little Paper Tree.  I made this cute mini journal using Lesia Zgharda Design stamps.


The Cover

The journal measures 12cm x 8cm and is cut from kraft card.  I used a distressing tool on the edges and stained the whole cover including the edges using Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress oxides.  Then I stamped the Jar & Flowers stamp by Leisa Zgharda designs on the cover, using Archival Jet Black Ink and colouring them with pencils.


The Pages

I cut four pieces of watercolour card stock to the same size.  After wetting the edges (this makes them easier to tear) and tearing them I distressed them further using Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress oxides.  Stamping images onto the pages using Archival Black Jet ink.  I used first and second generation stamping as this enabled me to continue the distressed look. The images are watercoloured using Kuretake Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens in Olive Green, Marine Green, Ochre and Mustard and a fine paintbrush.


The Binding and Closure

Dying the bind cord in Walnut Stain distress oxide I stitched the cover and pages together using the We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide to make sure all the holes lined up.

I finished off the front of the journal with a Tim Holtz quote chip (coloured with Walnut Stain distress oxide) and pen nib, coating the nib with a little black paint first.  The closure is made by knotting a single strand of string doubled over through the back cover.  The string then winds around the journal and the brad acting as a closure.


I hope you like this mini journal, I had such fun making it.

Creative Blessings.  Tracy


Find more from Tracy at her blog, Instagram and YouTube


Find these products:

Jar and Flowers stamp set — Lesia Zgharda Designs

Olive Green 043, Ochre 063, Mustard 067, Marine Green 400 — Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers

Chipboard Quote Chips — Tim Holtz Idea-Ology

Archival Jet Black Ink — Ranger

Watercolour Card — Canson

Pen Nibs — Tim Holtz Idea-Ology

Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain Distress Oxide — Tim Holtz

Coloured Pencils

We R Memory Keepers Book Binding Guide



Black Paint

  1. Joanne Percival
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    Amazing Tracy. You clearly are so talented and inspiring. Beautiful journal and will certainly have a go. Your instructions are clear helpful and really instructive.

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