Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SGDT Challenge Jan 2015 - New Beginnings - Affirmation Journal

Welcome to the first challenge for Southern Girls  for 2015.  This first challenge is appropriately titles New Beginnings. For my project I chose to make an affirmation journal and I chose a  lovely digi stamp from  our sponser for this challenge Lacy Sunshine. The stamp is Fantail Enchantress.  To be honest I do not normally work with digital images and I have not done a lot of art journalling but one of my decisions (I won't call it a resolution) for this year is to use the images provided by our sponsers but to put my own twist on things and also to work on my art journalling  I thought making an affirmation journal from an old book is a great way to begin my journey this year and try out some new things and challenge myself.

I printed out the stamp (A5) size.  I then screwed the paper up into a tight ball because I wanted it all crumpled and distressed looking.  I then roughly (and I do mean roughly) covered the image with watercolour paint. Once that was done I inked up a book page, ripped the edges off the coloured image and glued the image to the book page.

I wanted to distress it more so I punched out the corners of the page using a hole punch and then I covered the whole image with crackle glossy accents to give it an even more aged look.

I then painted a recycled book black and glued the image to the front and added the words.  Once everything was dry I used another layer of crackle glossy accents over top of the whole thing to protect and age the cover.

Here is the finished result and I will be using this book as an affirmation Journal throughout the year to keep me inspired and focused.

thanks for checking out my blog and I hope I have inspired you to try some of the gorgeous digi stamps from the Lacy Sunshine website.  I also hope you will pop over to the Southern Girls blog and check out what the rest of the Design team have been doing and maybe enter the challenge with your creations.  

I have entered this project in to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.


  1. Wow Ngaere, I LOVE what you've done with this image. You definitely have your own approach and it's fabulous! Love that we both did a 'diary' this time. Though I just don't have the inky, gluey skills or patience for your gorgeous process. Enjoy your diary. LOVE the sentiment too. Fab-u-lous!!! Hugs, Wends x

  2. What a gorgeous project. The image you created using the digital stamp is stunning! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

  3. Fantastic project!!! I loved reading about your progress through to the end result. The watercolour gives the image an ethereal quality :)

  4. Fun art journal page - love the digital image! Thanks for joining us in this month's Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  5. This is beautiful. Thanks for joining the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

  6. really neat project! love the effect from crumpling up the paper. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!