Sister Art Journals | Crate Paper Design Team

Hi everyone...I just realized that I never posted these awesome journals on my blog...I made them last month for Crate Paper and they were posted on the Crate Paper blog but I totally didn't put them on here...and I super duper love them so I have to post them right now!!! So here we go....

Recently my sister-in-law had a serious surgery. Luckily she's home and recovering, but stuck in bed, in pain and bored...boy, do I know what that's like! My answer to that situation is scrap-therapy. That's what I do...I find the act of creativity often helps to get my mind off of the pain. So I decided to make her an art-journal that she could use to create in! I decided to make one for myself too so we could work on the project of filling up our art-journals together!

I took two hardback books and I covered the outsides with 12x12 patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. I thought the collection would be perfect for this surprise for Jen. It's totally her style with it's vintage, cute vibe! I layered flowers on the front covers of the books along with a different transparency word for each book, and a vintage button. I also added a cute denim and lace ribbon, tied in a bow as a finishing detail that would help hide the edge of the pattern paper covering the books.

I covered the inside covers of the books with patterned paper too. On the left of the inside cover, I adhered a Maggie Holmes library pocket from the Confetti collection and I filled the pockets in each book with tons of cute tags and things. On the front of the pockets, I added a little layered and stitched heart that would pop up and allow for some nice dimension.

For each book, I painted some of the pages with white gesso and tan paint to create some backgrounds for art journaling. I also created a pocket out of one of the inner pages in both books and decorated and filled them with goodies.

I love the finished books and when I surprised Jen with hers and said we could work on filling them up together, she was so excited! I love my sister and I'm so happy that I made her something that she enjoys and that might help her (even in a small way) while she is on the mend! Hope I inspired you to make an altered art-journal for you and/or someone you love!