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Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Frugal Journey Through January Day 29

Welcome back, thank you for joining me. Can you believe it is Day 29, my journey is nearly over!


Today I want to share one of the pages inside my Altered Book Journal. One of the reasons I chose to use this as a journal is I love text, whether stamps, paper or in this case scrap pages from the book. I have decided to stick with the theme and have at least some book print showing on every page.

I started with a very thin layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint, applied with a plastic card. I could use a brush but I prefer the uneven, random look and very thin layers I can achieve using the card as a scraper. I then added layers of Broken China and Bundled Sage.

When dry I put a little Barn Door Distress Paint onto an acrylic block, used the lid of the paint applicator to stamp circles and the plastic card to add lines. I also had a stamps of a smaller circle both open and solid, so I added the open circle in Barn Door and the solid one in Broken China. I liked the colour combination much more than I expected to, especially when I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges!

I die cut some bunting from more leftover book print, stamping the letters and circles for this with Barn Door, then the other letters and circles in black. The letter A was a very old stamp from Hampton Art and I mounted it on a scrap of red card to make it stand out.

The phrenology head and the sentiment are both from Wendy Vecchi's Art Rules set and I added some red embossing to her lips and blue pen to her eye to make them pop. I restamped the flower part of the head and layered that on but felt there was still something missing so I added the half doily, also cut from book print.

I set it aside for a bit and later that day inspiration struck. I had some geek glasses paper lips I had bought for no good reason other than they were quirky, so I adapted them which I think is the perfect finishing touch!


I often leave pages aside because I don't feel they are finished, but can't think why, just hoping inspiration will come another day. Do you do that? Or do always complete a page in one sitting?

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my very frugal journal page, all from leftovers and will visit again tomorrow when I will have another project to share x



  1. Love this page, Val, the phrenology head is a great stamp..Well done for day 29!!

    1. Thank you Helen, can't believe how quickly it has gone xx

  2. Love phrenology heads and this no exception! I NEED those glasses for my phrenology head!!!

  3. Sometimes i can complete a journal page in one sitting but more often than not i set them aside with a few embellishments or a list of ideas i've thought of and come back to them the next day. Nearly every time i see something different and do not use what i had in mind, usually for the better.

    Fabtastic pages, the colours are wonderful as is the head with doily couture cape:-) xxx

    1. Thank you Mo. I'm so glad someone else creates their pages in stages xx