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Merry Christmas Pat!
Now before you think I gave Pat her gift in January I must tell you that she received it well in advance of Christmas. I'm just now sharing this fun project. This is a 1.00 composition journal I purchased at Dollar Tree. I covered it with velvet paper that I had been hoarding for 6 years!! Sadly the store is now out of business and I've never seen this paper again :( I used two different sheets; the giraffe pattern and the solid brown. The paper is attached with Paper Cement (made by the same mfg. that makes Rubber Cement~you can buy it at Michael's in the glue section of the store). The giraffe image (Embossing Arts~now out of business)was colored with Prisma pencils and blended with Gamsol blending fluid. I framed the image with a technique I learned at Technique Junkies called "Torn Frames".
The matching flower is a #2 pencil I embellished with a paper flower. I learned this fabulous technique from one of my stamping heroes, Tosh. Her blog is beyond fantastic and you can find her easy to follow directions HERE. I changed it up a bit by die cutting my petals from a Sizzix die cut heart since I taught this project at one of my stamping parties. I precut all the shapes for my friends to save them some time when they were making them (I spoil my friends rotten because I *LOVE* them all!!).
I've probably made a hundred or more of theSE journals and to date, this is by far my favorite and was made for one of my favorite people!! I hope you enjoy it!