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Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

Next week is my birthday and my mother is coming to stay with me again for a good part of the week. I’m looking forward to the mess we will be making while crafting together. So far I have made three art journal booklets for her with a pamphlet stitch. Each made with 5 folio’s.

For next week I want to make her a book cover so she can bind the 3 signatures together in a book. It will have to be something she can decorate herself and I want the signatures to be removable, so it’s easier to work in the booklets.

I saw a blogpost and youtube video’s from Paula Phillips (JournalArtista, Mixed Media mini books) where she did just what I was looking for. An easy to make bookcover with removable signatures. Go check her out, her booklets and journal pages are beautiful and inspiring, I started playing a bit with this idea and made a test cover for my own pamphlet booklets.

I didn’t make progress pics, because I got rather caught up in the process of making this. I learned a lot while doing it and there are several things I will do differently when I make the cover for my mother. I will try and remember to make progress shots when I make that one, just let me know if you would like a tutorial on that.

I do, however, have some close up shots for you.

I made the cover from a cereal box. The side of a cereal box is just wide enough to accomodate 3 of the signatures I made as art journals. They tend to get rather thick….

I reinforced the spine with extra cardboard, which made it nice and sturdy and pierced 6 holes in it. Eventually when my journals are finished I will bind them in there. In the mean time I will attach them with elastic bands as Paula did, but I have yet to find elastic bands that are large enough and thick enough to hold the signatures. I may have to make them myself.

I wanted the closure to be a plain button, to wrap something around and when lookig for this I also found these tiny little buttons. I thought they were really cute. I altered the buttons with some gold Rub ‘n Buff and some copper wire. The button for the closure is attached to the cover with the wire and the tiny ones are attached with some sillicone dimensional glue. All them little buttons do tie in nicely with the Simon Says Stamp and Show: The Button Challenge, where they ask us to use a button on our project.

As you can see above, the three signatures fit snuggly inside the cover. I tied them in temporarily, to test it out.

I had a ball when decorating the cover. Here you can see the back and you can see some of the layers shining through. I started with collaging and taping. Then painting and stencilling. Stamped all over it with my new Stampers Anonymous stamps (love those) and went back with white paint.

The inside is treated fairly the same way, but I kept it simpler so I can add to it when the signatures are all finished and bound in the book.

I added a charm, I made several months ago as a test, a tassle and a leftover tiny button to the spine.

Layered some ephemera, lace and a photo of a lady, playing the piano, with some copper filligree bits onto a dictionary page. These were then attached to some card board and stuck to the cover with some foam, to give it more dimension.

On the dictionary page you can see the word “Vaardigheid” underlined with the key. This is Dutch for “Skill”. Which I found appropriate as there are many, many skills that are involved in art journalling. As it’s all about learning and growing your skills. In art, but also, I find, on a more personal level.

So I will leave you with that thought and I hope you enjoyed my cover as much as I did making it. I’m of now to make the cover for my mother, but she’ll have to decorate it herself =). I wish you all a lovely day.

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23 thoughts on “Mixed Media Book Cover for art journals

  1. This is so beautiful. Loving the new look for your blog and I wish you a lovely birthday and a great time with your Mum xxx


  2. Candy C says:

    Monique…your art is so beautiful. This book cover is filled with texture, layers of wonderful elements that provide so much interest. I love that vintage photograph that you've added to the front cover. She's lovely. The fabric trims, the metal bits, the buttons, all really do mesh into such a lovely cover. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. ❤ Candy


  3. Oh, wow, your book cover is gorgeous, Monique.

    Thank you for visiting my blog earlier today. The answer is: Yes, it is stamped on CD


  4. Valerie-Jael says:

    This looks really fantastic, well done! Valerie


  5. butterfly says:

    Utterly amazing, Monique… I'm in love with it! Hope you have a wonderful time with your mother – I'm sure she'll be inspired to create by this gift – and wishing you a great birthday too!
    Alison x


  6. Joyce says:

    Prachtig gedaan Monique 🙂


  7. MichelleZ says:

    Wow! I love the layers. So rich!


  8. Sue says:

    WOW Monique this is amazing, I love your layers and the beautiful beads. Have a very happy birthday and enjoy your time with your Mum xx


  9. Buttons says:

    What an entry Monique!! No wonder you got carried away with the creative process. This looks amazing and I could probably miss something even if looking at it all day. So clever and unique. Thank you so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this time. Hugs, Jenny x


  10. Jeannette says:

    Wow,Monique i love your juornal book,love the beads and the layers.
    have a very happy birthday with your mum and enjoy time.

    Greetings Jeannette


  11. This is FABULOUS!!! I love the shabby vintage feel! The cover is wonderful and all the buttons add so much! Love the the hanging beads too…so cool! Fabulous in every way! Thanks for buttoning up with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!!!


  12. Margie says:

    Really lovely Monique and I bet your Mum will love to see it and enjoy decorating her own too! Thanks for the link to Paula's video too and for joining in with this month's challenge at Our Creative Corner. Margie x


  13. die amelie says:

    Gosh! A brilliant make! LOVE all the layers and textures! Again a wonderful piece of art!

    Thank you for sharing this with us at OurCreativeCorner!

    Claudia x


  14. What an amazing and super creative cover…the details fit so well together…real artwork!

    kind regards, Alie 🙂


  15. Monique says:

    Thank you all for your sweet comments.


  16. OK – WOW! Just WOW!!! I have to pin this to my Simon Says Stamp and Show Awesomeness Pinterest Board 🙂 Thanks for joining us this week! – Ashli 🙂


  17. Stunning creation thanks for joining us this week at PanPastel Uk Challenge Blog.



  18. butterfly says:

    Bravo, Monique, on your SSS top 3 – as you know, I loved these, and I'm so happy they've been honoured!
    Alison x


  19. Maura says:

    Wow! So cool. Great win at SSS!


  20. Candy C says:

    Monique…CONGRATS on your recognition from Simon Says Stamp and Show! Very well deserved! I loved this piece. Yay for you! ❤ Candy


  21. MichelleZ says:

    Lovely! I adore the details.


  22. toni says:

    Beautiful journal cover, fabulous with all the yummy details, going back for another look!


  23. RebeccaHoot says:

    Love all the textures and lace. So pretty! Congrats on being the top three over at Simon Says Stamp


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