Santoro's Gorjuss Journal Tutorial

Posted by TheDocraftsTeam, 23 Nov, 2015

Creating your own mini journal from scratch gives such a sense of accomplishment as well as being fun to make. Handmade pieces such as this can be fantastic gifts for friends and relatives, especially if you fill the pockets with photos, keepsakes and memorabilia that are special to them. To make an 'altered art' feel to your album, embellish heavily and use some paints, spritzing inks and scrunched papers. For a fresher look, allow the warm tweeds and pretty stitched frames and borders of the 'gorjuss girls' to create the atmosphere. The base of this journal is made from Papermania Small White Gift Bags - a great way to assemble and produce lots of pages and pockets in a journal - and decorated with elements from Santoro's Gorjuss new A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack. For a different look, try using kraft gift bags, in either the small or large sizes, and decorating the pages with Bare Basics kraft stickers, cork tags and caption wooden letters. This journal and tutorial were originally featured in docrafts Creativity Magazine Issue 62. Journal and tutorial by Marta Lapkowska.

Constructing the Journal

1. Remove the handles from the five small white gift bags by gently pulling the tape away from the insides of the bags.

2. Maintaining the fold in the base of the bag, use double-sided tape to adhere the folded base of one bag to the bottom of the unfolded side of a second bag.

3. Repeat to glue all five bags together in a stack, making sure the creases in the folds align perfectly and the spine of the stack is completely straight.

4. Starting at the top of the stack, fold each bag back to open each page, creating a new crease in the bag.

5. The paper bags have now been transformed into a collection of pockets, ready for keepsakes and embellishments.

Decorating the Pages

The Santoro's Gorjuss A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack is perfect for decorating and embellishing this little journal. The papers, decoupage and toppers are in separate sections, so everything easy to find and can be stored away neatly. There are also extra tags and toppers printed inside the packaging. Each of the 'gorjuss girls' has her own tartan, tweed and colour palette, so it's simple to ensure a harmonised look to each page. Add paper to the panels on each page and then add a selection of co-ordinating die-cuts, decoupage and toppers to showcase the corresponding character as the focal point. Use Stick it! 3D foam squares to give added dimension to the decoupage. Highlight the toppers with matching felt shapes to create a cameo effect or use wooden frames to emphasise detail. Embellish the pages with large ribbon bows, buttons, gems and adhesive dome stickers. Stamp and colour different characters on cardstock and create a little flip book to decorate one of the pages. Make the cover stand out a little by adding extra die-cuts and a bouquet of petal posies and skeleton leaves to the decoupage frame. Decorate the spine with a length of crochet trim topped with a matching ribbon trim bow.

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