Being grateful for what you have seems to come up a lot this time of year. I try to be thankful year round but the inevitable happens. Life gets in the way. Maybe my new Grateful journal will help remind me to stay full of gratitude.
Step 1: Begin with a journal of your choice and Tim Holtz collage mini stash papers. Measure and tear paper to fit cover. Next, cut out bird from collage paper. Tear cream colored paper and ink the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink and set aside
Step 2: Next, grab Ice Resin Ephemera Images and find one you like. Measure image with Milan Bezel template and cut out. I chose not to seal my paper because I wanted an old look. If you want to preserve the look of your paper you would want to seal it with Ice Resin Paper Sealer.
Step 3: Next, use Vintaj Earth Patina and dot onto bezel. I used a tissue to wipe some patina away to expose the bronze color underneath. Allow to dry. Cut 3 rhinestones from an old bracelet.
Step 4: Mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. Lay papers (except cream colored, inked paper) onto Studio Sheets. Use nitrile gloves while spreading resin to avoid getting on hands. Spread resin evenly on front and back of paper. Next, insert your chosen image and pour resin over it. Watch for any bubbles. Use a small amount of resin to attach rhinestones to the edge of the bezel. Allow to dry overnight. The next day take a look and see if any drips or extra resin needs snipped away. Then allow to cure for three days.
Step 5: Prepare another batch of resin for the letters. Add a small amount of Ancient Root Tint until you get your desired color. Spoon tinted resin into silicone candy mold. After I filled the letter mold I had extra resin leftover. I always have molds lying around so I use my resin up and don’t waste a drop. Allow to sit overnight. The next day pop letter and shape from mold. Trim if necessary. Allow to cure for three days.
I decided I wanted to attach my bezel to the journal with circles. I was lucky to find some watch parts in my “collection”. I used jump rings to attach watch parts to the bezel.
Once all the elements are finished, now you get to put it all together. Lay resin papers on book and attach with E6000. Once that is dry you can add your fiber to attach bezel to book cover.
Step 6: The letters for grateful are added with a little E6000. The final touch is the molded shape I made with the extra resin.
Now that my journal is complete, I can see for myself all I have to be grateful for.
Melissa Winters (PurpleARtLoVE) lives in Granville, Ohio with her family and herd of animals. By day she works for a large veterinary distribution company. Melissa has been featured in Belle Amoire and Green Craft magazine. If you can’t come visit Canal Market District in person, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/purpleartlove.