14 August 2019

Let's Do It Again at The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Hi everyone and welcome. It's the start of a new challenge theme over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog (formerly the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog). It's Sara Emily's turn to host and this time the challenge is called 'Let's Do It Again!"Have you ever made something that you wish you could do over? Perhaps it was a technique you tried and didn't get the results you were hoping for. Maybe you didn't have just the right product you wanted to make your project just perfect. Or maybe a friend asked you to make something like it for them. Now's your chance for a do-over. Choose one of your own posted vintage or shabby chic projects and do it over with a bit of a twist. Be sure to link back to the post of the project you are making over and tell us why you wanted to do it a second time and what's different about it this time. We like to see your entry be in the vintage or shabby chic style we prefer. "

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This was a tricky one, trying to decide which project to 'do over'. I opted for seeing how a different choice of colour scheme and embellishments would change the look of a recently completed notebook - so glad I did! Here's how the new book turned out;

In the original version (first seen HERE) I covered a notebook cover with a mix of die cuts, embossed panels, lace and burlap, adding a moulded clay label to the spine. The whole surface was then covered in a combination of paints to give it a verdigris look.

For this new version I covered the notebook covers with almost identical trims and textures (omitting the clay label on the spine) and covered the lot with a coat of White Gesso. To add colour a layer of Tim Holtz Collage Paper was added using Distress Collage Medium Matte to seal it in place to reveal the patterning beneath.

Once the Collage Paper was glued in place I gently dry brushed some White Gesso over the raised areas to reveal the different patterns below.

Here's a photo showing the back of the finished notebook so you can see in more detail;

With the basic finish completed I re-imagined the embellishments on the front cover, this time opting for lots of die cut elements in place of the clay flowers and cabochons used on the first version. After placing a large die cut Skeleton Leaf over some Tim Holtz Layers I added on a couple of metallic leaves (from the Saturday Showcase tutorial HERE) and some die cut Large Funky Floral elements. The die cut pieces were coloured with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints and everything was given an aged look with Acorn Archival Ink blended onto the edges.

To finish the book I added a couple of metal embellishments (an Index Clip Fastener and a Mini Paper Clip) and wound burlap string around the spine. A little dilute Black Gesso was painted around the edge of the Layers to add a shadow and make them stand out further.

That's my take on the theme 'Let's Do It Again!' for the current The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out and find out which ones they are doing over again HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Most of the products used to create this Notebook are available from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and are listed/linked below.

Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Die Set 6PK - Funky Floral Large Venise Lace Trim - 1/2 inch wide


  1. Wow, Jenny! This is indeed a wonderful take on your first beautifully textured journal cover, and your technique is definitely one that deserves to be revisited. I love the soft highlighting of the trims and textures and how the collage paper peeks through. Your collage on the front is brilliant! This is a magnificent make-over! Thank you for creating such a wonderful piece of artwork for my challenge! Hugs!

  2. Beautiful. I love the background because it has loads of texture but is neutral, which makes those fantastic flowers pop. The original is still as gorgeous as when I first saw it. Hugs!

  3. Well I loved the original Jenny but its so nice to see what you have done here and the outcome is fantastic. I love the background textures and stunning embellishments used.

    TFS and best wishes
    Annie x

  4. Each journal gets more and more beautiful! Love both versions of the journal! The beautiful texture on the covers is wonderful!

  5. That journal cover is scrumptious! I love the textures and shapes peeking through the tissue wrap! Your use of color is always inspiring. I never ever get tired of seeing these gorgeous works of art! Hugs!


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