The May collection is perfect for so many different occasions. With it's elegant feel, I couldn't resist making a Damask journal with a matching keepsake box.
Warning: Lots of photos ahead!
Start with the Explorer's Journal in Stone. The soft gray coordinates well with the gorgeous Damask color palette.
Trim papers and cutaparts from the Damask page kit to decorate the journal. Tip: Measure the space you want to decorate and subtract 1/4 inch from each measurement. The result? Perfect panels every time.
Pair a cutapart border with two strips of scrollwork washi tape for a decorative spine that really "wows".
The page kit features so many beautiful elements, no part of the journal goes unadorned.
When you remove the folio from its velcro closure . . .
. . . you'll see more beautiful spaces, ready for photos. I love how the washi tape adds an elegant touch to the inside pockets.
In Bloom botanical stickers dress up the swing pocket inside the journal.
Trim each 4 x 9.5" pocket insert into two separate pieces. The 4 x 4.5" insert fits into the smaller pocket accent. Add a pair of punched circles to create pull tabs on the 4 x 5" inserts. Slip them into the open end of each half pocket.
Decorate the back of the journal with trimmed panels and a large cutapart sentiment.
The matching keepsake box is made using the Explorer's Box components kit. A blend of burgundy and blue metallic acrylic paint creates the gorgeous finish on the outside of the box.
The inside of the box is lined with handmade paper, custom-tinted using scraps of Damask Light Blue Plain. I still need to add a few trinkets from my stash to complete the collage.
I plan to fill the journal with vintage family photos .
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