Make an elegant Damask journal and keepsake box.

Make an elegant Damask journal and keepsake box.

Karen Wyngaard

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!

Damask Journal with matching keepsake box.

Damask Journal

Start with the Explorer's Journal in Stone. The soft gray coordinates well with the gorgeous Damask color palette.

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

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".

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

The page kit features so many beautiful elements, no part of the journal goes unadorned.

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

When you remove the folio from its velcro closure . . .

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

. . . you'll see more beautiful spaces, ready for photos. I love how the washi tape adds an elegant touch to the inside pockets.

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

In Bloom botanical stickers dress up the swing pocket inside the journal.

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

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.

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

I embellished the back of each half pocket using Steamworks mini vintage envelopes and an Ivy League wax seal sticker. (You could easily substitute You've Got Mail airmail envelopes.)

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

Decorate the back of the journal with trimmed panels and a large cutapart sentiment.

Damask Journal by Karen Wyngaard

Keepsake Box

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.

Damask keepsake box by Karen Wyngaard

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.

Damask keepsake box by Karen Wyngaard

I plan to fill the journal with vintage family photos .

We'd love to see your Explorer's Journals and boxes! Be sure to share your completed projects via the Club Scrap Chat Facebook page. Joining the group is free, and you'll receive a generous helping of paper crafting inspiration during every visit.

Happy crafting!

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