Saturday 18 May 2019

2019 #7: Turquoise with Squiggly Ink [By Miriam Grazier}

2019 Topic 7: Turquoise

Miriam's gorgeous colour combo along with the fab faux hinges makes a wonderful wrapped journal with the gorgeously quirky Squiggly Ink stamps.

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a wrapped journal that I made using the amazing Squiggly Ink Bricks and Mortar stamps.  I have had these in my stash since they were released.  I love this collection.  They work amazingly well with bright colours as I have done so here, but they also look fabulous on more muted and vintage projects.

I wanted to create a small journal to not only show case the versatility of the stamps but to also create a keepsake where I can jot down a few memories.

I had great fun creating the journal and then the pages. I kept the backgrounds fairly simple as I wanted to showcase the Squiggly Ink stamps. Bricks and Mortar Sets 1, 2, & 3.

I used colours that would complement turquoise, opting for Slimed and Cherry Red as contrasting colours. I loved how these all looked together.


I used the same colours for the stamps, creating patches of painted surface and then simply stamped the images and cut them out.

The hinges were stamped twice as I wanted it to look as though they were attached to the front of the journal. My closure was made using a small magnet to keep the clasp together.

I also found that due to the heavy weight of the card stock that I used for the pages inside, the journal slanted to one side. To combat this, I added a belly band which I have also used as somewhere to keep trinkets and tags for memories.

I added splashes of gold, white gel pen and paint pens to highlight areas of my journal and pages.

I drew scribbly lines around the pages, this gives me the opportunity to add notes and memories, or in my case, happy thoughts.

I loved the splashes of red created by the wrinkle free water colouring.  In this case I thought it looked like red skies.

Turquoise is such a fresh and modern colour to use.  It really looked great on my journal.

I also made sure that I added decoration to the spines of the journal.

I also added a small amount of sparkle using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  I love the tiny add of sparkle here and here.

I had so much fun creating this. It amazed me at how I could use one collection of stamps and decorate a journal and pages in it's entirety.  I really hope that I have encouraged you to try this for yourself.  It makes such a lovely keepsake and was so fun to make.  I would actually love to make another but in more muted tones - I think that will work very well.  I think my next one will be to jot down my house improvement ideas.   

Thank you so much for joining me this evening.  Pop over to my blog to see further photos of the pages.  Happy Crafting!

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Helen said...

this is amazing, Miriam!!

suzyb said...

Really lovely little project. Love the subject and the colours you used. Really enjoyed it.

Nikki Acton said...

Wonderful design - great colour choices, a happy project! xxx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Love it! Lx

Etsuko said...

This is such a beautiful book Miriam!! love how you have used Squiggly Ink stamps. xx

Dianne said...

Just stunning!! Love ❤️

Words and Pictures said...

This is really charming, Miriam. I love the splotchy swirly backgrounds, and the little houses are just adorable.
Alison x

Chris said...

Beautiful project Miriam, I love the little houses! X

A Pink said...

Fabulous Joournal and such a great way to showcase the stamps .
Love it x

Lucy said...

Stunning! X