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Tips to Creating an Art Journal

Posted by Graphic 45 04/03/2019 13 Comment(s) Mini Albums,Tutorials,Videos,


Hello, G45ers!

  We are back with a follow-up post to the DIY Journal with Stamps with a new page and art journaling tips by Katie Z.  These tips teach us how to use stamps, ink and fussy cut images from our Imagine paper collection to make your journals shine.  So grab your inks and stamps and let's have some fun!  


Imagine Junk Journal - Video Tutorial

By Katie Z


“Hello! Everyone, I wanted to follow up with the Junk Journal I made for August #G45JunkJournal Challenge, I guess it’ll be good to start utilizing the journal I made by creating a series out of it. As many of us would have known, it’s always easy to make an album or journal and it’s always an issue in filling in the pages.


Well, I don’t have a set of “standards” on how pages within junk journals should look like, however, I do want to have a theme to follow. Therefore, I decided to continue using the Imagine collection to fill in the pages. For today, this will be my very pioneer attempt to get this junk journal filled up. 





Tip: Try creating your page layout by having a subject in mind. I chose “Imagination” for this layout and started to weaved my design around the subject. Optional: Find quotes to elaborate your subject.



Tip: Keep you layout as flat as possible so that you can close your book! I did very minimum dimensional work here and limited to layering of design elements. To create some dimensions, try distressing the edges with Decades dyes around the images before pasting them down.



There’s no limit in imagination… I’ve seen people draw or even paint onto their pages. If you find that too technical, a good starting point will be simply cutting elements out and design a layout out of it.” ~Katie Z


Video Tutorial:


Imagine Junk Journal Ep 1 by Katie Z for Graphic 45


Graphic 45 Supplies:

Imagine 8x8 Paper Pad

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Venetian Lace

Clearsnap Decades Dye Pad Photogenic


Other Supplies:

  • Cream cardstock
  • Ornate frame rubber stamp
  • Imagination quote rubber stamp
  • Script rubber stamp


Well done Katie!  We want to thank Katie for sharing your amazing art journaling tips, and you for joining us here on the Graphic 45 blog.  Be sure to make some time to be creative and have some fun.  Have a wonderful day, and as always... 


Happy Papercrafting!

13 Comment(s)

Vanessa LeClear:
04/03/2019, 11:30:24 AM

Very pretty! Thanks for the tips!

Jill McAuley:
04/03/2019, 11:31:11 AM

I love how you have the focal elements at a diagonal across the page! Great inspiration to keep up with the March of time! April already?!

Linda Mayer:
04/03/2019, 11:49:35 AM

Love your project and all the great ideas. Thanks so much. ☺

Diane Fountain:
04/03/2019, 12:40:16 PM

Great tips!! Thank you!!

Martie Rollin:
04/03/2019, 01:06:42 PM

Junk journals aren't a topic of interest for me, but I love all the fussy cutting!

Sue D:
04/03/2019, 01:43:28 PM

Beautiful and thanks for the tips.

04/03/2019, 01:57:13 PM

I absolutely live the colours of this collection. Your project is beautiful!

She Fowl:
04/03/2019, 03:25:26 PM

Love the page and tips.

Susan Ashby:
04/03/2019, 05:02:15 PM

Great ideas....pretty

Sharon Clabaugh:
04/03/2019, 07:23:02 PM

Nice project. Super pretty papers in this collection. I bought 4.

Barbara Millar:
04/03/2019, 09:53:18 PM

Nice job and good tips thank you

Glenda Buster:
04/04/2019, 06:40:46 AM

Beautiful page. Thank you for for sharing the great rips♥️

Joyce G.:
04/04/2019, 08:11:18 PM

Beautiful page and great tips, thanks for sharing.

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