Rust and Lace Journal

Full Front View

Full Front View

Hello and welcome to another installment of “As the Journal Turns”…. I have been rather obsessed taken with the making of all sorts of journals.  A good friend recently told me about the Katelyn Lizardi Journal Bigz die from Sizzix and the coordinating thinlits set which cuts pages and pockets to fit it. So of course I had to get them and those dies are what I’ve used here.  I love the size of journal it makes which is somewhere between the various Eileen Hull dies.

As I was trying to think of the design for this little book I was quite excited by the design created by Stacy Hutchinson on the Mini Album Makers blog. I love the layered look she achieved, in fact I love all her designs. She does really fabulous work. So I borrowed the idea of layering with frames and added some beautiful vintage lace given to me by a friend, and vintage keys and buttons from my stash. I rusted a leftover Jolee’s frame as well as the embossed book cover (Vintaj Morroccan embossing folder). The rust is a combination of various rust and patina pastes from Prima, Viva with a bit of DecoArt paint. I layered the rust frame over a Tim Holtz baseboard frame that I distressed and sanded.

The inside signatures and pockets are all cut from Stamperia’s “Time is an Illusion” paper which is so gorgeous I could hardly stand to cut it. 🙂 There is also some rough Japanese handmade paper tucked in there for making notes. There are tuck spots, cards and envelopes throughout. The gold embellishments are all from the new TH Impresslits (LOVE those!). I love how well this turned out!

Inside Fron Cover

Inside Front Cover

Inside Signature

Inside Signature

Inside Fold-out Page

Inside Fold-out Page with pockets

Back Cover

Back Cover















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10 Responses to Rust and Lace Journal

  1. Denise Johnson says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! ♡♡♡♡

  2. Anne R says:

    Heather, I don’t think I have the words to describe how amazing this is – it is a real stunner! The rust effects you achieved on the cover are superb (I am in awe..) and the Stamperia papers you used are fabulous – I can totally understand why you would not want to cut them up! The keys, lace and buttons just enhance your journal even further. I love how you did the closure too! This really is an exquisite journal!

    Thanks so much for joining in our July challenge at Mini Album Makers. Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Autumn says:

    Oh Heather! How I light up when I see your name in our linky tool!!! You’ve delighted me once again with the intricate aged beauty you develop through your layering process. I appreciate you giving a shout out to Stacy for the inspiration! She certainly is one talented designer. And so are you my friend! You have such a way with color and texture and your creations are truly a joy to behold. My friend purchased this die and during our weekend retreat this weekend we looked it over and pondered the lack of scoring, but now that we watched a video and have your book to learn from – we will be in for a huge treat in recreating our own versions. Thanks so much for all of the details you include on your posts. I soak it up my friend!!! It’s so great to have you share with us at Mini Album Makers. Hugs, Autumn

    • Heather Maxwell says:

      Thank you for your fabulous feedback Autumn! I always love hearing from you and reading your kind and supportive comments. I’m so glad you like the work I’ve submitted and I’m always thinking of the Mini Album makers blog when I’m deciding what to make. 🙂 It’s a pleasure to be part of this wonderful community of creative people!

  4. Beautiful album Heather! So many cool rusty pieces mixed with lace. Love the juxtaposition in this composition. Thanks for joining the challenge at Mini Album Makers.

  5. Sara Jansen says:

    This is stunning Heather…love all the keys and rust. Congratulations again!!

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