Polymer Clay Leaf Journal
These easy to make polymer clay pieces add the perfect accent to this handmade journal.
Designed by Iris Weiss
- Craft Smart® Polymer Clay: Blue, White
- Darice® Recycled Paper Journal (approximately 6-inches x 7-inches)
- Patterned Scrapbook Paper: Coordinating Blue and Brown Colors in 3 different sheets
- Copper Eyelets
- Brown Ribbon
- White Craft Glue
- Clay Blade
- Pasta Machine
- Small Oval Cutter
- Needle Tool
- Letter Stamps (¼-inch)
- StazOn Ink Pad: Azure, Saddle Brown
- Oven Proof Glass or Metal Baking Surface (craft dedicated)
Read all tips in the Project Tip section below before beginning project.
Covering Journal with Paper
Remove cord from the blank journal and coat outside of journal with white glue.
Cover the outside of the journal with the primary patterned paper. Trim excess paper leaving enough to fold over the edge around to the inside of the cover. Fold the extra edge of paper over and glue down.
Tear a strip of the third chosen paper that is about 3¾-inches wide. Smudge some of the Saddle Brown ink onto the ripped edges of the paper. Glue this strip near the right edge of the cover going from the top to the bottom. Trim excess length leaving enough to fold over the edges and glue into place.
Tear a strip of the second chosen paper that is about 2¾-inches wide. Smudge some of the Saddle Brown ink onto the ripped edges of the paper. Glue this strip on top of and down the middle of the strip from the previous step. Trim excess length leaving enough to fold over the edges and glue into place.
Use paper selected as the secondary color and cut pieces that will go on the inside of the covers. These pieces will overlap the folded edges from the outside paper and where the ripped pieces have wrapped over to the inside. Glue into place.
Polymer Clay Accents
To make the leaves, roll some solid blue clay out on a medium setting on the pasta machine. Mix some blue with the white clay to make some marbled sheets of clay, roll these on a medium setting as well. Roll a couple of different marbled sheets, some that are more white and some that are more blue.
Use a small oval cutter and cut a series of ovals from the sheets of clay. Use the side of the needle tool to draw a line down the center length of the ovals. Pinch one of the narrow ends so it folds on itself a little bit. On the other narrow end use your fingers to pinch and stretch the end into a curved tip so the ovals begin to look like curling leaves. Set the leaves aside to bake.
Roll out a marbleized sheet of blue and white clay on the thickest setting of the pasta machine. Ink the letter stamps with the azure ink pad and stamp the word “dream” into the marbled sheet of clay. Trim around the stamped word leaving about ½-inch border on each end of the word to place the eyelets.
Press one eyelet into each end of the stamped strip of clay. Use the needle tool to dig out any clay left in the hole of the eyelet.
Bake leaves and stamped clay as instructed in the Project Tip section below. Let cool completely.
Once cooled, smudge some of the azure ink onto the edges of the leaves and stamped strip of clay.
Once the ink has dried, glue the components onto the front of the journal and tie the brown ribbon into place on the spine of the journal as shown.
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.
Make sure to clean hands and tools before starting project.
Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces.
Knead clay for 2 minutes.
Start with lighter colors and work down to darker colors to avoid discoloring of the clay.
Mix colors of clay to achieve a marbled appearance.
Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275º F (130º C) for 15 minutes per ¼-inch (6mm) of thickness. Do not exceed temperatures or recommended baking time.
Do not use in microwave oven.
Baking should be completed by an adult.
Wash hands after use.