Art is Life Journal

Make your journal as unique as your thoughts using your favourite scrapbook paper designs and colours.

Project idea courtesy of Michaels Design Studio.


Uses Recycled Items: No

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  • Strathmore® Visual Journal
  • Liquitex® Gel Medium
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Liquitex® Gesso - Black
  • Liquitex® Acrylic Paints - Colours of Choice
  • Charcoal Pencils (Optional)
  • Paintbrushes - Assorted
  • Palette Paper
  • Crop-a-dile™
  • Embellishments - Gems, Glitter Glue, etc. (Optional)
  • Leather Cord - Coordinating Colour
  • Ribbon - Coordinating Colour(s) of Choice
  • Charms
  • Scissors
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Step 1
Paint the entire cover of journal with black gesso. Let dry.

Step 2
Cut and arrange scrapbook paper. Coat journal cover with gel medium and attach paper. Apply another coat over paper once attached. Let dry.

Step 3
Use paint to further decorate or personalize your journal. If desired, use charcoal pencil to boldly outline designs in papers, or to freehand draw onto journal.

Step 4
Optional: Embellish as desired.

Step 5
Punch a hole on the front and back of journal, using Crop-a-dile™, as shown. Slip knot leather cord through holes and tie for a closure.

Step 6
Tie more leather cords and ribbons on the spine and tie charms to the ends.


Work smaller areas to prevent "bubbling" and use your fingers to smooth as you go.