Circle journal, Mixed Media, Scrapbooking

Title Pages: Starting with a blank canvas

Creating the title page for your circle journal can be quite intimidating. At least I found it so, as it’s the first page everyone will see when they receive your journal. But I think part of the process of being involved in any art journal type project is letting go of the fear and just ‘having a go’.

So with that in mind, I went back to what I felt comfortable with (ie not mixed media!) and created a very simplistic front page using my scrapbooking supplies. Nothing like a recent shopping haul to get the creative juices flowing!

Circle journal front cover

As you can see, it really is a VERY simple page. The background is a thin coat of white gesso – just for decorative purposes (I did the same thing on my sign in pages here).

Both the graphic elements are from Shimelle’s latest scrapbooking range – Starshine. It’s quite difficult to get access to the latest American Crafts ranges in Australia, and all I have at the moment are the 12 x 12 and 6 x 6 paper pads so I created my own embellishments by fussy cutting out the world and the ‘wonderful’ image.

To the world, right on top of Sydney, Australia, I sewed a little ‘happymail’ charm from my stash. To the wonderful card, I added both Wink of Stella in clear and then glossy accents to make the word ‘wonderful’ stand out.

The tiny star wood veneers are from a local Australian business – Corbett Creations. The perfect accent!

I finished the page with my name since this journal will spend the next 11 months travelling Australia. I used white thickers – Puffy Stickers from Studio Calico – Seven Paper (which appear to have sold out). They have a strange texture, kind of a little like vinyl, which makes you just want to touch them (or maybe that’s just me!)

  1. Other tutorials in my circle journal adventure:

    1. Constructing your circle journal from paper bags
    2. Creating a title page
    3. Creating a sign in page
    4. Setting the theme