Art Journal

New Class! Art Journaling; Exploring Your Creative Voice

Art journaling is a fun, no-pressure way to create art and writing with different mediums to enjoy in your daily life. Learn more about this enriching, expressive craft in Nancy’s new Art Journaling class. This class is perfect for new artists that are exploring their creative side through seasoned artists looking for art journaling/sketchbook inspiration. We talk, we laugh, we make art and drink coffee, share treats and more with our art adventure. Email Nancy for more information.

In this class, Nancy will help you get started with:

• Developing art and writing skills that explore multiple mediums, exploring your personal art style, or developing an new one!
• Building a background and layering design elements to a finished page.
• Adding focal points with images and letters.
• Collecting fun items that touch your heart, incorporating them into art and memories in your journal.

Art journals are a great way to experiment and play without the pressure, creating artful pages of many kinds – when you art journal you don’t have to worry about the end result or wasting a lot of materials. Don’t like what you see? Just turn the page and start again! Start your own art journaling journey with Nancy Archer in our new Art Journaling class.


Art Journal DIY Printable Project & Tutorial

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Hello my Art Journaling friends, here is my DIY Smash Book/Art Journal Starter Kit, a printable PDF! I have had the most fun throughout this whole project and will certainly do more in the future. This printable PDF file is 31 pages, if you are interested in purchasing the PDF, please send me an email request and I will get details to you.

Material List:

-(3) 1 1/2″ metal rings


-Round paper punch

-Elmer’s extra strength glue stick

-Markers, colored pencils, crayons

-Bright White Card Stock

-Kraft paper, colored papers, any decorative art papers

-Envelopes, beads, ribbons, bits and pieces of scrap book memory type items.

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Do you like the covers? I added the trimmed butterflies with dark pink scrap paper card stock backings and did the same to the bookmark. I had a bracelet that I never wore anymore and took it apart for the beads. So much fun! Remember, though…this is a starter kit and meant for you to use your own style and colors to embellish and make it your own.

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Both front and back inside covers have these floral pockets, easy to do. The little polka dot envelope comes in three colors and is an easy trim, fold and glue. I added the little clips and some “ticket” printables I found online. Now, you would add your own things and may have your own tickets and any other memories. I have not fully added my voice or writings to this book, as I wanted to showcase it to you and not take over the whole project. Besides, I am too busy thinking of the next book to share with all of you, I can’t sit still and wait on that project!

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I have included 5 “background” page printables, I print them out first on white card stock, then flip the page in the printer and print a set of the “front pages” (Two to a page, 20-5″ x 7″ printed pages in all.) on the other side, creating fun color throughout the book. And see here the red scrap book paper page, I added a folded doily and glued it down on the front and back, I really love this. I also added lined paper pages, blank sketch book pages, brown craft paper pages simply by cutting 5″ x 7″ pieces and punching holes by where the printed pages punched.

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There are three colors of the little pocket pages to print and trim, as many as you would like. They are very easy and fun, instructions are included below. I have also printed and trimmed the tags, glued them to colored scrap paper and trimmed for more fun and attached with ribbons here and there. There are printed pages for writing, for coloring, for making lists…and more pages for whatever you may need. Once again, to add your own page, simply trim it to 5″ x 7″ and punch holes like the printed pages and covers are punched.

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A preview of some of the printed pages and embellishments:

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These embellishments are all included in the kit, anything else I have added I found and collected from elsewhere.

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Instructions are quite simple! Print out the cover art page and the cover pocket page on white cover stock. Trim pieces.

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Cut two of the cover backing pieces out of card stock, I used craft paper card stock. Score and fold the two outer covers and glue the cover backings to the inside.

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Add glue to the cover tabs and fold over, rubbing to press down lightly. **I had been using a crafting rubber cement glue stick for this, and as you can see the pages warped a bit. I am new to scrap paper stuff, and brought home an Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Glue Stick. I love it, no warping and tighter folds. I actually made a new cover, but wanted to show you the little bit of warping going on here.

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Cut out two of the cover liners, I used a bright pink scrap paper card stock. Score and fold the pocket tabs.

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Glue the cover liner onto the back of the cover and glue the pocket in place. Make sure you glue the front pocket to the front cover and back pocket to the back cover. Keep them a bit off center, away from the punch side of the cover so they avoid getting punched. Let the covers totally dry before punching according to the holes printed on the front, or the paper may rip a bit. Once dry, you will see that these covers are quite beefy and strong, as they have been glued and strengthened almost like plywood. And they are also thin enough to fit into a home hole punch. My first set of covers were too thick to fit!

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The pocket folders are very easy. Print a background patterned page that you would like to “line” the pocket page. Flip and print the pocket page. Trim, score and fold and glue the tab, then punch from the long side according to the printed punch holes.

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Print the full background patterns that you like on white card stock, (So they are nice and strong to hold all of your sweet memories!) and flip them over to print a front page design on them. Trim all the front pages and punch the holes. Now it’s time to add all your pages, extras and the two covers to the 3-1 1/4″ ring binders, this is really all there is to it! With the 20 decorative printed pages included in the kit and the pocket pages plus all that you think of to add yourself, this kit makes the sweetest and easy little memory book for all to enjoy, adding your own fun baubles and artsy items, poems, memories, photos, to do lists and whatnot. Let me know what you think, or if you have any questions : ) xoxo