Sunday, May 30, 2010

Linda Ledbetter: Grungeboard Faux Leather Journal

I stumbled upon an easy technique for making grungeboard look and feel like worn leather when I was making my sweetheart's valentine this year. I love the results I get with this combination of ink colors on sanded grungeboard, and thought this would be a really cool way to make a vintage-y, distressed book cover.

Feel free to play with different shades of ink, and have fun experimenting. Turn this into a photo album, a sketchbook, a storage binder for your stickers... anything! And if you do, please sent me a link so I can admire your work. :)

What you'll need:

First, Prepare the Grungeboard!
Begin by sanding both sides of both pieces of grungeboard. Use a medium-grit sandpaper or block, and really rough up the surfaces.

Using a well-inked Vintage Photo Distress pad, swipe the ink directly onto both sides of each sheet of grungeboard. Saturate that baby!

Use an ink blending tool to apply Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. Go heavier in some areas for a grungier look. Again, be sure you have a new or recently re-inked pad (or you can apply drops of reinker right to the Blending Tool, if you prefer).

Finish by applying Walnut Stain Distress Ink around the edges and in the corners.

Okay, this is important: Set your two pieces of ink-stained grungeboard aside to dry. There's a LOT of ink on there, so give it plenty of time (I left mine overnight). Meanwhile, you can make the title plate for your journal.

Pick a Title and Make it Fancy!
I decided to turn my un-leather book into a Dream Journal. I inkjet printed the title onto a piece of rose colored cardstock, making sure the text was sized correctly to fit inside the plate. You could hand letter the title if you prefer, or use a stamp or rub on. Cut out the text so it just fits inside the framed area of the plate.

Bling it up! I used Worn Lipstick and Aged Mahogany Distress Stickles. You could also use glitter, rhinestones, mica chips— whatever rocks your world!

Glue the text onto the back edge of the plate using Glossy Accents. Allow it to dry.

Carefully fill the front of the plate with glossy accents. Don't shake the bottlle, or you'll have to contend with a zillion tiny air bubbles. Set aside the ornate plate and allow the Glossy Accents to dry completely. You'll end up with a glass-like glaze on top of your title! I love this stuff.

Go have a chocolate milkshake. This is important. Art requires a lot of energy.

Okay, is everything dry? Then it's Assembly Time!
You've probably noticed that one side of the grungeboard is smoother and takes the ink better than the other. When you get ready to assemble your book, make sure the more "leather like" sides of the two sheets are facing outward. Then, decide where you want the binding rings to go. It really helps to have a see-through ruler like this one. Use a light-colored pencil to mark where you'll punch the holes, then go ahead: Punch the holes! I used my Big Bite for this. A regular hole punch would require brute force, and none of us want to break a nail! Repeat on the second piece of grungeboard.

Use pliers to attach the metal corners if you're using them. I "aged" mine with some black Alcohol Ink for that time-worn look.

Use the ruler to determine the placement of your title plate, mark the spots where the brads will go, punch the holes and attach the plate with its brads.

At this point, all that's left to do is add the inside pages of your choice and bind it all together with some Idea-ology D-Ring Book Fasteners.

You're all journaled up, baby!

(If you'd like to take it a step further and add a shabby-chic grungeboard clasp to keep your journal closed, please visit my blog tomorrow and I'll show you how!)


Friday, May 28, 2010

Reasons to Stamp in June

June marks the beginning of summer and is a busy month full of great reasons to stamp. Here are a few to get you started.


Birthstone: Pearl

Artwork created by Lynn Stevens

Artwork by Irit Shalom

Flower: Rose or Honeysuckle

Artwork by Irit Shalom

Artwork by Joanne Wardle

Zodiac Signs: Gemini and Cancer

Artwork by Dan


1 - National Go Barefoot Day

Artwork by Hels Sheridan

3 - National Running Day
4 - Doughnut Day
5 - Pencil Day

Created by Dan

12 - Trooping the Colours (UK)

Created by Hels Sheridan

14 - Flag Day (US)

Created by Lynn Stevens

15 - Nature Photography Day

Created by Debby Boltman

16 - Bloomsday (honouring James Joyce's Ulysses)

19 - World Juggling Day

Created by Lynn Stevens

20 - Father's Day

Created by Linda Ledbetter

Created by Lynn Stevens

Artwork by Debby Boltman

21 - Longest Day of the Year

Created by Linda Ledbetter

21 - Summer Solstice

Created by Suzanne Brookfield

23 - Let it Go Day

Created by Ali Manning

24 - International Fairy Day

Artwork by Lynn Stevens

Artwork by Debby Boltman

Artwork by Dan

Created by Jean Franks Beck

Weeks & Months to Remember

International Clothesline Week
June 5-12

Artwork by Irit Shalom

Created by Jean Franks Beck

Dairy Month

Created by Lynn Stevens

Great Outdoors Month

Created by Katy Fox

Created by Lynn Stevens

National Candy Month

Created by Ali Manning

June Inspiration Words


Artwork by Jean Franks-Beck

Artwork by Lynn Stevens


Artwork by Lynn Stevens


Created by Sharon Briss

Created by Sharon Briss


Artwork by Jean Franks-Beck

Artwork by Lynn Stevens

Have a happy and creative June!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wrap Up: GC52 - Kraft

The Gingersnap challenge takers outdid themselves again with the last color challenge - kraft. You took this basic, neutral color and elevated it to new heights. It took me a really long time to pick the gems for this challenge because we had so many amazing entries.

The randomly drawn Home Page Artist this week is...

Congratulations, Linda. Your wonderful card will be showcased on the Home Page of the Gingersnap Creations Yahoo Group as well as on the sidebar on the blog.

Now onto our fabulous Ginger Gems. When each challenge closes, we also pick 7 Ginger Gems - fabulous creations that we feel really exemplify that challenge's objective. The Ginger Gems appear in a slide show in the blog sidebar for the entire week, as well as in this wrap-up post, and their creators have the honor of displaying this Ginger Gems blog badge.

Created by Deborah

Created by Lisa

Created by Petra

Created by Jeanette

Created by Craftytrog

Created by Wendy

Created by Gail
We'll see you tomorrow for another Gingersnaps Color Challenge!

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