Good Sunday morning! It’s that time again, time for another Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen Challenge. This challenge is open to all current and alumni Dirty Dozen, and one that I enjoy participating in each month. This month the challenge was to make an Inspirational Journal using the following picture as inspiration.


Inspiration Photo


The inspirational photo is from BH&G 100 Decorating Ideas Under $100 magazine. We could choose to be inspired by the color pallette, the composition, or any other element of the photo that grabbed us. The restricted element for this challenge, was NO markers (including Copic, SU or any other brand) or watercolor crayons. I was immediately taken with the soft blue and white color scheme in the room. The next thing that jumped out at me were the flowers on the table and the oranges on the shelf. I decided to make my journal in blue and white, with just a small punch of orange.


As you can see, I actually was inspired by one of my own creations as well. Yesterday I posted the journal that I made for the Lizzie Anne Designs April Project of the Month, which subsequently became my sister’s birthday present. This time, the journal is for me and the design on the POM Journal was one that I absolutely loved. Not only that, but since this journal is mine, I pulled out my favorite Penny Black floral stamp that I have not used in months and months and months. I won’t go into great detail in this post about making the journal (since I did that yesterday), but I will highlight some of the details.


I inked the flower image by tapping Distress Ink Pads directly onto the stamp. I then misted the image with water, and stamped it out three times on a piece of watercolor paper. Once the image was dry, I went back with a wet watercolor brush and pulled the ink into the open areas of the image. The edges of this panel were then sponged with Weathered Gray Distress Ink, completely into the image. Using a baby wipe, I then pulled some of the color off by wiping from the image out to the edges. I loved the effect I got, more of a watercolor look as opposed to sponging. The image was then layered onto solid colored designer paper and stitched together.


The covers for the journal were painted with acrylic paint, then highlighted with distress crackle paint. Once the crackle paint was dry, I went back and sanded all the edges to give the journal a worn look. As a last minute addition, I added the flourish to the all the covers and the inside pocket dividers. The flourish was stamped in white acrylic paint.


I decided to separate the journal in two sections, divided by pocket dividers. The first section contains lined paper, and the second section is plain white cardstock.



Stamps: Penny Black Blush; Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Anthology from Rubbernecker Stamp Company; and Stampin’ UP! Embrace Life

Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper; BasicGrey Periphery; Stampin’ UP Bashful Blue; Georgia Pacific White; Lined Memo Pad

Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Peeled Paint, Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo Distress Inks

Accessories: DecoArt Americana Blueberry and Buttermilk Acrylic Paints; Ranger Glossy Accents, Mini Mister, Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber, Tim Holtz Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint; Sewing Machine; Zutter Bind-it-All, 7.5×5″ Craft Covers, 1″ Double O Wire; SU Hodgepodge Hardware; Tonic Tim Holtz Distress Tool; Sanding Block; Ribbon; Watercolor Brush

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and that perhaps you are inspired to make your own journal. If you would like to see all the journals made by the Dirty Dozen, all you need to do is click on this keyword, DCI408.


13 Responses to “April Dirty Dozen Challenge – Be Inspired”

  1. Just beautiful! Love the colors.

  2. Sherry, this is so beautiful and soothing to look at and I love with you did with the inside!

  3. I love reading the description of how you created this journal. I’ve got to bookmark it so I can go back and do this myself. I love the softness of the flowers with the weathered and aged look. I am so in love with crackle paint.

  4. Sherry, you knocked my socks off with yesterday’s post, and done it again! It’s GORGEOUS!! I love it’s “beach house” look with the challenge colors and MUST add it to my growing group of inspiration pics! Don’t you just love Penny Black!?
    – SueB, sitting here sockless again

  5. Sherry, truely a great job following your piece of inspiration. I love the way it turned out….so rustic and distressed. Yet it has such a “homey” feel to it. Hope your doing well, still think about you…:)

  6. Gorgeous, Sherry. That’s my favorite Penny Black flower, too.

  7. Beautiful! I love the painted effect behind the main image. TFS!


  8. Gorgeous! I just love this! It’s just something I want to look at – it’s so beautiful!

  9. very pretty colors, love the watercolor effect you got in the flower and the distressing with paint and sanding is great, love how you have stamped over it!

  10. Love it Sherry, the pockets are a wonderful addition and how you used the crackle paint is inspiring to me.

  11. Just beautiful Sherry! I love the painting on the cover and the neat divider inside to separate the papers! Lovely journal!

  12. awesome work! i really love it. you got such great ideas. nice post!

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