Journal cover recycled grunge style

Well, from time to time the journals need a nice new dress – a cover, and this time we played along together with my son, so it needed to be more masculine idea, so he can make his own interpretation out of it. Mine looks like that:

recycled grunge cover

Well it all begin with a packaging box of course. We cut the right size of covers and then carefully peeled down one side to get to the ribs. Then we applied in a grunge style a layer of gesso and some distress paint (I like the softer colors, he went for more dominant blue and green).

It took for a while to dry, we played around and quiet a thick layer was sitting in the deep part of the ribs. I took the Cartographer paper stash from Prima marketing inc. I like there new ATC sizes, it can fit so many things perfectly. Ran the bigger ATC through an ‘on the edge’ die. The little personal sign is from 7dots studio, it was my son’s idea.

It’ all about time, about memories, about dreams, about the past and about the future and a bit about the present as well of course. So what can fit a journal page better than a clock (tick-tock die from Tim Holtz). The middle is cut from the small ATC Cartographer ATC card and the round is a simple manila colored canvas card. I used some cord wires from Prima marketing to make it more interesting.

We were pretty satisfied with the result, now the best part, the self rusted found object, we love collecting from everywhere, sometimes you just find it on the street, sometimes it’s hiding in a container, well definitely there’s no day, when my son coming home from school on the way through the park, that he doesn’t bring a piece of found object, and of course if it’s not rusty enough we just rust it more ๐Ÿ™‚

Washer, nails, screws, paperclip… all our little rusty treasures… random on a cover in a grunge style. So that’s the short story of our journal cover. Of course we still wanted to add some antique look so metallic color bloom spray mists here we go! And the details:

Recycled journal cover in grunge style.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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8 Responses to Journal cover recycled grunge style

  1. So very cool Ruth!! What do you use to affix the metal pieces? Something sturdier than the average glue? Love the soft colors pared with the grunge! and those wires are really neat- good idea! xo

    • lerusho says:

      Jackie it’s a simple glue gun, sometimes I need to apply more, depends on how heavy the metal piece, and yeah it takes longer to dry it out, there’s no secret in it ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxo

  2. Love these colours and also that you recycled card to make it. Fabulous!

  3. Michelle says:

    Love it! Well done!!

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