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Grafix Vintage Butterfly Journal

Project Description: Create a beautiful vintage butterfly journal using the Grafix 6”x 9” Mixed Media Journal.

Designed by: Lori Warren

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging


  • Grafix Mixed Media Journal – 6” x 9”
  • DecoArt Americana Premium – White Gesso
  • Beacon – 3-in-1 glue
  • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink – Tea Dye
  • Vintage dictionary book print
  • Windsor Newton – Gouache, Permanent White, Magenta, Neutral Grey
  • Master’s Touch – Gouache, Yellow Ochre
  • Lami Li Decorative Paper – Venetian Mask
  • Lost Coast Designs – Carmen Veranda Butterfly Square stamp
  • Vintage Lace Ribbon
  • DecoArt Dura Clear Ultra Matte Varnish
  • Ranger – Archival ink, Jet Black
  • String
  • Metal corners and charms

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Steps to Make This:

  1. Cover each Chipboard Journal page with white gesso.
  2. Select page to use as the journal cover and then adhere torn strips of dictionary book print with clear matte varnish
  3. Next, adhere decorative paper to the cover with clear matte varnish.
  4. Apply a light coat of white gesso.
  5. On a square piece of cardstock, stamp the Butterfly Square image with permanent ink.
  6. Create a faux vintage finish to the butterfly element by applying a watered-down layer of Gouache Yellow Ochre paint, blot off excess paint with a paper towel.
  7. Add additional color to the Butterfly stamped image with Gouache paint. Mount Butterfly element to a slightly larger piece of coordinating cardstock.
  8. Wrap the lower portion of the Butterfly piece with string and tie off.
  9. Adhere vintage lace ribbon to the left-hand side of the journal cover.
  10. Adhere the butterfly element to the top portion of the journal cover.
  11. Adhere decorative metal corners as well as metal butterfly charm to journal cover.
  12. Sponge the cover’s edges with distress ink.
  13. Attached finished cover to front of Chipboard Journal.
  14. Adhere decorative paper to the inside front cover as well as to the back cover page.
  15. Apply a light coat of white gesso to the back and inside-front cover. Once dry, attach the pages to the Chipboard journal.
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