Hello creatives; Ramona here, and I am back to share this Simple Diary, Vintage Style. It’s another collaborative project with Ann Butler Ink Pads and Colorique ink stains. Working with another sweet image from The Magical Theatre book by Rita Barakat, I designed an inexpensive, simple diary, vintage style.
What Was Created
I will show you a few easy steps that will help you give any small book a vintage feel makeover, making it perfect for gift giving, travel journaling, or just writing down your daily meditations and thoughts. This would make a great gift to tuck into a gift basket or holiday stocking. It’s a perfect present for someone who would love to write down the wishes of the heart.
Weathering The Diary
I found this particular journal at the Dollar Tree, and I love the slim size that is so reminiscent of a travelers journal log. I decided to distress the entire diary, so it would have a more weathered and well-used feel. This task was easily done by using two colors from the ColoriQue line and dabbing them on the book cover, both front and back. These inks dry quickly, making it easy to work with both sides of the diary. I used the colors Ruby Slippers, Turquoise Mountain, and Black Diamond. It only takes a few drops to blend and create beautiful effects!
Aging the Pages
I wanted the pages to also have an aged and worn feel to them. Using the Ann Butler ink pad, in Desert Sand, I rolled the page edges along the pad, getting the ink to soak into to the edges.
Using a bit of water, I dabbed a wet brush along the edge of the book, letting the water work into the ink and lightly stain the book’s edge. Repeat this process until the edges are distressed to your liking. As the pages dry out, this technique adds a slight crinkle to the edge of the pages which adds to that vintage feel.
I find that the Ann Butler ink pads are good for use on a number of surfaces, and also used mine to dye a ribbon of seam binding. In doing this, I was able to tie the colors together cohesively with the page edges and the overall distressed finish. Just dabbing the ribbon on the ink is all you have to do!
Decorate The Cover
Next, I used one of the paper dolls from The Magical Theatre Book, by Rita Barakat. This really added some charm to the front cover. I love the colors and playful patterns of this doll. After printing and carefully cutting her out, I glued the doll to the front of the cover using Matte Medium. A small stamped label was also added.
Distress for Charm
I used the distressed ribbon to tie up the diary and bundle it together with a sweet pen leaves the gift ready for giving. You may need to make an extra- so that you can keep one for yourself.
Thanks for reading about this latest creation. I hope you find time to sit down and play with your supplies today!
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