Making a Mixed Media Journal Cover

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February 26, 2020

Mixed Media Journal - finished journalThis was a fun craft using odds and ends of junk and then letting my imagination flow!


Total Time: 6 hours

Yield: 1


  • assortment of miscellaneous hardware
  • 1 container gesso
  • 1 wide paint brush
  • 1 bottle glue
  • 4 scraps mixture of lace, burlap, tulle, or other fabric scraps
  • 1 container 3D modge podge
  • assorted embellishments: stickers, buttons, beads, jewels, pearls, small craft items
  • assorted acrylic paints and metallic paint
  • glitter
  • 1 can spray varnish
  • 1 journal
  • 2 sheets cardstock
  • 2 sheets scrapbook paper
Mixed Media Journal - container of embellishments
Mixed Media Journal - scrapes of lace, paper, etc.
Mixed Media Journal - bottle of Mod Podge and letters


  1. Gather decor and embellishments for the journal. "Think outside the box." Organize into piles according to type of decor, for example, beads, buttons, metal, etc. Begin by painting gesso over entire surface of journal and let dry.
  2. Mixed Media Journal - gather and sort the embellishments
    Mixed Media Journal - apply gesso to the outside of the journal

  3. On a piece of paper, arrange the decor and embellishments. Take a picture of the design to use as a pattern while in the process of gluing the design to the journal.
  4. Mixed Media Journal - arrange the embellishments on a sheet of paper and take a photo to use when attaching them to the journal
  5. Gesso scraps of burlap, lace, fabric, etc. onto the journal. Allow to dry. Begin gluing the decor to the journal, leaving out the embellishments that you don't want painted. Let dry. Apply another layer of gesso over surface and let dry.
  6. Mixed Media Journal - apply fabric scraps using gesso
    Mixed Media Journal - glue other embellishments on to the journal, allow to dry
  7. Using a mixture of water and your choice of colors of paint, fill a spray bottle half full, with half water and half paint, using one spray bottle per color.
    Mist spray one color of paint at a time on the journal in the areas where you want the color. Let dry between colors. Use as many other colors of paint as you desire and repeat the process. Let dry.
  8. Mixed Media Journal - spray with a mixture of paint and water and allow to dry
    Mixed Media Journal - closeup of journal with multiple colors sprayed on

  9. Add metallic paint to parts where you want to have a metal look. If adding wording, apply 3D Modge Podge (following directions and allowing to dry) the wording or the stickers to give a three dimensional look. Glue onto journal.
  10. Mixed Media Journal - add metallic paint where desired
    Mixed Media Journal - letters on the spine
  11. Spray varnish the project. Apply glitter immediately so it will stick to varnished surface. When dry, using glue, add the other embellishments.
  12. Mixed Media Journal - spray with varnish and add glitter immediately then add the embellishments you did not want to be painted
  13. For inside of journal, measure and cut cardstock and scrapbook paper to fit the dimensions of the inside of the journal. Glue into place.
  14. Mixed Media Journal - cover the inside of the journal cover with scrapbook or cardstock cut to fit, glue in place

  15. A unique way to use your creativity!
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February 29, 20200 found this helpful

Absolutely Beautiful!

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February 29, 20200 found this helpful

This is really fun!! Thanks for sharing the details! Blessings!!

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