Monday, August 16, 2010


Dollar Journal
Back to School is a JustRite 031 challenge.  This week's challenge, sponsored by Spellbinders, is to create something back-to-school related.  Being a teacher myself and my children are adults I created a little something that can be given to a fellow teacher to journal the new school year.  I began by buying a dollar journal at a major retail store.  I decided to cover it with My Mind's Eye "quite contray-be happy" paper.  The paper is two sided so I used the print on the outside and the red stripe on the inside. (pictured at the bottom)   I used Ranger "Tea dye" distress on the paper to take some of the new look away.  In order to get a good fold I used the Scor-pal.  The image was stamped with the apple basket from the JustRite set "Autumn Blessings" and the verse from the JustRite "Cherish the Memories" set.  I put both on the large clear rectangle block to stamp together.  That worked perfect.  The coloring was done with Copic Markers of course. I then cut it with a Spellbinder oval and mounted it on red.  The accessories used are from We R Memory Keepers.  A red tie is used to keep it closed.  I decided I just could not stop there so I made a bookmark using the same basket stamp and a purchased tag that I covered.  This time I cut it with the Spellbinder circle and mounted it on the scallop.  A red ribbon is sandwiched as I cut the print to make a finished back to the circle.  The backside of the bookmark is red.  To finish off this project I needed a large envelope that the book would fit into for storage.  I again used the Scor-Pal to make the envelope storage.  I allowed the spine width of the book for the depth of the envelope and added about 1/2 to the width and length.  Oh I forgot I put a little glossy accents on the basket. This was fun to create and I hope you enjoy.

Inside cover
 Envelope Storage for Journal


  1. What a great project, Mary Jo! I'm sure she'll LOVE it!!!

  2. What a transformation. Fall is in the air with this excellent Back to School ensemble. Beautiful job!

  3. Super project Mary JO! Your envelope is great!

  4. This would be great at those stressful times in the school year. Any chance you'd share the patterns or dimensions?


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