Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Personal Wine Journal

This can be a quick and simple gift for a friend or family member who loves wine and takes pride in keeping track of their likes and dislikes.  I usually pick up books/journals that are on sale at book stores or office supply stores.  This journal is a taupe color and measures 6" by 8 1/2".  I had left over paper from the masterboard that I created for yesterday's project. 

Sticking with my Vineyard Theme I thought I'd make a journal to go with the bottle of wine!  I cut a piece of paper measuring 5 1/4" by 8", used a corner rounder on each corner.  I rubbed some additional ink along the edges,  in this case I used London Fog by Memento. I then poured clear embossing powder on all the edges and heat embossed it with my heat gun.  While the edges were hot, I bent the right upper corner and the lower left corner up using a pencil.
 I adhered this panel to the blank book using a very strong adhesive.  I cut a piece of cork measuring 4 1/2" by 6" and glued this to the embossed panel.  Now I cut a piece of the masterboard that measured 3 7/8" by 5 1/4" and stamped a Wine Cellar stamp made by Stamp Happen, Inc. with London Fog ink by Memento.  I poured clear embossing powder over the image and heat embossed it.  I matted this to a piece of purple cardstock, trimmed it close and glued the panel on to the piece of cork.

This journal came with an elastic band to hold it shut.  I ran white ribbon across the Memento ink pads that coordinate with my Tsukineko Kaleidacolor Vineyard pad.  In this instance I wanted to feature the purples so I used Lavender Lulu and Sweet Plum.  When the ribbons were dry I tied them to the elastic closure.  The closure was wide enough for me to hot glue a paper flower to it, next to the tied ribbons.  I added a wooden flower with some twine and a lovely self adhesive pearl in the center.
I hope this gives you some more ideas as to the benefits of making a Masterboard.  Many people make these and then photocopy the finished "board" to use over and over.  In this instance I made a couple at the same time and just cut them up for different projects.  Either way it saves you time while you make it and when cleaning up after.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Talk to you soon!


  1. That is a great idea and it came out beautiful. Love the stamp and I had never heard of that company.

  2. Lovely! Great idea to use cork paper, cool effect!

  3. It's fabulous! But is it big enough?!?!? Just kidding. Love the cork and how you tied it up with that stacked flower.