Altered Vintage Journals

Altered Vintage Journals

I am so excited to share today’s project with you! I absolutely love the vintage, antique look, and recently created these altered vintage journals. More accurately, they are altered composition books, but that title just didn’t have the same panache!

I used vintage papers that I had in my stock, and a few retired CTMH products that I found to make them more antique-y.

Altered Vintage Journals

This first book was altered with papers that contained a cursive script. Since it focused on writing, it only made sense to make this one into a journal. I glued the paper to the front and back of the book and then antiqued around the edges with Cocoa Ink and a sponge dauber.

To cover the binding, I REALLY wanted corrugated paper, but didn’t have any in stock. So…. I improvised. I took Kraft Paper and painstakingly scored down the length of the paper every 1/8″… yes, EVERY 1/8″ inch for every binding cover, and every book. It took awhile, but I was very happy with the semi-corrugated look. Then I added a piece of black ribbon to cover where the seams met.

Altered Vintage Journals

Taking a closer look at the front, I added some chipboard elements from CTMH (retired). The key was my favorite piece! I inked it with Cocoa Ink. Since it had a resist pattern, a portion of the chipboard remained white, revealing a nice design. I added a piece of scored and distressed Kraft paper to look like a journal closure and a button that looked similar enough to a lock. Voila! A cute faux lock and key design.

Altered Vintage Journals

Here is the back of the book, finished the same as the front, but without the design elements.

Altered Vintage Journals

This book was done in the same manner as the previous one… vintage-looking paper, designer chipboard elements, and a CTMH resin button (retired) for the “lock.”

Altered Vintage Journals

Another similar book with the same concepts but different look. This paper had a clock pattern, so I added a time element… the year. It can be used as a 2016 journal, notebook, planner, etc.

Altered Vintage Journals

This book was my favorite! The musical note pattern just screamed “notes”, which was perfect for a journal/notebook. I used mini tags to spell out “Love Notes” and added some chipboard pieces that I colored in Cranberry Ink.

Altered Vintage Journals

The chipboard piece also had a nice resist pattern that remained white when colored. I used it to replace the “O” in the word “Love” and added additional colored hearts to the top of the book. I found a random red button to add as the lock.

These were so fun to make!

Featured Products

Stamp Sets  None
Patterned Paper  Unknown
Cardstock  Kraft Paper
Inks  Cocoa, Cranberry
Accessories Designer Resist Chipboard (retired), Buttons, Black Ribbon
Cricut None
Tools Bonding Memories Glue, Glue Dots, Easy Stick Adhesive, All-Purpose Mat, VersamatPaper TrimmerScore BoardNon-Stick Micro-tip Scissors, Corner Rounder, Sponge DaubersRub and Remove Eraser, Bone Folder, Ruler

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Feature Papers of the Month: CTMH Chalk It Up

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Close To My Heart CTMH Chalk It Up Papers

Chalk It Up Paper Packet

I started a new segment last month, featuring one specific paper packet from the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book. If you missed the “Seaside” featured papers for August, you can view that post here. Even though the featured papers are available all year (not literally for the month), I thought that it would be nice to give a shout out to one specific pack each month!

For the month of September, my feature papers will be Chalk it Up. The Chalk it Up papers are school-themed. However, many of the papers are not theme specific at all and can be used for more than just school projects. The picture above shows the patterned papers from the Chalk it Up Paper Packet. For more information on that set, please click here.

Let’s look at some of the other products using the Chalk It Up papers:

Close To My Heart CTMH Chalk It Up workshop on the go scrapbooking kit

Chalk It Up Workshops On The Go Scrapbooking Kit

The Chalk It Up Workshops On The Go Scrapbooking Kit contains a full paper packet, exclusive stamp set, ribbon, and embellishments. For more information, please click here.

Close To My Heart CTMH Chalk It Up Picture My Life

Chalk It Up Picture My Life Program

The Chalk It Up Picture My Life Program contains 122 scrapbooking cards, cover page, and page protectors. For more information, please click here.

And, here is some Close To My Heart Corporate artwork for the Chalk It Up papers:

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Chalk It Up Home Decor Picture Frame

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Chalk It Up Scrapbook Layout

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Chalk It Up Card

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Chalk It Up Mini Album

Aren’t those adorable?! In case you missed it, here is a mini book that I made with the Chalk It Up Picture My Life cards. I will have plenty more to show in the coming weeks! Please subscribe to my blog posts (in the upper side bar) so that you don’t miss a thing!

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Current Promotions:

“Chalk It Up” Mini Book

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One of my favorite activities at the Close To My Heart annual convention is the “creative session,” where consultants get to use brand new, not yet released products to create some really nice projects! Well this year was no exception. One of the products we were able to use this year was the “Chalk It Up” Picture My Life (PML) Scrapbooking Program.

Since the CTMH August promotion is centered around PML, I have shared a few posts on this program recently. Yesterday, I showed how this scrapbooking program can be used for more than just scrapbooking. Take today’s project… a mini book. Although the cover of this book was an exclusive for convention attendees, the other pages are simply the larger cards from the PML program. Take a look at the mini book. Can’t you just imagine a darling little book to showcase your child’s back to school photos? Or perhaps a special school event?

The front cover is shown above. Here is a look inside pages 2 and 3…

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Pages 4 and 5…

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Pages 6 and 7…

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Pages 8 and 9…

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Pages 10 and 11…

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Pages 12 and 13…

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Pages 14 and 15…

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Pages 16 and 17…

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Pages 18 and 19…

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Pages 20 and 21…

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And finally, the back cover…

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Some of these pages were stamped with images from the new “Here We Go” stamp set, which is a travel-focused set. Those adorable little stickers found throughout the pages are from the Chalk It Up Assortment of **puffy** stickers! Black and white cardstock was used to create photo and/or journaling mats. I punched 3 holes in each page and bound with matching colors of baker’s twine.

Featured Product: Picture My Life “Chalk It Up” Scrapbooking Program

Close to my Heart CTMH Picture My Life Chalk It Up

PML Chalk It Up

The Picture My Life “Chalk It Up” Scrapbooking Program includes:

  • 44 – 4″ × 6″ Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
  • 78 – 3″ × 4″ Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
  • 1 – 12″ × 12″ Designed Cover Sheet
  • 10 – 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™ (various designs)
  • These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered

For more information on this program, please click HERE to be taken to my shopping website (opens in a new window). And remember, the August PML promotion includes a pack of 10 Memory Protectors for only $3.00 when you purchase any PML program!

I’ll see you in the craft room,



Picture My Life Ideas and Promotion

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For the month of August, Close To My Heart has a FANTASTIC promotion! When you purchase any of our 13 Picture My Life scrapbooking programs, you will be able to purchase a pack of Memory Protectors (your choice of style) for only $3.00!


Since pocket-style scrapbooking may be new to some of you, I thought that this would be a good time to give more of a background on the versatility of the Picture My Life (PML) program. Did you know that you can use the PML cards for a lot more than just scrapbooking? It’s true! If you want to know about the PML program for pocket-style scrapbooking, you can find that information in my post HERE.

However, to find out how the PML cards can be used for a multitude of projects, please watch this video from CTMH:

Featured Products: Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program

Each program includes:

  • 44 – 4″ × 6″ Cards (2 each of 22 designs)
  • 78 – 3″ × 4″ Cards (3 each of 26 designs)
  • 1 – 12″ × 12″ Designed Cover Sheet
  • 10 – 12″ × 12″ Memory Protectors™ (various designs)
  • These products are acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered

When you choose one of the PML programs above from my shopping website  HERE, you will receive a pack of 10 Memory Protectors for only $3.00! Here are just a few of the styles to choose from…


Make sure to take advantage of this special promotion before it’s too late!

I’ll see you in the craft room,


Brushed Mini Album

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This past Sunday, I held a local workshop to make these adorable mini albums with the ultra-feminine papers from the Brushed Paper Packet. There were 11 ladies making the albums and we had a blast! In fact, the albums were so much fun to make that I have decided to offer them as a kit! Everything will be pre-cut and pre-stamped (just cut out the images and glue down!) with the option of purchasing the stamp set and/or inks to stamp your own images. For more information, please click HERE.

******UPDATE 01/2015: This kit is no longer available. Since the kit was pre-cut, I do not have instructions for sale.

Let’s take a tour of the mini book, starting with the cover…

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The inside cover and Page 1…

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Pages 2 and 3…

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Pages 4 and 5, with a surprise… pull-out pages! Here is a picture of pages 4 and 5 closed…

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Here are pages 4 and 5 open, to reveal pages 6, 7, 8, and 9…

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Pages 10 and 11…

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Pages 12 and 13, also pull-out pages. Here they are closed…

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Pages 12 and 13 open, to reveal pages 14, 15, 16, and 17…

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Pages 18 and 19…

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Pages 20 and 21…

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Pages 22 and 23…

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Page 24 and the inside back cover…

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This album is so beautiful in person! The colors from the Brushed papers and matching inks are so vibrant and colorful! If you would like to purchase my custom Brushed Mini Album Kit, including all of the components to make this album, the album itself, and full assembly instructions, please click HERE for more information.

Thanks for looking!

I’ll see you in the craft room,