Back To School

ARTchix Trip To Paris was one of the sheets I received in The Altered Element’s July DT package, along with some buttons. This sheet is packed with collage style images of females, images of Paris, buttons, etc. What struck me is that the young women look as though they could be young schoolgirls or even secretaries. So the idea came to me to alter a journal. In my stash I had a journal, the type purchased for altering but The Altered Element sells a lovely journal with a lock. I also altered a pencil case (also in my stash), after all you need somewhere to house the pencils which you will use to write and draw in your journal.
Supplies – ARTchix Trip to Paris, papier mache pencil case and journal (ready to alter), Mod Podge, white tissue paper, Staz-on Timber BrownDecoupaint Old White, copper acrylic paint, French text stamp, buttons, lace.


Journal & Pencil Case


Note – for both the journal and pencil case, prepare tissue paper by stamping French text onto the tissue with Timber Brown Staz-on ink.

1. Sponge cream acrylic paint onto cover. 2. Tear pieces of prepared tissue paper and adhere to cover with Mod Podge. Dab down with a foam brush, taking care not to tear the tissue. Layer some pieces for added texture. Leave to dry overnight. 3. Cut out image from Trip To France. Layer onto card. Cut out again. Add charcoal to edge of image for definition. 4. Tear a piece of text scrapbook paper. Sponge Distress Ink in Tea Dye and some charcoal onto edges. 5. Layer girl, strip of text paper, lace, button to journal. 6. Sponge some Decoupaint Patina in Old White onto a vintage pen nib. Use silicone glue to adhere to journal
Pencil Case

1. Gesso and then cream acrylic paint  2. Adhere stamped tissue paper as for journal 3. Sponge copper acrylic paint randomly followed with Old White Patina (follow those steps for inside also) . It was my first time working with the Patina paint and I was impressed with the ease of use.

4. Add scrap of text paper, ink a found work and stitch 2 buttons – add to lid 5. Add 2 pieces of dyed lace (as per Tutorial Part II) to opposite corners

I have created direct links for products which can be purchased from The Altered Element. 

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucy Edmondson
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 12:14:32


    Lucy x


  2. craftytrog
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 12:20:39

    Love these beautiful vintage pieces Lynne! x


  3. Cynthia a.k.a. Cynnie
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 13:54:55

    What a wonderful project…it turned out beautifully…thanks for the tutorial too.


  4. Terry
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 14:35:46

    Wonderful tutorial! Love the way you altered the journal and pencil box! The images is beautiful! Just love these!


  5. Cath
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 15:03:11

    Ooh, they’re beautiful, Lynne – made with your magic touch, too, lol 😉 Love them.


  6. JeanFB
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 15:07:48

    What a beautiful set!! If only my school supplies could have been so inspiring…. 🙂


  7. Lynn Stevens
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 15:12:51

    What a great set. These would make wonderful gifts for teachers, well actually anyone!


  8. alcoholinky
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 16:36:34

    lovely vintage look Lynne. that pencil case is so clever.


  9. Crafty Dawn
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 16:42:42

    Love these, I have the journal from AE still to be altered ha ha. I love the images I may have to think about getting these too. There on holiday at the moment aren’t they? so may wait a little until I order so can get my 10% off too lol lovely work as always hun

    Love Dawn xx


  10. Suzie Hayward
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 17:00:14

    Awesome as always! Love the idea of stamping on tissue paper, will have to give that one a try. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent.


  11. Darlene
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 17:08:58

    Love Artchix – they are actually in the City I live in. Just realized that a couple of months ago.

    great job – luv your art.



  12. Sue Allan
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 19:54:16

    You have made a lovely job of altering, Lynne…gorgeous, gorgeous vintage! Tissue paper is so useful don’t you think?
    Very, very pretty and I adore the colours.

    Sue Allan


  13. debbiek
    Aug 01, 2010 @ 01:47:59

    Like I said, Lynne….you should write a book! GREAT tutorial and lovely, lovely project:)

    – DebbieK x


  14. thefrugalcrafter
    Aug 01, 2010 @ 13:43:31

    nothing beats a brand new pencil box, i love it and the trims on the card are delicious!


  15. Marie
    Aug 01, 2010 @ 16:00:05

    Ooooh,so beautiful – love everything about it!
    Need to came back for a closer look.


  16. Chris
    Aug 01, 2010 @ 19:23:35

    Fabulous work, Lynne. The image you chose is lovely and the colours just my cup of tea.

    Mmmmm I have one of those pencil cases waiting to be altered and several notebooks. Maybe its time to get them out.


  17. michele
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 05:48:36

    lovely as always. i really like it.


  18. Jack
    Aug 02, 2010 @ 13:08:34

    Just the sort of thing some elegant young lady would need for her World Tour. Gorgeous. xx


  19. Penny
    Aug 10, 2010 @ 02:37:47

    I love the texture from the tissue paper on your pencil box!


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