Thursday, 25 April 2019

Ladybird Journal

Hello Friends

I have been wanting to create a journal with the beautiful Ladybird stamp by Tracy Evans for a while now and this week's project for AALL & Create gave me the perfect chance to do so.
The 'medium' sized Ladybird is the perfect size to fit Eileen Hull's latest (wonderful) journal die.
This is possibly the quickest and easiest journal I have ever made.  I simply die cut the journal from some mixed media art board (by Daler Rowney) and stamped the part of the image I wanted to show on the cover.  I stamped in two parts, masking off the back section to stamp the front and then masking off the front to stamp the back.

I used watercolour pencils to colour the ladybirds.
I carefully watercoloured around the bugs in a lovely sky blue watercolour paint.

I had a piece of alcohol ink coloured mica sheet left from a previous project.  It was not quite big enough to cover the whole bug but I quite like the effect and so attached it with some Glossy Accents.
I continued the blue colour on the inside of the journal and added a pocket to the left hand side in black card mat and layered with some co-ordinating blue card.

I created two signatures, the first of which you can see above.  The cover measures 3.1/2" x 4.7/8" folded.  I used a Tim Holtz die to add some interest to the cover and stamped, coloured and fussy cut one of the ladybirds for the cover.

The second signature was created in the same way as the first.
A view from the back.

The journal will fit two or three signatures comfortably and I used black elastic to hold the signatures in place and also as a closure for the journal.

To finish off I stamped and cut out some of the words and a heart from the same stamp set and then attached a couple of Ladybird charms to a bulldog clip as decoration.

You can find a full list of suppliers who sell AALL & Create stamps, including the beautiful Ladybird stamp HERE.  You can also purchase the stamps direct but we prefer, where possible, that you support your local suppliers.

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Gorgeous Anne, the red is so eye catching against your backdrop and then the black inside the journal makes everything pop. I adore your little charms. Fantastic piece . ❤️❤️❤️

  2. Wow, this is so amazing, Anne!! I love the beautiful ladybug!! She's so gorgeous!! The colors are stunning!! All of your details are perfection, as always!! Love this, my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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  3. Hi Anne, Love this journal!! What a good idea to use the mica to give some shine to the ladybird. You are so inspirational! LOL I found my mica the other day... never though of using alcohol inks on it (or I have forgotten since I have had them for a lot of years!) So another item to get using from the stock! Thanks! Andrea xx

  4. Anne, you are tempting me with this new journal die from Eileen Hull, I love the ladybird taking up the cover :)

  5. Love the bright red! So graphic and cool Anne. Perfect place for Tracy's gorgeous stamps! Glad you like the Notebook die :-)

  6. Now this really does show the scale of Tracy's magnificent Ladybird Anne. Isn't she magnificent. The blue you have chosen reminds me of a bright summer sky without a cloud insight. The continuation inside really is so pleasing to the eye. I'm left wondering what you will use this for now Anne?
    Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs Tracey xx

  7. I've been waiting for a journal from you using this gorgeous ladybird, Annie, and you did not disappoint! The bright blue and each and every detail are sensational! I love the charms and love that you used our American "Ladybug" name in there, too!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  8. I can bet you were grinning from ear to ear when you made this sweet journal! I love the blue with the bold pop of red of that ladybug. Genius move to add your leftover colored mica--it adds a lot of depth to Ladybird. That charm is a real find and a wonderful accent to this gorgeous journal! Sending hugs!

  9. I love this! The color,design & Ladybird...its stunning! TFS!

  10. This is so beautiful Anne! I love ladybugs and so I really, really love this stamp! You use it so well! Love that sweet little charm too! Amazing creation as always!hugs xx

  11. Absolutely beautiful Anne - apologies for my lack of visits - been a bit busy! Am off now to catch up with your amazing art! Hugs rachel xx

  12. Anne, I just love that you have three sizes, or maybe generations, of Ladybirds! The big one is super cool, especially after the piece of alcohol ink coloured mica, it looks so vibrant. The wonderful shade of blue is just perfect. Hugs, Cris.

  13. Another precious ladybug make, and oh that blue! In and out talk about eye catching and just plain adorable!!!

  14. Fantastic! Anne. The ladybug stamp and passprt journal make for a great pairing . Love the striking blue and black with the pops of Ladybug Red .
    Hope you are feeling alot better
    Hugs x

  15. Beautiful Anne, I love ladybirds (and they have a special meaning for me) so this journal is just perfect in my eyes. Love the little charm you have on the pin. Do you remember we used to get plastic ladybirds on a pin to wear? Well I remember them as a child and I loved them then. Something about a ladybird that is not a bug!
    Hugs, Neet xx

  16. This is wonderful Anne, I love the ladybird, and as always your little charm is the perfect finishing touch xx


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