Another great thing about printable patterned paper, is that you can actually add layers before you print, so you don't have to worry about edges of layers getting caught on things and being ripped or bent. I chose to do that for this project, so that the journal owner could just toss it in a bag without worrying about it getting ruined. I opened the paper file in a graphic design software program and added a bordered rectangle large enough to fit my printed image. Then I printed the paper to attach to the journal cover. Since printing on fabric dulls the colors of the original files, I turned down the toner darkness on my printer before printing the MFT paper on some cream textured stock. This way, it more closely matched the bag and looked a little more "vintage." I cut paper and covers to size and covered the covers with the MFT printed paper. I then stamped my image and colored it with copics. There's a close-up of the image on my blog. I distressed the edges of the journal to make it look a little older. I then bound the journal together using my bind-it-all before attaching a fun mish mash of knotted ribbons on the binding.
Stamps: MFT's "Going Places"
Papers: Paper-Source's Creme Luxe, MFT Digital Paper Pack in Chocolate Kiss
Inks: Memento Brown
Accessories: Copic Markers, Ribbon Scraps, Chipboard (for journal base)
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