Tuesday, January 13, 2015

CHA Faith Art Journal with Wispy Burlap Flower Tutorial by ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone. It's Tracey here to share in the CHA excitement of creating with Donna's new Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L products.

You know how much I enjoy mixing delicate girlie elements with rugged grungy things, and that's exactly what I got to do with these amazing new products to create my Faith Art Journal cover. As much as I adore mixed media, I've never worked with an art journal, so when I saw Donna's new Denim Art Journal with yummy thick chipboard pages, I knew this was my chance to dig in and create my first art journal. I started with the cover.

Be sure to scroll down the post to check out my photo tutorial for my Wispy Burlap Flowers. They are so easy to create with Donna's new burlap ribbon from the Texture Ribbons!!

Faith Art Journal

In my typical fashion, I altered the denim cover dramatically. What I love is that you can still see the texture and bits of blue denim peeking through. You can literally let your imagination run wild with this fabulous Denim Art Journal. It is a generous 8 x 10 inches and contains 6 thick chipboard pages, which means one side for every month of the year, so you could create a calendar, planner, mini album, mixed media art journal . . .  I plan to create art pages for some of my favorite Scripture verses, so stay tuned to see what I come up with. 

Tips and Techniques
I created the Wispy Burlap Flowers from Donna's new burlap ribbon from the Texture Ribbons. They are so easy to create!! I've included a step by step tutorial, so be sure to scroll down to check it out so you can make some of your own! I was inspired by burlap flowers created by Cool2Scrap found HERE.

I wanted to accent with denim elements, so used Donna's denim products by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to created these sweet flowers. Those products are her denim sheets (packaged in the Pennant Set) and the blue denim like ribbon from the Canvas Ribbons. They are different weights and colors so give a different feel even though they are the same size. I used the Clover 1 1/2" Kanzashi Flower Maker for a template. The finished flowers are dry brushed with gesso, and sprinkled with Twinkle Dust Glitter. I also tucked in a rhinestone broach from my jewelry findings collection.

Yes, Donna also designed adhesive products as well!! I used her new 3D Foam Swirls to tuck in under each of my denim flowers. I sprinkled a combination of Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powders in Honey and Denim across the adhesive surface and heat set. They paired beautifully with the chipboard piece I embossed similarly after inking with Mix'd Media Inx.

Here you can see the beautiful texture and bits of blue denim showing through. Donna has two cotton laces packaged together including this looped lace and the crocheted lace seen in the following photo. Like most lace, it's treated with sizing to keep it's lovely shape. The sizing needs to be removed for it to accept color. I rubbed the lace gently in warm water then pressed between two towels to remove most of the water then colored with diluted Pralines and Cream Smooch Spritz.

I dabbed the corner of the page, lace, and the trio of butterflies along the side with Glue Gloss and sprinkled with Twinkle Dust Glitter. 

My embossed chipboard letters are in the same color family as the background, so I used the gorgeous colored crochet lace to provide contrast. 

The Denim Art Journal's cover was painted with white gesso, leaving some areas of denim peeking through. I set this aside to dry while I created my flowers. Next I adhered pieces of printed tissue paper and dictionary paper from Donna's older Mix'd Media Stax 2 pad. (Can you find the denim definition??) Finally I stenciled with Mix'd Media Inx, then sprinkled lightly with coordinating Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powders, then dry brushed lightly with more gesso. Around the cluster area I brushed on diluted Pralines and Cream Smooch Spritz.

Finally, I dabbed gel medium across the page then sprinkled with a mix of microbeads and chunky glass glitter. 

Wispy Burlap Flower Tutorial

Supply List
Donna Salazar ~ Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - burlap ribbon from Texture Ribbons
Tacky quick drying glue of choice (I used Helmar 450)
Trinket for flower center.

Step 1. Cut an 8 1/2 inch length of Donna’s Burlap Ribbon. (no photo)

Step 2. Pull out the length wise threads of burlap, leaving the stitched edge threads in place. 

***Tip*** When you get to the threads near the edges, they may be caught at one end in the  edge stitching. Just snip off the thread being careful not to cut into the stitched edge and then pull the thread out.

Here's another close up of what it looks like as you pull this thread out.

Here's what it looks like with all the threads pulled out.

Step 3. Place a bead of quick drying tacky glue down one of the stitched edges. (My preference is Helmar 450 Quick Drying Adhesive.) 

Step 4. Fold the burlap in half lengthwise placing the other stitched edge over the glued edge as shown in the photo. 

***Tip*** It is inevitable that some of the cross threads on each end will come out. Once you glue the two sides together, you can trim off any excess stitched edge that extends out past the loops.

Step 5. Place another bead of glue down the stitched edge.

Step 6. Starting at one end, roll the glued edge to form your flower. I left a small opening (about 1/4 inch) in the center so it would be easier to add a button or gem. You wouldn’t need to leave an opening or could leave an even larger opening depending on the look you desire.

Bottom view of rolled up flower.

Top view of rolled up flower.

You can try different lengths of Burlap Ribbon to change the fullness of your flowers. For a more open flower, use your fingers to open up the flower pushing the loops from the center outward, then place a heavy book on the open flower, letting it sit over night

View after fluffing/pushing out loops.

Glittered with crystal bead center.

Thanks for stopping by today for CHA inspiration.
I hope you're as excited as I am about Donna's new
girlie grunge Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L products!!

~ Blessings ~

Donna Salazar Products
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Denim Art Journal
Canvas Ribbons
Pennant Set (denim colored)
Texture Ribbons (burlap)
3D Foam Swirls
Lace Ribbons (Both types)
Mix’d Media Inx – Denim, Truffle
Mix’d Media Inx Embossing Powder – Truffle, Denim, Honey
Smooch Spritz – Pralines and Cream
Twinkle Dust Glitter – Sugar Shimmer

Partner Products
Clearsnap ~ Glue Gloss
Clearsnap ~ Foam Applicators


  1. What an AWESOME project Tracey! Absolutely love this and have bookmarked this page! I'd love to try making some of these although I don't have that particular color of burlap but even regular burlap would be cool! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work! Hugs, Elizabeth

  2. Love this tutorial, this is one awesome flower Tracey! Thanks for the instructions :)

  3. Tracey, this book cover is fabulous :). And thank you so much for the flower tutorial, it is so lovely :)

  4. Wonderful cover for your Art Journal Tracey !! It´s really fabulous, the background is fantastique !! Thanks so much for the flower ´s tutorial, I may try to do some. Wish you a very happy day ! big hugs, Caty.