Recipe journal: Sugar and Spice page with embossed lettering

At the moment I collect recipes in a messy pile in a dilapidated plastic folder. So the idea of creating a recipe journal / scrapbook was born.

I decided to divide the scrapbook into sections and I’ve created a page that marks the sweet section called Sugar and Spice. This page is all about creating texture and I’ve done this by creating lettering from card and using embossing techniques.

My previous posts include a Drinks page and a Tasty Dishes page, as well as the cover ‘If Life Gives You Lemons…’

Recipe journal: Sugar and Spice page


For the complete playlist of my recipe journal go here: Recipe Journal YouTube playlist

You will need:
Kraft cream page scrapbook (I bought mine from Paperchase)
Gel medium with a matt (flat) finish and old brush
Textured craft paper in pink
Faber Castell Gelatos (Butter Cream, Bubble Gum, Guava, Lavender)

For the lettering
Printout of lettering
Craft glue
Thick card (but still easy to cut, I used the back of an old sketchbook)
Craft knife and cutting mat or use chipboard letters (I used ‘A Yummy Apology’ font downloaded from
Versa Magic inkpads: Sea Breeze and Pretty Petunia
Red pigment inkpad
Embossing powders: ( I used Tinsel Snowflake and Enchanted Gold from Papermania)
Heat gun (and tweezers to hold the letters and avoid burning fingers!)

For the cupcakes
Pencil and paper (I used a scrap of watercolour paper)
Derwent InkTense pencils (I used Sea Blue, Fuchia, Sun Yellow and Poppy Red)
Fine brush
Gold glitter pen

I bought some of my supplies from Hobbycraft and some from Paperchase

1. First glue textured craft paper onto your scrapbook page or art journal with matt gel medium. Add a layer of medium on top. Leave to dry.

2. Use Gelatos to add more colour to the background, rubbing in with your fingers.

3. You can use ready-made chipboard letters, but if you don’t have any. Here’s a way of creating your own.

4. First of all print out the letters you want to use and glue to heavy but not too thick card, because you are going to cut them out.

5. Use scissors and a craft knife on a cutting mat to cut them out. This can be very fiddly, but with a little patience can be worth it. I suggest choosing a font that is easy to cut out.

6. Coat the letters with a layer of white primer, so the black doesn’t show through.

7. Coat the letters with ink and emboss them using a heat gun. (N.B. Take care when using the heat gun, because it gets really hot. It’s probably better to use tweezers.)

8. Sketch or stamp the cupcakes, then add colour with Derwent InkTense pencils and a brush and water.

9. Use a gold glitter pen to add a bit of sparkle and give more definition to the outline.

10. Cut the cupcakes out ready to glue on the background with gel medium and an old brush.

11. Once glued in place and dry, outline everything using InkTense pencils and a brush and water.

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