Recipe art journal: hand-lettering, embossing and paper-cutting techniques

In my previous posts I showed how I decorated the cover and Drinks, Tasty Dishes and Sugar & Spice pages of my recipe art journal / scrapbook.


Today I shall be showing how I decorated the first page using stamping, embossing,
paper-cutting and hand lettering techniques. This page can be adapted to decorate a notebook for yourself or a friend as you can add your name or anyone elses name.

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)
Layout pad, pencil and black pen
Craft paper in various colours, I used a pink patterned background, dark pink and light blue and a border shape
Gel medium with a matt finish and old brush
Faber Castell Gelato (Bubble Gum)
Versa Magic inkpads: Sea Breeze and Pretty Petunia
Versa Craft inkpad: Peony Purple
Embossing powder: ( I used Tinsel Snowflake from Papermania)
Heat gun
Craft knife and cutting mat or use chipboard letters
Gouache paints ( I used a mixture of red and white)
Fine paintbrush
Brads and a bradawl
Paper flowers (optional)
Pitt pastel pencil in white (optional)

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

Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating a Title Page for a Journal

1. The first step is to create a design for your layout.

2. If you don’t want to draw your layout from scratch, you could download a font from the internet and trace around it.

3. Next pick your craft papers. I chose pastels and a vivid pink as my colour scheme.

4. Cut out the background according to your requirements. Mine measured about seven by five-and-a-half inches, which is 13 x 18 cm.

5. For the nameplate, mark out where you need to stamp in pencil first. Then use alphabet stamps and an inkpad to stamp in the lettering to spell your name or a friend’s name.

6. Emboss the letters with embossing powder and a heat gun. I used Tinsel Snowflake embossing powder, which stands out really well against a dark background.

7. Using matt gel medium, craft glue or PVA (white) glue, glue a border around the letters. When it is dry, cut around the border.

8. Use Distress Ink or a Gelato to add colour around the edges, rubbing it in with your fingers. This will define the border against the background.

9. To create the hand lettering, follow your design and draw in the lettering in the centre of the background with a pencil before going over it with paint.

10. To create the recipe title, print out or trace lettering as a mirror image. Then glue it to the back of your chosen craft paper colour.

NB. Make sure when gluing to the back of the craft paper that the lettering is in a mirror image as you will be cutting it from the back.

11. Cut out the lettering with a craft knife on a cutting mat. When you turn the craft paper over the letters should be the right way around. Define the edges by going around them with an ink pad.

12. Glue the lettering in place with gel medium and attach the nameplate with brads and paper flowers (optional). Add in more details with the gouache paint.

13. Use a corner punch to round the corners of the background and define the edges with an ink pad.

14. Glue the background to the scrapbook page or notebook and then add final details with gouache paint, such as a border.

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