Altered Journal Tutorial

Alright – this isn’t the tutorial I am working on to finally cap off the Tips/New Products week, but it’s the only one I’ve got for right now!  This is a journal that has a lot of meaning for me.  I made this to use for the Beth Moore Bible study that my husband and I are doing right now.  I first did one of her studies  last year with Kimberly and I really learned a lot!  So I was really looking forward to doing this with Matthew.  If you haven’t ever done one of hers, I encourage you to try – I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much in a study before.

Anyway – back to the tutorial!  I altered a Target notebook – larger than my usual size – to make this.  I got it in the same section as the other ones, it’s just more of an 8×8’ish size.  I measured it and then opened a blank document in PSE 5 that was the right size then went to work make a journal cover.  I think it’s a cool way to make it something special for you!  But it’s also durable and nothing is going to fall off it because it’s a flat matte photo!  The plus side of digital!  Anyway, here’s what I made:


papers – CRD – Oh So Natural (coming soon!)
frame – CRD – Grunge Frames 3 (coming soon!)
journal pages – CRD – All Layered Up (coming soon!)

verse font – Nueva Std
butterfly – CRD – flutterflies (coming soon!)

paper curl – Marcie Reckinger and Traci Murphy – Curled Border Template/Action
stitches – CRD – Ziggity Mess
label tape alpha – CRD – alpha bits blue
brown grid alpha – Shannon Lee Designs – Basically Brown Alpha
doodle alpha – Weeds and Wildflowers – Doodling Days Alpha (2)
ribbon – CRD – Skinny Minis
journaling tab behind photo – Amber Clegg – Date Stamps
journaling font – Kimberly Geswsein – Emily Script (my handwriting)

Lightroom Preset Peeking by Kelsey Smith

and here’s what I did with it!


Pretty cool, if I do say so myself!  I am very happy with how it turned out!  I know I can use it often and it’s going to stand up to the wear and tear.  You can find my tutorial <here> on the Authentic Artistry blog for Christina Renee’s team.   I hope you enjoy it – or at least find it helpful!

Ok – blog goody to celebrate the 400k tomorrow (or later today – Friday)!

11 comments to Altered Journal Tutorial

  • Bethany

    Very cool, Emily! I love that sized book from Target, so I’ll have to try this. Thanks for another inspiring project!

    Also…everytime I see your fingers in pictures I think about how great your nails are! Always looking so nice! 🙂

  • Jean

    What a beautiful keepsake … a special place to keep those special prayers.

  • Carol

    Oh Emily, you’ve done such a wonderful job with this journal! It’s evidence of your innermost thoughts and simply heartfelt! Love it!!

  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE Beth Moore studies! God has really gifted her with the ability to teach! We are doing her new study right now called Stepping Up! It’s really good too! That’s awesome that you’re doing it with your husband! It will bring you even closer together! I love your journal too!!!!

  • Peggy Maier

    Beth Moore studies are great. Glad you can do it with your husband too! I loved the tutorial you did for the notebook – thanks for the ideas.

  • This journal is absolutely gorgeous Emily!! Love the colors..and your boys are as adorable as ever!!

  • Great job, Emily! I love the action you used on the photo, it looks great with the papers and elements. I hope you get a lot of use out of it!

  • Colo Nana

    Your journal is awesome. A great inspiration! We have done several of Beth Moore’s Bible Studies and each one is better than the other. I hope you and your husband are blessed from this study and also are having a great time in Baltimore…one of my favorite towns.

    Love those babies!

  • Beautiful journal!! I love altering comp books. I hope you had a fun weekend away!!

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