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:

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credits:

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!

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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)!