Faux Embossed Leather Travel Journal by Shelly Hickox
Hi all! It seems like every project I do tends to have the word ‘faux’ in the title. I can’t help it – I love using my supplies to create interesting textures and effects, oftentimes mimicking more expensive or vintage looks. This technique is an oldie, but a goodie. Looking at the finished project, you’d never believe it is just a tag covered with a paper bag. A friend of mine even thought it was a new book that Tim Holtz was selling. I can’t think of a better compliment!
I based my journal on my impression of a vintage leather travel book. I’m planning to use mine on a trip we’re taking to California and Oregon in the fall. I’m so excited to fill it up with notes and ephemera from along the way. Here’s how to make one of your own:
Begin by cutting the Vintage Globe die from chipboard twice. Trim the continents from the second piece and adhere on top of the other globe. This will give it lots of dimension when you emboss it.
Next, cover a Ranger #12 Manila Tag with Studio Multi-Medium and adhere map paper from Tim Holtz’s Crowded Attic Paper Stash. Trim excess and let dry.
When tag is completely dry, score from the left side at 4”, 5 ¼”, and 9 ½”. Make sure you orient your tag as shown above.
Flip tag over and adhere globe to the right side of the tag (the end without the hole in it).
To create the faux leather, crumple a piece of kraft paper and flatten out. (Note: I used a paper bag. You probably don’t want to use something as heavy as cardstock. It won’t be thin enough to fit the contours of the globe.) Ink as desired with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Center Idea-ology Ring Binder between the 4” and 5 ¼” score lines. Mark hole placement with pencil. Punch holes and attach Binder.
Apply a very liberal coating of Multi-Medium to the uninked side of the kraft paper. Lay over the tag and start smoothing it over and around the die cut globe piece. You can use an embossing stump if you have one. I just used my fingers and it worked fine. Trim excess from the tag and let dry.
When dry, ink the raised globe with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, highlighting the edges. You will think you’ve failed until you get to this part! The ink really brings the embossing to life.
To seal the paper and enhance the leather look even further, apply Multi-Medium to the entire cover, using your fingers to work it into the crevices. This is also a time when you can further refine your embossing.
Finally, add Remnant Rubs to decorate the spine. I also dabbed Multi-Medium over the rub-ons, just to make sure they were well-protected.
To finish the book, I tied a black waxed cotton cord through the hole. I also created a few fun pages using various Tim Holtz dies and stamps. This is where you can really personalize it and make it uniquely yours.
I purposely kept my journal very simple – I wanted it to look just like a small travel journal you’d keep in your pocket to jot down little notes from your trip. By adding lots of pockets inside, there is plenty of room for ticket stubs and little mementos.
Thanks so much for visiting today – have a great week!