C.C. Idea Book: Themed Pages

This blog post is about some of the ways I’ve used my TN style art journals over the years. I’ve moved from the “traditional” 8.25″x 4″ size to the larger approx. 8.5″x 5.5″ size. I love the larger size! If you are interested in how I make the larger size TN journal, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can come up with.

“Cutie Keeper”:

The Fussy Cuttin’ Cuties group have what they call “A Cutie Keeper”, a place where we “keep” all the projects that we participate throughout the month.

On the left is our monthly calendar, our activities at a glance. On the right is a montage from our “Take Me Away Day” ephemera. Every month we go on a virtual vacation, in June we went to Spain.

Having a page filled with the “TMAD” ephemera is just a fun way to remember the experience of attending a ‘live’ with Paula G. and Kelly B., it’s an hour or so of chatting with friends, fun facts, and a lot of laughter!

“Project Gr8tful”

Hosted by the wonderful Larissa Traquair, designed by Kelly Bangs, and available at Illustrated Faith.* Larrissa has a group on Facebook where she shares more about this awesome project.

On this page spread I used pages from a vintage hymnal, a vintage children’s book image, ephemera from Kelly Bangs’ “Southern Charm” collection, and the labels from Illustrated Faith/Kelly’s “July Gr8tful Bits“, a large circle punch and a small green doily. I use Google Docs to write out my “#words” to print on clear label paper.

“Memory Keeping”

I started with a layer of gesso, added a torn piece of scrapbook paper on each side of the page spread to pull them together, then added a layer of tissue paper across both pages. I matted the two photos on the left on one piece of paper. The photo on the bottom is only adhered on three sides so I could slip a tag with info about the photo into it. On the right, I matted them separately with a tag and a small paper piece. Then decorated them with some of Kelly’s “Southern Charm” collection and a few die cuts from my stash.


Ingredients: Tissue paper, vintage children’s book image, Kelly Bangs “Southern Charm” collection, the list is from Kelly’s “Let’s Get Crafty” collection, and a white paper doily*, pretty simple.

I hope this post has inspired you to use your journals in some new ways.

As Always,

Thanks for the visit,

Have a great day,


* the links are for your convenience, not my paltry bank account 🙂

2 thoughts on “C.C. Idea Book: Themed Pages

  1. love this! my cutie keeper is 8.5×5.5 but disc bound. i have lots of TN’s I need to use up, these post are giving lots of good ideas.


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