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Burlap & Bling Journal Wrap

Turn an ordinary notebook into a special gift with the addition of journal wrap! Wired burlap and pleated satin ribbons from May Arts, embossed Hollyhocks from Stampendous, and sparkly rhinestones add a rustic yet elegant vibe.

To make a journal wrap, start by choosing a notebook or art journal. Wrap the burlap ribbon around the notebook leaving a couple of extra inches overlapping.  Stitch the ends together as shown. Be sure the wrap is snug, but still allows you to slide it off and on the book.

Layer on 1.5” ivory satin/pleats ribbon and an adhesive strip of rhinestones and pearls. I used the Recollections brand from Michael’s. Be sure to start and end each element at the same place, so all the seams will be covered by the Hollyhock spray.

To create the floral spray, use black ink or embossing ink on a Cling Jumbo Hollyhock stamp from Stampendous and stamp on kraft cardstock.

Emboss the image with Shabby Green Embossing Enamel from Stampendous. When I use embossing powder or glitter, I like to put a file folder under the project I’m working on. This makes it simple to shake off the excess and then tip it right back into the jar. Easy clean-up and no waste!

Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder, working from underneath as the product label recommends. Carefully cut out the embossed flowers and use foam tape to attach them to the journal wrap, being sure to cover the seams of the ribbons.

A shabby layered flower provides the perfect finishing accent! Cut or punch out 4 circles from sewing pattern tissue, then cut out a bloom from May Arts sheer/frayed /flowers ribbon. Crumple the tissue circles, and then layer all the elements together with a rhinestone brad. Use foam tape to secure the flower to the center of the embossed Hollyhocks.  And that’s a wrap!

A wrap like this would also be a lovely way to present a book as a gift. Simply adjust the measurements for the book you are using and give it to a special friend. Or keep it for yourself! Thanks to May Arts & Stampendous for sponsoring this fun project! For a download of this tutorial, be sure to stop by my blog Serendipity Vintage Studio. Happy crafting to all from Kimberly Jones!

Blog post by: Kimberly Jones

  1. jen shears

    this is so elegant- what a beautiful gift!

  2. erin

    Stunning flower.

  3. Kristie Maynard

    Love the combination of the "rough" and the "elegant" together.  This project really works!

  4. Rebecca W

    Gorgeous journal wrap- awesome addition to a gift.

  5. Amanda Coleman

    Delightful!  What a fun way to give a gift that still lets the book shine!

  6. Sue D

    Very elegant way to present a gift.

  7. Pendra

    I worked in an Elementary School for 18 years, I LOVE to give books as gifts!  This is a very creative and beautiful way to present a great book in an amazing way!  Thanks for sharing!

  8. Monika/buzsy

    Oh, how pretty! What a neat idea.Fabulous textures. That flower is beautiful. :o)

  9. Cyndi Stephenson

    Gorgeous notebook.

  10. Kathy P

    Wow, a really lovely gift idea!

  11. sue wisniewski

    One of my favorite things to do is cover inexpensive composition notebooks so this idea is great for me.
    stamping sue

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  13. Pam

    Great project! I love burlap and this is so pretty with all the embellishments. Headed to get the tutorial…

  14. Indy

    Absolutely beautiful!

  15. ava

    very pretty!!!

  16. Lynda

    I would never have considered mixing bling with burlap, but it looks good together!

  17. Ruby C

    Very pretty journal wrap. So many wonderful textures.

  18. Amy Jones

    Im loving the way you used Burlap.  Ive been wanting to try something out of burlap.  Thanks for sharing.

  19. Micah G.

    That would make a great gardening journal. Hey, I should make one. I need to keep track of my seeds, spraying, etc.

  20. Bethany Becker

    Beautiful.  I love using burlap on projects.

  21. Laura Cox

    This is very pretty….love the flowers, love the bling!!

  22. Rea

    So pretty, I love the roughness with the burlap with the softness of the ribbon.  

  23. Stampendous Graphics

    What a beautiful journal using our Hollyhocks stamp! A great use of Jumbo images like this one!

  24. B. Poteraj

    I like projects which have sewing items on them. Very nice.

  25. natasha g.p.

    The embossing is beautiful. It adds depth.

  26. Sharon Gullikson

    Why do I love burlap so much? I just do.

  27. Miriam Prantner

    Really  pretty!  Love the mix of really fancy and natural ribbons!

  28. Jan Garber

    What a wonderful idea! I have a bff who keeps journals and would love to get this as a gift!

  29. Myrna

    So pretty design.

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  31. LinhC

    gorgeous project!  Love the flower made out of sewing pattern tissue.

  32. Karen aka Soccerboyzmom

    Love that use of burlap.

  33. NWFlamingo

    What a lovely wrap idea.  Good thinking.

  34. Michelle Mathey - POMI

    Sigh. . . This makes me smile  – absolutely fabulous!!

  35. conniemelancon

    this is so pretty! love how you used the burlap.

  36. Trudi Wilbur

    This is gorgeous!  I am loving that burlap and frayed flowers I think they need to go onto my wish list.

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  38. Sue McRae

    Lots of great texture and layers on this project!

  39. Shanna

    This is a great idea. I never thought to use burlap. I love this idea.

  40. Charlene

    Really pretty!


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