Heidi Swapp Journal Fun

Hi Daises

I just loved this Heidi Swapp Journal from the May Add-ons.  The interior has pages ready to go but you can decide how to arrange them.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use it for and then lexi (my DD) said “you know you want to give it to me.”  She is visiting some friends this summer, so I decided to that…make her a summer journal.  I want to show you how I started the layering process on this journal.  I had lots of fun with Gesso & Molding paste.


First I taped off the side using regular masking tape.  Then I applied athin layer of gesso.


Next I took a plastic palette knife and starting applying heavy molding paste.  I wanted the front to have fun textures so I just kept layering & “swiping” the paste in random pattern.


I added a piece of the SEI lace paper and then lightly coated in the molding paste.  I wanted it to still be visible but have some texture as well.


You know me & layers.  I just kept adding little bits of layers until I got the texture I wanted.  Here I am squishing the paste into a ribbon and then carefully lifted it off to get those little dots.


Perfectly imperfect!


For the title, I took the negatives of the alphabet from the March kit and used it to create these letters.  I used the same technique as above.  I was originally just using the black piece in the P as a place holder but I like it so much in there I just left it.  Let your piece dry completely, overnight if you can.


Add paint, paper, & other embellishments.  I wish you could hold this little journal because it has such a cool texture.  You can paint it heavily or light, the possibilities are endless.  And now here are some peeks at the interior page dividers:




I also added some molding paste to one of the dividers.  Just have fun & play around with it.


Lots of Love,


Flowers, Toys & Rain


  1. tricia

    Love this Ronda! 🙂

  2. Jen Davis

    So cool! Love it and thanks!

  3. Olivia

    wow!! I need Gesso now..you are such an enabler..Don’t feel bad though..it doesn’t take much to “enable” me..I have NO will power, especially when it comes to scrapbook products..

  4. Sue

    This is so awesome!! Love the colors you chose as well.. 🙂

  5. Lisa Saunders

    Wow Ronda, I want to touch it, it looks amazing : )
    Think I shall be adding gesso to my shopping list.

  6. Kim Watson

    Ronda…I love the cover idea…you are so artistic & adventurous. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  7. elizabeth

    Ronda, this is awesome!!! I wasn’t able to get the book (it sold out before I remembered I wanted to order it!), but I am definitely holding on to these ideas 🙂

  8. ady abreu

    I love how it turned out… Great tutorial on Gesso. I’ve never used it. TFS

  9. Karla

    HOLY MAC!!! This is SO beautiful! Seriously worth getting messy over!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us ^_^



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