Thursday, August 7, 2014


I decided to join in on the France Papillon celebrations of her doing 100 of her Journal on Monday series.. I adore watching France's videos they are my favourite thing to do is grab a coffee and sit down and be inspired.. So for the 100th celebration France asked us to do a step by step video or photo's of a journal page.. So thought ok I can take lots of photos and join in.. So then it was deciding what was it going to be about and looked in my new Prima printables and there it was the perfect one a lovely picture of a butterfly and France's last name Papillon in a banner at the top of the picture as after all, France had only just told us that her last name means Butterfly. Some things are just meant to be, so here are the steps to my pages. 
I painted with Gesso first, dried and then painted with a card in sage and turquoise acrylic paint.

Rubbed back the paint with the Dylusions letter stencil to show the Gesso with a baby wipe and put some streaks of black on with the side of the credit card. I left this all to dry and worked on the main picture.

I cut some hessian and some linen to size, I frayed the edges and then sprayed some broken china distress stain and some water on my craft mat and rubbed the linen in it. 

Then I distressed around the edges of my picture and blended the edges with vintage photo distress stain. Sprayed water on it rubbed off with paper towel and then did the edges again.. (like France taught us to do.) I got out my sewing machine and sewed around it in black. 

I cut out the 100 with my big shot and a Tim Holtz die Wanted Alphabet and the little heart I just drew and hand cut it, it is so tiny had to use tweezers to move it around. I painted it with red acrylic paint. I used the distress stain and some distress ink on the 100.. Then painted them all withTim Holtz distress crackle. 

I thought it needed something on the other page so decided to do a tag to pop my 100 and heart on and typed up the word inspirations. On the tag and the word, I gave it the same treatment as the picture but stamped on the tag with the Tim Holtz warehouse stamps and a Tim's stampers anonymous Harlequin pattern stamp.  I had the tag in this upright position but didn't like it, so I ended up turning it and popping the word on some scrap hessian too just to give it a bit of definition. 

The rusty washer I picked up off the ground the other day outside thinking, oh France would love this, so that had to go on here somewhere. I had it on the tag but I ended up just gluing it on separate in that square that was there at the top in black, it wanted to go there and you have to have somewhere for the eye to travel around too. Well that's what they say.. 
Blended with a blending tool with black ink around all the edges and then the vintage photo distress stain.

 Oops nearly forgot the white paint splatters.. 

Well I hope you liked my first ever photo tutorial and that you pop over and celebrate with France for her 100th.. France also has taken a heap of time and popped all her tutorials in picture form all in one spot on a separate Journal on Monday page so it is easy to look and find all her wonderful past videos and get inspired all over again. 

Have a great day
Sandy :)


  1. Oh this was a fabulous job Sandy!! I love your double page layout and such vibrant colors! You should be very prould, because this a very well done tutorial and great pictures!! Awesome!!

  2. The Papillon page/tag was just the right piece to add!! How perfect was that!! How clever of you to notice/remember the red hearts too!!

  3. Not only did your spread turn out gorgeous (love the butterfly!!!), your first ever photo step by step prooves you should do more of these !
    Thank you so much for joining the 100th JoM celebrations :)))

  4. Your attention to detail is what takes this page over the top. It's beautiful and the tutorial is very well done. Love the close ups as they really help to see what you actually did. Agree with France, you should do more tutorials :-)

  5. LOVE your page and your step out instructions are great. You should do more!

  6. Lovely journal spread! Great background and wonderful elements!

  7. I love your double page layout great background and colors and textures and details!

  8. I love your journal page, and it is so true to France's fabulous style and love of rust and sewing! Great step by step.

  9. This is beautiful and so reminiscent of France's style.

  10. Very nice, love the colors! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Things got serious, you pulled out the sewing machine! :) Nice blog I appreciate all the photos along the way. I love to take pictures as my journal progresses because it is so much about the journey isn't it? It's really cool to see your progress and congrats on your 100th page!


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