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Dreams and Goals Notebook

By: Amy Joyner Buchanan
January 16, 2017

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Dreams and Goals Notebook
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It's the start of a new year, and I'm all about setting goals and making plans. I have a big calendar/planner to keep track of important deadlines, to-do lists, menu plans and things like that. But I also wanted a small journal to keep in my purse to jot down ideas, quotes, creative inspiration and my wildest dreams and goals.

Because allowing myself more time for creativity is a big goal for 2017, I decided to customize a plain notebook with DecoArt Media products. If you haven't tried your hand at mixed media, put it on your to-do list for 2017! It's so fun to play with different fluid acrylics, textures, and mediums to create unique, personalized artwork.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Misters - Shimmer White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Magenta
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • Americana Decou-Page Papers - Metallic Type
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Peony Pink
  • Americana Decor Stencils - Succulents
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Chipboard Journal
  • Scrapbook Paper

Instructions:

Gather your supplies.

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Remove the cover from the notebook and cover with a single coat of DecoArt Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise Hue.

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When dry, use Matte Medium to decoupage a torn piece of scrapbook paper onto the journal cover. Apply Matte Medium to the back of the paper first, then apply a topcoat. Trim to fit the notebook and allow to dry.

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On a palette, mix DecoArt Media Modeling Paste with Americana Paint in Pink Peony to create a pink paste.

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Place succulent stencil over the notebook and using a palette knife, apply a thin coat of the tinted modeling paste. Smooth and carefully lift off the stencil.

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While the modeling paste dries, cut out letters from the Decou-Page paper and brush with a thin coat of Fluid Acrylics in Primary Magenta.

When dry, use Matte Medium to decoupage the letters onto the journal. Apply a top coat of Matte Medium to seal letters.

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Finally, spritz the journal cover lightly with the white Shimmer Mister. If you like, apply a topcoat of Matte Medium to seal the journal before reassembling it.

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Now, go start living your dreams!

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Be sure to visit Atta Girl Says  for more projects and to learn more about Amy Joyner Buchanan.

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