New year, new ideas/motivation/time to craft! The new year already has a good grip on me, and I bet you feel overwhelmed as well! So I thought, why not help myself and others to organize life in a chic way? The idea of the marble journal was born, perfectly combining my two last year’s obsessions: Copper and marble. I know that I have been spamming you with marble projects for a while now. However, I feel that I just cannot let go of that design yet, not when it’s so easy to apply! So for my (bullet-, sketching-, study-) marble journal I decided not marble the paper itself, but use adhesive foil. I could put that stuff on anything!
But let’s put that marble journal aside for a moment and talk about real life for a moment. At the beginning of a new year I usually make a clean cut and start with fresh motivation. I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions this year (did I make some last year?) as I try to make them every day. Sometimes I win, sometimes I fail to live by them. But I guess you know that! This very fresh year already hasn’t been kind to me: I adopted a pair of cats, but had to give them back after only ten days due to an allergy. Although it really broke my heart (and my boyfriend’s as well) I try to stay strong these days. I really miss those two fluffballs, and I will never forget them. So what did I learn? Don’t try to change things that cannot be changed, and time will make everything better. But enough of my emotional joyride, let’s get back to the marble journal:
How to craft the Copper and Marble Journal
- Paperback journal (got mine at Ikea)
- Masking tape
- Copper acrylic paint
- Marble adhesive foil
- Geometry set square
First, prepare your marble journal for the copper paint. Apply masking tape to the front and back in a distance of 3cm to the spine of the journal.
Paint the front and back of the journal. Maybe even brush on a second coat of paint for a more covering result. Let everything dry and remove the masking tape.
Time to apply the marble to your marble journal! Cut out a piece of marble foil a bit larger than the front of your journal. Remove the foil from its base, then put the foil against the copper border. Carefully spread the foil onto the surface of the journal, use the geometry set square as help to avoid bubbles. Open the notebook, then cut off the edges of the excess foil. Fold down the excess foil so it will stick to the inside of the journal. Repeat the last two steps with the other side!
How stylish are these? I got a pack of three notebooks, so I decided to give all of them a marble makeover. They are doing so well on my desk, and look how well they fit to my other copper accessories! I could swear that this was the last marble DIY I would pester you with, but that’s not true. There are at least another million ideas in my head! I hope I could inspire you at the beginning of this new year!