Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Santos Cardboard Journal Cover

Hello!! My admiration of cardboard continues. 
I love the texture and strength provided by such a simple substrate. Plus since cardboard is so accessible and basically free there is no pressure if you mess up. That freedom is wonderful for those of us who overthink everything!! 

I recently added the Character Constructions Santos Cage Doll to my collection. You may remember I used her on a previous assemblage piece. Since that project, I added the cage skirt to my collection. So, of course, I had to make another project with her. 

I recently ran across some cardboard pieces that were flat and had rounded corners. And the perfect size when folded with a spine for a traveler's journal cover. 

Peel top layer off one side of cardboard piece to reveal the corrugated layer. 
Fold spine to be approximately 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch.
Add random swipes of Gesso with a palette knife.
Spray with coffee mix. 
Dry with heat gun. 
Sew square of lace off center on front of journal.
Punch holes and thread elastic thru spine. 
Scrunch and sew on piece of muslin to spine. Making sure not sew over the elastic. 
Sew on ripped muslin strips for bow closure. 
Stamp and assemble Santos Doll. 
I used the same technique for the doll body as used here.
Add a piece of scrapbook paper behind skirt with handwritten sentiment. 
For bird nest wrap 20 gauge brown wire to form nest shape. Add turquoise beads. 
Attach Santos Doll offset on journal cover. 

I am linking this project up to the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge 

August Challenge:
Anything Goes!:
(stamping MUST be included)

Find all the entries and information at 

Thank you for stopping by and spending a few minutes with me today. Leave me a comment and let me know you stopped by!! Happy Creating friends~ Jennalee 


  1. Oh so in love with this....... that texture from the cardboard is perfect for this young lady. And that birds nest - genius!!! xx

  2. Fab project, love the detail! Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It :)

    1. Thank you Shirley-bee!! It was a fantastic challenge!!

  3. Fab project ... so much detail. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  4. Thanks Jenny!! I had been wanting to revisit wire wrapped bird nests and knew she was meant to have one.

  5. Gorgeous project! Thanks for the inspiration!