Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Focus - Melissa Frances

Cec here and today I am presenting the Friday Focus featuring the Melissa Frances line of products.  For the next week all the Melissa Frances products will have an extra 15% taken off the already discounted price at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

My Sister-in-Law has a birthday coming up so I decided to alter a journal for her.  I don't know if she writes in a journal but if she doesn't, she can use the pages to write her weekly grocery list - LOL.

I started with a journal I picked up on sale somewhere.

Then I ripped the inside out of it.  Because I was going to be recovering it, I had to take enough pages from the back of the blanks so that it would fit again.  There were loads and they weren't dated so she won't miss any.

Next I covered it with some pink paper with tiny butterflies from my stash and then re-inserted the inside adding a piece of plain white paper to act as an inside front and back cover.

The next step was to take some Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and randomly sponge swirls all over the paper.  Then I used the same ink and a Dylusions stencil to add the dots on the front.

Then I made the focal point, a huge rosette from two Melissa Frances ribbons and added a pink button from my stash and a pearl from Melissa Frances.

I then took a Copic marker and coloured some more of the pearls to add to the lace heart and the lace strip.

Next I added a die cut flourish, a whole bunch of paper flowers, a few of which started out as white but were coloured with the Distress Ink and some bead charms that I made myself.  To finish it off I added the sentiment, which was inked with the Distress Ink.

When I started this project I really had intended to use this wonderful frame from Melissa Frances but no matter how hard I tried I could not work it into my design and make it look good so it is still sitting on my desk and I will find a way to use it in some other project in the future.

I hope my Sister-in-Law likes her new journal and I hope you will check out all the Melissa Frances embellishments at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  The following items used in the creation of this project came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. WOW Cec!! I would have never guessed how your journal looked originally without your photo - what a stunning transformation! I love the way you've grouped the flowers and lace around the fabulous zipper/ribbon swirl. Bet this will be treasured by your Sister in Law. Jenny x

  2. Absolutely stunning Cec! Your sister in law will be blown away! The flowers are beautiful and the arrangement is perfect! Sue C x

  3. This is lovely Cec, I especially like the bead charms you have made that really balance up the way you have arranged the flowers around the lace and the rosette. Your SIL wil love this I am sure. Hugs Mo x

  4. What a beautiful transformation! The lace and zipper look wonderful and I love how you put a ribbon tie on it too. I don't think I would want to use this for my shopping list, I would want to leave it on the coffee table where it could be seen..... Anne x

  5. a gorgeous make over! you have made this into a beautiful book x as usual playing catch up :( hugs x trace x

  6. What a fabulous journal, and transformation!!! It's so beautiful and I'm sure your sister-in-law will love it.

  7. Absolutely lovely, Cec! So soft and feminine looking. Love the way you included the pretty Venise appliqué and all the other embellishments are gorgeous too. Super project for this week's Friday Focus!


  8. So pretty - elegant, frilly and so feminine!
    Alison x

  9. Your project is totally gorgeous, Cec! I love the rosette you created with the Melissa Frances trims. Your sister in law is one lucky girl!!