Thursday 5 February 2015

#06 Album/Journal Cover

Welcome to our Sixth Challenge. We are really enjoying seeing all your fabulous works of art, and your creative imaginations.

For this, our second challenge of 2015, we would like you to create a mixed media Album cover or Journal cover – Any subject, but using multiple techniques and materials.

We are thrilled to be sponsored by


With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.

Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the website

Our design team are playing along with the challenge so check out our blog, which is there for inspiration at

Before we get down to the Team's gorgeous samples, I would like to thank all of you who applied to be in our team. Sorry I couldn’t take on everyone. I have a few new team members to announce. Please pop by their blogs if you have time as I am sure they would love to see you.

Claudia Neubacher

Servus and hi, my name is Claudia, I am in my forties and I live in Vienna, Austria (next to the beautiful river Danube) with my wonderful son and husband and our dog Bluna.

I am a studied arts and woodworks teacher and after 18 years in the job have become a dedicated stay at home mom and housewife - which happily gives me enough sparetime to regularly create a happy mess in my studio. I have been discovering stamps and mixed media since I started my crafty blogger career about two and a half years ago - and I still keep finding new techniques, styles and media to explore!

I love altering objects, painting canvases, making books, tags, altered art jewelry and have just started with encaustics and some art journaling too. I don't think I have one particular style (as there are so many fascinating styles to try and play with) but I would describe myself as the messy and (in a good sense) chaotic painter and crafter, who is happiest when being covered with paint up to the elbows and (very often) embraces imperfection and happy accidents ;) . I love working with acrylic paints, texture pastes, stencils, crackle media of all sorts and stamps to create texture and effects that give the impression of timeworn surfaces.

I get inspired by rust, by bark, by rock,well....honestly by nature in general and all the colours and textures and shapes there are to find. You can make me the happiest person of all by giving to me some old rusty keys!

I love to challenge myself and explore new territory! So to me becoming part of the wonderful design team of The Mirror Crack'd is both: a new challenge and a wonderful opportunity to get to know and work alongside some fabulously talented artists! Ain't I just a lucky girl?!


I'm very happy to be a part of this very creative DT.

My name is Kerstin-Inga Peters and I come from Germany and have been creating for many years now, always in search for new techniques and yet unexplored territory in craftland.
My big passions are colours and structure. I'm a big Mixed Media Style fan and love the things that are old and nobody wants anymore, because they have a history! My newest love is Mr. Art Journal, with Art Journaling I have found one of "my" favourite genre - as it combines words and pictures, thoughts and feelings, application of various innovative techniques and the idea of telling stories in a brave new crafty world!

Besides I discovered the steampunk style, inventive genius and adventurous romance are what makes Steampunk so very special and exciting to me.

But I also like to invent always new and so I will also often be good for a surprise!

Jan Hill

Hi I am Jan Hill, I live in Coventry (England) but was born in Manchester and am a Northern girl at heart. I live with my long suffering husband and son, but have a happily married daughter and gorgeous Granddaughter whom I love to scrap pages about.

My passion is now mixed media, I am a big fan of distress and all Tim Holtz products but like to put my own twist on things. I am sooo lucky to be retired and have loads of time to spend in my Attic craft room and on holidays. My blog is I seem addicted to challenges which is where I found The Mirror Crack'd,( I also hate making cards) so this site seemed perfect. I was thrilled to be invited to be a member of the Design Team, many thanks Lin x

Elaine Langford Pugh

I am known as Elaine aka Ellapu in Blogland. I am 54 and live in Hampshire, UK. I work full time as an Investigator for Revenue and Customs, UK. I have been in the job for 15 years and love it.

I suffer chronic pain through having 2 types of arthritis and also suffer with bi-polar - some days I don't make it to work and for the rest I struggle to do so.

Recently I had my head shaved for Charity - Children in Need and raised £2000 - One of the best things I have done aside form creating.

Crafting has given me an outlet for my frustrations and get completely emerged, losing out on time for getting the housework done - just as well I live on my own lol.
I am happy to be here working alongside such talented ladies and grateful they wanted me. I look forward to seeing everyone's creations to give me inspiration.

Hugz to all - Elaine xx

We hope our fabulous Design Team can inspire you. Please pop by their blogs and show them your appreciation


I have used acrylic paint, texture paste, printed paper, UTEE and a lot of embellishments for the cover of my spiral bound album.


For this challenge I created one album.I don't know how much visible is from photos, but on the cover have embossed text with gold powder and some of leafs are colored with acril paint. Every one from sheets in this album is colored with distress and decorated with buttons, flowers, ribbons, lace and stamps.

Sue B-scrumplescrunch

My Journal cover has a substrate of Tissue paper and Plastic netting before I proceeded to paint up and add the elements. There is a step by step on how I created this on my Blog.

Elaine aka Ellapu

I updated my journal using diecuts, wooden misshapes, stencil, poly filler, paints, lots of dylusions and Inka Gold.


My first Art Journal cover for my new favourite theme.

I've been working consciously with contrasts, black and white and metallic effects, matching the content of my art journal.

More details please on my blog

Journal Cover 1a
My journal cover comes from my dreams. It's a canvas board, with various lazer cuts and letters, and lots of spray inks and gilding wax. More information on my blog


I have made the Art Journal cover using my favourite items: chipboards, lace and modeling paste with stencils. Lots of misting, painting and enjoying the colors.


I created a back to back binding mini album to collect some photos of our last years visit in the playmobil fun park. The cover is created with Gelatos. You'll find some step by step photos on my blog.


My Journal Cover is decorated with structure paste & stencils.

I used 5 colors Inka Gold...

Rita Marie

My Funky Journal Cover was made using scraps of some of my printed artwork, magazines, markers, gel pens, and really lots of thing. This is a great way to use lots of your supplies. I have a short tutorial for you to watch if you would like to head over to my Blog. This was so much fun and relaxing to create. I hope this inspires some of you to get out your fun art supplies and create something different. Thank you! xo

Angela R. Felix the Crafty Cat

Hi everyone, my journal cover was made using a variety of materials including Tyvek, stencils, pastes, gilding wax and several other bits and pieces. I have included a tutorial on my blog if you would like to see how I completed this.


Hi everyone, I recycled old book and made new art journal for 'Me' I've used Gelatos in various colors.

Come over to my blog Neon Diary to have closer look.


  1. Congrats to the New DT members. Your designs are all amazing.
    Julie x

  2. Congratulations and welcome to the new Design Team! Looking forward to loads of inspiration!

  3. Wow! Sorry I am late to the party, girls (just returned home from our skiing holiday)....those covers look all fantastic! Can't wait to join in the March challenge!

    Waving hi from Vienna,
    Claudia xxx

  4. Wow fabulous inspiration everyone will be popping over to the blogs to have a closer look. I have just found your blog so I will be back later to play getting messy!!

  5. There appears to be something wrong with the link up ??

    1. I have tried to link mine and its not appearing even though I have linked within my blog page

    2. Thanks CC. All sorted now.

  6. great inspiration... half term this week so I will try to play along, jx


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