The Museum, a Concertina Journal was something I wanted to do for a while. Recently I was clearing out the office and was about to throw out some suspended foils folders in green but then realised they are perfect for Journalling and a beautiful green colour. 

Nature is a subject close to my heart and I love museums.  I had a friend in mind when I started the journal. It really helps with journalling as you can create with more purpose. 



  1.  Fold over the first two pages of the concertina.  Place the die to the centre of the two sheets and cut the aperture.
  2.  Open and remove the window frames and unwanted bits from the die cut, I keep these for other projects
  3. The stained glass window sheet was prepared previously using  Alcohol Inks from Ranger on  clear cell. The sheets are then left to dry.
  4. The cell now needs cutting slightly smaller than the page and sticking between the the two window shapes. 
  5. Once the window is in place and  dry, glue the windows frames back in place. Repeat  on the other side. 
  6. Ink and decorate as required. 
Museum Journal - Make
Museum Journal - Make
Museum Journal - Make
Museum Journal - Make
Museum Journal - Make
Museum Journal

Materials Used

  1. Basic Slides are cut from the Die Specimen by Tim Holtz. I used a variety of coloured card to make them and decided on green & Brown for the final Journal.
  2. Tabs & Numbers also from he came die set.The Slide Stamps are Ticket Booth randomly stamped.
  3. Bug Stamps — Entomology Stamp Set using permanent ink black but could have done with stamping twice
  4. Inks –  Black Soot, Picket Fence and Aged Mahogany Inks. 
  5.  The insects are stamped onto Yupo paper with Ranger Alcohol Inks. 
  6. the number tags are added when you stick the slide together.
  7. Eyelets are an option dependant on the use. 

 – All Dies, Stamps & Inks are TIM HOLTZ 


I find the slide shape inspiring, as there’s so much you can do with it. So, it was a must for The Museum Concertina Journal. The slides have various insects and bugs on them. This was created by using Alcohol Inks on Yupo Paper.( plastic paper). Let them to dry overnight and then added the stamps with Permeant Black ink. If it blurs or mis stamped you can quickly wipe it off with a baby wipe.  You can’t use a  heat gun on this paper as it curls up! after all ts plastic.

The Slides were cut and stamped. Some of the stamped insects are too big for the slide aperture. I played with putting them in various ways.  

The final touches are so important, this included adding, labels for the insect in the slide, tabs some with numbers cut out or adding eyelets, these are from my nan’s collection of sewing things. I have vintage colours. It’s a great way to attach the slide to the journal. The other way is by using a double sided tab to create a hinge. the final touch distressing the edges and shading with Vintage Photo ink.

crafts - slide - demo
Museum Journal
Museum Journal
Museum Journal
Museum Journal crafts - slide - demo
Museum Journal