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. 


The Museum Journal - Pages

The Museum Journal - Cover

Museum Journal
Museum Journal

Cover – Stages

Museum Journal - Make
  1. Cut the cover – the card is folded over to cut two at the same time. 
Museum Journal - Make

2. remove bits from the die cutting.

Museum Journal - Make

3.  Alcohol Inks from Ranger on Cell & dry.

Museum Journal - Make

4. cut to fit the page as you need space to stick the cell to the card. 

Museum Journal - Make

5. Stick both sides on so they match .

Museum Journal - Make

6.attach to the journal. I later cut out the alphanumeric Specimen for the title.

The Museum Journal - Slides

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.

museum journal
Museum Journal
Museum Journal crafts - slide - demo
Museum Journal

Materials Used

  1. Basic Slides are cut from the Die Specimen by Tim Holtz
  2. I used the same die for the Tabs & Numbers. 
  3. The Slide Stamps are Ticket Booth.    
  4. The bug stamps are from – Entomology Stamp Set 
  5. Inks –  Black Soot, Picket Fence and Aged Mahogany Inks.   
  6. The insects are stamped onto Yupo paper with Ranger Alcohol Inks. 

 – All Dies, Stamps & Inks are TIM HOLTZ