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Shannon Morgan

Creating an Advent Journal Cover Tutorial

Every year, every single year, I aspire to create this ridiculously amazing December Daily journal, and every year I fail….miserably so. This year, I realized, that I focus too much on the perfection of the holidays and not the actual reason for this season every year.

So, I shifted my focus. I am creating an Advent journal this year. I’ll be sharing it throughout the season with you as I fill it.

Making the Advent Journal Cover

Today I am sharing with you how I created the cover. These are the supplies that I gathered. By doing this first step, I am inspired by odd things collected and this time it was a song lyric.

Measure the journal to determine the size of the journal base and cut one out of patterned paper. My choice was a star patterned paper which I adhered to the journal using my E-Z Grand Runner.

Adding Layers

Add the layers one by one. First, I started with the left side of the journal. As you can see, there is a combination of tabs, a border for a little bit of interest and washi tape. See – odd stuff! LOL!

In adding the next layer, I wanted some contrast. My “go-to” is something “whispy” which come in a form of tracing paper or vellum.

So I sandwich a piece of tracing paper between a scrap piece of patterned paper and a wood veneer polaroid frame. I painted the frame white and used Adhesive Lines to secure the frame. The Adhesive Lines were perfect because of the narrow space of the frame 🙂

The polaroid frame layer was popped up with  3D Foam Squares!! I love these 3D Foam Squares!! I love them, I love them! Did I mention, I love them? LOL!!


Advent is all about — waiting in JOYFUL hope, of course. I needed to add this to my cover, also layer on a few embellishments. Look at how fun this is? A great motivator to inspire ME to work on MYSELF!

Here’s a close up of all the details to bring this cover together. Thank you for letting me share this with you.

Creative Time: 45 minutes
Skill Level: Beginner

Materials needed
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
3D Foam Squares White Mix
E-Z Runner® Grand Refillable Dispenser
Adhesive Lines

Other: Illustrated Faith Advent, Illustrated Faith Christmas, Red twine, Wood veneer, Mixed media journal, and Glitter Glue

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