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Friday, June 25, 2021

Elegant Coffee Dyed Journal

Hello Friends, Diane here to share with you some new inspiration using the Graphic 45 Elegance collection.

This Lovely collection is full of roses, florals, foliage, stripes and geometric designs. The beautiful white and pink florals pop off the papers. This collection reminds me of Paris and has vintage dress forms, dresses, perfume bottles and fans. It’s an elegant lady like collection. I just adore the pink with the black and grey color combination. It’s beautifully elegant.

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Elegant Journal

Inspiration comes to you

One Saturday morning I had decided to Coffee dye some paper. I had not ever tried this before, so I watched some YouTube videos on the subject and went to town dying all kind of papers and trying different techniques to get different patterns and effects. Using several cookie sheets, made some instant coffee and soaked the papers in the pans. I also pulled out various paint brushes, some coffee cups, toothpicks, dish soap for bubbles and played with individual sheets of paper until I had different effects on the papers. I had a blast and I wore myself out playing that day.

Then, not long after that, Fotobella sent me this gorgeous Graphic 45 collection. Once I saw these beautiful papers, I decided to use my new coffee dyed papers to make my very first journal.

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Journal Cover

The cover of the journal is made from chipboard that I wrapped with black 65lb cardstock by Recollections. Next, I wrapped the spine with a pink rose fabric from my stash. Then, I put together 3 signatures with the coffee paper, graph paper, Graphic 45 paper and music sheets. I sewed in the 3 signatures into the book. Then I decorated the signatures with the beautiful G45 Elegance collections papers, ephemera and stickers. Below I have a series of photos for you to view. Just click on the arrows on the side of the photo for some inspiration.

Check out my Graphic 45 Video

I also decided to include a video showing each page of the G45 journal for further inspiration.

Project Share Video:

Elegant Journal Video

Below I have listed the products I have used from

Graphic 45 Elegance 12x12 Bundle:

G45 Elegance 12x12 I really want it all Bundle:

Graphic 45 Elegance Collection :

Thank you for joining me today.

I hope I have inspired you to make something creative today.

Please come and visit for this Graphic 45 collection.

There is lots to choose from at

Blessings and Hugs,



  1. This is just a phenomenal project! Yes you have inspired me today!

    1. Oh. Thank you ReNae. That means so much to me. (((HUGS))), Diane

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    1. I appreciate you saying so. Thank you so much. Diane