Urban Journal Remix


The Urban Journal was my first on-line workshop and I have freshened it up!

Follow along as I teach you how to turn an old book cover into a unique blank-page journal. Join me for a series of easy-to-follow videos and create your own Urban Journal.


Follow along as I teach you how to turn an old book cover into a unique blank-page journal. Join me for a series of easy-to-follow videos and create your own Urban Journal.

"What a generous gesture and a great value! This class can take anyone from a novice to an expert when it comes to altering an old book and creating your own personalized Urban Journal. Roben-Marie's presentation style is enthusiastic, clear, detailed and creative! She offers great alternatives for supplies as well as incorporating your own art style to fit the project and make it your very own!" ~Susan Gallitto

"Your explanations on all parts of making this book have been wonderful. Sewing in signatures is easy doing it this way with a template. I love this remix of the Urban Journal. I can think of so many ways to use this book."
~Diane Kirtley

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What's Inside...

  Project Overview
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  The Pages
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  The Cover
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How many videos are there and can I download them?
This workshop features 4 instructional. Videos are not available for download.
Can I access the workshop content anytime?
This class is self-paced and all materials are available to you. Join in when you want and finish on your schedule!
Can I watch on my iPad or smartphone?
If everything is up-to-date on your IPAD and/or smart phone, there should be no problem using them.

Your Instructor

Roben-Marie Smith
Roben-Marie Smith

Meet Your Instructor

Hey! I’m Roben-Marie and I provide ideas, inspiration and quality instruction for hobbyists and art entrepreneurs. I teach artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through my blog and my popular online workshops.

Both in and out of the studio, my passion is helping my fellow creatives step into their full potential by creating confident, expressive art and sharing that art with more people through the power of the Internet. I’m a huge tech nerd and I love making technology easy and fun for overwhelmed artists! My flagship program, Maker’s Tech U, guides tech-challenged artists through every step of building their own website and powerfully effective online art presence.

As a woman of faith I believe that I’m called to serve and support others, so I strive to be accessible to artists who need my help. Seeing other creators embrace their unique voices, build their online art dreams and gain confidence in their new skills brings me great joy.

I’ve been a working artist since 2004, am self-taught and believe that anyone can cultivate their creative spark. I’ve taught mixed media art workshops and retreats across the U.S. and my work has been featured in countless books and industry magazines.

In my spare time I love to read, bake and travel. I live in Florida with my husband of 33 years and together we work with the youth in our church. I also have a heart for mission work, having served in Panama, El Salvador, Romania and Honduras.


Basic tools:
UHU Glue Stick
Palette Knife
Sari Ribbon or Ribbon
Scrap papers - text, book, etc.
Book Binding Needle
Wax Bookbinding Thread
Paper Piercer
Sewing Machine
Masking Tape
Washi Tapes

Gel Medium

Old Book Cover - size of your choice
Watercolor or Mixed Media Paper - size will be based on your book cover size (I explain this in the workshop).
Gift bag (I used one from Anthropologie).

#2 Pencil
Stabilo Marks All Pencil Black

Color Copies of your Art
Paint Brush (placed into loops on cover)