Memories and Treasures Freebie Kit

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Enjoy this vintage style paper kit. Create your scrapbook pages, envelopes, tags, bags, junk journal pages and more. This 6 piece, 8.5″ x 11″ kit is 300 dpi, and is in printable jpg format.

Click here to download your copy of Memories and Treasures.

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Digital Scrapbook Layouts

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Do you enjoy making digital layouts to house your photos and elements from special memories?   I do. I get the same satisfaction of developing something unique and personal to have for future viewing with digital scrapbooking as I do with hybrid creations.  Also, with digital scrapbooking, you can print out your designs without the mess to clean up. The only clutter you may encounter are the multiple photos and graphics you want to add to your page.

That can all depend on how you are going to set up your layout.  Are you going to use a template, or will you start with a brand-new document to make your scrapbook layout?

If you create your layout with a template, it is easy to simply change the colors to match a theme you are using.  Add a few photos, a title and some graphics and your layout is ready in minutes. 

To make one from scratch, simply set your background, add some shapes, photos, sentiments, and graphics and you are on your way to a beautiful piece of work.

Digital Scrapbook Background Paper Image

You can add graphics from various sites.  Some offer freebies. I accessed some of the images in the photos from Pixel Scrapper where I am a Level 3 Commons Designer.  There are ways of to get free images, quality control advice, ideas and more from that site. 

You can also go on Etsy to find many beautiful images, papers, templates and more for your digital scrapbook layouts. You can use what you already have.

Simply access your tools from your software, including brushes, shapes, patterns, styles, and more, and you can develop a wonderful scrap-booking masterpiece! 

I hope this post helps!  Happy crafting!

Decorative Die Cut Junk Journal Elements

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When creating a craft project such as a card, tag, scrapbook, junk journal, or some other type of mixed media art, where do you all gather your decorative elements?  Do you fussy cut out your shapes and sentiments or do you die cut them out using special machines such as the Sizzix BigShot, Cricut Maker, Brother Scan and Cut, or other fancy machinery?

I tend to do both hand cutting out my elements for placement in my journals and cards as well as use my Sizzix Vintaj BigKick and Cricut Explore Air 2 die cutting machines.  Sometimes finding just the right shapes for a project can become a challenge if you do not own certain die cutting equipment or have a subscription to access certain types of images to print and cut.  However, there is a solution. 

Let’s say you wanted to make an aged themed photography junk journal and wanted to incorporate vintage shaped hardware made of card stock and chipboard, such as gears, vintage cameras, filmstrips, and photos of people.  If you didn’t own those dies or machines that sectioned out those shapes, you could purchase them already cut.  There are many shops that offer a variety of themed die cuts for sale.

 You can also find photos of vintage people on Etsy, like I did.

If you do own an electric die cutting machine, such as the Cricut Explore Air 2 then you could always access their free images on Cricut Design Space.  That can be very useful.  You can take it a step farther by uploading an image to it too.  To see this process, check out my YouTube video on it.

Uploading png files into Cricut Design Space to cut out images

In that video I use gears from my latest freebie kit “Rustic Beauty”. They are uploaded, cut out, painted, and added to my junk journal. Click here to download the free kit.

These cut shapes bring fun personality to many works, as do fussy cut images.  Although it is less time consuming to use your die cutting machines, you can still get satisfying results from cutting out your own flowers, tags, people, borders, and more from designer papers.  There are so many printed collections available, as well as from digital versions for consumption.  Even old books and magazines offer and array of images that can add beauty to your art when fussy cut out. 

Just have fun piecing together your resources.  I’m sure your art endeavors will be a success!

I hope this post helps.  Happy Crafting!

To see the completed journal flip through please watch this YouTube video:

Vintage African American Journal Folio Flip Through.

If you are interested in purchasing this folio insert it is available in my hybrid etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/753692096/vintage-african-american-journal-folio?ref=shop_home_feat_2&pro=1&frs=1 .

New Years Crafty-lutions 2020

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Do you crafty-holics make New Year’s Resolutions for resolving your project woes?  Are there any skills that you have just not mastered yet?  Since there are so many exciting ideas out there to try, it is good to add more techniques or styles to your existing mastery.  I like to challenge myself to create something out of my comfort zone.

Last year, (A few days ago) I channeled my energy into sewing. I have always loved how sewn papers and fabrics add such splendor to junk journals, scrapbooks, tags, and more.  However, I seem to continuously mess up the process.  Typically, either the upper thread or the bobbin runs out of thread, or the needle breaks and I replace it incorrectly (or all the above). When woes such as that happen, it ruins the material, or jumbles up the stitch. I keep the messed-up papers and fabric by covering it up with some other type of medium, like torn book pages on the back of a sewn tag.

Those mishaps do not stop me from repeatedly trying to understand where I am going wrong.  I’m embarrassed to say that I have had my sewing machine since 2003 and I basically still have no clue how to correctly use it.  Years ago, I had pushed it to the back of my closet with my clay, jewelry, wood burning tools and other stuff I picked up at the beginning of my serious crafting journey.  I just couldn’t leave it in there. I realized that I had been missing out on so many opportunities to jazz up my artistry.

I therefore have decided that by the end of 2020 I will run my papers and things through that machine like it were second nature, without destroying the materials.  By practicing and putting it to good use the dust will finally not be the only thing touching my Singer sewing machine. 

So, set some artistic goals for the year coming.  Decoupage that napkin to your canvas.  Open your new digital software and design your first graphic. Use your charcoal pencils you just received for Christmas and start sketching.  Whatever you do, whether things work out smoothly or not, don’t give up.  Tell yourself that you will become a prodigy of that trade.   You will resolve what has been hindering your progress.  That’s what making resolutions are about. 

I hope this post is helpful!  Thanks for reading it!  Happy Crafting!