Don’t you just get so excited when you buy something and get a bonus gift…the packaging? I recently got a new pair of sandals and I was stoked with the plastics and tissue papers that came with it. I immediately thought of making some journal pockets, doing some decoupage, and simply getting creative with all the boxed content.
I love to recycle things and add them to my crafts. That is exactly what I did.
The scrapbook papers I used in this project were from multiple digital sources. The first one was from the Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy shop called, “Book of Plays Journal Pages kit.” The other ones were from two different FREEBIE kits from the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook page called, “At the Opera“, and “Eerie Tales“, and the last one was from the Multimedia Crafts Digital blog here called, “Journal Notebook Pages“.
Watch the entire process from the video below.
This project turned out to be very fun. The pocket turned into a mini policy envelope with a wrap-around-ribbon closure. I added some tags, stamped papers, vintage library cards, vintage ledger paper and more. I accented the envelope on the inside with a fussy cut out tuck spot.
I made sure that all the edges of each paper included with the envelope were distressed with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress oxide ink. I finally added a file folder made with the various scrapbook papers mentioned from the digital kits above. I did some stamping using various Tim Holtz stamps. I also included two altered playing cards I purchased from, “The Sweets by Thelisha“.
Using the recycled plastic to make the four pockets inside the policy envelope turned out just as I originally envisioned it. So when you buy new things, learn to think outside or even inside “the box” if you need to. You never know what treasure you can turn your trash into.
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Enjoy this printable freebie envelope. It has a spring, shabby chic theme to it. It is great for scrapbooks, junk journals, mother’s day themed projects and more. This envelope is high quality 300 dpi and is saved in both jpg and pdf format. Assembly instructions are included with the download.
To access the kit click here.
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I love to make journals and all sorts of scrapbooking elements to fill my books and folios. Today I decided to construct some out of various mediums including digital printables, die cut shapes, washi tape, and more.
I began by printing out the Multimedia Crafts Digital FREEBIE kit called, “Fresh Air”. Using one of the Multimedia Craft Digital Etsy kits called, “2” x 3” Card and Envelope Template” I printed the card image over top of one of the digital freebie papers.
Before assembling the envelope, I took two butterfly dies from the Tim Holtz stamp and die set, “French Flight”, placed them on the back of the envelope and die cut out those shapes, keeping the pieces to use later in this project.
I then cut a piece of acetate to fit the size of the back of the envelope and stitched the two together.
Once sewn, I distressed the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink, “Vintage Photo,” and assembled the envelope according to the provided instructions that came with the card and envelope template. You can also watch the YouTube process video of assembling that template if needed.
To dress up both the card and envelope, I added some torn sudoku paper and some die cut elements from the Tim Holtz Ephemera Pack Field Notes. I also added a flower to the envelope to complete the look.
I hope that this project was helpful and that you enjoy using some of the freebies from this blog. You can also check out the latest FREEBIE kit called, “Fresh Air 3 inch Circles”. To access it click here.
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Do you love so many things in scrapbooking that you are often times overwhelmed with what to make, how to make it, what to use, and so forth? I have a hard time narrowing down how to create something as simple as a card, tag, layout, frame, and the list goes on. There are so many beautiful images, embellishments, and ideas floating around everywhere, and I love them all. One way to reduce the clutter of thoughts in your mind when you are drafting a project is to think about what you or the recipient love or will love the most about your soon to be creation.
If it is a card, what are the components that you must have? Do they have to coordinate in a certain manner? Do you have to use die cut shapes all the time? Do you want text and word art on it? Does it have to be shabby chic, vintage, steampunk, or any other preferred style? All of these are questions that should be answered before you begin your craft. These mysteries can be somewhat eliminated by using a plan or questionaire. Download the free “What I Love Scrapbook and Ephemera Checklist“. This is a list of suggestions to help solve your creative block.
If you know the theme you are using, find images, text, and shapes that compliment your design. Go on Pinterest and Google to find some images similar to what you would like to make. See what those creations are composed of. Take notes and incorporate those ideas into your next project.
I hope this small tip was helpful. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.
Adobe Photoshop is awesome in how it provides many editing tools that let you place subjects into various backgrounds. It is so much fun when you can create your own setting with added elements to change the look of an original photo. In this particular instance I used the “Pen” tool to remove a person from an image and transfer it into another, adding additional blending techniques to the final layout.
Next I opened up the original file of the subject I wanted to crop out. I then selected the “pen” tool, located to the left on the toolbar. Using the anchor points and handle, I clicked and dragged around the image, creating a path around the person. Click here to learn more about editing paths in Adobe Photoshop.
Once the path was completed I clicked on the paths panel. At the bottom I selected the “load paths as a selection” tool.
I clicked on the “Select” menu, located at the top, and using the dropdown options I chose “Inverse”. This task highlighted the image with dots, or “marching ants”.
I deleted the highlighted, background portion of the photo, leaving only the selected subject remaining.
You will find that the subject remaining still has “marching ants” around it. You can simply use the keyboard shortcuts “control+ D” on a pc or “command +D” on a mac and it will get rid of the dots. You have now got yourself an image to save and use for later projects.
Create your own layout by adding the image into a different background. Find backgrounds and elements from various places such as Pixel Scrapper and etsy Have fun by adding different colors, embellishments, patterns, shapes, and blending them together with a plethora of options. When using Adobe Photoshop there are so many possibilities to edit and master your digital masterpieces. Explore your options and utilize the tools provided in that software.
I hope this tip was helpful. Thanks for visiting. Happy crafting!
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Enjoy the latest freebie printable called, “Signs of Romance. This journal ephemera page is great for shabby chic, Love journals, scrapbooks, cards, tags, and other mixed media. It comes with tags, arrows, tabs, journaling cards, and more. The kit is high quality 300 dpi and is saved in both jpg and png formats and is printable on to 8.5″ x 11” paper.
To access the kit click here.
This digital download would also work marvelous alongside the newest Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy Valentine set, “Love Papers and Ephemera Kit“. That digital ensemble contains papers, bingo card, pockets, journaling cards, words and sentiments, and more. It touches on some of the types of love found in the Bible: Agape, Philia, Storge, Eros, and Pragma.
Get started before cupid does. Show your loved one just how much you care by creating something special for them. The possibilities are endless. I hope these kits can help you on your romantic creative journey. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!
Have you ever wanted to make your own scrapbook paper? You can using Adobe Photoshop. Basically all you need are background colors, brushes, styles, and edit the layers using various blending modes.
Photoshop comes preinstalled with various brushes and styles to use, however you can get more from sites such as Pixel Scrapper.com, Scrapgirls.com, Etsy, and more. It is so much fun to make your own diy digital scrapbook papers and more because you can add embellishments, frames, and more to finalize many of your projects.
Watch the tutorial below to see how this process works.
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Happy New Year my fellow crafters! I hope 2021 will be an improvement from last year. I have a freebie to sweeten up this winter and to help you get started on a new crafting journey.
Here is my part of the Pixel Scrapper January 2021 blog train. The theme is winter, snow, sweets, new year, and celebration. The color palette is below:
This kit includes 12 different designs of 12″ x 12″ digital papers as well as 14 elements to complement your scrapbook and other mixed media projects. To access this freebie click here. To check out other downloads from the Pixel Scrapper blog train click here.
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Have you ever been in the process of making cards for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and so forth from a prepacked card and envelope set and when you complete layering your card you realize it will not fit into your envelope? That has happened to me multiple times. It can get somewhat frustrating because you know that your oversized card is going to need an envelope to house it.
One way to fix that is to either make thin cards with very few layers, or if you are like me, and want lots of embellishments and things, you can find envelope templates to print out that are bigger than the size of the envelope that came with your kit.
This kit comes with original scanned images of the envelope prototype that has my handwriting on it. I also cleaned up the image and turned it into a transparent file so that you can print the highlighted shape of the envelope onto pattern paper. Try this one out and see how it works with your beautiful creations. To access this freebie click here to download.
Watch the assembly video of this envelope kit:
You can find other templates on etsy and other scrapbooking websites. I hope this little tip was helpful. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!