From Trash to Treasure_Upcycling Shoe Box Packaging

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recycled plastic bags into journal pockets

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.

I first gathered some scrapbook papers, embellishments, glue, scissors, paper trimmer, and my sewing machine.

 

 

 

Book of Plays Journal Pages Kit

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.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2021 Blog Train Freebie Kit

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Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog train kit

Here is my contribution to the April 2021 Spring Pixel Scrapper blog train.  This kit comes with twelve papers.  Six of them are 12″ x 12″ and the other six are 8.5″ x 11″ and are ready for printing.  Both can be used in digital projects as seen in both figures 1 and 2 below.  This kit also comes with 14 elements with soft blues, greens, yellows, and grays.  The papers are all in jpg format.  The elements are in png format with a sheet of printable graphics that is in jpg.  All items in kit are high quality 300 dpi.  To access this kit click here.

The theme for the kit was beachy, spring, garden, rainy days, and lemons.  Below is the color palette.  To see other kits from fellow Pixel Scrapper blog train collaborators click here.

 

April 2021 Blog train color palette

This is the color palette.

 

figure 1. Splish Splash digital layout using the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog Train kit

 

 

 

I used multiple elements from the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog train kit in these two digital illustrations.  I simply used Adobe Photoshop  on my laptop to edit my layouts.  Making digital scrapbook pages is a great way to store family pictures without taking up too much physical space.  However, if you prefer hanging your images on your walls or or putting them in an album you can keep your beautiful photos and keepsakes by having them printed out.


 

 


figure 2. A Beautiful Spring Day

 

 

In this next layout I combined multiple shapes of circles and rectangles along with graphics from the kit to finish off the “Beautiful Spring Day” at the Beach.

 

 

 



 

Journal envelope and ephemera made using the Pixel Scrapper April 2021 Blog Train kit

I made this spring journal piece by printing out one of the 8.5″ x 11″ papers twice; One scrapbook paper on cardstock and the elements sheet on vellum.  You can use an inkjet or laser printer on the vellum.

 

 

iced lemon ade made using glossy accents and vellum over cardstock.

 

I layered multiple elements of the same kind together, gluing the vellum overtop the cardstock images.  I added glossy accents to some to give them more of a 3-D ice cube effect.

 

 

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Spring Journal Ephemera: Using Digital Freebies and Other Multimedia Supplies

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Spring Ephemera made from Multimedia Digital Crafts Freebie kits and other mixed media

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.

 

 

 

Fresh Air Papers Kit

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.

Printed out papers from “Fresh Air” digital Freebie kit and Multimedia crafts digital etsy kit called, “2” x 3″ Card and Envelope Template

 

 

 

 

This is the back of the unassembled envelope where two butterfly pieces were die cut out of the paper

 

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.

 

acetate stitched to back of envelope template

I then cut a piece of acetate to fit the size of the back of the envelope and stitched the two together.

 

assembled envelopes garnished with distress ink and die cut shapes

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.

 

 

Completed 2″ x 3″ card and envelope

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.

 

  The next elements I made were 2 ½ inch circles I punched out from the purple and white striped paper.  I lightly glued them to some muslin and stitched around the edges. (Go easy on me because I’m still working on my sewing skills).

 

  I then created some envelopes from the pink and blue checkered paper.  I folded them into the shape of the envelope, partially glued them together using washi tape, and sealed the envelope by stitching around the edges.  I garnished them with the leftover butterfly die cut pieces from the first envelope and added some rub on transfer text to each.

 

  For the last piece of ephemera, I made a tag.  I took some of the scraps from the previous projects and created a collage.  I stitched on and around the tag.  I finalized it with an eyelet and some white mini rose trim.

 

Fresh Air 3″ Circles Kit

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.

 

Thanks for visiting and as always:

Happy Crafting!

 

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Should you make a purchase from some of the above links I will receive a monetary percentage of the price of your item(s).  Thanks.

Christmas Crafting_Tags and Other Mixed Media

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I hope you enjoyed the digital kits from last week.  I used them and other digital downloads from the Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy shop to create some fun tags and a bingo card.

I used some of the following supplies:

To keep the flow of the Christmas crafting spirit going, here is another freebie to add along with your projects.  This is the holiday paper pack called, “Fa La La”.  There are six different designs all printable onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper.  All graphics are 300 dpi and are in jpg format.  Click here to download.

Fa La La

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting!

 

 

 

Christmas Candy Wrapper Freebies

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Want to get an early start on your holiday projects? Try using the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital freebie printable called, “Christmas Candy Wrappers”. You can decorate your sweets with these Christmas themed papers to create easy gifts, cocoa stations, greeting cards and more.

Simply click here to download. Watch how to assemble them on YouTube.

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Choosing Scrapbook Layouts

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When you are creating a scrapbook layout how do you choose your design? Do you use premade templates or do you add elements and shapes to form your final photo blueprint?

I like to do both. First, I decide on a theme, such as the fall one in the layout above. Next I choose the page setup. I like to use a combination of shapes. Typically my photos are on square mats with decorative square pages behind them. I also like to use circles and various other elements that have different shapes. I find my focal point and start to build.

I acquire different digital papers from various places such as the ones used from the multimedia crafts digital etsy shop, “Weathered Wood paper kit“, and the FREEBIE paper pack, “Cinnamon and Spice” found here on the Multimedia Crafts Digital site.

Next, I add elements I found from sources such as pixel scrapper to accent the layout. I like to use leaves, bows, wooden shapes, and metal pieces, like the chain connecting the photo to the black button. I also typically add flowers, sparkle from sequin, paint spatter, and all sorts of fun embellishments.

Finally, I finish the project off with a title and sometimes a catchy phrase. I try to make sure that it represents what the scrapbook layout is all about.

I hope that this mini layout tip was helpful. Happy crafting!

From Trash to Treasure_Upcycling Shoe Box Packaging

Advertisements 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 … Continue reading

Spring Envelope Freebie

Advertisements 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 … Continue reading

Creating an Embossed Mini Paper Notebook

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I love to make journal pages and embellishments from digital media. I decided to create a really simple mini paper notebook. This little book of writing ephemera would look great in a mixed media album. To make it, all that was needed were a computer or laptop, some software that could open the digital files, and a printer to print the beautiful pages. Check out below how this easy project was produced.

Mini paper notebook fully embellished (Front, back, and center)

Enjoy this latest freebie paper kit called “Grunge Run”.  Click here to download. I used it to make a really simple mini notebook with it.

Supplies needed:

  • Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie “Grunge Run” paper kit.
  • Embossing folders
  • Die cutting machine (Sizzix sideKick, Bigshot, Vagabond, etc…)
  • White Card stock
  • Dies
  • Notebook paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Art glitter Glue
  • Staples and staple gun
  • Distress oxide inks -Inks (Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks by Ranger): 

I first began by printing out the six pages of the Multimedia Crafts Digital, “Grunge Run” paper kit, double sided, leaving me with three papers.  I trimmed off the white margins.

(This step can be eliminated if you print with the “bleed on” feature of your printer.)  I distressed the edges of each paper, on both the front and back sides.  The paper size after the margins were cut measured approximately 8″ x 10.75″.

I also printed out the “2 x 3 Card and envelope templates” from the Multimedia Crafts Digital etsy shop onto one of the grunge papers. I assembled it according to the provided instructions that came with the file.

Step by Step Process

On the long side (10.75″ side) of any of the grunge papers, score a line at 1/2″, 7″, and at 7.25″. This creates a base, a bottom flap and a top flap. Next cut a piece of contrasting paper at 6″ x 7.75″.

Place a ruler on the flap. Find the center of the flap and take a pen to mark a spot that measures 1″ to the left and right of it. On my paper, the marks were placed at 3″ and at 5″.

Take scissors or paper trimmer and cut from those points to the corner of each side of flap.

Place the 6″ piece of contrasting paper over top the base, underneath the flap. Press the flap down. Using a pen, mark on both sides of the top flap onto the 6″ paper, where a line will be drawn for a flap tuck area. Be sure to make the tuck area at least 1″ deep, therefore marking 1″ upward from the flap on to the 6″ paper. Then using the ruler for a straight edge, draw a line connecting the dots.

Next, take a ruler and a box cutter to trim out the line.

Distress the edges of the papers on both sides, including the flap closure. I typically use Tim Holtz Distress inks.

Next, remove about 10 sheets of college ruled notebook paper from its package. Cut them to about 7.5″ x 5.75″

Align the notebook paper inside the base. Mark on your paper where you want to punch your holes to connect the paper to the base. Using a hole punch or a Crop-A-Dile tool, punch your holes and add your eyelets.

Once the notebook paper has been attached, add the 6″ contrasting cover to the bottom of the base flap. Fold in the bottom flap. Add some glue. Align the cover underneath the flap. Carefully lay down the glued flap onto to cover and seal.

I wanted to give the mini notebook some stability so I cut a piece of chipboard at 5″ x 7 and glued it behind the notebook paper onto the base. This made the folio more sturdy.

Close the bottom cover upward and tuck in the top flap into the slit.

I wanted to make the flap more functionable. I therefore took the premade envelope and glued it to the flap, being careful not to obstruct the bottom end of the flap where it tucks inside the slit.

For the really fun part of the assembly, I ran some scrap papers through my embossing machine using various embossing folders to give the paper texture. I then die cut out some shapes and added them to the mini notebook. This completed the project.

I added the die cut shapes and used the ,”Parcel Delay Label” and “Matchbook notebook toppers from Bohemian Crafting Patreon site to the folio creating decorative paper embellishments, along with a pocket on the back. I also included a few tags to garnish the finished project. This mini notebook will make a great piece of ephemera for a junk journal or scrapbook.

I hope that this topic was inspiring and will make you want to create your own. Thanks for checking this out.

Happy Crafting!

Disclaimer: Should you make a purchase from some of the links above I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your purchase(s). Thanks.

Creating and Using Digitally Collaged Family Photos in junk Journals

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I have seen many black and white images of vintage people in ephemera packs for sell to use in scrapbooking and other mixed media projects.  They are beautiful embellishments that make any tag, album cover, and various other crafts stand out. 

I love the look they give, but I don’t know the individuals in those papers and cut outs.  I wanted to give my art the same effect in my journals and things, but from using images of my own family members.

I was able to achieve this task by scanning and editing some of my sons’ pictures from long ago to current day and by creating a digital agglomeration.  I uploaded pictures from my photo albums into Photoshop, used the camera raw filter blending tool on them and added the photos to an 8.5” x 11” collaged sheet of memories.  To see the Photoshop tutorial on how to add, edit, and print the photo collage sheet check out the YouTube video on it.

Process Video Tutorial on how to add, edit, and print a family photo collage

I then printed out the collage sheet, fussy cut some of the images out, and added them to some tags for a journal I was making featuring my boys in it.

I cut up some black 110lb cardstock, and added some torn paper remnants, doilies, die cut shapes including the Tim Holtz “Steampunk Parts” and “Trinket Frames”,

glued on the fussy cut out images of my sons at various ages, added some wooden gears, purchased from the Facebook group, “The Trinket Parlour“, added some eyelets, and some jute string and the tags were complete. I inserted them into the journal.

The theme and title of the album are, “My Little Stars”.  I based it on the Fourth of July, with my sons being the “stars”.  The completed Journal has some of the tags made from the collage sheet, along with the images I created in another Photoshop tutorial, “Photoshop Round Clipping Masked Photos”, among others.

This was a very fun project.  Feel free to check out my other tutorials.  As always, thanks for checking in.

Happy Crafting.

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Junk Journal Pages Series 1 Part 3: Using Digital Printables

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I have been working on a junk journal for a few weeks now and decided to add some of my digital printables to a couple of the pages.  I used the latest Multimedia Crafts Digital Blog Freebie called, “Ads Envelope Template”, and the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook Freebie called, “Aged Stamps”.  

I made two pockets on the right side of the page and created some tuck spots on the left.  There is plenty of journaling space in there.

Supplies List

-Paper Trimmer

-Scissors

-Crop a Dile or hole punch

-Eyelets

-Paint brush

-Distress Oxide inks – Tim Holtz, Ranger(Peeled Paint, Broken China, Vintage Photo, Black Soot)

-Distress Ink – Tim Holtz, Ranger – Walnut Stain

-Pigment Ink – Ranger – Opaque ink – Black Tie

-Dylusions White linen paint pen

-Recollections Detail embossing powders- (snow, sapphire, citron)

-Firefly – Alcohol marker # 120 black

-Glossy Accents

-Art glitter glue

-Elmer’s Craft Bond – Extra Strength – glue stick

-Cheesecloth/ lace/ or fabric

Optional- embellishments (jewelry, die cut shapes, pearls, keys, etc…)

Digital files:

Multimedia Crafts Digital Blog Freebie – Ads Envelope Template

Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook Freebie – Aged Stamps

I first began by brushing some white acrylic gesso on each page.  I let it dry using my heat embossing tool.  Next, I added old book pages that I had distressed using both Tim Holtz distress ink, “Walnut Stain”, and Ranger pigment, opaque ink, “Black tie”.

I then ran some homemade modpodge over the base and added the book pages, sprinkling them with Recollections embossing powders: (snow, sapphire, citron). 

Next I sealed the colors on both pages in using Liquitex Professional Gloss Super Heavy Gel.  This technique also helps stop fine particles from the embossing powder from wiping off the pages. 

I then took a Dylusions White linen paint pen to highlight key areas on the envelopes on the right page. 

On the left page I punched a hole in the top using my Crop a dile tool and added an eyelet.  I wanted to secure the hole so that the ribbon wound through it would remain strong as it held the tag that I placed there as a tuck spot.

Next, I took some scrap cardstock pieces and drew flowers.  I cut them out, dipped them in a distress oxide ink water mix (Vintage Photo), and stack them together with lace and cheesecloth to form a 3-d floral piece.  It was added to the tag as a collaged tuck spot. 

I found various pieces of ephemera, including journaling cards, and two reversible fabric tags that I made using Prima Marketing paper from the “Amelia Rose” collection.

I glued on the blue fabric and sewed the two brown buttons on. I added a butterfly die cut to the opposite side to garnish it.

I fussy cut out a vintage notebook from the Graphic45 “Typography” collection and added it to the center of the two envelopes on the right page. 

I used text from the ephemera sheet on the Facebook Freebie, “Aged Stamps” along with other cut out embellishments for the rest of the project. 

Finally, I drew a black flourish using Firefly alcohol marker #120.  It is the same marker used to trace around fussy cut ephemera used throughout the two pages.

It was a very fun project.  I hope you enjoyed this.  Happy crafting!

Here is the youtube process video on this project.

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If you purchase any products using the links above I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of the item(s). Thanks again.

 

Quarantine Crafting: Finding resources While Stuck at Home

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The world has suffered from what most of us are familiar with: The horrible pandemic of the corona virus.  With many people having to work from home, teach from home, and shop from home, we need something to keep our minds off this new lifestyle adjustment. Creativity can do just that.  It can take the mental strain of everyday responsibilities away as you are diverted into design mode of project hewing.  Fortunately for me and countless others, crafting happens to be a pleasant hobby that can serve the well needed function of amusement.  However, with the COVID-19 plague on the horizon, finding products and resources may become more of a challenge with many of the non-essentials stores (Craft Retailers) temporarily closing down across the globe in a huge effort to practice social distancing and slow the spread of the disease.

There is good news, though.  You can always use online shopping and researching.  Virtual venues such as eBay, Amazon, Etsy and more provide great products that are no longer available in local shops.  You don’t have to leave your home.  Simply click, and they will ship.  You could also check out major store chains online, such as Michaels, Joanns, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and others to have your items shipped to you.  Some may not offer the free ship to store options, since you are no longer allowed to physically go pick your order up.  Nevertheless, you can still fulfill your craft hoarding by getting it electronically.  Yay!! I had to order some of my basics: art glitter glue.  I had to have that.  I found an 8 oz bottle of it on eBay  . Some sellers on there offered free shipping, too.  I needed it for a current junk journal project that I am working on, chronicling my everyday routines. Things have changed so much in my household that I need something to keep my mentality from going into turmoil.

In my state of North Carolina, all the schools are shut down until at least May, or maybe longer.  Therefore, I must play teacher to My 10-year-old son.  Science, English and Math are not my best, but ART…I think I’m an okay instructor…Ha!  Too bad crafting is not his favorite subject, but we are handling home schooling just fine.  I am fortunate that mine and my husband’s work schedule can accommodate his learning arrangements…and my craft hobby.

I’m trying to include daily responsibility cards, with a shabby chic- tea themed, touch to them.  I plan to create tuck spots where I can place the cards and tags throughout the journal with pockets to store ephemera, news articles, and more.  These will serve as like a planner/ daily or weekly journal of what is happening in our lives until this epidemic is over with.  I feel like this can help me stay structured without loosing my mind.

I have gathered some digital printables, some scrapbook pages to make my journal signatures, and some ephemera I made from previous projects.

I’m including ephemera from the new Multimedia Crafts Digital Freebie digital kit, “Fun Fashion“. Click the link to download. Please be sure to read the Terms of Use Licensing, and check out the other freebies.

I like to organize my book, somewhat, before I assemble it. I think this project will ease my anxiety from all the negative things going on.

Maybe you would like to create something, also.  Don’t let closed stores and other obstructions hinder you from your art, if you can help it.  Try to relieve your stress by becoming immersed into an hour or two or three of crafting time.  I just love it.  I think you will too. 

I hope this was helpful.  Happy Crafting!

Process Assembly Video for “Fun Fashion” FREEBIE kit