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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Envelope Freebie

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Spring Envelope

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.

Thanks for stopping by.  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.

 

 

Disclaimer:  Should you make a purchase from clicking on some of the links above I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your item(s).  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

 

 

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!

 

Disclaimer:

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.

Spring Digital Freebies

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Fresh Air Papers Kit

Enjoy this latest FREEBIE digital papers kit called, “Fresh Air”.  Explore your creativity by making all sorts of things like cards, tags, scrapbooks, junk journals and other mixed media projects.  This bright colored kit comes with 6 papers, all printable onto 8.5″ x 11″ paper.  The are all high quality 300 dpi and have been saved in jpeg format.  To access the kit click here.

Check out other digital media on the Multimedia Crafts Digital Etsy shop

You can find even more freebies on the Pixel Scrapper website where I am a commons level 3 digital designer.

 

As always, happy crafting!!

 

 

More Digital Freebies_March 2021

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Welcome to a new month to create and have fun with various digital media.  Here is this month’s first freebie kit called, “Reading Essentials”.  This is a printable ephemera kit with a scholastic theme.  Add it to a spring card, journal, scrapbook and more.   To Access this kit click here.

Reading Essentials Ephemera Kit

This kit would also look great with papers and embellishments from the free Multimedia Crafts digital facebook kit called, “Spring into Learning“.  To access that kit, simply visit the facebook page, then Photo Albums, and choose this kit among other freebies to have.  Click like, share, leave a comment and show your beautiful work.

Spring into Learning kit

Get some fun favorite supplies like art glitter gluedouble sided score tape, mini magnets, and other things to help assemble your free printables.  Embellish these with beautiful lace, jewelry, cabochons and other enhancing charms.  Have fun with your art.

Thanks for stopping by.  As always, happy crafting!

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

 

DIY Steampunk Scrapbook Paper

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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 Styles

Photoshop Brushes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Thanks for visiting.  Happy Crafting!

Sweet Winter_January 2021 Blog Train

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Sweet Winter_January 2021 Blog Train

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:

Color Palette

 

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.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Crafting!!

 

 

 

 

 

Need a Bigger Greeting Card Envelope?

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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.

Here is a freebie envelope template that is great for easel cards and more.  I was originally going to make a pop-up card using an A2 size card (4″ x 5.5″) but when I added chipboard pieces, along with ribbon and other embellishments it would not fit into the envelope.  I developed this one to house the plump card and it fit.

 

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:

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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!

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!