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!

 

 

 

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.

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!

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.

Disclaimer:

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

 

Digital Photo Frame: Freebie

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I hope everyone has been doing well and is still sharpening their skills with digital crafting. I’ve been playing around with some clip art and decided to design a simple photo frame layout. This freebie comes with a psd and a png transparent file.

Click here to download

You can clip a photo and mask it to the psd file or simply add a picture to the bottom layer of the png file. I will have a YouTube process video on some different ways of inserting the photos into these files. Thanks and enjoy this photo frame! To download this file click here. Please read the Terms of Use and Frequently Asked Questions. For more free digital downloads, visit the Multimedia Crafts Digital “Freebies” page.

process video on how to insert pictures into the freebie photo frame templates using two different blending options

Digital With Digital: Quick and Easy Ephemera

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[UPDATED] When it comes to making ephemera for your scrapbook or junk journal, do you sometimes appreciate easy fixes?  I do.  That’s why I combine multiple digital templates together to quickly complete a project.

In this instance, I will show you how I made some cards, envelopes, and tags from various digital templates.  Some of the templates were free while others were purchased from online stores.  

Freebies

(By the way, check out the newly available Multimedia Crafts Freebie, “Grungy Things Ephemera Pack”. For more freebies click on the Freebies page. Be sure to also see the Terms of Use for these graphics.)

The Process

I first began with a sheet from the digital freebie kit, “Nostalgic Era” from this site. I printed it out and then added a card and envelope template onto it

2 x 3 Card and Envelope Template from etsy used on this project

I simply cut it out, assembled it according to the provided instructions and added my own embellishments.  Then I printed out the ephemera sheet that came with the Facebook Freebie kit, “Take Notes.”  I also printed out the free ephemera I got from Arty Maze’s blog and the freebie I got from website. Lastly, I printed out the pocket page that came from the purchased digital junk junk journal kit, “Steamtime Steampunk Junk Journal Kit” from Vectoria Designs on etsy:

These are the pockets from the “Steamtime Steampunk Journal Kit by Vectoria Designs on etsy.  I printed the template out twice, cut each of the center graphics out of one of the sets, highlight the lines with a ballpoint pen, and added glossy accents around the image. I used the same procedure for the fussy cut out scissors. I added these to a cut up manila folder with scraps of ephemera from previous projects added to them.

I decided to make the photos of the two girls the focal point of the ephemera clusters. I simply cut the smaller image of the child out from its original frame and added it to the front of the mini folio. I used the remaining negative from that image and backed it with some notebook paper to create a double sided journaling spot. I stamped on the rear and added more notebook paper, a die cut clipboard piece (made using the Tim Holtz movers and shapers die ,”Mini Clipboard Top and Bottom)”, and some ephemera from other scrap papers. I stamped all the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.

I used the manila envelope scraps to create a mini folio, with multiple pockets and tuck spots. I added some cheesecloth, flowers, words and sentiments, ribbon, tags, and a few envelopes. This mini book has magnetic closures throughout it.

This was a very fun project. It was simple and easy. That’s the fun in having digital templates. You can throw something together really fast.

#quick and easy ephemera

Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Watch the process video for this post

Disclaimer

If you make a purchase from some of the links I will received a monetary percentage of the cost of your order.

Additional Supplies List

Life Words Digital Kit

Correspondence A2 Card and Envelope Template

6.25” x 6” Lilac Envelope Template

Romantic Bliss – 12” x 12” Paper Pack

Paper timmer

Scissors

Art glitter glue

Glue stick

ribbon

jute string

Sizzix Vintaj Bigkick

Sizzix embossing folders

Tim Holtz dies

Tim Holtz distress inks

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.

See terms of use for licensing agreement.

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!

Lilac Envelope Template

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I want to show you one of my latest templates I created in Photoshop. This is the 6.25” x 6” Lilac Envelope made from the digital template that I have in my Esty shop.  I use templates to make elements that work well with scrapbooks, junk journals, and various other mixed media projects.  This piece does just that.

It has two pockets to store tags, cards, flat pens, photos and more.  It has the space for you to house memorabilia along with giving your projects some spunk.

When you purchase the Lilac Envelope file you will receive the following:

– Cover Pages files (Has the names of each template)

– lilac 6.25 x 6” envelope template files (back sheets, ephemera, examples, templates)

– Assembly instructions file (pdf)

– Read Me files

All are printable on to 8.5″ x 11″ Standard paper sizes.

There are different variations of how to decorate your envelope using the provided ephemera files that come with the kit.  See my YouTube assembly video for instructions on how to piece the envelope together.

Lilac Envelope Template Assembly Instructions

I hope this message will inspire you to create something fun! Happy Crafting!