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 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!!

 

 

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.

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

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.

 

Something Borrowed, Something New

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When it comes to crafting, I love to take an existing idea or technique and merge it with my own new spin on it.

Crafting is somewhat like a wedding.  We are married to what we love.  We create an alliance with supplies, videos, magazines, and things we see in stores on display, giving us daily inspiration to make something similar.  Our passion could be for sewing, painting, journaling, jewelry making, and so forth, and we could merge the works of all the above to create a wonderful masterpiece

So, I took something borrowed, like a brilliant tutorial I have seen on YouTube, with Arty maze, and create something new with what I have learned from it.  In this instance I watched “*Junk In The Trunk* #20 Spring Tags…” and I saw how Arty took some playing cards and repurposed them.  They were the perfect size that I needed to create three cards for a  swap I am in with the Facebook group, “Junk Journal Buddies.”   

I took three playing cards, sanded them down with a sanding block, added some white acrylic paint to them (since I had run out of gesso) and let them dry.  Next, I added some Tim Holtz, Ranger, Distress oxide inks(Broken China, and Peeled Paint)  I rubbed the inks onto my glass mat, spritzed it with water, and brushed the colors onto the cards. 

I then found a piece of pink die cut floral paper and cut them into sections, painted them white, and glued them with some cheesecloth to the cards to form tuck spots.

Next, I took some scraps of papers and images, fussy cut them out and added them to the front and backs of the cards, including some tuck spots and sentiments.

It was a very fun project to make something new from something borrowed.  I hope this brief process was helpful!

To see the complete assembly of the cards, check out my YouTube video on it.  Happy crafting!

This is the process video on how I made these journaling cards

Disclaimer: If you purchase something from some of the links I will receive a monetary percentage of the cost of your item. Thanks.

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!

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!

Freebies

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Get more freebies weekly! Please enjoy this latest six piece 8.5″ x 11″ paper kit. The papers have a “nostalgic era” feel to them. Bring the past back to life. Use this paper pack with journals, scrapbooks, collages, tags, mats, and multiple types of mixed media projects. Click to download.

Junk Journal Paper

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journals and folios with various types of media used

For all the do-it-yourself (diy) paper crafters out there, which type of papers do you use when making your junk journals?  Do you use mainstream brands such as Graphic 45, Bo Bunny, My Mind’s Eye, and Tim Holtz Paperstash, or do you purchase digital designs from online vendors, such as multimediacraftsdigi.etsy.com?

 I like to use a combination of them, along with junk mail, envelopes, paper bags, tea and coffee stained papers, doilies, tickets, vellum, old sheet music pages, glassine bags, old book pages, fabric, lace, and much more.  I also accent them with tags, folios, tuck spots, jewelry and other elements.

I tend to always include certain journal resources in my books and folios.  The following are a must have for my detailed journals:

  • Vintage style paper
  • Ledger or ruled paper
  • Doilies
  • Old book pages
  • Envelopes
  • Tags

Those are pertinent in my journals, for I feel those contents add great character to the journal, giving the owner of it room to write, a sense of nostalgia, and an over all shabby chic feel (Which is my favorite theme).

You, of course, could omit some of those and add other ephemera to your books.  I just like to have various elements in each one of my designs.  I get them by collecting advertisements from the postal “junk” mail, online blogs, eBay (bulk supplies for auction) Amazon, Etsy, and other websites that offer free digital downloads. (Disclaimer: If you click on the eBay link and make a purchase, I will receive a percentage from your order).

The good thing about postal junk mail is that they provide great and sturdy supplies.  You can use the credit card templates that comes with the marketing material as a tag.  Simply add some designer paper on both sides of the card, punch a hole at the top, add a ribbon and you have yourself a nice element for your scrapbook or folio. 

You can also take an envelope from the junk stash.  Paint it with some gesso, decoupage it with a pretty napkin, and add it to your journal.

I love to use Guest Check receipts, scraps of paper, die cut shapes, and tabs to add more appeal to the books.  I usually print on them with vintage writing stamps along with other designer graphics.  I ink all the edges of the papers with various distress inks.  I cut out some envelopes, fold them over and make pockets out of them.  I then garnish the folio or journal with mixed media elements such as paper clips, brads, and other hardware.

Glassine bags are fun to use as well.  They add beauty to any junk journal and provide a storage compartment for a lot of your ephemera, so you can showcase your collected memorabilia or just simply hold your photos.

Which ever types of media you use, have fun with it.  Even if you make a mistake cutting, sewing, gluing, or whatever to your project, keep that scrap.  A crafting error can turn into a sparkling idea!