From Trash to Treasure_Upcycling Shoe Box Packaging

Advertisements

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 Digital Freebies

Advertisements

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!!

 

 

Photoshop Pen Tool_Cutting out images From Photos

Advertisements

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.

I started out opening up a new print, 12″ x 12″ file in Adobe Photoshop CC 2020. Under “Preset Details” I set the resolution to 300 pixels /inch, the “Color Mode” to RGB color 8 bit, “Background Contents” White, and Color Profile to, “Working RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1, with a Pixel aspect ratio set to “Square Pixels.”

 

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!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Creating an Embossed Mini Paper Notebook

Advertisements

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

Advertisements

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.

Digital With Digital: Quick and Easy Ephemera

Advertisements

[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

Digital Scrapbook Layouts

Advertisements

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!

New Years Crafty-lutions 2020

Advertisements

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

Advertisements

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!