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