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.

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!

 

 

 

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

Digital File Storage

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If you love scrapbooking and junk journaling, then you have probably acquired quite a bit of beautiful papers and elements.  Some may be physical purchases from brand names such as Graphic45 , BoBunny Tim Holtz The Paperstash, Stamperia, and many others. You may have also purchased digital downloads from etsy,or other websites.  Many digital files are even free! They can come from websites or even Facebook and include papers, envelopes, tags, bookmarks, graphics, and other pretty ephemera.

Some Free files are for personal use, while others are for commercial use. The illustration to the left is a freebie file found on Facebook. It is for commercial use. This would be a great kit to add to your digital collections! To access it click on the Facebook link and follow the prompts.

We often talk about how we store our purchased and freebie physical papers and ephemera using drawers, rolling carts, boxes, racks and more. 

So, what do you do with all your digital collections?  Do you organize them by brand name?  Or, do you save them in folders based on themes, such as “Shabby chic”, “Rustic”, “Industrial”, “Whimsical”, and more?  It certainly does not take long to start out with just a handful of options and end up with a hard drive filled with various files, making it very hard to find what you need when you need it most.  I’ve come across files that I had forgotten I owned. 

I tend to keep some of my files based on purchased versus free and commercial use license versus personal use.  Since I am a digital designer who sells various graphics, I need to know which files I am legally able to use to create and disburse my own.  

Also, do you store your files on your laptop or computer, or do you keep them on a cloud drive or portable drive?  These are very important things to consider.  The more graphics and data you use, the more space is taken up, and slows down your device.  I personally keep my files on the cloud.  I do that since I can access them anywhere if I have wifi.  I will eventually get a portable drive, such as the Samsung Portable SDD T5.  These storage gadgets are great for holding data, especially huge photo and video files.  This would help to save my computer disk space, making my laptop run more efficiently.

No matter how you keep your crafts and access them, just have fun with it.  Long as you know where to find what you need, that is all that matters. 

Happy crafting!!

Disclaimer:

If you click on some of the links and purchase something through it, I will received a monetary percentage of the cost of your order. Thanks!

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!