Saturday, August 17, 2019

Book Page Pocket Journal Insert

Hello everyone, hope this finds you all doing well.  I've managed to fall down yet another rabbit hole in my quest to find my missing muse and this time I've made a book page pocket journal insert to link up with the August #fiveonadimechallenge, which this month is being hosted by Martyna, aka tynkiella on YouTube.  If you are not familiar with this challenge, several YouTube creators (thefireflystudio67, Angela Kerr, Nikki Adegun and tynkiella) pose a challenge each month to create a project that must include five 'ingredients' of their choosing.  Martyna is the host this month and challenged us to use: book pages, washi tape, fabric, paper scraps and at least one mixed media product.  I decided to make a little book page pocket similar to the one Gina (thefireflystudio67) made.

The first ingredient, book pages, formed my pocket.  I layered two pages together, folded another page over to form the pocket and sewed them together after giving them a slap dash coat of white gesso (ingredient number 2).

I made a journaling tag to insert into the pocket from some paper scraps (ingredient number 3), embellishing both the tag and the pocket with Wildflower Stems die cut from fabric (ingredient number 4) and some Tim Holtz Design Tape (aka washi tape, ingredient number 5).

The back of the tag was stamped with Tim Holtz's Lined background stamp for journaling.

 I had this butterfly stamped onto collage paper in my paper scrap stash so adhered it onto the book page pocket with Distress Matte Collage Medium, stenciled a bit with Tim's mini Floral stencil and added the die cut fabric Wildflower Stem and Butterfly Design Tape.

The front of the pocket was collaged with bits and bobs from my paper scrap stash, think most of these images came from Ephemera's Vintage Garden.

Another of Ephemera's Vintage Garden images was adhered onto a scrap of manila file folder to make the tag and more die cut fabric Wildflower Stems were adhered to the front along with a Metallic Quotations Sticker and Butterfly Design Tape.

Love the texture from the fabric die cuts, I backed the fabric with Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Adhesive Sheets before die cutting it which made it very easy to adhere them to the tag and pocket.

The layered washi tape was used along the bottom edge to cover up the ends of the fabric die cuts and prevent any fraying as the tag was pulled in and out of the pocket.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my little book page pocket and make sure to check out the projects that the #fiveonadimechallenge team created this month, gorgeous creations one and all.  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Thursday, August 15, 2019

V Pocket ATC Storage Booklet

Hello all, hope this finds you well!  I've been struggling to find my mojo lately so decided to dung out my craft room (some of my crafty friends are going through the same struggles and that was one of the ideas proposed to help get us back into the swing of things).  Unfortunately (or fortunately, I haven't decided yet!) all that did was send me down a rabbit hole making a little V-pocket storage book for all the ATC's and ATCoins I uncovered as I was cleaning LOL!

I remembered seeing an ATCoin booklet that Sara Emily had made (click here to read her post) and hunted down the V-Pocket tutorial over at Bookzoompa to see how she had made the V pocket pages.  I ended up cutting my paper down to 6" x 9" to make pocket pages that had pockets that were about 2 7/8" wide ( you can make them any size you want, you just have to keep the paper ratio at 1:1.5).

I used some el-cheapo $1 store scrapbook paper that I had forgotten I had (the craft room clean up ended up unveiling a plethora of stuff I didn't remember I had!!) and I used die cuts to embellish the covers that were lurking in my 'saved' file.

I made 12 pocket pages and glued them back to back to make the 'signature' in my book. The covers were made from an old file folder and the V fold pockets just glued onto them, easy peasy!

The ATCoins and ATC's fit perfectly in the pockets.

And I still have some empty slots for future cards and coins.

So while my muse is still on a walkabout I at least now have a cute little booklet LOL!  Not sure if I should continue the craft room clean up or not though, lord only knows what I'll find next and what rabbit hole that will send me down!

Hope your muse is alive and well and helping you to create lots of lovely things, thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, August 12, 2019

Christmas Greetings Gift Tags For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, hope this finds you well.  We are celebrating Christmas In August all this week over on Therm O Web's blog and I made a couple of Christmas gift tags for the occasion!

I used Therm O Web's Deco Foil Metallix Gel for the embossed tag backgrounds and added their Deco Foil Flock to both of the die cut sentiments.

Champagne Mist Metallix Gel was applied to the background of the 'peace' tag and embossed with Tim Holtz's Flourish Texture Fades embossing folder.

I die cut the frame with Gina K. Designs Large Oval dies, burnished on some Champagne Deco Foil and backed it with a piece of Tim Holtz's Christmas Paper Stash (not sure if this was from Yuletide or Tidings). The Vintage Tidings die cut was flocked with White Latte Deco Foil Flock and I offset another black die cut behind it for a shadow line.

Some Baubles were inked with Red Pepper Alcohol ink, greenery die cut with Tim's Mini Holiday Greens dies and piece of Gina K. Designs Sheer Satin Fancy Ribbon was inked with green Distress ink for the tag tie.

For the 'noel' tag I tried something new with the Deco Foil Metallix Gel.  I added two colours of Metallix, Glazed Pewter and Champagne Ice, applying a thin coat of each while they were both wet so that they combined.  I embossed this tag with Tim Holtz's Wood Planks Texture Fades embossing folder.

The corrugated oval was die cut with Gina K. Designs Large Oval dies again and the Vintage Tidings die cut flocked with Green Envy Deco Foil Flock, bumping a black die cut behind for a shadow line as before.

More Mini Holiday Greens were die cut, a few dots of Christmas Red Stickles Glitter Glue applied to one of the die cuts and a piece of Tim's Linen Ribbon was added for the tag tie.

Love the variegation when the two Metallix Gels are combined, will definitely be playing with this technique more!

I have a step by step tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog if you are interested, hope you can pop by to take a look and be sure to stop by Therm O Web's blog all this week for lots more Christmas inspiration from the Design Team!  Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating,

Deb xo

Friday, August 2, 2019

Fabric Book With Mixed Up Printables Tutorial For Mixed Up Creative Academy

Hello everyone, popping in to let you know that I have a new tutorial now available over at Mixed Up Creative Academy as part of their Printable Play Mini Collection.

Myself, Mary Szsmanski, Cathy Frailey, Riikka Kovasin and Lisa Nygards created mixed media projects that incorporated Mixed Up Creative's Mixed Up Printables, you will receive five project tutorials in this one collection plus you will also receive Mixed Up Printables worth £ 10!

I decided to make a little accordion fold fabric book for my contribution that incorporated numerous Mixed Up Printables.  I share with you in this step by step tutorial my process for printing them onto fabrics and fabric like substrates such as Therm O Web's Mixed Media Sheets.

Pop on over to read more about this great mini collection (it's a fab value for the money at only £ 5.95) and happy creating!

Deb xo

Monday, July 22, 2019

Butterfly Dreams Hoop Ornament For Therm O Web

Hello everyone, I have a tutorial over on Therm O Web's blog today for my Butterfly Dreams hoop ornament.

I used Therm O Web's Deco Foil Metallix Gel and Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets on my ornament along with Eileen Hull's Embroidery Hoop die and Tim Holtz's Mini Detailed Butterflies dies.

Aged Copper Metallix Gel was used on the outer rings of the Embroidery Hoop and for the Detailed Butterflies.  The screw closure on the embroidery hoop was die cut from cardstock covered with Glazed Pewter Metallix Gel.

White Latte Flock Transfer Sheet was applied over a piece of Tim Holtz's Wallflower Paper Stash and then overstamped with his Ledger Script stamp for the center of the hoop ornament.  Sunshine Yellow Flock Transfer Sheet was applied to kraft cardstock for the detailed overlays on the butterflies; love how the Flock Transfer Sheets reflect the colours of whatever papers you have applied them to when used with Therm O Web's iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive sheets.

A Clippings Sticker sentiment finished off my ornament along with some Gina K. Designs Sheer Satin Fancy Ribbon that I coloured with Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

Hope you can pop by Therm O Web's blog for my how to, see you there!

Deb xo

Friday, July 19, 2019

Mixed Media Envelope Folio Journal Insert

Hi again everyone, I've got another altered envelope journal insert to share with you today (click here to see the one I made for TheFireflyStudio67's Five On A Dime YouTube challenge).  I don't know why but I love mucking about with envelopes to see what can be created with them!

This envelope folio arose from my usual bull in a china shop method of crafting, I die cut the window for TheFireflySudio67's altered envelope insert in the wrong spot on my first try (slow down and watch the video Deb!!) but didn't want to 'waste' the envelope so turned it into this mixed media folio.  I used up all kinds of bits and bobs in my craft stash; stenciled and printed papers, gel plate prints, die cuts and images that had been hanging around in my saved bits forever.  I used a #10 envelope and 2 #8's and ended up with 4 journaling tag tuck spots.

The #8 envelope on the front flips open to the left, I attached it with a cardstock hinge to the #10 envelope.

The #10 envelope was configured in the same way as for TheFireflyStudio67's envelope insert (click here to see her tutorial) and I used a piece of faux glassine (technique courtesy of Nik The Booksmith) in the die cut window opening.

The #10 envelope flips up to reveal a third little tag tuck spot with the second #8 envelope below it

The second #8 envelope was attached to the folio with the #10 envelope flap (see TheFireflyStudio67's tutorial to see what I mean).

And here's the back of the folio, I adore that packing tape stencil transfer that is on the envelope flap (the dark green pattern), it's a technique that I learned in Mary Beth Shaw's Nothing To Hide workshop at Art Is Magic's Creative Retreat Weekend (sorry I can't share the technique as it is currently being taught by Mary Beth).

No idea where I'm going to use this envelope folio, it may just be a stand alone journal folio or I may build a junk journal around it and use it as an insert (bass ackward as usual!).  But where ever it ends up, I love how eclectic it is; abstract and vintage together with lots of bright colours makes me very happy these days!

Thanks as always for stopping by today and whatever creative endeavours you are up to, hope you are having a wonderful time!

Deb xo

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Altered Envelope Journal Insert - Five On A Dime Challenge

Hi everyone, hope this finds you well.  I discovered a fun YouTube challenge hosted by Gina, TheFireflyStudio67 (thanks to papercrafter45).  Gina challenged us to make a journal insert using 5 'ingredients' and her design for an altered envelope journal insert and since I can never turn down an altered envelope challenge I had to join in the fun!  We were to use a #10 window envelope, a paper doily, a safety pin, a button and some lace.  Here is what I came up with.

Gina's design uses a windowed #10 envelope, altered to form a psuedo-waterfall insert that houses two tags and journaling spots (or you could add photos if you prefer).  I incorporated the doily element (required element number 1) on the inside of my insert and used a Tim Holtz Doily die cut wrapped around the lower waterfall element.

The back of the insert has another journaling spot and the tab at the top (which is actually the envelope flap) is how the insert will be adhered into the journal.

I used Ephemeras Vintage Garden's digital Vintage Queen Bee journal kit for all of my patterned paper elements.   I didn't have a window envelope (required element number 2) so, inspired by papercrafter45, I die cut a window into a regular #10 envelope and backed it with some acetate packaging so the tag inside showed through.

The required safety pin element (required element number 3) was added to the top flap and I used it to hold a die cut ticket that had a bee Remnant Rub added to it along with a little flower charm that I coloured with Alcohol inks.

A piece of coffee stained lace (required element number 4) was added to the left side of the window with a Wildflower Stem die cut over top and a button (required element number 5) and tulle 'flower' at the bottom.

And finally, two tags were made to fit into the pockets formed by altering the envelope.

If you have the time, head on over to watch Gina's tutorial and hope you will join in the fun and make an altered envelope journal insert of your own for her Five On A Dime challenge!  Thanks to Gina for the inspiration and as always thanks to you for stopping by today, happy creating!

Deb xo

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cherished Vignette Box

Hi everyone, hope this finds you all well.  I've been working away on art journal pages but took a break from journaling to make a little tiny vignette box assemblage.

This project was inspired by a very depressing news story I read earlier this week; I won't go into details but suffice to say I found it unthinkable that racism was not only being tolerated but actually celebrated by the people the news story reported on.  So I made this little Cherished vignette box to fight the intolerance and bigotry that seems so rampant in our world today.  It's small but filled with love for everyone no matter their race, religion or creed xo

No step outs for this project but here are a few close ups and I'll share some of the products that I used.

I started with smallest of Tim Holtz's Vignette Boxes and covered it with DecoArt Champagne Mist Metallix Gel, Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint and Folk Art Antiquing Medium.  A Baseboard Frame was also painted with the crackle paint and antiquing medium.  The inside of the vignette box was covered with Journal cards and a bit of Ledger Script stamping and some gold Metallic Kraft Stock hearts were die cut and adhered to the back.  Those wonderful kids from Tim Holtz's Paper Dolls were coloured with Distress Markers and popped up off of the back of the Vignette box.  The Baseboard Frame was adhered to the front and more gold die cut hearts added around the edges.

Typography Findings letters were coloured with Alcohol Inks (Mushroom and Sepia) and adhered to the top along with some Bouquet flowers coloured with Distress Marker and Distress Ink.

The word 'cherished' was printed out on the computer and dipped into puddles of Antique Linen, Old Paper and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.

A 'listen' Philosophy Tag was coloured with Alcohol Inks and the lettering highlighted with Brushed Pewter and Picket Fence Distress Crayons.  A bit of Pewter Liquid Pearls was added into the hole on the Philosophy Tag.

On the other side, a 'story' Typed Token was treated in the same manner.

On the back of the Vignette box, three Fragments were adhered to images from Tim's Wallflower Paper Stash and then inked with Mushroom Alcohol ink with a wee drop of Alcohol Blending Solution in the middle of the fragment to push the alcohol ink back to the edges (a wonderful Tim Holtz technique!).

And that was it.  I love how it turned out and hope that the love and the message contained in my Cherish vignette box will resonate with you as well.

Thanks as always for stopping by and happy creating,

Deb xo