Friday, 15 June 2018

Extensive file folder tutorial

Hello lovely visitors, thanks for dropping in.
This is just a very quick post to let you know that today I have a full tutorial on the Vintage Journey Blog, walking you through in detail how to create file folder booklets like some of the ones I have been showing here over the last few weeks. The one I am showing is the one I made for the challenge on the 1st of June:
If you want to get all the details, just click here

Monday, 11 June 2018


Hello friends and thanks for taking the time to drop in! Today I have a project to share using one of my all time favourite paper collections, Alchemy, from Stamperia.
It's yet another altered file folder, I love making these. This one is meant for a friend I am going to see later today, so fingers crossed she will like it.
The front is decorated using some stencils, some dry embossed bits, a cut out from the paper collection and a little metal charm.
I think the stencil is from Kaisercraft, I stencilled with texture paste and then sprinkle Seth Apter's Patina Oxide powder into the wet paste and then heat set it. I then highlighted it all a bit with a Cracked Pistachio Distress Crayon.
The words were stencilled just with the Distress Crayon and all the other elements were highlighted with Treasure Gold in Copper.
Here is the first double page and pockets, almost entirely decorated with fussy cut elements from the collection.
There are two double pages in this booklet, so this is the second one.

I created different elements to go into the pockets:
The first pocket holds this little booklet that has another pocket inside
Inside that pocket is a little folded card that has one of several quotes I added to the booklet.
All the quotes are from Paulo Coelho's book The Alchemist, one of my favourite books of all time.
The next pocket holds a slightly larger folded card with another quote inside.
The next  pocket holds a larger card with a quote on the back side of it.
And finally the last pocket has a bookmark again with an inspirational quote printed on the back:
I kept the back of the booklet really simple, just using the same paper as the front and adding one of the lovely cut apart images from the collection:
I embossed the edge of it with a mix of the Patina Oxide and Rust Baked Texture powders, just to make it stand out a bit.
The booklet closes with the simplest of closures, just a little clip to which I attached a couple of charms, and that was pretty much it.

Hope you are all having a good week, and thank you so much for dropping in,

Friday, 8 June 2018

Bullet Journal, - a new approach

Hello friends, I hope your week has been going well, - nearly the weekend now😌

Today I want to share some pages from my bullet journal, something I have not shared for ages.
Some people seem to be able to blog pretty much every day, well I am not one of those people... Even though I create and journal every day, I don't always take the time to blog my creations.... So today just a small selection of my bujo that I have been working in every day since October.

I think the last time I shared some pages was back in April, well here you can see my June title page.
But, during the course of the first week in June I have totally changed my style, as I was getting tired of the way I did things. I nearly scrapped my B. Journal all together, but I do love the discipline of daily to do lists, habit and spending tracking etc. So I decided to continue, but just totally change things up a bit. Before I show you the changes, here first the pages as I set them up at the end of May:
My spending and habit trackers. The bits of decoration are hybrid stickers I made myself, as hand drawing/painting every bit of decoration was proving to be too time consuming.
My weekly grocery spending and gratitude pages, decorated in the same way.
And here an example of how I used to set up my weekly pages. This was the first one in May, all the other weeklies were pretty much the same, so this month I decided to give up weeklies altogether and instead do daily pages:
The first 4 days. I set up the double page in my new style and then add my daily to do list each day and so far I am really enjoying it.
And here is the second page, in progress as you can see. I have been really inspired by some of the journals on Instagram, and I love how relaxing and comparatively quick it is to set pages like this up, and I think it is actually more "me".......

Well that's it for now, - one of the things I love about bullet journal planning is that it gives you the freedom to set up your pages in the way that works for you, and this is working for me just now...

Thank you for taking the time to visit

To seek freedom is the only driving force I know. Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there. Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle. Carlos Castaneda (Don Juan - The Sorcerer)


Monday, 4 June 2018

My Poor neglected Everyday Journal

Hello friends and welcome! I hope the month of June is going well for you so far.

Today I want to share some pages from my everyday journal with you. It has not actually been neglected, like the title may suggest, I have just neglected to post about it, so today I thought I would share some pictures from it with you.
It's a Midori sizes journal and the pages are created with the help of washi tapes, home made tickets, some stamping, inking, a bit of stenciling here and there and that's pretty much it. I find this style of creating spreads fun and relaxing and have even started to do my bullet journal more in this style too, but that will be for another post.

Below some more pages, all done in a similar way, some I like better than others, but that's usually the way right?

This is a close up of part of the page above. I recently received an order from London Gifties. The owner wraps her goodies in the most wonderful way, so I thought I would include some of the packaging in this page.

On this photo you can see some of my home made embellishments created with some of Tim Holtz's dies, stamps and washi tape , as well as some botanical images that I printed on tissue paper.

Oh and I do really write on these pages, and just to prove it I'll be brave and share another couple of pages with you :o)

Well, that's it for today. Thank you for taking the time to visit, and until next time....

Friday, 1 June 2018

Mixed Media Monthly - Wrap it Up

Hello friends and welcome (again)!?
Today is a super busy day here on my blog as it is the first of the month and I am part of 3 challenge blog teams all starting a new challenge today, so apologies, as this is my third post of the day...

So this post is for Mixed Media Monthly,  where the theme this month is Wrap it Up....
Though I absolutely loved putting this project together, it was also a sad occasion as this is the very last month our challenge is running, part of the reason for the theme of our challenge.

The other reason is that the wonderful Eileen Hull is both our sponsor and guest designer and each of the team received a wrapped journal diecut to work with. But before I tell you more, here first of all is our graphic for this final month:
Update: I don't know what is going on with blogger at the moment, but this is the third time I am trying to publish this post. My sincere apologies to anyone who has come by to check this post out!

I made 4 inserts for the album, using Tim Holtz papers and used the simplest of bindings, namely elastic string threaded through the precut holes in the die cut. Each insert has 5 pages, but you can easily add more by just slipping them under the elastics.

I will start by describing how I created the cover of this album. The great thing about Eileen's Wrapped die is, that it works perfectly together with the passport die, which you could win if you decide to play in our challenge!

I started by adding some texture to the cover using a stencil, some stencil paste and while the paste was still wet sprinkled on some of Seth Apter's Baked Textures EP in the colour Patina Oxide.

More texture was added with some lace and cheese cloth, making sure I put it where the flap would not cover it. I also added some crackle paste in a few areas.
the flap is the panel on the left in this photo.
Colour was added with Decoart Media Acrylic Paints in Titanium Buff, Burnt- and Raw Umber and when those had dried the textures were highlighted by dry brushing with Gesso.
The inside was lined with Tim Holtz papers
And the inserts were made using  the same papers.
I added some home made charms to the spine and the closure was made with two Ideaology Hitch fasteners and another bit of elastic. This works really easily and well.
Below a few photos of the inserts still and how I altered the papers I used for them.

And finally, here you can see the 4 inserts inside the album:
Well, that's it for now. Do hop over to see what my team mates have made with the wonderful die and of course as this is our very last challenge, we all hope you will join us!

Thanks for taking the time to visit

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