Friday, 19 June 2020

Tag pocket tutorial and another freebie

Hello friends, welcome! Today I have a tutorial over at the A Vintage Journey blog, where I explain in detail how you can create a simple pocket for a tag, like the one I showed as part of our June challenge there. Of course you can use such a pocket for ephemera, gift or journaling cards or whatever you like.

Here I am showing just a few more ideas for such pockets that I mostly decorated with freebies I have posted here, including the one from today.
Each one is in a different size, and the beauty of these pockets is, they are super simple to make without the use of any expensive dies.
Below some close up pictures and brief descriptions:
The tag for this pocket was made from one of the papers in my etsy shop. I used a Graphics 45 die for it.
The pocket that it fits into is a matching bit of paper, I used another die to cut the aperture (before gluing it together obviously) and also did some stamping on the inside, to make it look more interesting when the tag is not inside. It is decorated with some elements from the freebie and a piece of lace.
This pocket is much smaller, again made with papers from my shop. The tag was cut with a large tag punch and decorated with another freebie. The butterfly on the pocket was pinched from another one of the papers.
This tag is more grungy. I used a Tim Holtz #8 tag from Mixed Media Heavy stock and used The Baroque stamps and distress spray inks and oxides to make the background and then more freebies to decorate.

The pocket to go along with it is made from Kraft card stock, sewn around the edges and collages with
scraps of paper.

The final pocket I am going to show is one made again from coffee dyed card and decorated with elements from my latest Etsy kit called Flower and Butterly Collage.
It is a kind of gift pocket with a decorative flap.
                                                      This is the front, the flap closes with a velcro tab

this is the back, the flap fits over the opening and the top
                                 And here is the back, the flap fits right over the opening at the top
                            and you just glue it to whatever side you want to be the back of your pocket.
                                        Here are some of the little tags and bits that fit inside.

And here finally is the freebie, it includes some little element from the new kit, but can be used with anything you like of course:

Like usual, if you would like a high resolution of this for printing, please email me. I am have been getting so many requests for these lately that I am now using "We Transfer" to send the files, as it is quicker and my internet is slow.

Well, that's it for now, - you can find the papers to go along with this freebie in my Etsy Shop, and if you want a description of how to make a pocket like this with several step by step photos, please hop over to A Vintage Journey .
Thanks for visiting like always

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Butterfly freebie ideas used in my journal

Hello friends, thanks for joining me here today. Can you believe it, two new posts, in one week... Yes it looks as if I may start using blogger a bit more again. In my previous post I offered you a freebie and today I want to show you a few options of how you can use it. I think the photos pretty much speak for themselves, but if you have any questions, I am always happy to answer.
all pages in this journal are made with coffee dyed paper.
Here you can see the butterfly a bit more clearly, I really used them mostly as embellishments. Stencils are by Tim Holtz

Here I used a smaller one to decorate a pocket

I often like to add extra little notebooks to my journals, to give more space for more journaling, quotes or like here a space to add things you are grateful for, or as you can see in one of the photos above to make notes.

This journal is far from finished, so stay tuned for further ideas and on the left of the photo above, you can see some little tags from a freebie that will be coming your way soon.

Most of the other pages, pockets etc are made with papers from collections that are available in my Etsy Shop

Well, thats it for now and like always, happy crafting and creating, and thanks for dropping by.

Friday, 5 June 2020

Rustic Charm for A Vintage Journey #90 and a Friday Freebie

Hello all, welcome and happy June!! Hope you are all keeping healthy and safe!
Today sees the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, and this month I am actually the host of the challenge. So this is what we would like you to do:

Rustic describes a design that is natural, rough, aged and casual. We would love to see you create a project using these elements: think nature inspired textures and simple and earthy colours. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk.
Here is what I made:
You may remember the tag I made for our tag challenge last week, well today's project is a little holder for this tag, that in turn is part of a gift folder for a pen friend. I will do a full tutorial on how I made the bag in a couple of weeks time on the A Vintage Journey blog, so today I will just share a few photos here.
I tried to match the colours of the holder to the tag itself, and tried to give it a rustic feel with the choice of embellishments, including an actual charm, because of course charm has a double meaning.
I made a little folder for the tag and pocket, which serves as a gift for a penfriend.

It is A 5 in size, the closure is a little altered paperclip, and it is covered with papers from one of the downloadable kits in my Etsy shop. It's called Summer Melancholy.
Here you can see the back of the folder and the next photo will show you what it looks like from the inside.
The tag pocket is stuck down on the left side and the letter for the penfriend is tucked underneath
a belly band on the right.

Now in a previous post I said I would share a freebie again, and as it is Friday after all, why not have that Friday Freebie today.

Like the last time I posted a freebie, the one you see here is just the low res version. If you would like it for printing, please email me and I will send it to you.
Well, that's it for today. Like I said I will do a full tutorial with step out photos of how I made the bag on the third Friday in June over at A Vintage Journey,  and I will also show some examples of what you could do with the freebie here soon,so until then, happy crafting, and do hop over to the A Vintage Journey blog to see the fabulous projects my teamies have created, and we would all love it of course, if you played along with the challenge.
Thanks for visiting here like always and happy crafting!


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

My latest Junk Journal in progress

Hello all, - can you believe it, another post so soon after the previous one.... The reason is that I got so many emails from people saying how much they appreciate tutorials, specially if they are new to creating things like journals, so here goes, a few pages with some explanatory notes.
I am still working on the cover, so what you see here are the inside pages, about A5 in size, made with coffee dyed paper. What you see here is the first page, to which I added some stencilling and stamping. I also added a post card from one of my Etsy collection, called Summer Melancholy. The postcard is attached with a little hinge, so that it flips open to the other side, where you can journal.
Here is another page; on the left a tuckspot, made from one of the tickets that come with the kit, and a tag tucked behind.On the right a belly band that comes from a companion kit to the first one, it's called Romantic Correspondence. Underneath is a little fold out booklet, decorated with images and quotes that come from both kits.
Here you can see the first side folded open. It folds concertina style, and the basic shape is just a piece of thin coffee dyed card, folded in half length wise and then folded length wise again.You then trim each quarter to the size you want, decorate it and then fold it concertina wise.
Here is the other side

Below you can see one of the pockets, I layered it up with lace, cheese
clothh etc, like I did with the little booklet above.
Inside the pocket is a little mini notebook with half size journal pages that come with the companion kit. I printed them on printable tea stained paper. The journal pages themselves are very light, so printing them on stained paper was perfect for the vintage look I was after.
Here you can see the front, and below some of the inside pages, which are partly lined, and partly blank, giving plenty of space for writing or using little stamps or whatever.

There are about 5 double pages, printed double sided and then I simply sewed them together with my sewing machine, but you could of course easily sew them by hand too.

Well that's it for now, I'll finish by showing you some more of the pages that come with the correspondence kit.

Well, that's it for now, and like always, thank you for visiting. Of course I am well aware, that some of you may be tempted to download some of the papers I am showing here simply by clicking on them. But of course that will only give you a low res version and is really stealing my copyright. Also they won't print very well. If you want a high res version than you will have to purchase them from my shop this time, I am sorry. I promise I will soon post some freebies again.

Happy crafting, stay safe and well and hopefully enjoy some sunshine.

Saturday, 30 May 2020

May Tag Friday for A Vintage Journey

Hello friends and thanks for dropping in! Today's post is going to be a super quick  you may be glad to hear😊.
It's the last Friday of the month, when over at A Vintage Journey, creative guides share a tag, just for fun and like always, if you like making tags you can share them with us there.
For my tag (which will be part of a larger project I will tell you more about at a later point) I pulled out some of my Oxide Inks and sprays, some Tim Holtz stamps and just had a play.
I used a little embossing folder along one of the sides, and highlighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold in the colour Pewter.

A few tickets, some lace, a mini doily and some fussycut flowers, finished it all off.

Well that's it for today, you can check out my teamies tags here and like always, we would love you to play along and show us your tags.

Thank you for visiting like always, stay safe and well and happy crafting!

Friday, 22 May 2020

An album tutorial, creating embellishments and a freebie

Hello friends and thank you for joining me here today. I have been asked a lot recently about my journals and notebooks and how I make them, so I thought I would attempt to write a kind of tutorial for beginners.
So here goes (there are no step out photos, but I will try and talk you through the process).

This little album is made from a craft coloured file folder, but you could just as easily make it out card, I just happen to have a pile of these folders and I like the  extension they have in their spine. I cut it to the size I wanted, mine is about 5" high and 8 " wide. I inked around all the edges and then covered both the front and the back with papers from the Shabby Damask paper collection in my Etsy shop.
As you can see I wrapped some coffee dyed lace around the spine, very easy to do by disolving the cheapest Nescafe you can find in a large mug with boiling water and then dipping your lace in it for just a few moments, and voila, instant vintage effect.
The front was further embellished with more lace, some bits of cheese cloth and some fussy cut embellishments from the Shabby Damask Add On kit, also in my Etsy

The closure is made with two little diamond shaped elements from the kit that I mounted on thick card, covered with Glossy Accents and once it had dried I glued on small bits of further card to lift them from the background so to speak, so that I then could simply wrap some 1mm hat elastic around them. 

I glued the knot in the elastic onto the back cover, underneath the "button" and the loop can then just be wrapped around the button on the front cover.

OK, onto some of the inside pages. I created several flaps and pockets, mostly using leftover bits of the file folder. I'll let the photos do the talking, you can obviously add as many or as few as you wish.

The simplest way to add flaps is to cut leftover bits of the folder to the size you want them, score about 1/2 inch along one of the sides to attach the flap and then glue in place using a strong adhesive. Do this before you cover the inside main parts with you chosen papers, to hide the glue strips. However, for the more complicated shaped flaps and pockets, add paper before gluing it into the main part of the folder.
Here are some close up views of the different parts:
The inside of the cover.  I added a pocket and a little notebook.
this is the front of the notebook

To make the notebook, cut however many pieces of any kind of paper plus a piece of thick card or greyboard to exactly the same size. Clip them at the top with some bulldog clips or similar, with the grey board at the bottom and then cover this  whole wad  with a thick line of glue. If you have bookbinding glue use that, I just used PVA and it works fine. You may have to move the clips while doing this, but then put them straight back so that it is all really clamped together. Next let it dry really well, preferably over night. Once dry cut a piece of decorative paper to the same width but about 3 inches longer than your notebook and wrap it around, gluing at the top and overlapping at the back.
Here you can see the back:
And here the side:

This is the inside view.You can leave it as plain as you want, I just used plain printer paper, but you could stamp, use decorative papers or whatever.
These little notebooks are perfect for using scraps of paper and make super little gifts just by themselves too.
Well this post is getting way too long so I am just going to show you a few more pages, like I said, you can add as many pockets, flaps and tags as you want.
Here I used one of the elements that is on the freebie as a belly band, and tucked two bits from the add on kit underneath.

I made a little book with some coffe dyed papers and sewed that in behind one of the flaps.

Here the inside pages have coffee dyed paper, I just used the most common pamflet stitch to sew it.
Here you can see a flap that folds down. On this one I added the cover paper before attaching the flap.
Here you can see what is behind that flap, another pocket and a little bookmark made with another element from the freebie.
A close up of the book mark above.
Here another flap, both front and back below
And here a little envelope with more little tickets and tags tucked inside.

I also altered some paper clips that can be added to pages.

There are numerous tutorials on Youtube on how to make them, so I won't go into detail about them.

And now finally the freebie, here it is:
Now sadly blogger won't let me upload a high resolution of it, and as I found out last time, Etsy does not let you upload free items, so I had to ask for a silly amount of money for that "freebie",which had not been my intention. So this time I thought, if you want a high resolution of this, which will make it better for printing, just send me an email and I will send it to you direct.

Thanks for visiting like always, and happy crafting!

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