Friday, 23 October 2020

Card tutorial for A Vintage Journey, some journal pages and a collaboration freebie

 Hello friends,

Today I am posting an extensive card tutorial on the A Vintage Journey Blog. This is what it looks like:

For the focal image of the card, which in fact turned into the cover of an Autumn journal I am working on, I used one of the girls from the freebie you can find at the end of this post. This freebie was created in collaboration with my friend Marjie Kemper. She is a wonderful mixed media artist that runs a number of online classes including a recently started Mixed Media Art Membership Group in which she offers a resource library too. It was for that resource library that she asked me to create the freebie, which links to one of the monthly challenges that are also part of this group. There is currently a waiting list to join, but if you are new to mixed media, I'm sure it would be worth joining the group. (I am not a member myself, but have done classes with Marjie in the past and have met her in person, and can assure you she is a wonderful person and amazing artist).
Below I will show you how I used the card in the end for my journal cover, and also some pages, using some of the freebie images and other pages from last week's freebie and my latest Etsy collection
Here you can see the cover, created with strong Kraft card and covered with some paper from my stash. And below some of the inside papers, decorated with a whole mixture of things, some altered journal cards using bits and bobs from my stash, some stamping and some elements from my collection on Etsy. I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Well, that's it as far as the journal is concerned, so here is the freebie, and like usual, if you want to get a high resolution copy, just email me.

If you are interested to find out how I made the journal topper, do head over to A Vintage Journey

That's it for today, thanks for your visit and happy creating!


Friday, 16 October 2020

Friday Freebie and a mini tutorial

 Hello friends,

Today I have a little project to share with you and a freebie as the title of this post would suggest.

The project is a little notebook, (roughly passport size) created with help of my latest collection on Etsy. This little notebook will become part of a larger journal I am working on. More on that at some later stage. To be honest, the freebie was created, because I wanted some more embellishments to go with the collection, so now you can enjoy them, whether you decide to get the collection or not 😄

The notebook cover was made with a little file folder that is part of the collection. I cut it out, sewed around the edges, folded it in half and then made some inside pages with the help of a mix of papers from the collection and some coffee dyed paper. I sewed them in with a simple 3 hole pamphlet stitch.
A double page with some of the elements that come with the collection and a pocket, which is the height of the pages, created with coffee dyed thicker (160gms) paper.
Another double page. Since putting this booklet together, I have toned down the music behind the roses, as I found it too harsh, so this paper in the collection is now slightly different...
Another pocket created with coffee dyed paper and decorated with some lace and one of the embellishments that comes with the collection.
And here a final page with another pocket made in a similar way, and one of the tags that fits inside.
And here finally is the freebie, like usual, if you want the high resolution version, please email me.
Sorry for this extra step, but the high res version is too large a file to upload here directly.
Well, that's it for now. Next week I will be back with some pages from the larger journal and a very different freebie. Meanwhile:.....
Happy crafting and stay safe

Friday, 2 October 2020

Altered accordion file folder for A Vintage Journey #94

 Hello lovely visitors, the first Friday of the month has come round at that means a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. Our host this month is my lovely and talented friend Annie and she has chosen Numbers as her theme. I created a little file folder with accordion pockets inside and filled it with ephemera, all featuring numbers of course.

Here you see the folder and all the ephemera, mostly made from scraps, that fit inside. But before I go on, let's see what Annie has to say about her challenge:

"Numbers is our challenge theme for this month and we would like to see them being a focal point in your entries. 
You can use stencils, die cuts, fussy cuts or rub ons, rust them up, use texture paste or paint them, the decision is yours as long as the numbers are prominent. Just remember to create your project in one of our preferred styles: vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk."

Well, my little file folder started from a new collection on my Etsy shop, I cut it and sewed around the edges, so it looked like this:

Next I added some texture with the help of one of my Tim Holtz stencils and texture paste and when that had dried added scraps of rice paper, diecuts, some stamping and of course lots of inking with Distress Inks, so now it looks like this:

For the inside I added an accordion pocket folder, there are many different ways of doing this, but I used a very easy method: I folded 3 A4 pieces of paper in half length wise, laid them on top of each other and then cut them to the width and height of the folder, making sure the fold was at the bottom. I glued the the left and right side of each together, to form pockets and then glued them on top of each other by running a strip of glue around the middle of each. The first and last one were then glued to the folder, so it looks like this:
Then the real fun started, with creating all the pockets and ephemera that fit inside. I am still in the process of making more of them, but here are just some photos of a few of them.
The pocket of this one is made from a large circle, cut with a circle die. I found a tutorial on Youtube on how to make pockets like this, without using a die, you can find it HERE if you are interested.
Here is a different example, in a more shabby chic style. Because of the theme of our challenge, I added numbers of course as part of my embellishing, numbers really are so versatile and always add a fun touch I think.
This photo shows a little book I made to fit in one of the pockets. Below you can see the inside of that.

Here finally is a pocket made from old book pages. Again, there are numerous examples of how to do pockets similar to this on Youtube, so I won't write a long tutorial for that here.

I finished my folder by closing it with some ribbon and added a charm, it could make a lovely gift for someone who is into junk journaling.

Well that's it for now, hopefully you feel inspired to join our challenge and if you have not done so yet, do visit A Vintage Journey to see what all my talented teamies have created.

Thank you for visiting like always and happy October, - stay safe!!

Sunday, 27 September 2020

Sunday Funday with a freebie

 Hello everyone and welcome! I decided to do a post today to share some fun projects with you, and a fun project needs a fun freebie too of course, so here goes:

Regulars will know that I love creating journals, but they take a long time and are a lot of work, so I created a new small collection for my Etsy shop  which you can use to create the kind of project I will show, or you can make it part of a journal too if you want.

It's basically a little file folder you can fussy cut and with it come loads of tags and little cards.
I like to make the little folders into pockets, by putting accordion elements inside. If you come back here on Friday October 2 I will show you more detail of how I do that.
I am also on a stash busting mission, so at the moment I am making lots of different kinds of pockets, that can be filled with little tags, cards or whatever else you may have in your stash.

 Here I am mostly using elements that come with this new collection. If you are interested, you can find it HERE

I have been making, in fact mostly mass making, two different kinds of pockets, one kind is made from leftover scrapbooking papers, here is an example
On Friday I will share a link to a tutorial on how to make these.
The other kind of pocket is made out of old book pages, many junk journalers will have stacks of these, I certainly do.
I found ideas of how to make this on several YouTube channels, here is a link to one option: Triple Pockets
Or here is another one: I basically combined them.

Now as to the freebie, below is an example of how to make a little fun envelope, using some of the elements, that will then neatly fit into the pockets show above:
Here first of all is the freebie, so you can see what I'm talking about:
And here you can see how I cut out and then glued together one of the little envelopes:

The front

The back with one of the little circles, used as a closure, by just gluing down the bottom half so the little flap can be tucked underneath.

The little tags fit neatly inside the envelopes, and then the whole thing can be tucked into one of the larger pockets as a little interactive surprise.

Well, that's it for today, I hope I have given you some ideas with this little project. I think these little file folders can be a fun gift for a crafty friend, or indeed be an element you insert into a journal.
Like usual, if you would like to get the high resolution version of the freebie for printing, just email me by clicking here:
Thank you for visiting

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Autumnal Envelope booklet (Tutorial and a freebie)

 Hello friends, hope you are all well and happy.

Here the weather has turned decidedly autumnal and with that I was inspired to create a booklet/folder thingy in an autumnal mood. I used my latest Etsy collection which you can find HERE. I also used some of the freebies which you will find at the end of this post.

So here goes:

It's made in a very similar way as the booklet you can see in my previous post. The cover is made by simply sliding two envelopes into each other as you can see on the picture below.

The next step is to cover both the out and the inside with bits of your chosen papers, carefully cut to size. For the outside of my cover I chose to sew around it,  and add a dry embossed spine and some lace. I then decorated further with some elements from the freebies.

On the inside cover I made a little pocket with a flap. The closure is a punched out shape, I think it's called fishtail or something, sadly no longer available, but you can of course use any kind of punch, you just need to make sure you only glue down the bottom half, so the flap can slip under the top half. On the right side of the picture above you can see the cover of the little booklet I sewed inside.

Here you can see some of the journal cards that come with the collection and that fit inside the pocket. I just rounded the corners and inked around the edges.

Here is the inside of the booklet, I did some subtle stenciling on the inside of the covers, but left the inside coffee dyed pages blank for notes or journaling.

And here is the back cover. I made a belly band and made two little envelopes (one of them you will fiind in the freebie, the other is part of the collection), and filled them with some further journaling cards and tags.

And here is a selection of the journaling cards. The larger ones fit inside the large pockets of the envelope covers. The one on the left is a piece of one of the papers that I folded in half to make into a note card.

And here finally is the freebie. Like usual, just pop me an email if you want the high resolution one for printing.

Well, that's it for today. Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and perhaps it gave you some new ideas. Happy crafting and thanks for your visit!


Saturday, 29 August 2020

Holiday project tutorial and a freebie

Hello lovely friends,
Today's post starts with a bit of a personal story. I have just returned from a holiday in the Netherlands. We had set up a home exchange with a family there well over a year ago, and despite everything, decided to go ahead with it, and yes we had a great time, but it was so, so hot, something we who live in Scotland, are not used to. So while there, sweating in about 34 degrees centigrate, and feeling too hot to go on many outings, I decided to design a new Christmas collection for my Etsy shop, full of snowy pictures and wintry elements. Can't say it made me feel much cooler, but at least it distracted my mind for a while :o) So today I am sharing a couple of projects I made with it since we are back home again (and in quarantine, as per government regulations), and yes, there is a freebie too to go along with it.

 This is the first project. A little folder made from two C6 envelopes that I slid together, by sticking the pointy flap of one into the opening of the other. I then covered the outside with one of the papers in the collection, that I had cut to size and stitched around all the edges.
 Next I made a little booklet by folding some coffee dyed papers, and used another of the printable papers as the cover, again cutting it to size so it would fit inbetween the two envelopes. I also glued a piece of ribbon that would serve as the closure on each end.
 Here you can see the front of the booklet, I sewed it into the envelope folder with my sewing machine which was easy enough as there are only 4 folded pages in total and it makes for a neat finish.
 I left the inside pages blank for writing or notes, but decorated the inside of the cover with my new favourite stencils (by Tim Holtz).
 As per usual for Tim's layering stencils, you can get them singly in a large size, or in a set of three in the small size. I love how you can layer them over each other using different tones of inks. (I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink, and Ground Espresso Oxide ink here).
 For the back cover I even combined it with one of Tim's architectural stamps, but it got a bit busy I think...
 After the booklet was sewn in it was time to cover the insides of the folder. I cut the papers and glued them down in such a way to make sure the pockets of the original envelopes stayed in tact, in order to be able to insert journaling cards and tags.
 Here you can see some of them.
Finally I cut a strip of paper to glue around the spine of the folder, and hide the sewing. I embossed it with one of my embossing folders and highlighted the raised bits with Treasure Gold. I also added some embellishments, a little tag from the freebies, and a little resin element made with a Prima mold that I painted and sprayed to kind of match the rest of the project.

 The second project was another little folder into which you could insert a gift card, it's even simpler. I just cut a strip of one of the papers, about 8" high and 4" wide and folded it in three as you can see below. I rounded the corners at the top. The flap closes by tucking it under the circle, only half of which is glued down. Hope the picture shows what I mean. I glued it onto some coffee dyed card for strength, and then decorated with bits and pieces from the collection
 I used one of the elements as a belly band, and tucked two of the journaling cards underneath, but you could obviously also tuck in a gift card, or do both.
 Well, that's it for now, apart from the freebie of course, which you can get in high resolution for printing by sending me a quick email to my yahoo account, just click HERE
Well, there you have it, I know it's early for Christmas and I promise there will be an Autumn freebie (and collection soon), but hey, some of us like to start early on our Christmas projects, or indeed may just need some distraction from the heat.
Thanks for your visit like always, and happy crafting!

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