The new junk journal kit I have for you today is something a little different. Officially it’s called “Red all over” from the ancient joke “What’s black and white and (read) all over?” Answer: The Newspaper.
Not everyone will get that since the news comes on our smart phones now!
Anyhow, here’s a preview of the new kit, please let me know what you think as I strayed away from the usual vintage and shabby chic. However it does have 2 CATS in it!
Contents include 50 pieces:
*10 12X12 sheets (you’ll need a bigger printer if you want to print them that large)
*10 approx. 5.5 X 8 inch pages already arranged in two’s so you can print them double-sided.
*4 journaling cards or use them as photo mats
*Just a couple of vintage ads, couldn’t help myself
*Beautiful Word Tags
*Cut files: flower arrangements in a few sizes, a French antique ornament, doilies, and —2 CATS!
What are the cats doing here? Why, playing in the flowers of course!
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For convenience, I’ll repeat the links at the bottom of the article.
You know, most of us struggle with knowing when to use craft glue OR glaze OR Glossy Accents….then there’s Mod Podge…what’s a crafter to do?
There are various, valid reasons to use each one, but today I want to focus on one thing: a durable finish. You want to give your piece a little bit of shine, make it last in case it is sticking out of a journal OR it is at a much-handled spot on the page OR maybe it needs to bend upward a little for dimension.
Today I’m going to try to help you muddle through that mess. I took 3 butterflies — see why I said it might need to bend upward? The wings.
Anyway, it’s from one of my Digital Journal Kits, The Charlotte. [find it here] You can use any digital OR regular cardstock if you want to join me/follow along. I printed them out on 90# card stock and applied 3 kinds of finish over the top. They were:
Elmer’s Glue All
Fantastic Glaze & Glue
On the Elmer’s glue one, I also sprinkled on some Martha Stewart Glitter called “Sugar Cube.” Here’s a link to that.
Watch the video to see the results of my experiment.
I liked them all, and would use each one again. The Elmer’s Glue butterfly finish proved to be the thinnest, and there are times when you’d want that flexibility in an embellishment. It still gives plenty of coverage, and the glitter held nicely in it — no glitter on your clothes and face!
The Fantastic Glaze & Glue (not an affiliate link! ) is advertised as being made for glass jewelry. It had a distinct odor even though it says it is non-toxic and cleans up with water. I have pet birds, which are very susceptible to any chemical in the air, and the smell from this product had me worries. Yes I know it’s supposed to be non-toxic, but the odor is…. odoriferous. Kinda sorry I bought the big bottle, but maybe it’ll work for jewelry.
Glossy Accents [here if you use Amazon; here if you don’t] was my third selection. I really like using GA. I like that the bottle’s tip is extremely fine, so you don’t waste any glaze or glop it out onto your project. It’s easy to spread just using that tip, although you could use a toothpick for extra care in the coverage. And it dries fairly fast.
All in all, I liked the GA and Elmer’s better than Fantastic G&G. If you want to really strengthen an embellishment and create a shiny finish with some depth, use the Glossy Accents. If you just want to pump it up ‘some’ and maybe add some shine and glitter, go with the Elmer’s for a cost-saving measure.
You might wonder why I didn’t use Mod Podge. The fact is….it wasn’t on my desk! I grabbed the nearest 3 and churned out a quick video. We’ll do that one another day.
Here are the product links again:
The Charlotte Digital Journaling kit is in my etsy store.
Hi there! I’ve created a new digital journaling kit called “The Charlotte.” As in Charlotte Bronte. There is a quote from her on one of the ephemera pages. There are also plenty of antique-style tags, ads, and buttons, and some rose cut files for decorating your journal cover or even altering a box or miniature chest.
The many pages, pieces and parts can be used for:
Art and Ephemera Book
Creating almost any sort of paper craft.
It’s full of antique shabby goodness — grunged pages, pink roses, etc.
Here are some samples (note that I don’t give the sample photos the same quality your download would have. Please don’t let them turn you away!) The digital download will print at 300 dpi 8.5X11″ on your home computer. These are just a few of the elements:
You can purchase the kit here.
I’ll come back and update once I create a video making a journal out of the Charlotte Journaling Kit.
*A digital kit is one you download from the web; I do not mail you anything. It is an INSTANT DOWNLOAD.This way you save shipping costs, plus it’s on your own hard drive so you can print out as many copies as you want. That means if you mess up, just throw it away and print another! Or if you want to make scrapbook albums for all 6 of your daughters, print 6 copies! Digital is the way to go, in my opinion.
Some people were wondering: What exactly is an ATC? So I made you the video below, to try and explain all about them — the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly so to speak.
In the video, I talk about these products (affiliate links**)
Pre-cut Bristol Strathmore ATC cards http://amzn.to/2rx2wTX
Storage sleeves for ATCs http://amzn.to/2skldbp
Watercolor paper ATC-size http://amzn.to/2rwSEJW
Canson Mixed Media XL pad (18X24″) http://amzn.to/2skwuZe 18X24
I also created this file for you to print, with a template to put on the back of your ATCs. You will need it…well watch the video, it’ll explain. 🙂 To download the file, go where it says ATC and click the link. It will download to your computer.
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So today I’d like to continue our Birthday Fiesta Project (those cute li’l Alpacas, uh-huh!). If you don’t have the stamps, dies, and DSP (Designer Series Paper) called Festive Birthday, you really really really want to pick it up now. It goes into full retirement on 5/30/17.
Don’t fret though; I’ve already thought of another awesome similar project to take its place.
Let’s go ahead and make those cards, shall we?
Here’s the video, and the Product list is below it with links.
Today I want to share with you this cute little card folder complete with 5 cards! It’s perfect for giving, or make one for yourself. I’ve done them with a base of Crumb Cake and accents in two colors, one for each folder — Watermelon Wonder and Dapper Denim. In the video, I’m working on the Dapper Denim folder.
Products I used are at the bottom of the page. If you need a template for the folder, drop me a note and I’ll send you one. Thanks!
I thought this one turned our really well! It is made with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set + Flourish Thinlits dies. I taught it in my workshop this month, and also made one like it for mom for Mother’s Day. Of course I forgot to get a photo before mailing it!
Here’s another one from a workshop class… my theme was “Simple” and it really is, just layer up cardstock and adhere one small leaf design to it. The minty looking color is Pool Party and the yummy paper is the Oh So Succulent Designer Series,which has run out, although you could do this with any coordinating cardstock.
Next up is a card I made for my Aunt Betty. The sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms set and the flowers are also part of that stamp set. I cut them out with a pansy punch.
Obviously these are not complete yet, but I used a napkin (!!!) from Michael’s for the background, and it coordinated very well with my Pop of Paradise stamp set. I tried double-stamping the flamingo [top right] as well as printing him black [top left]. I adhered a few flowers to the top left card; they’re cut out with the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits dies. Here they’re just laying on the background to see if I like it. (I do! I like it a lot!)