Yesterday I pulled out a folder of papers (I thought) and found this adorable mini-album in there. I had started making it, all was done except the cover. So I said, brilliantly, “I’ll make a video!” and I did a walk-through of the whole album, discussing how I made it.
Today I went to edit the video and I absolutely can’t find it. HOWEVER.… I found a video of the same album that I actually made 7 months ago, and never edited or uploaded.
Are you lost yet?
So today I am sharing the old video since I have lost the new one. It’s better anyway I think.
My Vintage Rose Journal Kit
If you love shabby chic, vintage, roses, grunge….this journal kit is for you. It’s coming out a lot pinker than the actual parts. It is soft and sweet. The colors are Blush, Cafe Noir, Chocolate —- YUM.
Call it a junk journal kit, mini album kit, or art journal. Call it and make it into whatever you want! It is a digital (printable) download file, which means you get to print it over and over as many times as you like. It comes set up with 10 journal pages 6X6 inches all laid out and ready for you to print and assemble. Then you just use some of the stickers or cut files to embellish it. Or use the other papers to make a bigger or different layout. Here’s the video instructions for the simplest journal layout. I hope you like it!
Here’s part 2, where I started doing the cover. Honestly, you don’t have to follow my way; but maybe if you watch it’ll give you an idea?
By the way, a lot of people have asked if I will print the files for people. Of course I will, as long as you cover the cost of printing. I realize not everyone has the capability, or maybe their printer is on the blink or whatever. I have put a fee for the printed-out kit to cover my costs (I hope). Use this link if you want to purchase it that way. Not sure if that was just idle curiosity – we’ll see!
Today I want to introduce my latest digital design, the Independence Day Mini Album kit. You can use it as a photo album or journal, there are plenty of different pages to use in different ways. It’s designed to make an album EVEN IF IT IS YOUR FIRST TIME. EVEN IF YOU HAVE NEVER MADE A MINI ALBUM BEFORE. I’ll show you how. 😉
To get started, use this link and go to etsy to download the file. It’s all digital – it lives on your computer ,and you can print it out whenever you’re ready. I recommend using cardstock for printing, and I like Neenah Solar White.
But you can also print on regular printer paper. It’ll work just fine.
The main part of the kit is a set of red, white and blue double pages each 5.5X8” so that your finished album measures about 5.5X7.5” in size. This is just the right size for journaling or keeping memorabilia in, and it works great if you’re into junk journaling. There is one envelope and 2 sizes of pockets (plus one I show you in the video).
The cut files include family oriented items like pie, lollipops. cherries, Picture frames, and fun words. There are 8 3×4” journaling cards included – and of course, it’s digital, so print them as many times as you like.
15 8×8” papers
16 double pages including a cover
8 journaling cards
24 cut files
Here are a few of the files:
Directions for your first Mini Album:
Before you begin watching the video, print out all the files and cut them out. Black lines are included on most of the files. Note that your double page layouts will print in landscape style – this should happen on its own but some have to tell the printer to turn it (I did).
Using the paper trimmer or scissors, cut out all the files. Here is how I do it:
First, I grab my 12×12 guillotine cutter and trim the edges off all the papers. If there’s room between the cut files, I slice them apart too.
Next, I move to the paper trimmer and refine the cuts I already made. Anything with straight edges usually gets trimmed here.
Last, I get my small scissors and trim out the cut files like the sun, flag, and food shapes.
After the pieces are all cut, look at the pages with dark lines running down the middle, like this:
Those are your pages for your journal. You could make more pages using the same or the other papers provided in the Digi doodads kit. You could create different pages by cutting sheets in half horizontally and laying them across a page, like this:
Or you can just use them as they are. In the video, I did use the pages provided, but I tossed out 2 sheets (so really 4 pages) because it’s just me and hubby; I didn’t need that much space for my journal.
Two more decisions to make: are you going to edge any of the pages or cut files in black ink? If so you’ll want to grab your ink and a sponge dauber and rub ink along the edges. The last decision is whether you want your “signatures” (folded pages) laid out one stacked on top of the other, or do you want to open one, lay it down, open the next, lay it on top, etc. either way works fine.
Now that you are ready, here’s the video:
Here is most of my completed album. I think there are 4 pages not shown.
And I went back near the end and cut these, I don’t believe they’re in the videos.
There are affiliate links used in this post. If you purchase those items, I may receive a small fee. It costs you nothing to use them. I donate my proceeds to animal rescue.
Most Fridays I do a post on Facebook called “What’s on my Easel?” It shows you…um…. what I have been working on that week. Last week’s post was a hit, everyone liked (and some shared) the painting. (Nobody bought it, but hey! Attention!)
This week was a colossal failure, so much that I forgot to post the WOME until someone called me out on it. I actually had 5 projects — here they are with i.d. numbers in RED — and I’ll explain what went wrong for each one.
1, Six ACEO/ATC cards. ACEO stands for “Artist Cards, Editions and Originals”. I designed them digitally. Actually these are okay. I haven’t fastened them onto a backing yet, but that will get done today. (I’m trying to get ready for a virtual “sidewalk sale” in my Frazzled Finch shop beginning this Wednesday).
2. A larger sketch of two finches on a Golden Chain tree. These are rainbow buntings, so the hen will be very differently colored from the male. The leaves aren’t blending well. The background is darker than planned. I am not sure what my deal is; it is taking so long to complete! As you can see…..miles to go before I sleep.
3. and 4. The two feather paintings, shown in frames on the initial photo and bigger below. The colors didn’t show like they should have, in fact these were done with the same colors in the same order but they have come out very different. And they’re drying lumpy, which probably means a re-do. Ugh. I do like the textured black background.
5. My plein air piece this week. This was going okay, but it’s done in oils so I work in layers, and I got to this point of “can’t do anything else or I’ll make a muddy mess”. Plus it was extremely windy that day. So I packed up my things and took everything but the easel with the painting to the car. When I came back, the easel and painting had face planted on the ground (you can see the grass al stuck to it). I left the grass on the paint so as not to smear it worse. One day I will clean it up and tackle the next layer. Right now it looks like a 5-year-old painted it.
So there you have it. Some weeks are like that, very little real production for your efforts. Till next time!
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!
I started a beach-themed mini album a few months ago. It got interrupted by a long-term house guest, who slept in my craft room. All day. Now my guest is gone and I’m sort of pawing through the album pages, videos made, videos edited, etc. trying to figure out where I am. So if I’ve left anything out, please message me!
(My email is the name of this blog at gmail. But you can also leave comments on the blog)
The paper I’m using is by the Paper Studio, and it is called Beach House. As you can see the colors are slightly muted tones of blue, red, and green – perfect for a beach album!
Click the picture to purchase the paper pad (affiliate link).
I chose to make the album’s base out of black heavyweight cardstock.
For the first video, we’re creating the beginning pages and pocket. It’s a fairly short one but it lays the foundation.
This post contains some affiliate links, which do not cost you anything, but if you use them it helps to defray the expense of running this site.
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.
Please note: I do participate in affiliate programs with Amazon and other companies. I may make a few cents if you click on the link and purchase something. This helps me stay online, so thank you! I will never recommend something I have not tried, and I won’t try to sell you junk. I only promote products I believe in.
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!