Friday, 6 July 2018

My Junk Journal Part #2 - Envelopes and Paper Clips

Hello my  dear friends!  
Welcome, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

I am on a very specific creative journey at the moment.  I am in the process of  making some Junk Journals.  Yes, I do realise it's not terrible momentous but, for me, it has become quite a Journey!  I have been working on these for some months now.  'What??'  You say!! .. 'Why is it taking so long??'  Well, firstly, I only work on them once in a while and secondly, I keep changing my mind about things I've done previously.  Consequently it is becoming quite a saga!!  LOL!!  But, I must say, it is a saga I am thoroughly enjoying!!

If you missed Part 1 of this Journey, and you'd like to take a peek, HERE is the link.

In that first Post I mentioned that I would show a few of the envelopes I had made in more detail and might also share how I altered my paper clips and, as a few people showed interest, I am here to show you exactly that.  So, here goes!!

Firstly, the envelopes.
In my stash I found some paper that I had already diecut with a Tim Holtz MM die.
 It wasn't a very big piece and I don't actually remember what I had intended to use it for so, after thinking about it, I decided I would create the front of an envelope with it.
 So I cut a piece of card for the back and then created the pocket and the flap with the diecut paper.  Really love how it turned out.
 Used it to hold some journaling cards.
This second envelope was created for the other Journal I am doing.  For this book, I wanted a couple of larger envelopes, but I wanted them to be a stand alone feature.  I didn't want them attached to another page. 
 I used two of my tea stained papers and created a double ended envelope ..
.. and added it to my paper stack.  To add the ribbon closure, I simply cut a small slit in the centre and inserted two strips of torn fabric and also added a strip of washi tape to the fold for some extra strength.
Here's how it looks in the book ..

.. and here it is open and ready for some journaling cards or memorabillia.

Now, onto the paper clips.
Firstly, you need to cut some paper or cardstock to create the base to attach your clips to.  You will need two for each clip.  I decided to use paper because I found cardstock was a bit bulky but you can use whatever you like.  Also, it doesn't have to be circles.  They can be any shape you like.  I found it easier to simply punch out the circles for my clips.
 Then you simply slide one of the paper shapes onto your paper clips.  Make sure the shortest part of the clip sits on the wrong side of the paper and that you slide it over far enough so that the end of the clip sits close to the edge.  The long side of your clip needs to be left free so the assembly can slide over the edge of your page.
 On the side with the short end of the clip, add glue to the paper making sure you cover the clip as well and then attach the corresponding paper piece over the top, wrong sides of the paper together.  I used my hot glue gun but you can use any glue as long as it's fairly strong.
This becomes the base for your embellishments.
And, of course, this is the side that slides onto your page.
 That's it!!  That's all there is to it!! 
With this base you can build up any kind of small collage with which to decorate your page and it also becomes a tuck spot for tags, etc.
Here are a few of the ones I have made.
 This is the back.  I found you can really use any size paper clip and any size paper shape for small or larger embellies.  It really doesn't matter all that much.  Both will hold onto the page but, when I want to make larger, heavier ones, I do prefer to make the base a bit bigger.

Below, you can see that I used a smaller circle for one of my larger pieces.  It works alright but I would have been happier if I had used a bigger  base.
Because I added small bits of lace around the edge, it does looks a little untidy.  I could have covered it with some pretty paper but didn't bother because, once you slide it onto your page, you don't see it anyway.
Here is how they look once they are in a book.

 Here's a very simple one with some tags tucked in underneath.  I've also attached a small piece of ribbon through the end of the clip as well.  Just for a bit of extra shabby chic decoration!

It really is a very simple process and I hope I haven't made it confusing.  I really enjoy making these.  Easy peasy and a lot of fun!! Have made quite a few more of them too!  LOL!!

Thank you so much for visiting.  I hope I have given you some inspiration and that you will come back to see more  about my Junk Journal Journey!! 

Have yourselves a lovely day!!
Take care and God Bless.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #215 - At Least 2 Dies/Punches or 1 of Each

Hello my dear friends and welcome to my blog.
Hope you are having a wonderful day!!

A new Challenge has begun at Crafty Cardmakers.  Jackie is our host and the Challenge is to use At least 2 Dies/Punches or 1 of each.  As always, you may create anything you like as long as it fits the Challenge.

For my DT contribution, I have created a masculine card.  I still have a few more of these to make so I'm really pleased I could make one to fit the Theme.
 The papers are by Kaisercraft from their Documented Collection.
 I used a border punch by EK Success to add a decorative edge the top layer of the papers ..
.. and I used a die by Cheery Lynn for the cogs and gears.
The gears were cut from cardstock and, to make them more sturdy and to give more dimension, I actually cut three sets and then glued the layers together.   I coloured them by swiping with a  VersaColor stamp pad in Lapis Lazuli and also in Bronze.
The clock was a freebie  from the net.  I simply printed it and cut it out and then layered it on some chipboard.

Layered it all together on top of some bits and pieces of ephemera I found in my stash.
 The greeting was computer generated.  I layered this on some chipboard as well and then doodled around the edges with a Sharpie pen.
The completed card measures 3.75" x 7.25".

Hopefully you feel inspired to join in!

I would love it if you would pop on over to take a look at the wonderful creations by my Teamies.  I'm sure that will definitely inspire you!   Simply follow the link and, perhaps you can add your take to the mix!  Would love to see what you create!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #215 - At Least 2 Dies/Punches or 1 of Each

Thank you so much for stopping by and for all the lovely comments on my last post.  I really appreciate them all!

Have a wonderful day!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg

Friday, 29 June 2018

My Junk Journal Journey - Part 1

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  
So pleased that you decided to pay me a visit.

So, here I am to share something I have been working on for a while now .. My first Junk Journal.
Actually, I have two of them on the go at the moment.   The one I'm showing today is fairly simple.  The other one I'm working on is more on the shabby side and will have some photos in it but I am nowhere near to showing that one yet.

I do love making books and I started this particular one a long, long time ago!!  Months ago in fact!!  Yes, I know!!  Why is it taking such a long time??  I can't even remember exactly when I started it.  I do know I made the cover before I was lucky enough to win Eileen Hull's Journal Die from Anne Redfern so this cover was made late last year!!!
When I first made this journal it was quite basic.  I had some leftover papers from a couple of A4 Prima pads that had been sitting in my stash for ages and decided to use them up.  So, I made the cover from cardstock and then 4 signatures from the papers.  I sewed the signatures to the spine and then the whole thing was left on a shelf until about a month ago.  When I picked it up again, I was not happy with it, so I actually took it apart and made a heap of changes.  Now, because of all the additions, it will only have two signatures so I have another two with which I can make another book!!  Win! Win!

In this post I will show you the cover and the first signature.  I should warn you though, there are a lot of photos. 
This is the original cover I created.  I was quite happy with it so didn't change it at all. 
The papers are quite busy so I simply did a little stenciling and collage work on the front cover using strips of the papers, some pretty lace and a flower by Little Birdie which was altered with watered down acrylic paint.
On the inside cover, I added strips of washi tape and a quote tag by Kaisercraft.

The signature.
The flower is attached to an altered paper clip.  All of the Prima papers have been sewn around the edges.  I have also used a stitches stamp here and there.
 A pocket for a tag and small booklet on the inside front cover and I have added tea stained paper to the book.

 Used Distress Ink and a Tim Holtz stencil on most of the tea stained pages.
A collaged tuck spot on the left side and a flip up tag on the right.  The flip up is an idea I saw in a Journal created by Jenny Marples.  She has made some wonderful books and, if you'd like to take a look, you can find her blog HERE
A great spot for some secret journaling underneath the tag.  Think I might pop some lined paper there just to make it easier.

The next page has another pocket.  This one is edged with a bit of lace.  You will see that there are also small bits of lace added to the sides of some of the pages.  More tea stained paper with that sweet little stencil.
The page on the left folds out and the paper on the right is tea stained tracing paper.  I love how the staining makes it more transparent.
 Just the papers here with a tiny bit of washi tape added on the right side.
 Side pocket on the left with a little envelope inside and on the right you can see another of my altered paper clips. 
I will show this envelope in more detail in another post ..
 .. and, if anyone's interested, I might explain how I altered my paper clips as well.
The centre of the first signature.  At this stage, all the pages are still loose.  I will actually sew them onto the spine once I have finished the second signature.
 Another side pocket for tags and a small bulldog clip to hold the word strip.

Well, we are past the half way mark!  Hope you are still with me!!
Washi tape and a heart on the left and more of the tracing paper on the right.
 A very simple embellishment.
 On the home stretch!!! LOL!!
Another pocket and more tags.
Another Tim Holtz stencil.  Love this one .. I think it's called Shatter.
 The flower is another paper clip and the right side page folds out.

 The flower is by Little Birdie.
 Another pocket.  This one is an envelope.

 The back cover of the signature.
WoW!!  Did you really stick it out to the end??!!  Awesome!!  Sorry it is such a long post but I did want to show all the pages and I am stoked that you are still here.  Thank you. 

I'm not really sure if I am done with this signature yet.  While I was flicking through it taking these photos, I thought of a few more things I can do and, as it's not attached to the spine yet, I can still make some changes.  We shall see.
When this book finally does get finished it will be used for collaging some lovely quotes I have found. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will come back to join me on the next leg of my Junk Journal Journey!!  Goodness only knows when that will be, LOL!!

Enjoy the rest of your day!!
 Take care and God Bless.