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.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #214 - Wet or Dry Embossing

Hi everyone!!  Welcome to my blog!  Thank you so much for stopping by.

The new Challenge is live at Crafty Cardmakers and this one is all about embossing!!
    Lin is our host and, as usual, you can make anything you like as long as it has either wet or dry embossing on it or, you can even do both!!

Once again, I have created a card.
Surprise!! Surprise!!  LOL!!
I don't have many, but I do have a few embossing folders in my stash and I think it may be years ago that I actually used one of them!!
I cut a piece of pale blue card stock to fit my card base and embossed it with an EZ cut Embossing Folder.  Then I decided that I wanted to tear it down the middle and leave a bit of a gap in between so I had to trim the side edges so it would still fit the base.  I lightly rubbed over the raised areas with a VersaColor Stamp Pad and popped a small piece of lace in the gap at the top and bottom.

The chippie frame was heat embossed with Seafoam White embossing powder by Ranger. 
Added a piece of medical gauze under the flower cluster.  Before adhering the gauze to the card, I dabbed it with a small amount of texture paste so that, hopefully, I could shape it a little better.   Happy to say it works!!
The leaves were cut with a Cheery Lynne die and the flowers were coloured with watered down acrylic paints.

I hope I have given you a little inspiration to join in with this Challenge.  Do, please, pop on over to the CCM blog and check out the amazing creations by the rest of the Team and, while you're there, link up your entry!!

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #214 - Wet or Dry Embossing

Thank you so much for your visit  and for any comment you may care to leave.  I love to read them and appreciate every single one!!

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

Monday, 4 June 2018

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #213 - For a Man/Boy

Hello dear visitors and welcome to my blog.  
So happy you stopped by and hope you are having a fabulous day!!

It's time again for a new Challenge at Crafty CardmakersMaike is our host and the Theme is For a Man/Boy so, as usual, anything you care to make is fine, as long as it follows the Theme!

This Challenge certainly came at the right time for me.  I was procrastinating (again!! LOL!!) about having to make some man cards for friends and rellies that have Birthdays in the middle of the year and, when I saw this Challenge Theme, it was just the thing to get me motivated.

I am still trying to use up papers from my stash so these are older ones from Kaisercraft.
 While hunting for papers I came across the plaster tape and the burlap ribbon so decided to add some on here.
 For something different, I added a small pieces of ribbon to the sides and attached them with a couple of brads.

 The sentiment is from a cut-apart page I found in one of my paper pads.
 The chipboard is by Little Birdie.  I cut it into two pieces so it could be layered and heat embossed it.

Voila!!  Done and dusted!!

Do pop on over to CCM and take a look at the fabulous creations by the rest of the Team.  You will love it and I'm sure you will be inspired to join in.

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #213 - For a Man/Boy

Thank you so much for your visit and do enjoy the rest of your day!!
Take care and God Bless.
oxox Marg