I did a fun craftalong with some friends recently where we made butterfly themed handmade journals. I decided to use mine to document my Brave the Shave event and hair regrowth in 2019, alongside a little of my friends stories about breast cancer.
Here is how far I have got with decorating it and filling it so far. Still got many stories to tell but for now I am pleased with how much I have managed to do on this project.
I used the already sold out Butterfly Bijou dsp, alongside vintage papers, random papers, index cards, colouring book pages, washi, vellum, doilies … basically anything that was around whilst I was playing got thrown in the mix.
Some pages I have just added little collages to and not added documenting which I love to add interest, especially as this is a bittersweet story to document… both a celebration of success and loss for my two friends who have had to face breast cancer along with the story of my shave journey which I am so proud of what I achieved through a simple but brave act.
If anyone fancies seeing the hair disappear there is a speedy version on youtube. Enjoy!
Will share future projects in this journal as they happen… keep your eyes peeled!
Today is a little similar to last week in that I am sharing a butterfly themed tag (well three of them) … and they are very similar to last weeks in design but are actually the tags I made for three friends who joined me for an online craftalong last week….
Crumb Cake base, Butterfly Brilliance stamps, Butterfly Bijou dsp, Gorgeous Grunge stamping and washi tape… perfect fun and slightly grungy tags. Didn’t go full on Grunge as the idea is they can go in their journals and so may not fit with their style if I went too far to grungy in the design of these. Love them!
Really need to play with the stamps and dies more for this set. Unfortunately the dsp sold out so almost wishing I had hoarded it more!
I joined Lisa (Lollipop Box Club) for a Sunday afternoon craftalong on zoom and did three pages whilst people chatted and shared what they were upto. It was great fun. Lisa gave us two challenges…
The first one was a 30 min challenge where we had to use something bin worthy, 2 circles, have 3 places to journal and use no more than 4 colours (excluding black and white).
We were given 10 mins to grab stash and decide on our project. I went for my latest junk journal made with lots of different random papers off the desk in which I’ve decided to document trips in the UK. I grabbed papers and bits from the last Lollipop Box Club kit … including a scrap of fabric that otherwise would have ended up in the bin as too small to use.
I die cut circles from the paper, layered up the tissue and some papers onto the page… my colours were blue, green, yellow and Kraft.
I loved creating the two pockets for journalling tags… the small one and the large tag.
I hadn’t quite finished the tag decorating and journalling when the 30 mins was up but by the time we got to sharing it was all completely finished… and the glue on the sequins was dry! Result!
The 2nd challenge was a sketch provided by Korrieanncreations with some added bits… use string, stripes, stickers, staples.
For this I worked in my Christmas themed journal and documented my daughters first Christmas Dinner.
I didn’t quite follow the sketch exact… I didn’t add the bottom left cluster but loved what I did create. I also added the journalling into a little pocket on the left hand side which was extra. Love how the crochet trim from another page still works with this page too.
Finally… a third page just created whilst chatting…
This was back in the UK trip junk journal and again used bits from the last lollipop box club kit… I love those cameras on the paper… perfect for capturing the story of my daughter taking this picture.
All in all a lovely afternoon. So pleased I joined as I was close to chickening out as I didn’t know anyone but it was all friendly and felt really comfortable in everyone’s company.
Today for Tag Thursday I have the tag I made for this months swap at UK stampers forum.
I used the lovely Butterfly Bouquet suite… and made my tag from a few layers of the Crumb Cake cardstock.
I was actually making a few things using these papers and stamps at the time so it seemed sensible to make this tag at the same time.
I used the stamp on the background along with Vintage photo distress ink. Then added some splatters using the Gorgeous Grunge stamps and Calypso Coral ink. Next a little bit of stencilling using an old Tim Holtz stencil.
Them I added the strips of the paper and the bookprint and stitched it with my sewing machine… to be honest my sewing machine started having a little hissy fit making this tag so it’s a good job I was going for the grungey look!
I then added the washi tape and the stamped and die cut butterfly, before sewing round the edge, and inking the edges.
I then adhered it to another piece of Crumb Cake that I cut to size and also inked.
Finally a bit of ribbon from the scraps basket and called this done!
I decided to make some cute ATC flipbooks for my raggy doll sisters as a little treat to send through the post. It took me a few different sessions to put these together so bear with me with the many pics of the process.
I started with ATC cut from amazon packaging and made lots of layers of paint, paper and stamping.
I used a lot of different supplies and had lots of fun creating these (there are 8 of us in the group so I made one for me to keep too!).
Next I made page two …
Side one (awaiting finishing touches) and side two…
Again it was fun to just play with supplies I had to hand and make some cute ATCs.
Next session I played with alcohol inks on slightly shiny card and created these cards… after playing with the alcohol ink, I stamped and embossed a grungy background stamp from the stash, added back washi and then stamped the Bee onto some French bookprint.
The reverse I used the same alcohol ink but more of a blended finish and added some stamped leaves, die cut flowers and a sentiment with a fun resin centre for each of the flowers.
I also worked on the back card which I also made from corrugated card and added more of the neon pink paint.
This time I added it after adding some Tim Holtz tissue wrap with matt medium and also added some black gesso round the edge. I then used some art alchemy paint in black for some sparkle (it doesn’t really show in the photos unfortunately). I then used black gesso to paint the wooden Love word and glued them into place and added a sparkly gem and some dots of black enamel to finish off. They were still drying in the picture so not the best pics but you get the idea.
I kept the back really simple with scrapbook scrap paper and a stamped and sticker date. I later signed my name but that didn’t make it to the photo archive! Also the odd one out here was the one for me as I ran out of the paper I had been using for the rest!
I did add a couple more pages but didn’t photo them whilst unattached … plus included little messages for my friends. I did however make a little flip through video and share it on YouTube.
Then I punched the top of each card with my cropadile and used a colourful book ring to fix them together.
I then went mad with ribbon scraps adding little colourful bits of trim to each of them… here they all are on my floor ready for packing.
I hope you liked this little project, I certainly had lots of fun making them and thinking lovely thoughts about my friends, whom I got to know 10 years ago this year.
Today I did some finishing off on my junk journal and have actually completed the January to March signature.
Filmed a flip through which is here on my YouTube channel. I have a couple of pages however left to blog about so some of the video should be considered a sneak peek! Lol!
Anyway here are the pages I did today…
Firstly a simple page documenting my daughters 15th birthday with some pics I put on social media charting her growth into a beautiful young woman. I used the Art by Marlene collage paper as the backdrop and then some washi, an index card I cut up and some foam stickers and decided that was all I needed with all the pics.
Next a very plain page in comparison… some stencilling and washi tape and the photo on a flip out to hide the journalling… simple and works well with the brown paper page.
Finally the inside back cover which I had added a swap to and then some green spotty doily I also added the lacy trim to the edge with some very suspect sewing! Again let the pictures do all the work.
Looking forward to seeing whatbi can document for the next three months in the next signature!
Today I have a page in my altered Ladybird book and I videoed the process this weekend as I made it. I mainly used supplies from the Lollipop Box Club kit which had just arrived and I couldn’t wait to dig in and start playing!
Not sure what I can day about this except… I really do enjoy this kind of memory keeping at the moment. It’s so quick and you can do so much more than when scrapbooking… and storing them is much easier!
Also really recommend Lollipop Box Club kits. I think they are great value for money and the products are so cute!