American Crafts, Festival of Prints, Junk Journal 2021, Masks/Stencils, Ribbons, Tis the Season

Junk Journalling- Christmas journal

A few weeks ago I made a signature for a junk journal as a Christmas journal. No rules for what I’m putting in it… except Christmas stuff!

So I used American Crafts and Making Cards magazine papers and some watercolour paper for the signature. I videoed making the signature in case you are interested.

Well I’ve now made a page and used a couple of pics of me from New Years Eve 2020 and part of a Christmas card I received.

I added the photos and bits of journalling tucked behind the Christmas card… and some embellishments made using gloss gel through a stencil onto the green paper.

Really happy with the finished page. I did video it again so feel free to go and see how it came together.

Entering this into the “red” challenge at Academy Scrap Art

Happy crafting!

Catherine

fresco finish paints, Paperartsy, Hot Picks, Junk Journal 2021, Washi tape

Mixed media Monday… Making a junk journal

My new obsession for this year has been junk journal making and watching junk journalling videos on YouTube. It all started because I joined in with a challenge at the Inchies and Twinchies Facebook group to make a junk journal. The plan is to have swap challenges throughout the year to build up a junk journal… of course I am rubbish at following the instructions and already started filling mine up! Lol!

The first challenge was to collect items and construct a junk journal. I decided to create a few signatures and enclose them in a travellers notebook style cover. I did buy the cover but I made the signatures from a mix of old watercolour paper pads, gifted book papers, patterned papers brown paper packaging and cardstock. I also included a background sheet made by one of my swap partners.

I decided to make four signatures with the idea that I would do one for each season. I didn’t make them too many sheets as I didn’t want to feel overwhelmed by too many sheets plus I figure they would get super chunky.

I thought having them as travellers notebooks would aid with working on them too as they might lie a bit more flat that way.

And size wise I went with a5 as I thought it was a nice size to work with.

I did create a few pieces of mixed media artwork before I really knew what a junk journal was with the intention of them going in the journal…

The first additions to the journal was to add these onto a couple of pages once I understood more about how junk journalling is meant to work… I say meant to… there aren’t really rules! But anyway I like that I mixed the mixed media style art journalling in with the junk journal and decided to keep doing that throughout the year. The second one I actually videoed the process for… Link

The challenge in February was to make an envelope pocket for your own journal and two for swapping. My first one went straight into my journal as I was working out how to do tip ins etc…

I made a little pocket on the front or the envelope I had cut down and then also made a little tag/bookmark to go in the main section. The front was just lots of bits off the desk including some old stamps, some gelliprinted card and bookprint… and washi too of course!

The reverse of the envelope I gave a different theme…

Again I created a little pocket, in which I added the painted and stamped piece I received in a swap, and the map just seemed relevant for the travel/foreign theme.

I added journalling to the back of the tag to represent what was going on that day… mainly me watching YouTube videos of other people junk journalling!

I also decorated the page to the left of where I added the pocket … so my first page.

Again my page had a little pocket so I added a tag and did some journalling on that. The rest was just bits and pieces off the desk and from the boxes of stash I’ve been saving up and finally found a use for!

So this was my starting point.

A few days later I made a page all about some new Washi tapes I had bought … because … well why not?

I had such fun just picking bits and pieces out of the box and using up embellishments I’ve been gifted or bought over the years and never got round to using. The tag in the pocket at the top has journalling on it about my new washi tapes!

The next couple of pages were dedicated to the swaps I received this month from the UK stampers forum swap…

So I am busy starting to make more pockets and tip in pages and allsorts of other things now… not sure how long the enthusiasm will continue for, but whilst it lasts this is my new obsession!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Ladybird book journal, Lollipop Box Kit

Lollipop Box Kit … time spent with friends page

I may have told you this already…. I am OBSESSED with journalling at the moment and I’ve subscribed to the Lollipop Box Club so I get a box of goodies delivered each month. Well this week my first box has arrived and today I played with it… hence 2 blog posts today!

I filmed the unboxing, (link) and then put the box to one side. Today I brought it down to the table and made a start on creating a page in a handmade altered book journal (I will blog about creating this another day).

The theme for the journal is things that make me smile and so I decided to make a page about spending time with friends and feature a picture that came up in Facebook memories this week from 4 years ago. OK it hasn’t actually been this long since we spent time together… but it has certainly been a while! Ah well … it is what it is and hopefully before the end of the year we might be able to have a night together.

So I used supplies from the kit and added a couple of extra stickers and a stamped “friends” for the title and had a great time making this fun page, with such cute pastel colours. 😍

Love the box kit… so many fabulous goodies in it and I can imagine lots of fabulous pages and other things will get made using it.

Happy crafting

Catherine

Carabelle Studio, Darkroom Door, Distress oxide ink, Flowers for every season, Junk Journal 2021, Ribbons, Tap tap tap, Washi tape

Pockets for junk journals

Today I am sharing a couple of junk journal envelope pockets that I’ve made for a swap… I also made one for my journal, but I will share that another time.

Here is the first one I made… with Paris and flowers and Monet as the inspiration.

The starting point was the pretty peach envelope and then some floral paper from the stash. I also found some scraps of other papers that went well with the colours. Then I chose some French postage stamps and that made me go with the Paris theme. The quote was already printed out and so I just needed to cut it up and ink it. I created a little folded area and on the back panel I used an eiffel tower die cut to draw the shape and watercoloured it with black watercolour pencil. I then found the printed sentiment and thought it worked well.

Inside I made a little card and carried on the theme with the flowers and bookprint, also adding the strip of gold ribbon and another quote.

The reverse of the pocket I used these monet themed papers and some bits from a magazine and the die cut I was gifted in a swap to create the floral cover.

The reverse of the card I went with more of the monet themed paper and sentiments and stickers and a bit of the leftover envelope to keep the colour theme going.

I also added the little punched heart that was on the desk.

The second envelope pocket started with lots of stamps and bookprint…

I went with a postal themed pocket and the kraft section with the envelopes opens up to show underneath but I forgot to take a pic.

For the card in the pocket created by the envelope I added the piece of gelliprint I had embossed and added it using stitching, again with a bit of the gold ribbon.

The reverse of the card I added inking and the cute Dylusions dog stamped image.

The actual envelope I used had some lovely pattern to it. I decided to cover the very obvious picture of a Swan which I wasn’t keen on using and used some patterned paper, and book print. I then used a printed image I had been gifted as the main focal image.

Hopefully the recipient likes and can make use of the pockets in their junk journals.

Entering this into the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Creations

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Sizzix

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies

Time for another design team contribution… this time it is for Happy Little Stampers and I created a card using dies. I was inspired by the Artist Trading Coins I made for this months swap and made a square landscape using the Sizzix dies.

After die cutting and assembling the scene (I used watercolour for the sky portion) I then die cut the panel as a whole using my stitched squares die…. this took a fair few passes through the machine as there are quite a few layers of green cardstock to make the hills… but it worked!

Then a simple sentiment and a button to embellish and some layers of card and paper for the cardfront.

Loved playing with these stitched landscape dies. Looking forward to seeing what dies others have been using this month over at the Blog challenge.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Bullet Journalling, Life... but not as we know it

Bujo/daily journalling

As a result of inspiration from a Facebook group and Terri Dudash I’m doing some daily journalling mixed with a bit of bullet journalling at the moment. Here are some shots of what I’ve done so far. To be honest some of it is also just adding random stuff in the book because I found it! But hopefully it may inspire you. Most of the journalling not private but a few bits I have just obscured for privacy reasons.

Today (the last page above) I am pretty much stuck in bed as a result of a reaction to my covid vaccine but did manage to do a little and find some stickers I wanted to use for tomorrow.

Enjoying this bit of creativity and mindfulness daily at the moment and obsessed with watching journalling YouTube videos too.

Enjoy!

Catherine

Design Team, Designer Series Paper, One Sheet Wonder OSW

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

Hello… February already! Wow!

So this month for Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge I have another one sheet wonder. This time it was based loosely on one that I found on Pinterest (Link) but I created my own version so it translated to inches.

Anyway here is what I made… 15 6×6 cards!

The paper was an old 12 x 12 dsp from SU I got in a kit from a class with Helen. I teamed it with a yellow and bright pink and Night of Navy cardstock and three stamp sets for the focal point.

Make a monster

From all of us

Over the Moon.

I coloured all the images using Promarkers. Some I fussy cut, some I cut into panels. I added embossing and die cut circles. I found ribbons from the stash and card candi to embellish and chose some sentiments either from the afore mentioned stamp sets or other retired stamp sets.

Love how double sided dsp allows you to get different looks but still just using the one OSW template.

The card I put forward for the patterned paper challenge was this one… partly because I love the colouring on the animals with it not attempting to be realistic and because it shows the fun pattern on the dsp!

Off to see what others have used for their patterned paper challenge for this month!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Arrange a Wreath, Design Team, Itty Bitty Greetings, Wreath Builder

DT: Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies

I have a new design team position …contributing to Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes with dies blog and here is my first contribution…

I actually made this birthday card for my Stampin Up upline whose birthday was the 1st Jan and I figured a pretty and bright wreath card with lots of flowers would be the best way to start the new year and celebrate her birthday!

I used the fabulous and bright Magenta Madness cardstock and then embossed the Arrange a Wreath onto the background using silver embossing powder. Next I added lots of die cut leaf sprigs that I had in the stash having cut them from scraps leftover from other projects. I used soft sea foam, Pear Pizazz and some mint macaron for the leaves and then added the yellow and white flowers to finish the wreath.

I edged the panel with a bit of dry embossing too as I felt it needed something for a frame.

I decided to add some All the Trimmings enamel dots and then embossed the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings onto the pink with a layer of pear pizazz to finish off!

Oh and a twine bow from the stash too of course!

So off to see what everyone else at HLS has been up to with dies.

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Pierced Blooms, Stitched framelits, Venetian Romance, YouTube video

Projects half done: Venetian Romance and… pierced blooms

Hi … how are we all?

Well it was another day of work today… and the first day of term for another odd term of home learning for the teenager. I sincerely hope the exams in 2022 still take into account the amount of time forced out of the classroom. But now is not the time to worry about these things and instead live each day as it comes!

Thought I would quickly also share with you my word of the year … I think it is appropriate given the current world situation.

SMILE.

Yes smile is my word of the year because I think it is an important and magical thing to do. Just think… you can change your mood by smiling, and that of others around you. Plus when smiling you don’t put food in your mouth so it might help with my plan to make healthier food choices! 🤣🤣🤣

Anyways… that’s my glimpse of life for now… onto the craft sharing… I have a project I worked on on Sunday… last chance to craft before work started and desk had to be converted back to work desk! And it was a project I uncovered during the big clear up that was a half planned one sheet wonder!

I must have cut this and started it either late October or early November but then got sidetracked with Christmas projects and covid!

So I decided to scrap the idea of one sheet wonder in the traditional sense and just use a few pieces to make a couple of cards… in fact these two cards…

I videoed the process (link) for those that fancy watching and listening to my waffling. I used the pierced blooms die cuts i had cut the other day and added those using the Melon Mambo for the flowers, rich razzleberry for the centres and Pretty Peacock for the leaves.

The sentiment I chose from the Lots of Love stamp set.

Finished off with the gems.

Simple and pretty cards… love the pop of pink against the coastal cabana card and paper. And plenty more of that paper left so no doubt there will be more Project half done posts to come!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

Birch, Carabelle Studio, Design Team, Hot Picks, One Sheet Wonder OSW, Pinewood planks, Sky's the Limit, Swirly Scribble thinlits, Sycamore Street, Tim Holtz, Woodland

DT: Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge

I’m joining the Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge for another six months and decided this time to do a one sheet wonder each month…. well that’s the plan anyway!

This time I decided to use old SU paper to create all male themed cards and I managed to make 21 cards!

I used the template from Karamiasu.

I used a map based paper and then some text paper as a secondary paper to add background and to stamp some images on it.

Lots of stamps from the Creative Stamping magazine sets and some random Paperartsy and Carrabelle ones too.

Happy crafting!

Catherine