Unicorn Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Kit

So in love with Calico Collage Unicorn Magic journal kit. So I’m sharing a journal I made, Unicorn Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Kit. This was a special request from Tracy that I met through Junk Journal Junkies.

Unicorn Junk Journal

The Unicorn Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Kit is my second Unicorn Junk Journal. I really do love this journal kit, the colors are so beautiful, the images are fabulous.

For this journal, I decided to use some pink copy paper for several of the pages. On the back side of these pages are lines I printed. Then I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists to add shimmer and texture via a stencil. The transfer from one page to the other from the stencil turned out so cool.

The new dies and old dies in my stash are getting a good workout with these junk journals. I’ve been able to dig through my scraps of paper and turn these into journal spots for the journals I’ve been making. It feels good to use up these bits of paper.

My friends may say I’m a hoarder, but I feel that it is justified when the items I save that might be trash to another are perfect for junk journals. If you have the space to save these items, why not?

This journal has already been shipped to its new home and Tracy sent me a message that she loves what I created in this Unicorn Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Kit.

Here is a video flip through of Unicorn Junk Journal Using Calico Collage Kit.

Want your own Unicorn Junk Journal? Feel free to contact me here, or on my Facebook page or even on the video at YouTube. I’ll be more than glad to create a junk journal for you.

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How to make a Summer Paradise Pocket Letter

Having joined a pocket letter group I have the opportunity to swap. So I thought I would share How to make a Summer Paradise Pocket Letter. Using Calico Collage Summer Paradise digital journal kit.

Summer Paradise Pocket Letter

Since the journal kit is designed to print as two pages for a 5 x 7 journal I decided to try and print the images as four 3.5 in. x 5 in. prints on a page. When I did this the individual pages were now small enough to fit on the front of an ATC (Artist Trading Card). These are then the perfect size for a pocket letter.

For the actual cards that went into the pocket letter, I cut several at 3.5 in. x 5 in. These pages I then folded in half and these became small booklets or cards.

Each of the images was cut to fit the papers and then I went around the edges with Tim Holtz Distressed Inks, Picked Raspberry.

Although the papers are beautiful by themselves I decided to add a few embellishments. I stamped a few sayings using Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven from the Stampendous Life Words Stamp Set. These were then punched with a circle punch and layered onto the cards.

Also added to the cards a few Prima Flowers in various colors. These were then topped with glitter glue so that they would sparkle.

Once I had the pages decorated I started adding goodies. I used charms from my stash to add a little goodie that could be removed. And if these are removed there is still a bow that can be left in its place or if it was completely removed the card still looked great.

Here is a video of making a Summer Paradise Pocket Letter.

It was fun digging through my stash of sequins and other goodies to add to the pockets. I didn’t realize how fun it would be to make a Summer Paradise Pocket Letter.

Summer Paradise Pocket Letter

Front of Pocket Letter

I’ve already selected images for other pocket letters I want to make as I found this to be super fun! And the Calico Collage Journal kits are perfect to have enough images to fill the 9 pockets with two images each.

Summer Paradise Pocket Letter

Back of Pocket Letter

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Two Sweet Elegance Junk Journals

I’m really on a roll when it comes to Junk Journals. Today I’m sharing Two Sweet Elegance Junk Journals that I made using Calico Collage Sweet Elegance Digital Journal Kit.Two Sweet Elegance Junk Journals

In my stash, I have a large supply of really nice heavy handmade watercolor paper that is cut to about 6.5 in. x 12 in. These are nice and heavy perfect for a small Junk Journal Cover. I cut the paper to be 6.25 in. x 10.5 inches and used one of the journal pages on this to be the outside cover.

Inside the journals, I used all kinds of scrapbook paper, left over paper, lined notebook paper, graph paper and more. Many of the pages were sprayed with various colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.

What has really been the most fun was using the scraps and leftover pieces from other projects as elements in these Two Sweet Elegance Junk Journals. Sometimes when I stamp something to test the image or just thought I was going to make a card or something, but there was something not right. So I put it into a file folder to deal with later. These have been perfect for journal cards inside the junk journals.

The journals have one signature of 10 sheets of paper for a total of 40 pages.

What may have been considered trash is now a treasure for junk journals. I’ve had some papers for almost 20 years that finally got used in a junk journal.

These papers are fun to die cut into various shapes. I’m getting my monies worth out of my Tim Holtz Vagabond and the dies I’ve picked up lately.

 

Now I look at dies differently. Can this be used as a journal spot? Could this be used as a tuck spot? I’m also looking at the scraps of paper differently. Is it large enough to make a mini card inside the junk journal?

I even saved the strips of coloring book page to be tuck spots on another page in this junk journal session.

What I really love about junk journals there is no wrong way to make these. Whatever you like and enjoy can be put into a junk journal.

Here is a video talking about the Two Sweet Elegance Junk Journals I made.

These Two Sweet Elegance Junk Journals were a lot of fun to make, and I’ll be making more of these.

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How to make a Canvas Covered Junk Journal

Have you been to Michaels and seen the Mixed Media Packs? I used one in a journal. How to make a Canvas Covered Junk Journal shows how I used this Mixed Media Pad and the canvas included.

How to make a Canvas Covered Junk Journal

A few days back I shared a shopping haul that included two of the Mixed Media Packs. There are so many wonderful papers and textures in these pads. Check out the video here.

How to make a Canvas Covered Junk Journal

For this junk journal, I truly decided to pull items from my stash. When I have scraps of paper from fished projects I save them in a storage pocket. So I pulled several of these pockets and dug through the papers. The items may not have been perfect for the original purpose and ended up in the storage pockets, but now they were perfect to add into a junk journal.

Save those pieces that you think are not perfect, you will be surprised how well these will work inside a junk journal.

The mixed media pack I used is called Frills and I found it at Michaels normally for $14.99 each. The papers are 12 in. x 12 in. cardstock. I decided that I also wanted lined papers for journaling. I used some linen papers from my stash, that I then ran through my printer and added lines. Since these papers were only 11 inches long and I wanted these to be 12 inches long I added scraps of paper and washi tape to the ends to extend the length.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists are such a great way to add color to the pages. I’m not one to use coffee or tea to stain the papers. The brighter colors appeal to me and Glimmer Mists are a great way to add these brighter colors to pages.

Have you ever looked at those daily flip desk calendars? The ones with beautiful images and sometimes a quote. Years ago I would get one to display on my desk at work. I saved several of those pages and these are great images to add to a junk journal.

The images from Calico Collage Flowers for my Lady Journal Tags are perfect for small journal spots. These images are ATC size measuring 2.5 in. x 3.5 in. I love the vintage images with the flowers. Mine were printed on cardstock so these make perfect journal spots.

There are three signatures with then sheets in each. That means there are 120 pages to enjoy in this journal. There are eight altered paper clips throughout the journal as well. The junk journal measures 6.75 in. x 7.75 in. with a two inch spine.

One of the tuck spots was something I learned from YouTuber PinkOddBird. She showed how to make some really cool envelope, tuck spots and I loved how those turned out so I added a few to this junk journal.

Making this journal took a while, well over 5 hours, closer to 6. I filmed at least 2 hours and condensed it down to 1 hour. Enjoy the video on How to make a Canvas Covered Junk Journal.

A close-up of the Canvas Covered Junk Journal cover.

How to make a Canvas Covered Junk Journal

If you only want to see a flip through of the journal I made another video just showing the goodies inside.

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Haul Hobby Lobby & Michael’s April 2017

I went shopping, I know I really shouldn’t have but I wanted to pick up some new papers. Today I’ll share the Haul Hobby Lobby & Michael’s April 2017. What did I get? Some cool papers packages, dies and a set of stamps.

Haul Hobby Lobby & Michael's April 2017

It seems these stores know that the coupons and sales will bring me to them and I’ll spend money. I try to stay away as long as possible! LOL

Here is a video I created telling all about the items I picked up for the Haul Hobby Lobby & Michael’s April 2017.

Of course, I don’t need any more paper in my studio. But When I was out shopping I just couldn’t pass up the great deals on the pretty paper packages.

Since I’ve been making junk journals I really like to have a variety of papers throughout the journal. All four of the paper packs that I picked up have awesome images that can be used in junk journals or I can make greeting cards. So many options.

The dies I picked up will be great for cards and mixed media. I really like the Globe die, I think it will be a lot of fun to use in junk journals and on cards as well.

The stamp set was a last moment item. I happened to see that there was a sale on the stamps and decided to take a quick look. The sayings in this set are perfect to add to cards or even journal pages.

Now that I have more goodies added to my stash, it is time to get busy and make something awesome!

Haul Hobby Lobby & Michael's April 2017

Have you been out shopping lately? What was your find that you are happy to have? Feel free to share what you picked up, who knows, maybe I’ll just need to get it too!

 

Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017

I got a package from Brutus Monroe so I’m sharing the Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017 with you today. So many wonderful goodies came in my box this time. Stamps, Embossing Powder, Stamp cleaner and more.

See the video of the Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017

Want to know where you can get all of these wonderful items? Head over to the Brutus Monroe Store. Some of the items won’t be there until the release week of April 17- the stamps. The rest of the items are already in the shop now.

Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017

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Haul / Brutus Monroe Unboxing April 2017

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

On Saturday, April 2nd, I got the opportunity to go to the 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas. I’m so glad I got to go, and now I want to share a little bit of what I got while at the show.

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

Here is a video about the 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas:

Seeing the Rinea booth filled with lots of people was so wonderful! I was overjoyed to see the make and take table filled. The owners said that it was a good show for them.

It was a pleasure to visit with Rita Barakat who was doing a demo at Craft Fancy. While talking with her I learned more about the TCW colored gesso and Clear Modeling paste. Of course, I had to buy some of the Clear Modeling paste. I also found a very cool die by Memory Box – Large Ringlets. This is a die I’ve been looking forward to finding, so glad I did at this show!

While walking around the show I happened to see a very nice display of 7gypsies Architextures. When I did I walked into the booth and said, High Five for having a display of Architextures. They gave me a strange look but did follow through with the high five, that would have been awkward if they didn’t huh?

What booth was it that I found all the Architextures? The only booth at 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas? The Crafty Scrapper was the booth and they had a great selection of Architextures to choose from. They also had a piece of my artwork! I was shocked and excited! I asked if it was okay if I took a photo and sent it out on Facebook as quick as I could!

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

It was very nice to visit with the owners of The Crafty Scrapper, I hope to be invited to teach a workshop soon. I do plan to make a road trip down to visit their store very soon.

Finding bargains is always awesome. When I found Scrap That! I was excited to find awesome prices on things I use in my projects. I picked up pop dots and foam tape at very low prices. Always good to save money.

Flossie Scrapper had a huge selection of steel dies from a few different vendors. Lawn Fawn was one that they carried and I was blessed to find Stiched Scalloped Borders. This will be a fun die for me to use in the future.

Since I’ve been a stamper for a very long time one of my favorite stamp companies is Rubbernecker. I have several of their stamps and I was thrilled that they have added dies to several of their stamps. So I found a die to match one of the floral stamps that I use a lot and I got a new border stamp that I think I’ll start using a lot.

While walking around I recognized a long time stamping friend Audrey that was working at the Local King Rubber Stamp booth. They had some really cool stamps and it was interesting to see how they were showing how to color the images. Check out their site where they have some tutorials.

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

An unusual product I saw was at the Epiphany Crafts. They were selling a punch and stickers to make your own embellishments.  I was interested, but when he cut an image out of thin paper and the edges were not clean I decided that I would do more research. Looks like they have been around for a while and lots of people are complaining that the punch doesn’t work well. So I’m glad I passed on this punch for the time being.

A fun booth I found was Craft Fantastic. There was a free make and take showing how to use their glue and glass domes to make jewelry. The lady giving the demo was fun and made the process enjoyable.

The last booth I visited was Tessler Crafts. This booth had some great stamps and dies to choose from. The gal giving demos showed how the dies could be used to cut aluminum cans I was sold on buying a beautiful butterfly die. This is a die I’m looking forward to using very soon.

Overall, I had a great time at the show, I’m very glad that I got to attend. I’m thankful to my husband for driving and to Rinea for the tickets. Saving every bit of money is important when you live on a budget.

Here is a map of the Vendors that I visited at the 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas. The ones highlighted in yellow are ones that I visited with or made a purchase from.

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

Here is a vendor list for the 2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas.

2017 Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine Texas

If you ever get the chance to go to a show I encourage you to go! Being around like minded people is so much fun!

Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made

So yesterday was a busy day. I have a Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made. Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, Sunday, May 14, I thought I should get busy and make a few cards.

For these cards I decided to use some papers I had in my stash. You know the ones, those that got purchased for some reason or another. Or in my case there was a huge stack of papers given to me.

Thumbing through the papers I found a couple of scrapbook papers that I thought would be beautiful backgrounds.

Once the background papers were selected I think started looking through the other papers and bits. I have 12 in. x 12 in. scrapbook folders that hold scraps of paper. Having these folders helped in the making of all of these cards.

One of my friends came over to craft with me and she let me borrow a really pretty die set. I’m so glad that she came over. I’ve been using these dies like crazy. lol

Here are the Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made in this card making session.

The first card features Brutus Monroe – Bunny Kisses set. This was stamped with Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven. I also used embroidery floss to tie to the card. A little sparkle was added using Tulip Glitter Glue. The flowers are from Prima.

Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made

The first card I used the sketch from Paper Play Sketches #38

Current Sketch:

It was fun to have a challenge while making this card. It gave me ideas on how to use up small bits of paper I have had for a while now. I was also able to use a couple of embossing folders to get added texture to this card.
Since I got the card finished I do plan to enter it in the challenge. Who knows maybe someone will like seeing it and be inspired.
The other card designs I didn’t use a sketch I just decided to make what felt good to me. Another friend gave me a large stack of white paper doilies. So I’ve been trying to use these when possible.
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
Love the background paper from K&Co. I think this one turned out so pretty.
This butterfly card I thought was perfect for the Color Challenge at Paper Play Sketches and Color Challenges.

This week’s Color Challenge

Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
When I saw this butterfly paper I knew I had to use the butterfly die on the card too.
Here is the Plethora of Mother’s Day Cards Made all spread out on my table.
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made
 A closer look at all of the cards
Plethora of Mother's Day Cards Made

Interested in purchasing the finished cards I make? I offer many of my cards in my store. The cards a usually blank inside and come with a matching envelope. The cards I make are A2 size or 4.25 in. x 5.5 in. in size. If you are wanting a greeting on the inside feel free to email me to discuss details or to connect with me via my Facebook page.

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Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

Sharing the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 from a few members of the ATC Artist Trading Cards Facebook Group. This group is full of wonderful artists willing to share.

Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

I joined the group and posted a photo of St Patrick Ladies Artist Trading Cards (see the how-to video here.) Quickly I had a ton of notifications that many of the members wanted a card. It was exciting to chat with the members.

Once all of the address exchanges were made I packaged up the ATC’s and dropped them off in the mail. The video today shows three of the cards I’ve received so far.

It has been a long time since I’ve done ATC swaps. So much fun to get these in the mail. I love the creativity from each person I swapped with for these cards.

Each person has their own unique style and I love what they created.

If you love making Artist Trading card come on and join the ATC Artist Trading Cards Facebook Group. We would love to have you.

Video of my opening the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 mail.

Here are a few photos of the cards too.

First in the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 is from Tonya Browing. She used a beautiful Butterfly Sticker and text on a beautiful tag ATC.

Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

ATC on the left made by Tonya Browing

Second in the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 is from Lisa Hathorn. She used stamps to create the pants and phrase and made a beautiful mixed media background. Love the texture in this ATC.

Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

ATC on the right made by Lisa Hathorn

Last, in the Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017 is from Nikki P. Her ATC is hand drawn in pencil. I love what she created it is so pretty. I am always in awe of other peoples drawing skills. Great job on this one.

Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

ATC in the middle made by Nikki P

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Happy Mail I received. Do you join swaps? What kind of swaps do you like to join? Maybe I’ll see you in one of the Facebook Groups, say hi or that you joined because I told you about the group. 🙂

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Artist Trading Card One on One Swaps Feb 2017

Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

Hello everyone, I have a Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away for you today. The video below shows me opening up or revealing the purple Jewelry in Candles size 9 ring.

Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

It is a beautiful ring but alas it is too large for my finger. So if you would like a chance at winning this ring then watch the video and then leave a comment. That’s all you have to do! Easy huh?

Video for Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

When the winner is selected by a random drawing I’ll reply to your message asking you to email your address so I can mail the ring to you. So make sure that you keep up with your YouTube notifications and check the video often to see who the winner will be for the ring. Only one entry is needed. Feel free to share with your friends. I will be having other drawings so subscribe to my YouTube and follow my blog for more information.

Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

Feel free to share with your friends. I will be having other drawings so subscribe to my YouTube and follow my blog for more information.

In the meantime feel free to check out my Jewelry In Candles store. There are a lot of wonderful items offered. So many to choose from that there are awesome gifts for everyone.

Jewelry in Candles Purple Ring Reveal, Give Away

Interested in getting products for free? Contact me about having a show, this can be done in person if you live in the greater Oklahoma City area or it can be done online.

If you would like to be able to make a few extra dollars a month check out being a representative with JIC. You can contact me or you can go to the JIC store Click on Become a Rep. Then choose the sign up for $99.00 – or there may be a special that is even less.

The $99.00 kit comes with over $250 in retail items. So even if you have never tried JIC products you can get a wide selection all at one time. Easy huh?

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