Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal

Sharing an Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal featuring Canvas Corp Brands cardstock and Calico Collage Natures Glory digital images. Also used in this junk journal, acrylic paint, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Brutus Monroe Stamps and Ink, Washi tape, wallpaper samples, bits of lace and fabric, old computer punch cards, a coloring book page and more.

Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal

Standard Travelers Notebook measuring 8.25 in tall x 4.25 wide. Tied with a piece of lace seam binding and it can be removed from the journal if wanted. There are twelve sheets of paper for a total of 48 pages.

A video flip-through of Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal.

Recently I picked up a set of Orange papers from Canvas Corp Brands. I though these paired with the Natures Glory digital images from Calico Collage would go together nicely.

Once I had the pages cut to the size I wanted I used the leleftoverits to make journaling cards or tuck spots.

Ripping pages out of an old book is so much fun and even better is to turn these into new pages for a junk journal. I did this with two sets of pages in the journal. First I take two pages and add washi tape to attach and reinforce the center. Next I used some tissue paper, gesso and some Ranger sprays that I had in my stash. I used the same stencil on both of the sets so that there was some cohesiveness in the Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal.

While digging through my stash of items I found some really cool computer punch cards. These were given to me years ago and I hadn’t used but a few, These made perfect journaling cards for the journal. A few I painted, added bits of paper, wallpaper, and sewing. Of course they also have Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists added too.

Another item I found in my stash was popcorn bags. The old fashion paper type. I decided to paint the front with gesso and attach a floral napkin and a little more gesso on top.  These were then used as inserts in the journal. One I attached to a page so that there is the bag to add items into and the behind is a tuck spot.

Wallpaper samples are great go use as pages in junk journals too. For the Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal I decided to add a couple of wallpaper items. Die cutting the wallpaper for a corner tuck spot turned out pretty. I love the flowers on the wallpaper.

Several of the Calico Collage images were added into this junk journal with washi tape and some with sewing. Many of the images flip out so that journaling can be done on the back side.

There is even a Lavender Sachet included in this journal. It has real lavender flowers enclosed in paper and tulle. I love how it smells.

Holding this Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal in my hands makes me happy. I love the texture and colors on the pages. Sometimes when I look at what I created I think: “Did I make that?” I feel I have grown as an artist and have learned a lot.

Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal

My hope is that you are inspired by my Orange Natures Beauty Travelers Notebook Junk Journal and make one of your own. It is a lot of fun and there is no wrong way to make a junk journal. Use what you have and have fun.

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To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal

To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal using Calico Collage Digital Images Love Story, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Lace, Scraps of paper, paper napkins and sewing. There is a lot of yummy texture in this To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal.

To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal

Video flip through of To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal.

I wasn’t sure how big to make the To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal so I asked a few of my friends in Junk Journals Junkies 1 what their thoughts were. What I should have done as asked a day in advance but I was in the middle of making this journal and asked my question: How many signatures and pages should be in this junk journal? I asked one signature of 10 to 15 pages or Three signatures of 10 sheets each. At first, the one signature was winning out. But later the next day the Three signature book was ahead.

In this To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal I decided to make it with 12 sheets of paper that are folded in half. This makes 48 pages to work with in this junk journal. Measuring 5.25 in x 7.5 in. Lace around the edge of the cover and bits of lace throughout the journal as well.

There are so many things I want to add to a junk journal. It is really hard to get all the items in, without spending days or adding one hundred pages. LOL

For this To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal I decided to do a little mixed media. Taking two pages out of an old book – these came free of the book as an attached pair. I used washi tape down the Center to give more strength to the pages and then I proceeded to paint with gesso. Once the Gesso was dry I then adhered a napkin. The key is to remove the layers of the napkin and I used Acrylic Gel Medium to adhere. It’s okay if there are wrinkles. It adds to the texture. On top of the napkin I added more gesso. The edges have been aged with distressed inks and there is a little bit of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists as well.

When I cut down the page to fit into my desired size, I had scraps left over. This gave me an idea to make small pockets and to use on the top of tags for journal spots. My sewing machine came in handy for attaching the elements together and I love the texture and feel of romance it adds.

There is a fun pocket page that I added to this journal that one of my youtube fans introduced to me. She very kindly gave me a beautiful Junk Journal and it had one of this pocket pages inside. It took me a moment, but I figured out how it was made and decided to make my own with this beautiful glitter printed mulberry looking paper.

Love using Calico Collage images. These are so beautiful. And very easy to create a junk journal around.

To Have and To Hold Wedding Junk Journal

This would make a great wedding gift or a bridal shower gift so that the bride could record special memories leading up to her wedding.

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Fairy Forest Travelers Notebook Junk Journal

It’s a new style a Fairy Forest Travelers Notebook Junk Journal that I made today. This is a notebook that can be put inside a Travelers Notebook cover or it can be used just as it is, your choice. I have tested the size and it fits inside the Jane Davenport travelers notebook cover.

Fairy Forest Travelers Notebook Junk Journal

This journal has 9 sheets of various papers folded in half for a total of 36 pages. Several of the pages tip out or have pockets.

Flip Through Video of the Fairy Forest Travelers Notebook Junk Journal

Some of the things used in this Fairy Forest Travelers Notebook

Calico Collage Fairy Forest
Calico Collage Spring Elegance
Brutus Monroe stamps: Wildflowers, Botanical Banners, Conservatory of Quotes, Shine Bright
Brutus Monroe Detail Ink
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists various colors to match the paper.
Impression Obsession, Inc: Lottie Collage Stamp
Acrylic Paint
Washi tape
7Gypsies Tags from a Junk pack
Die cut butterflies
Eyelash yarn
Coloring book page
upcycled envelope
Napkin pasted onto old book page
Sewing
Tim Holtz Distressed Inks
Prima Flowers
Rhinestones
Dyed seam binding using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Various stamped images on scraps of paper
Walpaper sample

This journal has a mix of papers and techniques that I decided to try out.  There are so many yummy papers in this journal, I can’t pick out my favorite but I do love the sequin paper a lot and the coloring book page was a good one too.

I did use a lot of of stamps in this journal too. My thought was the quotes would be great things to inspire while writing in this Fairy Forest Travelers Notebook Junk Journal.

What was also a lot of fun was using things that are not normally book pages – Like the wallpaper sample. Years ago when I was a member of a local Stamp Club we made lots of envelopes out of wallpaper samples. Several of us went to wallpaper stores and asked for their old wallpaper sample books. Many of these stores gave these to us for free. So I have a ton of wallpaper in my stash and it feels good to use some of this.

If you have followed me at all then you know how much I love Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. Almost every page has some sprayed on the paper. The shimmer on the pages makes me happy.

Making this Fairy Forest Travelers Notebook Junk Journal is a great way for me to try new things and play with things in my stash. I hope you are inspired by my post today and get things out that you may not have played with in a while and create something. Have fun doing so.

Fairy Forest Travelers Notebook Junk Journal

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Natures Glory Prayer Journal

Received a request to make a Natures Glory Prayer Journal. She sent a message and asked that I include a few things and use the Natures Glory digital download from Calico Collage.

Here is what I created based on her specifications.

Natures Glory Prayer Journal

She asked that it be about 15 sheets of paper folded in half to make one signature. I used 16 and that will make a book of 64 pages. The size of the journal is about 5.5 in. x 7.5 in.

The cover is cardstock with the Calico Image sewn on the cover. Inside the cover, I sewed pockets from pages out of old books.

Video flip through of the Natures Glory Prayer Journal.

For the tie on this book is lace seam binding that was white with gold flowers in the center. I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists to change the color to gold. And then these ties were sewed on the cover and I glued small punched butterflies on top of the stitches.

All of the pages in this Natures Glory Prayer Journal have been sprayed with different colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists. I just love how it adds color to the pages and then these have a vintage feel without the yellowed pages.

I’ve recently purchased 6 stamp sets of Christian inspirational sayings or words. These are the stamps that I used throughout the journal. Using Brutus Monroe Detail Ink – Raven to stamp the images makes sure that these won’t fade.

The handmade journal cards are all scraps of paper from other projects that I stamped and used Tim Holtz Distressed inks to add color. I love using up these bits of paper from my stash. I’m slowly making a dent in those pockets of papers.

Other journal cards were from Calico Collage – Bible Verses domino size images. I cropped the images and then used my software to make these larger. I love adding these into the journals I make.

She had commented that she loved one of the little girl images in this journal. I decided to crop the image from the journal page and make this into journal cards.

Another request was for me to use glitter washi tape in this journal.

I enjoyed making this Natures Glory Prayer Journal for her. I hope she will enjoy using it every day.

Natures Glory Prayer Journal

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Gypsy Soul Junk Journal

Finished a new junk journal. Gypsy Soul Junk Journal made using Calico Collage Gypsy Soul digital images, Lots of lace, Velvet fabric for the cover, Stamping throughout and more.

Gypsy Soul Junk Journal

This Gypsy Soul Junk Journal measures 6.5 in. x 9.5 in. with a 1.25 in. spine. There are three signatures with 8 pages in each for a grand total of 96 pages. The sheets are 8.5 x 11 inch folded in half.

Here is a video flip through of the Gypsy Soul Junk Journal.

For the pages I used the sheets I line my Tattered Angels Spray box. So there is lots of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists on all of the pages.

The lined pages are a linen paper that I printed lines on each side. I like having lines to write in my journals.

Lots of washi tape used on several elements in this Gypsy Soul Junk Journal.

I even sewed lace on several of the journal cards. Then added distressed Inks to add more color. You will find that I like bright colors in my junk journals. I’m not one for the old paper look. I want color.

Lots of sewn elements in this journal. The most I’ve done so far in a junk journal. I like using the pages out of an old book to add pockets, tuck spots etc. It is fun to figure out new ways to make a cool tuck spot in these junk journals.

When I work on a junk journal I try to use as many scraps of paper from my stash. For example, the journal cards throughout this journal are all from scraps. Some may not have made it for the final cut in the original project so these went into my scrap bin.

Many people made fun of me for keeping all of these scraps, I even sort these by color. But now I’m able to use these up in Junk Journals. The funkier the piece the better.

Recently a friend gave me a box of fabric. I decided to dig through it and see what I found. I didn’t get far into the box and I found a beautiful piece of velvet. This is perfect for the cover. Don’t you just love the feel of velvet?

Making these junk journals gives me so much joy. I love to flip through and look at all the elements. I hope that you enjoy seeing what I create too.

Gypsy Soul Junk Journal

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Emerald City Quilt Show Entry July 2015

Today I want to share Emerald City Quilt Show Entry July 2015.

I entered my first ever quilt show with the COQG. I became a member in 2014 because I’ve fell in love with quilting and my wonderful neighbor invited me to a guild meeting.

This group of mostly ladies are so eager to share their quilting knowledge. They were also very encouraging to get me to enter into the quilt show!

Trying to decide on a project was fun and challenge at the same time. The president had posted a challenge to make quilts using 2.5 inch strips. Having just finished a quilt for my mother in law for Christmas I knew that I had plenty of scraps. That is what helped me make the decision on what fabric to use for this quilt project.

There wasn’t a pattern to follow. For this project I made it up as I went along. Math isn’t my strongest asset, but since I was using 2.5 inch strips this became easy. Starting with a 2.5 inch square I went around that square with different colors of green strips until I had a square. Then I cut three different prints of white into 2.5 inch strips. Sewing three strips together I then cut those into squares that were the same size as the green squares. Playing with the placement of the squares on a design board I made for hours I finally had a design.

Emerald City Quilt Show Entry July 2015

Once I had the blocks sewn together the hard part was trying to decide how will I quilt this thing? Finally I decided that I would go around the green blocks with green thread and make quarter inch quilting straight line quilting. When the green was done I then did the same in the white areas with white thread. The last things to do were to put on a hanging sleeve, binding and a label.

Emerald City Quilt Show Entry July 2015

 

Thankful for Rocky at Threads of Tradition for teaching me how to attach my binding, as I feel that is one of my best assets in quilting making.

Tell me your thoughts on Emerald City Quilt Show Entry July 2015.

Emerald City Quilt Show Entry July 2015

Monthly Quilt Block Bird inside Heart

Since joining the COQG I’ve been asked to do the Monthly Quilt Block Bird inside Heart. Well this one I could do as it was fun to me!

The challenge is this, use the included fabric to make the quilt block. The fabric is a wood grain print on white fabric. The pattern was a heart, bird and a flower to applique, draw, piece whatever we wanted to do on the quilt block.

For this project I decided to cut the little bird out of the white fabric. Then looking through my stash of fabric I found a pretty batik and cut out the heart and a flower along with the wing for the bird. Next I found a piece of blue fabric to make the block.

Interfacing was used to adhere heart the bird. I used a technique I saw online where the the wrong side and the right side were sewn together and flipped. Then this allowed for a finished edge and the glue of the interfacing held the item in place for sewing.

Trying to decide on how to sew around the items was the next step. My wonderful husband allowed me to get a new sewing machine a few months back. It was time to learn what stitches it could do for this project. Playing on a piece of scrap fabric I tried all kinds of stitches and finally decided on what I think is called a blanket stitch.

The heart and the bird were sewn down. Time to free motion the feathers, feet and the word love. I lightly drew each item on the heart. Then positioned my sewing machine and started sewing.

When I got to the quilt guild meeting I took my block up to the table and sat down. My name was put into a drawing. When we bring a finished block to the meeting everyone gets a chance to win all of the blocks. I got lucky! I won the two blocks that were at the meeting that night! lol Now I have to make more blocks so I can make a small quilt.

I think this Monthly Quilt Block Bird inside Heart is a cute idea and I’ll make more of these. Would you like the pattern? I’ll be glad to share it with you.

Monthly Quilt Block Bird inside Heart

How to Strip and Remain a Lady

While the men in our lives would love to see a “strip show” that isn’t what this article is about. Instead, It’s about How to Strip quilt. I’ve made a few and here is my experience.

I’m sharing my experience with Strip quilting.

A couple of months ago I went to Threads of Tradition in Yukon, OK to purchase some fabric and while I was there.3 yard Pattern QuiltRocky one of the wonderful ladies that works there asked me if I picked up the pattern for the 3 yard quilt. I had not, so Rocky and then Ann started showing me examples and explaining the very simple instructions. I did a quick search on the internet and the original pattern was from Wood Valley Designs. Rocky and Ann made a photocopy of the pattern they had and I went home to sew…

How to Strip pattern tells you to buy 1 yard of each fabric. I started to do the math and decided that I really didn’t need a full yard of each fabric and began pulling fabric from my stash to make the first quilt. The fabrics I wanted to use were pieces that were left over from other projects or fabrics that I bought because they were a remnant or on sale. I quickly realized that I didn’t have enough of one of the fabrics, but I really liked the combination I had come up with so I did some more digging in my stash and found a piece of black fabric that I could cut into eight 1 1/4 inch strips. I was in business. The light pink flower fabric I cut into 2-inch strips. The other two fabrics I had enough to cut the correct size.

Once I had all of the fabrics cut I laid them out in the order to be sewn on my cutting table and took my time sewing each strip together since I had altered the pattern a little. I didn’t want to mess this up!

It didn’t take me very long to finish the top of this quilt! I was so excited that I started pulling fabric making piles of three so I could make more. Now I have made a dozen quilt tops! These are going to be most of the Christmas presents I give out this year. I like the size of this lap quilt. It is perfect for taking on a car trip, to sit on the sofa and cuddle with your pet or even at the office to lay on your lap. I’ve gotten lots of compliments on my little quilts. I hope you enjoy stripping too. Just be careful when you tell your husband or friends, hey I’m going stripping… They may not understand…

My hope is that you enjoyed this blog about How to Strip. Please feel free to share with your friends. And do come back and visit again.

Linda Israel, DTM
Artist, and New Quilter

Quilting – A Butterfly Block

I have started quilting because of a couple of friends. I was invited to a group that meets on a Saturday and many of the ladies that meet quilt. Because of this group I have now been bitten by the quilting bug. I  made a quilt top Quilting - A Butterfly Blockmany years ago that a dear friend helped me finish by adding the boarders and the backing then finishing by quilting. But other than that I hadn’t really been serious about quilting well until now…

In June my neighbor invited me to attend a quilt guild http://centralokquilters.org/ meeting and I was so impressed by all that was shared. The ladies and a few men were so willing to share freely their knowledge. The guest speaker for the meeting was Pat Speth the Author of Nickle Quilts published in 2001. Her talk inspired me to go home and cut some fabric into 5 inch squares and sew those into a small quilt. (I’ll share that in another post) I had fun and was able to see the results of my efforts quickly. I have purchased two of her books and I’m really enjoying her instructions. I’m learning so much.

I decided that I would attend the July meeting of the quilt guild and in fact I became a new member. While I was there I learned about a project that is done every month called block lotto. Each person purchases a kit that has a piece of fabric that is around 11 to 12 inches in size and a pattern. The instructions tell you a basic idea of how to create a block that the finished size needs to be 12 inches unfinished 12 1/2 inches. A quarter of the fabric must be used on the block in a very recognizable way but really you can make the block anyway you like. If you want to piece the block, applique  or even paint the block and then add the fabric piece by sewing it into the block or applique you may do so. Once you have the block or blocks made the blocks are brought back to the next meeting where you turn them in and in return you get a chance to win at least 12 blocks of the same design all made by different people. I purchased this month’s Butterfly Block because I liked the way the block looked.  I thought why not try my hand at quilting a butterfly block, surely I can do this.

Quilting - A Butterfly BlockI decided to use some scrap fabric to figure out how to make the block so that I didn’t use up the piece of fabric that came in the kit. I had no idea that I would be cutting so many 2 inch squares just to make a 12 inch square block! And really it isn’t complete yet! There are 43 two inch squares and 6 three inch squares that needed to be cut for this project. It became harder than I thought to find a piece of scrap fabric to have enough to cut all the squares I needed. But I finally was able to get the pieces cut and started to lay out the pattern for sewing this afternoon. It took me a little over an hour of fretting but I got the block made!

What I learned from this project. Take your time to make sure that each set of blocks are lined up and that you do sew a true 1/4 inch seam. If you are off just a fraction the blocks won’t line up and the end product won’t look right. When you take the time to sew out the blocks the right way you will end up with a super cute block. I will try making it again and see how well I do a second time.

I’ll see if I can find the pattern online and add a link here… But I think you get the basic idea just by looking at my block, isn’t it cute? Thanks for reading.

Coasters Gone to the Dogs

Today sharing coasters gone to the dogs.. lol.. Well I really just created these cute coasters with a silhouette of a Scotty dog and thought I would share with every one.

Looking through my stash, I found a Scotty dog silhouette pattern and re-sized the image to fit onto my 6 by 6 block and used Heat n Bond to attach to the foundation fabric.

Cut a 6 by 6 piece of fabric and 100% cotton batting to make up a sandwich of fabric to sew together. Using a 1/4 seam allowance I left a gap and turned the right sides out, pressed the fabric and then sewed around the edge. Once I had the edge sewn I used my sewing machine to stitch a zig zag around the dog image.

Knowing that the coasters would last longer if the fabric was protected I used Scotch Guard on the front and back of each. Finished size is about 5 1/2 inches square. I made sets of four of Blue and White and Red and Blue.

I think these turned out pretty cute. I’m trying to decide if I should offer these for sale online at Etsy or take to Loving Touch Marketplace in Yukon..  Maybe some of my friends can give me some feedback and suggest what I should do with these cute little doggies…  For now I’ll try to keep them away from my four legged creatures, as they would love to have a new chew toy…

Sew, a day gone to the dogs, isn’t necessarily a bad thing… I hope you are having a great day and can find some way to make someone else smile…