For a while now, I had wanted to make a recipe book out of envelopes, and I don’t even like to cook! But I had seen something like this and thought to give it a go. In the end I made 4, one for me and three to give away. The orange is for me and is the prototype, I did have to make some adjustments. The video shows the making of the blue one.
It is a too long of a process to explain everything here, so I invite you to watch the videos.
Did you know you can dye paper, and for that matter fabric with acrylic paint? I do it all the time.
I forgot to take pictures, so I took a few screen shots.
First I add a bit of acrylic paint to a bit of water so the paint and water get mixed real well, like making a paste. Add a bit more water so it is more fluid.
Sometimes I will add a bit of shimmer by mixing in a bit of metallic paint. The metallic paint I have here is from The Home Depot, a good deal for the amount of paint you get.
I then pour this in a baking pan, I don’t bake anyway, 😀. Add water till you get the shade you want, if it is too light, add more paint and if it is too dark you just add a bit more water. Stir this till it is all mixed together.
I add regular copy paper to the dye bath, leaving it in just long enough for it to pick up the paint. On a side note, adding acrylic paint to paper makes the paper stiffer/thicker, acrylic paint is in the end just a plastic.
Todays project is making this card that I mailed out to family and friends around Christmas time of 2020. Click on the pictures to get a better look.
First I dye cardstock with acrylic paint, I pre-mix the paint in a small container, the three blues you see here, plus a bit of champagne coloured metallic paint, then I add a bit of water to dissolve the paint before I pour this in my baking pan which holds already 2 cups of water, stirring often so the paint get thoroughly mixed. I keep a paint brush nearby to agitate the paint during dyeing, the metallic paint wants to settle at the bottom and needs to keep moving. My drying board can hold 2 pieces of paper, so I submerge two sheets of cardstock at a time. At the start of the dyeing process I might still find the odd paint blob on the paper, but that can easily be removed. I found that one sheet at a time, submerge in the bath and removing it promptly gives a nice result. After the paper has dried I iron it with steam to flatten the paper and to get a bit of moisture back in the paper, I then place this under a heavy book to flatten more. There will always be a few wrinkles left, but I find that insignificant and life with it. I do like the unpredictability of the patterns in the dyed papers. The cardstock is then cut in half to make 2 cards, 5.5″ by 4.25″ when folded in half.
Next step is making the background, embossing a book page. I have tried a few different book pages, anywhere from old to new, and found the older book pages cracking the embossed pattern as those pages are brittle to begin with. I use a CuttleBug embossing machine to crank the embossing folder through. You can find lots of information on this machine online. I will then gently rub an inkpad over the embossed pattern, I use multiple coloured inkpads to get the look I want. I also use a scrap piece of paper to protect my work surface, so I won’t get ink all over it.
This method uses more ink than usual so I have a spray bottle handy with a solution of a bit of glycerine and the rest water to spray the inkpad when dry, this will reactivate the ink, you will need to let it sit for a while for the inkpad to soak up the glycerine solution.
I then cut the background to size in this case: 5″ by 3.75″ so it fit nicely on the card with just a bit of border showing.
I will then add a strip of something to the left side of the background, either fabric, paper or burlap which will be temporarily glued in place so I can sew around the edge. You can just glue it in place, I just like to use stitching in my project.
Adding an embellishment from my stash of clusters I made a while ago, I use Aleen’s tacky glue to adhere it to the background, I find this glue to be very good in gluing paper and fabric.
I have printed some sentiments onto heavy cardstock which I cut apart using a scalloped scissor. I have painted backgrounds for this using metallic acrylics on cardstock, this way I have a few different colour options to play with when adding the sentiments.
You can watch the video below to see me make this cards as wel as more information.
It was time to organize the two bins of lace and ribbons I had as I could never oversee what I have when I wanted something for a project.
I looked online for ideas but in the end settled on a solution that suited my space.
I use tissue boxes a lot as storage for cards and envelopes as well as pockets for future journals and more. So this is my choice for storing my laces. First I prepare the box, remove the plastic, cut in the top to each corner so the top can be folded in and glued for more stability. I then selected some light cardboard to wind the lace on. The next step is optional, if you don’t mind the look of cardboard. I pretty them up by gluing wrapping paper to both sides, I use a 60/40 glue/water ratio using Aleene’s tacky glue. Removing excess paper from all sides after it had dried.
Using an exacto knife I then remove 1/2″ by 3″ slots to accommodate the lace.
Next I wind every lace and ribbon onto the cards and secure them with quilting pins that are not likely to rust. I ended up with 4 boxes full of lace, ribbons and fabric strips and I can see what I have when I need some for a project. I’m very happy with this!!
A video of how I organized this can be seen below.
I’m in the process of making another journal and I’d like to include a few journaling cards, those are basically cards with a nice picture on the front and where you can write on the back. What we need:
1 – thin chipboard from a cracker box, junk mail or heavy card stock as the base. 2 – old book pages that are discoloured, you can always pour coffee on it to make it look old. 3 – tracing paper, as frosty as you can get, the one in the photo is from our local dollar store and works great as it is not too see through, but enough to do the trick.
4 – images, I get them from various magazines. 5 – small embellishments like a stamp, die cut, leaf or a postage stamp ect…
I cut the chipboard to the size of the image and glue this to my book page. Then I apply the tracing paper and give it a good burnish with my brayer.
Trim the book page and tracing paper and glue the image to the other side.
Select one of the embellishment and glue this in a bottom corner.
Last I would add lines to the back side of the journaling card.
A video of the making of this journaling card can be seen below:
I have dried some flowers and leaves this last fall and decided to add it to a journal page.
I store the dried leaves and flowers between a folded piece of wax paper, insert in a ziplocked bag and place this between pages of a book to store them out of the air and flat.
I use some sort of light but sturdy plastic I had saved from a package of stickers. After measuring the leaf I cut two layers a bit larger than the leaf. I then measure it so I can cut a hole in my page.
I select the two pages I want to use for this, glue close to the spine/fold of one of the pages to put them together so they won’t shift when I cut the hole for the leaf.
Once the hole is cut I carefully slide the plastic containing the leaf between the two pages until it is positioned where I want it.
I bring this to the sewing machine and sew very close to the edge of the paper to secure the leaf. I glue the rest of the page closed.
If you are interested, please watch the YouTube video how I go about making this.
A three pocket unit I made from one long strip of paper using book pages. First I cut 3 book pages to 3″ wide and cut the empty space off the bottom.
Next I’ll glue the bottom of the first strip to the top of the second strip overlapping so the text block meets. Repeat with the third strip. Fold about 1/2″ from the bottom of the page over to the back, this will be the top of the unit. I like to have the script upside down. If you prefer to have the script right side up, cut the empty space off the top and fold over 1/2″.
I’ll fold accordion like, starting at 4 1/2″, see photo on the right.
Fold the strip up and crease. Now fold the strip down but leave about 1 1/2″ from the top to form the first pocket and crease.
Fold the strip back up about 1/4 inch below the bottom fold and crease. Again fold the strip about 1 1/2″ down from the first pocket to create the second pocket and crease.
Bring the strip down and up to make the last pocket, make that fold 1/4″ below the bottom of the second pocket which is 5″ from the top and crease, bring the strip up about 1 1/2″ and fold back down.
Trim the strip at the bottom of the unit, although I didn’t do that in the video. Next add some trim to the top of each pocket and glue in place.
Last I sew around the perimeter of the unit, I will have placed a quarter folded piece of paper in each pocket to make access to the pocket easier.
If you are interested, please watch the YouTube video of the making of this pocket unit.
When people ask what my interest is, I often reply by saying: well, among other things, quilting, sewing and making junk journals. Then there is a bit of silence before they ask the question: what is that, a junk journal? I always had a hard time explaining what it is, so I made this little journal to fit in my purse, so I can show them what a junk journal actually is. Next you will see most of the pages that I included in this mostly for show journal.
Pockets along the bottom with a tag made from scrap strips that are woven together to make a new tag or bookmark. I usually include a calendar page.
A Tim Hortons bag is used as a pocket, in it I had collaged a doily with a paper napkin to be made into a pocket as well. On the side you can see the penholder which is paperclipped to the page.
I also like to sew a piece of torn fabric along the edge of some of the pages. And an old bias binding wrapper made into a small booklet.
This coffee dyed paper turned out really neat with the gridded pattern, it was laid to dry on on of those mats we stand on when there is a hard surface like the basement. I also include a piece of a map which goes in the centre.
On the right you see one of the many different pockets one can make from book pages.
The blue paper is the first digital collage I did, I hope to do more. I added a coin envelope in the back pocket.
If you are interested, please watch the YouTube video of the flip through of this journal.
I saw this cute little embellishment on someones craft table and had to make some myself. They are simple to make, but you need a scalloped hole punch. I find I use this punch the most in my crafts.
You also need some yarn or embroidery floss or the like. Some cardstock, glue, scotch tape and scissors.
You need two punched circles, one pretty one, it’s best to not use a multi coloured paper, stick to one colour or monochromatic coloured paper, as in, variations of one colour.
The second one is used to back the pretty one to make it sturdy. Glue the two together.
Tape the end of the embroidery floss to the back of the circle with scotch tape. Start wrapping the yarn around the circle, always the same amount of scallops apart.
When you have come back to the beginning, tape the end also to the back of the circle and you’re done!!
I made another journal insert to go with my travelers notebook.
I’ts made with mixed media paper as I hope to do some mixed media pages at some point.
I sewed 2 signatures, each 10 pages, to the inside cover, I then glued the outside and inside covers together using double sided tape and a glue stick.
I’m way behind with my posts, so I hope to catch up today.
The next two videos cover the making of the cover of the notebook insert I’m making to go in the Travelers Notebook.
I’m selecting cardstock material for the cover, that can be anything sturdy, like designer paper, wall paper, giftbag or the like.
I’m choosing a Gelli print on sturdy paper and a coffee dyed piece of cardstock for the cover.
You want two pieces, one pretty one for the outside, and the coffee dyed one will hold the pages.
I’m going to use cheesecloth stamp to mute the red colour of my paper, and I did a bit of embossing with powder and heat tool.
I sewed the pages to the cardstock which is the inside cover, I then sewed the two covers together, please watch the videos for all the details.
Part 3 and 4 are all about the pockets. Selecting paper for the pockets, what works and what doesn’t.
Initially I had thought that cardstock like material would be a good paper to make pockets out of, nice and sturdy, right? Sure it is, but it is much thicker than regular paper, even when that paper is doubled up for strength, it is still a better choice than the cardstock.
So I went with papers from my collection. I used a folded in half book page for the pockets on both sides of the first page in the journal.
A while ago I thought it was neat to dye papers and crumple them up when wet, unfolding and then letting them dry. Yes they give a nice texture, but completely useless as journal material as you can hardly write on it. So I cut some 2″ strips for the pockets. I folded a 1/2″ over along the top edge to give it a sturdy feel.
As I am going to sew the pockets to the pages, I also sewed a decorative zig-zag along that edge to keep the edge folded and for decoration as well.
I also love making these double pockets, handy for smaller things. I used gelli prints for this, (maybe I’ll tackle that in a future video?) because they are nice, and with the added paint to the paper makes them a bit thicker as well.
Of course I had to add a Tim Hortons paper bag to the journal. I added a piece of paper to both sides of the opening as it was a bit flimsy, and the bottom of the bag was cut so I have another pocket on the other side of the bag as well.
The calendar page got a small pocket in the corner as I didn’t want to use up a lot of the image. This pocket is just a square piece of book page that I folded on the diagonal.
You can watch the video how I go about it here or on You Tube.
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