Thursday, 17 May 2018

Book Insert for a Junk Journal

Hi everyone,

don't know about your part of the world but here in the UK it's a glorious Spring morning. Outside my window it's wall to wall sunshine, the garden's vibrant and the birds are in full song. It lifts the soul.....

I promised I would post details of the final project I made yesterday and here it is........

The focal image is a calligraphy piece 'borrowed' from the internet.
Printed onto coffee dyed and inked copier paper.

It's a little hand stitched,  10.5 x 7 cm booklet that I made as an insert for one of my junk journals. Be warned there are a lot of photographs in this post, so can I suggest a cup of your favourite brew whilst you work your way through the post. Personally I love lots of pictures but if that's not your thing you might want to give this post a miss.... hope you won't though.

Ok, It's made throughout using coffee (obviously my brew of choice) dyed copier paper and the cover is watercolour paper that I stained and oven dried. It came out like a piece of fine suede and was so gorgeous I decided to use it for the front cover. It is also strong too, being a heavier gsm than the copier paper.  The booklet has just the one signature, which I hand stitched to the cover using the three hole pamphlet stitch and crotchet thread. All the edges are inked with Distress Ink (vintage photo.... my 'go to ink' for journals).

This is the inside... as you can see book print from my well worn and much loved Brideshead Revisited book and another calligraphy quote. This time from Albert Einstein, "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts".  It's a tip-in flap, held in place with washi tape....

and underneath, a wee moth from Stampers Anonymous stamp set (Entomology) in vintage photo DI.

The next page has a fixed tag on the LHS and a journaling spot on the RHS with a small vellum pocket. The bee image is from another Stampers Anonymous stamps (tiny things). I love this little bee. We have a lot of bees in our garden; carpenter bees, miner bees and bumble bees to name a few and the sound of their buzz as they go about their busy day is wonderful on a Spring day like today.

The tags are made from 1905 indenture paper (some of the old title deeds to my house) with inked and stitched edges. They're decorated with a scrap of lace from my stash and tiny mother of pearl buttons, tied with a very fine hessian thread.  The images are from the Entomology and Tiny Things stamp sets.... I've used these throughout the booklet as they're ideal for smaller tags, pockets and booklets. 

Over the page. You'll recognise the image from my post yesterday. It's another image 'borrowed' from the Internet and resized. As you can see it's layered onto more dyed and inked copier paper. I've over stamped with a Stampotique stamp (602.862.0237) by France Papillon and added a tiny metal embellishment in the corner with a brad. The opposite page is a rough torn vellum page stamped with another moth and over stamped again with the Stampotique crazed stamp.

Over the page again is another book-page page, but this time I've used it to back a glassine bag to create a side pocket. The bug image is from the above Entomology stamp set. The lace edging the pocket is from my stash.... It's very fine and I really wish I could remember where I got it, as it's running low...groan!

This is the centre of the signature and you can see the side opening pocket on the LHS,  again edged on this side with more of that lovely lace trim. 

On the RHS there is a top pocket with a tiny tag, again made from the indenture paper,  and stitched, inked and stamped and trimmed with lace and a wee button.  My threads from the binding have been sealed with tiny hearts cut from the indenture paper... and yep, the ant is from the Entomology stamp set.

This is a quick look inside the tiny booklet that nestled in the LHS side pocket. Size wise it's 3.5 x 7cm and the cover is more of my lovely indenture paper (just love the script). Inside it's coffee dyed copier paper stamped with more bug and bee images and also the text stamp from the .... you've guessed it, the Entomology set. This little 6 page booklet is also hand stitched and the threads secured with tiny hearts again... I rather like doing this, if I leave the threads visible at the centre of my signatures.

This is over the page... very simple.  You have the reverse image on the vellum page on the LHS and on the RHS, some easy stamping  embellished with another tiny mother of pearl button. The address stamp is from an AALL & CREATE stamp set (#39)

The final pages: A journaling page on the LHS with one final tiny tag slotted into a vellum corner tuck spot.  On the RHS a book page full length tuck spot, stamped with the bee again.  Inside is another calligraphy tag.....

Here is a close up of the tag.... isn't the calligraphy gorgeous.  Again it's inked and stitched around the edges. The tag is backed with dyed copier paper.

This is the reverse of the tag showing the backing paper and stamping.  I love the random coffee staining which I did by spritzing coffee from a bottle rather than dunking the whole page. Definitely much quicker and less drying time in the oven. 

And this is the back cover......  stamped with numerals from the Stampers Anonymous (Ecetera) stamp set. As you can see a little bit of scorching from the rungs in my oven but I actually like it and think it adds a little character to the cover and using the vintage photo DI for my stamping blends in well.

Yea, you made it... I warned you that today's post was picture heavy  but I hope you liked it nevertheless.

As I mentioned  this is an insert for one of my ongoing junk journals.... I have several on the go, as I tend to hunt down bits and bobs for the inclusions, make tags as and when the mood takes me  and generally gather together my page layout ideas before I go into production. Actually in production at the moment is a Quercus (Oak) journal but in the planning stage I have a bee journal (no surprise there), an oriental journal, a bug journal and also a sewing journal... so plenty in the pipeline to keep my amused but on the down side I have no idea when I'll get these finished or round to posting about those....sorry.

Have a wonderful, wonderful day and happy crafting.

Carol. xx

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Pockets & Bit 'n' Bobs


I thought I'd share what I've been doing today..... 

Well for starters I've been creating some little pockets and tuck spots for my ongoing junk journals and to do this I've been altering glassine bags. 

I know it is really easy to make your own glassine bags/envelopes but the ones I worked on today were purchased from The Pumpkin Paper Co. Size wise they are 6.5cm x 9cm and portrait orientation i.e the opening flap is at the top rather than at the side. They're very robust and I find they take to being daubed with ink, stain, gesso and tea/coffee really well. However, when it comes to glue I tend to use a viscous one like Ranger Matt Medium or Golden Heavy Gel, so it doesn't warp the glassine too much.

Here are a couple of close up of my altered pieces......

I printed and resized a couple of images that I found on the Internet and then basically collaged and layered them with snippets of lace from my stash, adding threads, tissue paper, vellum, dryer sheets, charms, tiny tags and vintage mother of pearl buttons as the mood took me. 

With some I applied a layer of white gesso first, then when dry, stamped over the top using a the script stamp from a Stampers Anonymous stamp set (Entomology CMS328) using Distress Ink (vintage photo) to form a background. On others I stamped additional images over the top from another Stampers Anonymous stamp Set (tiny things CMS164)

I also added scraps of coffee stained paper and hessian to my layering. Mind you I have to admit that I really struggle with collaging and it doesn't come easily to me.

And finally here is my last pocket and the tag I made for inside, both using the same mushroom image......

In addition to the glassine bags I decided to alter a C6 size brown envelope. Firstly I covered the envelope with an old, yellowing book page from an ancient copy of Brideshead Revisited (great book) and then basically I went through the same process as for the glassine envelopes, collaging to my hearts content again. This time I used some Ranger washi tape (Butterflies or perhaps it's called Botanical, sorry not sure) and some ruler washi tape from my stash.

The verdict is still out for me on this envelope.... I think what is putting me off is the 15 dollar stamp in Versamark ink (black) on the vellum. It seems too prominent and in retrospect perhaps I should have gone for brown.  I worked on the envelope sealed but cut a slither off down the right-hand side to create the opening for the pocket..... If I decide to use the envelope I'll cut a semi circle into one layer on the RH side, so that it's easier to access as a pocket.

The other thing I made today was an origami box to hold wild flower seeds....

 It measures 3" x 2.5" and is held flat with a belly band which I decorated with snippets of Edith Holden paper, a heart made out of layers of old book paper, a lace daisy and a mother of pearl button. I used crotchet thread to sew through all the layers to secure them in place on the belly band. A couple of tiny tags were glued under the edge of the daisy with matt gel.

This is what it looks like when the belly band is slipped off and inside .....

......A tiny packet of wild flower seeds. I stitched two layers of thick vellum together using my sewing machine and secured the ends with tiny hearts cut from Prima Marketing cardstock (Archivist). The edges were inked wit Distress Ink (vintage photo). The planting instructions from the original seek packet was trimmed to size and used to line the bottom of the origami box.

On the reverse of the box is an image of wild flowers that I found on the Internet.  Because this box is relatively flat I'm going to use it as an insert for the botanical junk journal I'm currently making. It's so cute and I'm delighted at how it turned out..... I'll certainly be making more.

That wasn't the last of my labours today. I also made a small book which will be another insert into one of my junk journals. I'll be posting on that tomorrow and sharing some photographs, so I hope you'll join me.

Happy crafting....

Carol. xx

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Elements - Journal Page

Hi everyone,

this journal page materialised after some playtime in my craft room yesterday. I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I was going when I sat down at my desk... I just let it evolve. It wasn't until I photographed the completed page for the blogpost this morning that I even decided on the orientation... crazy but fun.

Here it is.... (hidden) Elements......

Unfortunately as I was just playing I didn't take any photographs along the way, but I can talk you through the process if you're interested: Firstly I used one of the pages thinned from my Moleskine art journal and with some Windsor & Newton watercolour paint (sap green) I created a wash in the centre of the page using an acrylic sheet.

Next, using a Crafters Workshop Stencil (mini specimens) and Sweet Poppy Dimensional Paste (pearlescent) I created some random dimension in two opposite corners. 

Then in all four corners of the page, using the Viva Las Vegastamp (scribbled circle) and Ranger Distress Oxide ink (peeled paint), I did some secondary stamping. Stamping-off first  onto a piece of scrap card and then onto my page, to get a more subtle, softer image.

A couple of lines of machine stitching went around the outside edges for interest. 

A roughly torn piece of vellum was inked with both Distress Ink and Distress Oxide Ink (peeled paint) and a piece of map paper from Tim Holtz's Correspondence 12 x 12 Designer Paper Pad received the same treatment. 

I layered the vellum, then the map paper, and finally a piece of bark brought home from a recent holiday in the Azores using Golden Heavy Gel (matt).

My title was computer generated onto a piece of scrap card, edged with Distress Ink (peeled paint) and glued in place with matt gel. 

To finish off my page I edged it with peeled paint, backed it with black card and added a tiny date tag secured in place with a small green brad.

A very simple and easy page.  I love the colour and can see the scribbled circle stamp being a new favourite. I've almost used up all of the gorgeous bark that I brought home from the Azores earlier this year, but not quite. It's not destined for any more tags or journal pages though, as I've earmarked it for embellishing a nature junk journal that's on my craft desk at the moment.....more of that in a couple of weeks.   

That's all for today. Hope you liked my journal page. Thank you for letting me share it with you.

Happy crafting

Carol. xx

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Grungy Floral - Tag

Happy Bank Holiday everyone,

just a very quick post today to show you what became of the test piece for the Botanical Merchandise tag that I blogged about yesterday. This was that tag........

and this is what became of the test piece......

Pretty much identical, certainly in terms of the background. The only difference is that I used Ranger Texture Paste (opaque crackle) and the whole background is riven with cracks and crevices and a lot more muted in colour. Other than that the making process was exactly the same as for my Botanical Merchandise tag. Check out my earlier post if you are interested in a walk through of how I put that tag together.

As I had a small piece of the Ranger Collage Paper(botanicals) left over I stayed with the botanical theme. I fussy cut the poppy  this time and glued it onto vellum using Ranger Multi Medium (mat). It was coloured using Distress Ink (vintage photo) and adhered to one side of the tag with Golden Heavy Gel (matt). 

To add a little more interest I layered a couple of Ranger Cogs to the centre and filled the centre of these with tiny seed beads which in turn were held in place with Glossy Accents. I also scattered some of the beads over Distress Crackle Paint (rock candy) which I touched randomly over the poppy petals.

The Glossy Accents wasn't quite dry in the photo and is showing opaque.
It is clear when dry and will show the trapped seed beads. 

I used various pieces of Ranger Ephemera (botanicals) around the poppy together with an old train ticket from my stash, a Ranger Mini Plaquette,  a Ranger Tag Label (without the metal casement) and Ranger Film Strip Ribbon.

You can see the lovely cracks and crackles from
the texture paste I used on the background.

I also used another couple of pieces of ephemera from my stash, to one side and again at the top of the tag. Various Ranger Cogs & Gears and Prima Mechanicals (mini hardware) were attached too.

I used an old jewellery box handle instead of a ribbon at the top, but coloured it first using a Sharpie (black). The jump-ring on my tiny date tag fitted snugly between the screw and the font piece of the handle so it's held firmly in place.

I've had a couple of acetate tabs in my stash for an age now and decided to use one to lap over the piece of ephemera I used on the top of the tag. I held it in place with a touch of Glossy Accents and  a couple or three mini staples for interest. I don't have a Ranger tiny attacher but I do have a tiny chicken (!) 

Isn't she cute and she does a perfect job.
Thanks so much for popping by. Enjoy your Bank Holiday and .....

Happy crafting

Carol.  xx 

Friday, 4 May 2018

Botanical Merchandise - Tag


France Papillon is doing a thuuung on her blog: A ALAD/ASAW challenge which simply equates to a layer a day/ a spread a week (Challenge link)  

When France proposed the challenge at the start of the year, I didn't think it would work for me. Being an impatient finisher completer I like to get stuck into my projects and revel in them until they are complete. But having said that, it is actually working very well and gives me the chance to play along side concentrating  on other priority projects, like my nieces wedding stationery! The only draw back is that I seem to have several 'play projects' on the go at once these days!

Never mind, it is giving me infinite pleasure. I walk through my craft room to get to my utility room and in doing so, I walk past my play projects sitting on the desk and that in turn gets me pondering on the next step in their creative process. Mind you , I have to admit that I do sometimes get distracted and find that loading or unloading the washing machine has been delayed by the odd 30 mins or so.... Oops.  But, like most things, this challenge thing is a work in progress.

Sooooo todays tag is one of those play projects that has been ongoing for a few days.  I've called it Botanical Merchandise and here it is.

I started off with a Ranger size 8 Mixed Media tag (heavy stock).  and using Ranger Distress Stain (vintage photo) and Stampers Anonymous Mini Layering Stencil (set 33 - circles) I created random circles, using both the negative and positive of the stencil. Then I cut various pieces from the Tim Holtz Collage Paper (botanicals) and glued them to my tag using Ranger Multi Medium (matt).

Using Ranger Distress Oxide Ink (bundled sage) and the text stamp from the Stampers Anonymous Entomology stamp set (CMS328), I set too randomly stamping script across the tag.

Picking out the bird and the bee stamps from the Stampers Anonymous Tiny Things stamp set (CMS164) I stamped these in Archival Ink (potting soil).

To fill in some of the blank spaces and to accentuate the circles already on the tag, I went back to the circles mini layering stencil and blended a Ranger Distress Crayon (hickory smoke) through the stencil using my finger. 

To frame the tag I used a mix of Distress Ink (vintage photo, ground expresso) around the edges. 

I also added an ephemera label to one side and sewed all round the edges with my sewing machine.

Then I went a bit mad with 'hardware'. Firstly I grunge up a Ranger Numeral (the number 2) with a Sharpie (brown, black),  Ranger Distress Crackle Paint (rock candy) and Ranger Multi Medium (matt) which I secured with brads over a strip of Ranger Film Strip Ribbon, also secured with brads but this time the Prima Mechanicals (mini hardware). I put another two of these brads into each bottom corner and a smaller sniper of the film strip above the ephemera label.

I chose a wee small bird image for the centre of my circular Ranger File Tab, ageing it with Distress Ink (vintage photo) before adhering the resin self adhesive cover in place. A small silver charm from my stash was similarly coloured and adhered on top with Glossy Accents

The letter N was my choice for my Ranger Type Charm which I glued to a garment tag and looped through a jump-ring along with a little silver leaf charm from my stash and my usual date tag. I attached the jump-ring through my ribbon at the top of the tag. I took the easy option and chose complimentary ribbon from my stash.... et voila. 

This tag will sit out in my craft room until the end of the month along with my other makes for the month. The jury is still out on  the numeral though. I'm comfortable that it ties in with the overall theme of the tag BUT it feels a wee bit too grungy for me... it looks like something I've rescued from the fire! 

Thanks so much for taking time to read my post. I really do appreciate it and if you'd like to leave a comment (positive criticism is always welcome) I'd be pleased to hear from you.

Happy crafting

Carol. xx