” Prompt 1 – Altered Composition Notebook JJ”

Hello, my crafty friends, Just popping in today with a quick post for the Altered composition Notebook JJ Challenge.

Prompt 1 –  Using fibres to create a bookmark and to Journal about 3 Holiday/Xmas/New Year memories, that mean the most to me.

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Linda shows you on her Youtube video   “HERE”  how to make the tassel and the tag. You just go about it the way you want to. Everything I am using for this journal is out of my craft stash!!! This is the first tassel I have made, so not too bad! The tag was fun to do with a bit of mixed media collage and layers.

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This is the page that I added the journaling to. It was just white cardstock and I added a bit of ink and doodling.  I journaled about spending precious time with my boys and them being home with me for Xmas day. We chatted about different things we remembered about Xmas with mum and dad as we miss them very much. Nothing is the same…… I also wrote about the time my sister and I spent together a few days before Xmas. We finished our Xmas shopping had some yummy food, laughs and talked non-stop. I also saw my niece and nephews who are very precious also…… I have never been a journaler as I love telling stories with my photos, but I am finding this challenge very good for me and it gets me a bit out of my comfort zone.

This is a fun challenge and I am really learning from Linda, along the way. Hop on over and join in too, I would love to see your creations!

Prompt 2 will be up within the net day or so, stay tuned!!

Kerri x

 

 

“JJ Tutorial Part 3 – Making the Pages”

Are you ready for the next part of making your JJ? For this part, you will need to go through your stash and find any sort of paper you wish to add to your journal.  If you didn’t see the post about what you can use in your journal, it is “HERE”

The list is really endless…………………….

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Step 1 –   For this journal as it a blue Themed I have mainly kept to blue, cream and white where possible. To work out the size of your pages just measure the height of your journal and make the width about 6′ which is a 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper folded in half. I didn’t bother using my trimmer, I just used my magnetic mat and ruler and tore the paper at roughly 9.5″.  You can make them all sorts of sizes to give your journal interest.

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I have used a variety of paper and ‘junk in signatures to create my different journals.

I like to add packaging like gift bags cut up, vellum, lined paper, ledger and scrapbook papers, brown paper, watercolor paper, and paper bags, pattern papers, vellum, specialty papers, clear cello bags, and ATC holders, coffee dyed paper and doilies, magazine and book pages, brown paper and gift wrap.

Step 2 –  You just fold them all in half and collate them to what order pleases you.

I have decided to go with two signatures and they are a bit chunky. Remember you will be adding bits and bobs to your journal so it will expand. It’s up to you how many pages you want and how big.

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These are 5 signatures from another journal. You can see how they are separate from each other. This is done so the weight is spread evenly throughout and you don’t damage your spine or pages as they will get lots of use.

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Step 3 –   Now for the most important part which is the binding.

Now, it is time to bind your pages into your book, ready to use. There are quite a lot of different ways to do this, but the easiest I find is called theEasy Twine Method and requires no sewing or special tools. This is the video I used from YouTube “HERE”

I didn’t use twine this time,  but some of the lace that I had left which matches my closure. I just had enough to wrap it around twice as I only used the two signatures. I like using this as you can remove and add pages if you want to 🙂

We are going well with making your journal and only a couple of parts left to go. Stay tuned for how to make and use some embellishments to decorate and finish off your journal.

Enjoy

Kerri x

“Common Place Journal”

Hi friends,

I have been a bit absent this week as I am on leave and I spent a couple of days with my sister for her birthday. It was a great time shopping, talking, laughing, eating and generally just doing sister stuff!! Back to work tomorrow!

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Over the weekend it has been beautiful and I have been out in the garden, to do some much needed tidying up. So happy it’s now Spring here in Australia!!

As you know I like to make the odd journal or three and they have a specific purpose as art, collage, memory keeping, junking, etc 🙂 I am making my boys a journal each and more on that soon.

Commonplace books (or commonplaces) – are a way to compile knowledge, usually by writing information into books. … Such books are essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: recipes, quotes, letters, poems,  proverbs, etc.  These are also known as Thinker Journals and I am definitely that.

I thought I would like to make two, to have. One on my desk and one in my bag to use as inspiration strikes. A little journal just to add ‘me’ stuff like inspiration, quotes, arty things I try, etc.  I think we all need that one space to collate our thoughts and ideas. I have been doing this for quite a while but not realizing I was.  You can use anything you want to as a journal but I, of course, am making my own special one!!

Thinking about the size of the journal that I want and what I want to put in it, I decided on a 5×7 book and I took the pages out to use the cover.  I am mainly wanting plain and lined papers in this to write on.

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If you know me I like to puddle and this is no exception. I Gessoed the cover, as I want to add these gorgeous owl images that my sister gave me when we did a bit of a napkin swap 🙂 Napkins are so much fun to use and give a great look on any projects.

I am using my Tim Holtz glass media mat and it is non-stick but as I make a mess I always put baking paper under it. I usually need to move it so it makes cleaning up easier.

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I was going to leave it white but decided on a sage color underneath for a bit of contrast to the napkins. I just sponged some over it randomly!

 

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To prepare your napkins you need to make sure you take all the layers of the white tissue off the back. To get the tear in it where you want it, I used a wet brush and drew the tear line. It is much easier than tearing it the wrong way.

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It’s up to you where you start. You need a good brush to adhere to the mod podge and smooth it under and over the This glues and seals at the same time.

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I then randomly put more of the napkin here and there in a collage. I make sure I have some hanging over the edges. I then let it dry. It hardens as it drys and gives a nice aged effect. The wrinkling of the tissue doesn’t bother me.

 

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Here is the cover of my other journal I am making at the same time. It measures approx 7x 9.5. I used the same Napkin technique on this also.

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Once dry, I then turn it over and glue the napkin down inside the cover, making sure it is well stuck down. I add pattern paper to the inside, or as I did here a couple more of the images from the napkins. Allow this to dry also before you do anything else to it.

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To finish the journal off I cut some lined and plain copy paper to size and then just used some pretty lace to tie it in around the spine and bind it. This way if I want to add or take out pages I can.

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Now, his is my finished small 5×7 commonplace journal which I can take in my backpack with and use as I like 🙂

Above is my journal for playing in at home, to journal in 🙂 I just used different lined and plain scrapbook paper in this one from my stash.

 

I made some tags and lots of places to add journaling in the pages. I hope you like this little look at my Common Place Journals and you might like to try keeping one for yourself 🙂

Kerri x

“Glue/Collage Books”

Hi there

Do you know what a Glue/Collage Book is?

These are my easy steps…………………

STEP 1 –

Find a book – Any book that works for you. Any size that works for you. Any paperweight that works for you. Some gluebookers like composition notebooks, because they’re cheap and easy to get. Some use old printed books. Some make their own journals from folded paper or magazine pages. Whatever book you choose to use is fine, because it’s your gluebook.

STEP 2 –

Find some glue –  Any glue that works for you, and doesn’t make your paper ripple, or make you cuss while you’re working. I use Blu-stick glue when I gluebook. It goes on blue and dries clear. Some people like matte medium, or Elmer’s glue, or rubber cement. Don’t use Mod Podge, because your finished pages will stick together, no matter how long you let it dry. Beyond that, any glue is fine.

STEP 3 –

Find some stuff to glue. Most glue monkeys use magazines, junk mail, and whatever paper fallout they collect during the day. The object here is not to go out and buy stuff like stickers or papers, but to use whatever is headed to the recycle bin. Receipts. Envelopes from bills. Flyers stuck on your front door. I mainly use magazine images as I like the paper and they seem to glue nicely.

STEP 4 –

GLUE YOUR HEART OUT………………

 Arrange your paper bits on the pages of your book, and glue. Make pretty pictures, or funny ones, or creepy ones. Add words, or make a whole page of words. Use images and no words. Whatever. Glue stuff down so that it says something to you.

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I was first interested in having a play with these 12 months ago and above are a few pages I created. I somehow, I lost my way with them and now I am back…………….. I loved creating these and it is so relaxing………..I like to make a background then a focal point that draws you into the page and then some smaller embellishment.

I think they are like an extension of a Junk Journal as you can recycle ephemera and junk.

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Another way to collage using your paper scraps to make Serendipity paper. These can then be die-cut, stamped, etc to make your own embellishments. I used a small notebook for mine and I am making another small journal from a book also to put my paper in.

To make this paper it is easy………………….

  • Heavyweight cardstock: this is your background or “base” sheet of paper.

  • Scraps of paper: the more variety the better. Select a color theme and get out your scraps of textured paper, vellums, velveteens, handmade papers, tissue papers and more.

  • Paper glue

  • Paper cutter or scissors & ruler

  • Pencil

  • Optional: rubber stamps, inkpads, sponges, embossing powder and a heat tool.

Instructions…………

  1. Serendipity paper is usually used as a background or matting paper.

  2. Tear scrap papers into smaller pieces no bigger than 1/4″ x 1/2″. You’ll want variety in the abstract design of the serendipity paper so make different sizes and shapes.

  3. Begin to glue torn paper randomly to your background or base paper. Keep gluing until the surface is covered. This is a serendipity paper. Allow the glue to dry.

  4. If you want to use your rubber stamps, stamp images onto scrap papers. If you want to emboss stamped images use pigment ink, embossing powder and heat tool.

  5. If you want more color variety you can use a sponge to apply inks directly to the paper. Heat set any ink.

  6. Cut your serendipity paper into squares for letters, small photos, borders, pockets and other designs for your scrapbook, rubber stamping or card projects. The random pieces all seem to fall into place creating a very unique paper to use for mats and frames too. No two pieces of serendipity paper ever turn out the sameI hope you may have found some inspiration to have a go at Glue Booking. It is fun and relaxing. Stay tuned as I am making a Glue Book and a serendipity book from book covers!Happy CraftingKerri x

“Finished Journal Cover”

Hi Friends,

If you haven’t worked it out yet, I am partial to Butterflies and Birds. This cover I have used the Napkin Decoupage Technique I showed you in my “PREVIOUS POST”

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I love how this turned out. It has layers of the old book page, napkin, washi tape, clear stickers and a small panel with Tim Holtz Mixed Media Birdie, Tissue paper on it. You can see I used this technique all over the book cover and did a bit of highlighting with some TH Distress Crayon. I have also added my eyelets on the 3″ spine ready for my page signatures.

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This picture above gives you a bit clearer look at the layers and the Focal Point panel on its own, which is adhered with some foam tape and dimensional glaze for extra strength. If you notice that the edges of the covers are not perfect and that is the way I like them. I just have to cover the inside pages, more than likely with scrapbook paper and then make the “junk” part of the journal before I start embellishing and using it 🙂

Have a great night

Kerri x

 

 

Nameless Vintage Art Journal – Intuition

Hi Journaling Friends,

I have been enjoying my weekend off with a trip to Ballarat yesterday,  to see my sister and family, plus a bit more de-stashing of my craft space and some creative time today!

I wanted to create in my Vintage Art Journal and have another page done from Johanna’s class. This is about using your INTUITION in your art.

intuition – noun – (knowledge from) an ability to understand or know something immediately based on your feelings rather than facts:

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For this challenge, I chose the photos just because I liked them. The happy face of the lady and the lovely little girl.  I just created this layout following my feelings towards the photos and I just went from there. I think this picture reminded me of my mum in a photo of when she was 21 and had her whole life in front of her. She has been gone nearly 2 years and not a day goes by that I don’t think about and miss her and dad. 

I have always created using colour as my go-to way of scrapping and other papercrafts.  I was drawn to the Spearmint colour of Kaiser paint so I went with that and I just used stuff from my stash.

This page wasn’t planned at all, and I completed it in about 20 mins. I don’t go for perfection and I never measure anything so this was a lot of fun to make. I layered different papers and ephemera, washi tape, paint, ink and tissue paper. I made a small envelope from a book page to sit the smaller photo on and just layered and embellished as I like. The page flowed pretty easily and to finish I used a lace butterfly I coloured with paint and a few die cuts.

You will find Johanna’s class video “HERE”  Hop on over and join in her great class, you will love it.

Stay tuned as I will be back tomorrow with a bit more of what I have been up to 🙂

Happy crafting

Kerri x

“2019/2020 Junque Planner”

Hi Friends,

Hope you are having a nice start to the week. I am not up to much just working and resting!  I have just made myself a new planner as my other one has been used quite a lot and I decided I wanted a new one! I am not into planning in a big way, I just need to to be able to record my work, appointments, etc and why not have a pretty journal to do this in!

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This time I have used a recycled book cover. I just used some pattern paper from my stash for the inside of the covers. I extended the spine when I removed the pages to give me a bit more room and just used some cardboard to reinforce it. I liked the look of it so I didn’t add any cloth tape over it like I usually do. It’s a bit more rustic like me 🙂

I usually put 6 months at a time in my journal, but I have the whole 12 months ready to use. I work with different clients and have two rosters, so keping track of my days is essential. I have used my coffee dyed paper in this with unused Project Life cards left over. I used one for each day to give me a good amount of space to journal on.

I didn’t want to much on the cover, I used some collaged pattern paper and some washi tape. For the binding, I added some nice mushroom coloured trim and then some lovely brown organza ribbon to hold the signatures in. I just added a key embellishment to it. It is now ready for me to add my never-ending work roster and be in control of at least my daily work routine!!!

Maybe I have inspired you to create a lovely journal to keep track of your life also. I would love to hear from you if you do!

Happy Junking

Kerri x