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New Ideas For Making and Using Envelopes in Junk Journals

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New Ideas For Making and Using Envelopes in Junk Journals

Want some free envelope templates? Links are below. I've been experimenting with envelopes in my junk journals, and I've come up with some fun new ways to make them and use them. I also came up with some new ways to use those ubiquitous junk mail envelopes. Make Envelopes Horizontal Envelopes This template makes adorable horizontal envelopes in two sizes: About 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" and 3" x 4 1/4". They look great made out of kraft paper, vellum, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, book pages, sheet music, magazine pages, anything! All you do is cut out the shape and...

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DIY Faux Leather

DIY Faux Leather

I figured out a way to make faux leather in two steps with three supplies that you probably have in your home right now. It's great for crafting and junk journals and it really  looks and feels like leather.  Step One Take a big piece of heavy paper bag or other kraft paper. Heavy paper with lots of visible dots and spots and fibers works best. (I like to use the paper from corrugated cardboard I have separated.) Wearing gloves, rub shoe polish into the kraft paper. The more you apply, the darker your "leather" will become. Once you have covered a big...

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Creative Ideas For Making the Most of Your Digital Papers

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Creative Ideas For Making the Most of Your Digital Papers

I love using digital downloads in my junk journals, but I also want to stretch my creativity muscles. So I make a point to try to think out of the box and use the printables in creative ways. Here are a few tips for getting creative with digital papers. Decorate Journaling Cards These are two journaling cards. The first one of each set is just printed and then inked around the edges. The second one of each set is decorated. The collaging lets me put my own creativity into the card. It also makes the cards different enough that I...

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My Favorite Things to Make for Junk Journals

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My Favorite Things to Make for Junk Journals

These little goodies are some of my favorite things to use in my junk journals. They are postage stamps, numbers, addresses and dates. This article will give you lots of ideas for ways to use them in your paper crafting projects. It will also show you how you can make your own. Collages My favorite way to use ephemera smalls like postage stamps and numbers is in a collage. Whenever I get near the end of a collage project, I always see little blank spots that just need a little pop of something. Stamps and numbers to the rescue! Strip...

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Add Some Extra Fun to Your Journal With a Pop-Up

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Add Some Extra Fun to Your Journal With a Pop-Up

I have been having a blast with my nature journal. I am investigating all of the plants and creatures in my yard and documenting what I find out. I'm also adding some fun pop-up elements. I will link to the YouTube videos I made of each mechanism. That  way, if you want to try it yourself, you have the instructions, You can always ask me any questions, too. Sunflower with Butterfly Pop-Up Mechanism This pretty sunflower spread has a secret. If you pull down the leaf . . . a butterfly pops up from behind the sunflower. Here's a close...

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