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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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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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Crazy For Corrugated Cardboard

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Crazy For Corrugated Cardboard

For the past few weeks, I have been doing a deep dive into corrugated cardboard. I've figured out how to work with it and what I can make from it and I have to say I am so glad I did. I came up with a ton of ideas and I'm going to share them with you. Separating Corrugated Cardboard Layers Once you learn how to separate the cardboard elements, you will start to understand how incredibly versatile it is: Take a sheet of cardboard and hold it under hot water with the spray hitting the corrugation as shown above. With...

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DIY Christmas Gift Tags/Ornaments

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DIY Christmas Gift Tags/Ornaments

I started this project thinking I was making Christmas gift tags. But some of them turned out so cute I'm using them as ornaments! They are super fast and fun to make. Here's what I used: Supplies Cardstock ornament shapes. I made my own using my Cricut and used two layers of cardstock. Alcohol Markers (other kinds might work) Clear embossing ink Stamp that is large enough to cover the ornament shapes Gold embossing powder Glossy Accents Gold Jump Rings Stamped Tags The two tags above were made in similar ways. The little one I colored then embossed. The big one...

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Thanksgiving Place Card Tutorial Plus a Giveaway

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Thanksgiving Place Card Tutorial Plus a Giveaway

  I've been working on some place cards for Thanksgiving dinner and I am loving how they are turning out. Here's what I've come up with so far: I printed the template (get it for free below) on white cardstock and glued on a rosemary wreath. I used a calligraphy marker for the name. Then I decided that I preferred kraft cardstock. This one is decorated with sage leaves that I glued on and tied with a gold bow. The lettering is made with an emboss pen and gold heat embossing powder. This one is similar, except I cut two slits...

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