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Collage Jump Starter - Conquer the Dreaded Blank Page

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Collage Jump Starter - Conquer the Dreaded Blank Page

As a newbie to this junk journaling /collage thing, I find I am often overwhelmed by the sheer number of possibilities I have when starting a page. Do I use stamping? painting? papers? stickers? The blank page can be a bit intimidating. I recently came up with a 3 step formula that is working really well for me. I just mindlessly do these 3 things, and I suddenly have the whole page covered in a neutral background and I have a little frame around it and I find myself ready to create. All of the collages in this blog were started...

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DIY Ephemera Storage Journal Part Two

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DIY Ephemera Storage Journal Part Two

In Part One, I showed you how to make the signatures (the pages) that go into this book. Today, I am going to show you how to make the cover and attach the pages to finish the book. A YouTube video of the process is here: Ephemera Storage Journal Part Two Video Part One of the series is here: DIY Ephemera Storage Journal Supplies A sturdy box Sturdy thread and a needle (Waxed bookbinding thread is ideal if you have it) Scissors Pen Awl or other pokey tool Exacto knife White glue (I also like to use rubber cement in some...

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DIY Ephemera Storage Journal

DIY Ephemera Storage Journal

When I first started collecting stickers and stamps and tickets for my junk journaling, I put everything into a cookie tin. Very quickly I realized that I spent WAY too much time searching for what I wanted. So I made a bunch of pages with see through pockets so I could organize my little bits.  I organized everything by color, because that is how I work. When I want a little bit of green for a collage I am working on, I grab the green folder and find just what I need. I have been using these "signatures" (a book...

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How to Make a Gift Card Envelope With a String Closure

How to Make a Gift Card Envelope With a String Closure

My kids love getting gift cards, but that seems so sterile as a gift. So I came up with these handmade gift card envelopes. They are the perfect size to hold a gift card and the cardboard backing (if you fold it). That way, the recipient knows you put some thought and effort into their gift. (And they still get what they want.) Materials Needed Scissors Credit card or other tool to crease a fold Double sided tape or glue Pencil Sharp object to poke a hole with 9" of twine 2 brads and 2 sturdy circles (I glued 2...

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How to Print on Tissue Paper

How to Print on Tissue Paper

I love using pretty printed tissue paper in my crafts and junk journals, and I wanted to be able to make my own. I tried just running the tissue through the printer, and it always got jammed. So I figured out how to use a piece of cardstock to make the tissue firm enough to go through the printer. It only takes a few steps, and once you get going, you'll want to make tons of these sweet pages.   How to Make Pretty Tissue Paper  Materials: Tissue paper (the kind for wrapping gifts). I used white. A digital download (such as...

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