Friday, November 1, 2019

Passport to the Circus

This month Taylormadecards4u has a fun circus themed kit for you. The bright colors are perfect for adding a bit of happiness to someone's life. You can create a card, make a cute booklet or add some ephemera to your junk journal.

This month I chose to create a little brag book that I can carry around with me. This brag book features my circus (family) lol I created the booklet from some kraft cardstock and I added some coffee dyed pages to the inside. I even printed some of Monica's papers onto the coffee dyed paper. This gives a nice vintage look that I just love. 

The cover is stamped 'my circus' and the first page is stamped 'my monkeys' I placed a photo of my daughter, her husband and her children all making a face for a selfie they took. 

I added some stickers, an envelope I created from the star paper, some paper flags and I also created some page tabs from one of the tickets that I cut up. I layered the various cards in the kit under some photos and I also tucked one in behind my envelope. 

I've added a few notes about the pictures, but the writing didn't really show in the photos. I've also left some blank pages for adding more photos as they come in. I just love how this little brag book turned out and I'm carrying this everywhere I go so that I can show off my babies. 

Thank you so much for joining me today. I do hope that you'll stop by all the other blogs and leave everyone some love on their great projects.


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October Add On Digitals to Passport to Fall by Taylormadecards4u

My mid-month project for Taylormadecards4u isn't just one project, its a bunch of them lol 
I just had so much fun using Monica's digitals that I couldn't decide on one project so I made several. 
For these projects I used a variety of digitals and I'll link them all below

Wow, what an assortment of products to work with and if you visit Monica's shop at you'll find these beautiful products and many more to aid you in your Fall/Halloween and Christmas crafting. 

Now, a bit about my projects. Here's an overview of the whole lot of them. 

I created a set of tags. I've been experimenting a bit with mixed media and I added some gesso to the tags with my finger and let it dry, then I added a bit of paint with a stencil. I have a bit more work to do on the stenciling lol It didn't uite come out as I imagined, but I do love the pop of color. Then I collaged some of the Textured Florals onto the tags. I also tore out the butterfly from one of the papers and added it as an embellishment on the tag on the right. The tag in the middle  has one of the Fall Guest Check Journal Cards added and I've added some bits and pieces from my stash to the tags. You can also see to the right that I used some of Monica's paper from the Fall Passport Kit as embellishment on the vase that holds the flower bouquet that my daughter and I made. 

Next I played with the Fall Pockets. These will make a great addition to my Fall junk journal that I'm putting together, you can see a bit more of that below. I embellished the pockets and inked the edges to add some visual interest. 

For each pocket I made a journal card using some craft cardstock from my stash, some of the Textured Florals and the Fall Guest Check Journal Cards. I added a tab to each card using my tab punch and some of them I added a word strip to and one even has a leaf. I thought that I had made 6 and couldn't figure out where the other had gone, but I found it after I had finished taking pictures, it was hiding under some other pieces of the project. Isn't that always the way? Anyway, I think you get the picture. 

I also used the Fall Passport Kit to embellish an envelope that I'm stuffing with some goodies to send to a friend. On the right you can see that I've used one of the Textured Florals in a signature that I'm getting ready for my Fall junk journal. 

I can't even tell you how much fun I had playing with all of these goodies from Monica's shop. 
You really need to head over there and get some goodies to add to your stash. I'm sure that you'll find many ways to use them. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today and having a look at my projects.


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Passport to Fall

Today I'm excited to bring you a new project using Taylormadecards4u new Passport to Fall kit. Fall is my favorite season so I'm always excited to celebrate Fall in any way.

Let's take a look at Monica's digital kit Passport to Fall

This cute little journal can be used as a place to keep your memories for Fall and would also make a great addition to your junk journal. Let's have a look at my Altered File Folder.

Now, I'm not gonna lie to you....this was my very first time using gesso. I'm sure that I made a lot of mistakes, but in the end, I love the way that it came out. I collaged some dictionary pages onto the file folder and then started layering my other papers over that. The cover is embellished with a torn bit of one of Monica's digital papers and the quote and pumpkin from the kit. I also added a chipboard sticker that I had in my stash. 

I cut the papers to fit my page and on the pockets created by folding up the bottom of the folder. Then I just inked the edges of the cut aparts and slipped them in the pocket giving you lots of room for journaling and pictures. I attached paper pieces and ribbon to some of the cut aparts and I also stamped the words 'fall memories' on the tab of the file folder. That part doesn't show too well, in hindsight, I should have used a darker ink, but in person, you can see it fairly well. I also used some chipboard embellishments from a Fall collection that I had left over from a project last year. All in all, I really love the way my project turned out. 

Here's a better look at the inside panels. 

 Left two panels

Right two panels

Thanks for stopping by to check out my project. Passport to Fall will be 15% off for a limited time, so if Fall is your favorite time of year, I recommend purchasing this kit for your Fall projects. 


Sunday, September 29, 2019

National Coffee Day Blog Hop

Thanks for joining me today for the National Coffee Day Blog Hop. Today I'm showcasing the Coffee Blends Paper Pack by Taylormadecards4u. these papers are so versatile and I really loved finding a new way to use them.

Here are the Coffee Blends Paper Pack.

I also used some of Monica's Coffee Flash Cards.

For this project I chose to make a flip book inspired by Gi Kerr on YouTube. This is Gi's video and the pretty flip book that she created.

Here is the flip book that I created with the Coffee Blends Paper Pack

I tore the lion image from one of the papers and for the base of the booklet I printed the harlequin patterned paper on both sides of a sheet of paper so that it's the same front and back. Throughout the book I added the Coffee Flash Cards in the tuck spots and I also created a paper pad of sorts from some torn pieces of the Coffee Blends Paper Pack. I further embellished with some flowers from my Tim Holtz Botanical Ephemera pack and a couple of the Small Chat {Snarky} word strips.This little flip book would be a great addition to your junk journal or a sweet gift for a friend. 

Don't forget to visit all the stops on the hop so you can get loads of inspiration. You can find all the stops over on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog

As a special bonus, Monica is offering 25% off all coffee digital images in the shop and 15% all other digital images. And there's a special freebie waiting for you too!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Sunday, September 15, 2019

September Passport to School Add On from Taylormadecards4u

This month I have an add on project for the Passport to School kit from Taylormadecards4u. Monica has several add ons that will work with the Passport to School kit and I chose to work with the library cards. You get 12 library cards in this kit. 6 of the manila color with a faint image on the background and 6 colored. I chose to use the manila ones as they're very neutral and I figured they will work better with my junk journal.

In case you've forgotten what the Passport to School kit looks like, here's a refresher.

I have been wanting to create some embellished library cards for use in a junk journal so I gave that project a whirl. It took me a little bit of practice with the sewing machine to achieve the look I wanted with the stitching. I finally got it sorted out and I am happy with how they turned out. I'm definitely going to add these to my junk journal as a place for some hidden journaling and I'm going to work on another set to gift to a friend. 

Here's a look at the embellishments that I created. All I did was print out the cards, trim them out and then I layered some leftover bits of the Passport to School kit, some muslin and some die cuts from my stash and stitched them down. It really was a lot of fun and not as scary as I had imagined it was going to be lol

All of my cards together

I sewed a pocket on this one and then attached the ladies to the front then I tucked in a scrap of leftover paper from the Passport to School kit. 

I created an embellished envelope to tuck this card into. 

I think my favorite is the last one, I finally got my stitching how I wanted it and it's pretty simple with lots of room for journaling. 

I hope that you've enjoyed this project and I want to thank you for stopping by today!


Sunday, September 1, 2019

Passport to School by Taylormadecards4u

This month's passport kit from Taylormadecards4u is all about going back to school. With fun vintage images of a teacher, student, ruler and other school paraphernalia, you're sure to find something to embellish your next junk journal or paper crafting project.

While browsing Pinterest looking for some inspiration, I came across a fun library style pocket with an attached trifold. I was really inspired by Monica's color choices for the ruler paper. I love the golden patina and I looked through my paper stash for something that would really make that paper pop. I think that the blue green of this paper really makes the ruler paper shine. 

I  cut out the ephemera to fill the pockets on the front of the folder and I also added a couple of Tim Holtz paper dolls. I added a bead dangle to an eyelet on the front pocket to give my project a bit of bling. 

These next photos show how I decorated the remaining pages of the trifold. 

A view from above.

The back side. 

A view of all the ephemera. 

I also created a matchbook style notebook from some of the scraps I had left over of the teacher paper and the lined paper. 

Here's a final look at my project.

I'm not sure how I'll use this project, but I think it would add a fun element to my junk journal, especially with the way the pages fold out. It would give a place for some hidden journaling or a photo or two. 

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be back on the 15th with an add on project to the Passport to School.