How was your day? I had a busy day in the office today. Thank Goodness I get to play with stationery when in the office at the very least. One has to keep an eye on their stapler though :)
I played with a little different supplies at the weekend though. I have .. no, actually I HAD a filing case which was used for separating my ephemera, unfinished pieces of colorised card stock, leftovers and other treasures that 'might be useful one day'. I say 'had' because I managed to fill it so much I broke the clip and ripped the inside. Annoyed but thought not all is lost. I hate throwing things away so I started taking one divider out after another, they stayed in tact, then I removed the strong accordion structure.
I cut of the rough sides of my dividers and made them all the same. I folded each in half, cut my accordion structure to size...see where I'm going with this?
I used a strong double sided tape to adhere my newly created pages, sewn through the binding and ta daaah!
I now have a craft journal with pockets.. A - Z. I can decorate my pages and fill the pockets with some ephemera, photos and die cuts or whatever else comes to mind.
I covered a curtain ring using the natural twine and added some heat embossed rusted beads (Tim Holtz Rust EP). I was having so much fun I decided to decorate the front of it. I tried to stay away from flowers again, but still wanted it to have the girly pretty element to it. I recently received some Distress Stains and wanted to try them. I'm in love with the Persimmon colour! I used it with a bit of Festive Berries and Brushed Corduroy... I started with layering strips of paper, natural twine, corrugated white paper, pieces of the gorgeous tissue paper by Tim Holtz, some Gesso by Daler Rowney, Light Modeling paste by Liquitex thought the Script stencil by TCW, Prima crackle paste in white, more Gesso... I let it all dry naturally. That was the hardest part!
I added my Distress Stains with some water. I also added the pretty Orange Tint Pan Pastel here and there! Oh I love how it lightened some areas and it was a great complimentary colour to my peachy/brown looking palette. I also used some Tarnished Brass spray by Tim Holtz, some pretty trims and laces and colorised them too. More Gesso to highlight.
The big moth is a stamp by Stampendous from the Jumbo Butterfly Trio set. Simply stamped, coloured in using my Spectrum Noir markers, sponged using the Walnut Distress Ink and repeatedly heat embossed with a clear EP. I cracked it here and there to make it look like a broken glass, sponges the edges using my Potting Soil Archival ink.
My background was nice and dry now so I decorated it using a combo of tiny beads and glitter and micro/caviar beads by Stix2. These are fab! They have loads of colours to choose from too!
What do you think? I told you.. Filing can be fun! :)
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I hope you like it! I'll be back soon! ;) hugs to you all!