Thursday, July 18, 2019

Junk Journal Embellishments Using Fabric and Paper

NEW at Icky Chic Designs

If you're a fabric lover like myself, you'll want to combine some of that with your paper ephemera when designing your junk journals. I love the combination of the two because it adds texture, dimension, and a tactile experience when viewing the finished journal.

(Top Photo) The booklet flap is decorated with torn magazine pages collaged together. The Page border has bits of paper, lace, threads, and beads.

NEW at Icky Chic Designs

(Bottom Photo) Altering an envelope with a touch of fabric and lace.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Junk Journal Embellishments Using Index Cards and an Autumn Theme


I enjoy creating embellishments in seasonal themes throughout the year. My favorite method is to adjust my color theme for these specific items. For Autumn, I like using oranges, cream, black, greens, rust, purple, and cranberry. It's amazing how the right color perfectly suggests the seasonal feel when embellishing junk journals, scrapbooks, and art journals. And, of course, a hidden paperclip is always appropriate!

What are your favorite colors to use when embellishing your projects for Autumn?

Icky Chic Designs

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

June Update - Scrap Busting Challenge


I hope you're having fun finding a zillion ways to tackle those bags of scraps you've got stashed away. One small project each month is doable and stress-free. Don't overthink or plan elaborate items. Just create something you'd like to keep for yourself or an item you'd like to give away.

It's never too late to join the challenge. Jump in and have some fun... Have you fallen behind in submitting your challenge projects? No problem - check the challenge update here for instructions on how to catch up.

Current Challenge Standing: 
Two prizes have been shipped so far. Will you be next?

Carrie - 4 of 12 - projects submitted
Kitty - 7 of 12 - projects submitted
Anne - 6 of 12 - projects submitted
Marsha - 7 of 12 - projects submitted
Wilma - 1 of 12 - project submitted
Shirlee - 1 of 12 - project submitted
Lynda (Me) - 7 of 12 - projects submitted

Here are the JUNE projects submitted by our challenge participants.





Kitty's June Project:

"I made some of these and gifted them."





Marsha's June Projects:




"I've been busy using up my paper stash making small wallets and greeting cards"

These beautiful cards can be found in Marsha's Etsy Shop

So, if you have a business, follow Marsha's example and use up those small scraps to create new product lines.












My (Lynda's) June Project: 

" Creating Mystery Junk Journal Pouches and other designs for my 
Etsy Shop."


Friday, July 5, 2019

Creating Embellishments for your Scrapbook, Junk or Art Journaling


For many, Summer is an event filled season that leaves little time for crafting. That's a good reason to focus on smaller projects that can be finished in just a few hours. If you are a scrapbook, glue book, art journal, or junk journal enthusiast, you'll love creating small elements to add to your page themes.


You don't always have enough time to work on your journal or book but there is always time to create one or two page embellishments that you can use later. I've posted a few of mine for inspiration. These are available in my Etsy Shop.

Page pockets that can double as Scripture, Prayer, or Friendship Pockets is a versatile choice. (1st photo)

Try creating several items at a time that are coordinated by color, texture, or theme. When you're working on your book or journal, you'll be glad to have the elements ready to use.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

May Update - Scrap Busting Challenge


I hope you're having fun finding a zillion ways to tackle those bags of scraps you've got stashed away. One small project each month is doable and stress-free. Don't overthink or plan elaborate items. Just create something you'd like to keep for yourself or an item you'd like to give away.

It's never too late to join the challenge. Jump in and have some fun... Have you fallen behind in submitting your challenge projects? No problem - check the challenge update here for instructions on how to catch up.

Current Challenge Standing:
Carrie - 4 of 12 - projects submitted
Kitty - 6 of 12 - projects submitted
Anne - 6 of 12 - projects submitted
Marsha - 2 of 12 - projects submitted
Wilma - 1 of 12 - project submitted
Shirlee - 1 of 12 - project submitted
Lynda (Me) - 6 of 12 - projects submitted

Here are the new MAY projects submitted by our challenge participants.




Anne's May project: "I was just playing with scraps and came up with this. I will probably make it into a beach ball in a collage by putting a button where the points meet. It's giving me inspiration for my next collage."





Kitty's May Project:
"I've been thinking about art journaling so I thought I would dress up the the little binders I use a lot. I.made slip covers for the front and back covers."

My (Lynda's) May Project: " I wanted to experiment with making Junk Journal signature starters that used both fabric and paper scraps. All I have to do now is add the number of journal pages I want in the signature before binding in the Midori style binding. I usually like 3 or 4 signatures in my journals. Using a signature starer adds more interest to each signature section. Just me creating out of the box!"


Monday, June 10, 2019

Make Altered Envelopes with Collage Sheets

You asked for it, so here is an example of how I use collage sheets to alter envelopes for journaling and scrapbooking. I will be using one of my new digital collage sheets that are now available in my Etsy shop - Icky Chic Designs. *Remember, you don't have to use each element exactly the way it's printed. I often cut elements up into specific sections when creating a collage. The point is, be creative and use your own imagination and design skills when putting your collage together.
If you like to use altered envelopes in your journaling and scrapbooking pages, it's really exciting to make them into works of art by using a simple paper collage technique. I used pages torn from some discarded magazines to create the solid colored background and then started placing my fussy-cut collage pieces on top of that. I colored the edges  of the envelope with ink. You could use crayons, paint, ink, or whatever you have on hand. 
When I got the bigger pieces the way I wanted them, I used a little glue stick, just enough to keep them from moving while I sewed them to the envelope. I like to sew them because I like the textured effect that the stitches create. However, you don't have to sew them. You can simply adhere them to the envelope with your choice of glue.
My next step is to add a little embellishment. I did this in two ways. (1) I added a floral at the top left. (2) The next thing I did was use some of the off-cuts left over from fussy cutting the collage pieces. These off-cuts often have interesting curves, shapes, and a smidgeon of color that are just perfect for adding more interest to you project or, use them to cover small problem areas. 



It's amazing how many ways you can collage the same elements, creating multiple embellishments for you journal or scrapbook pages. Be sure to visit my shop often as I'll be adding more digital collage sheets of my original handmade embellishments.