Saturday, November 16, 2019

Junk Journal Confetti Strips - Using up scraps!


Confetti strips can be used in so many ways in your junk journals. I sew them to the outer edge of pages, position them as bellybands, and cut them up to make clusters, just to name a few.


I always keep a stash on hand by storing them in these 4 x 6 bags. (available in my Etsy shop) It's easy to make confetti. Just arrange a layer of your small scraps on your cutting mat - with a ruler and rotary cutter, cut through the layer both horizontally and vertically spacing each cut about 1/2" apart. If you want smaller confetti, make a cut diagonally, as well.


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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Junk Journaling with Fabric


If you love texture and the tactile experience it gives when you run your fingers across your journal page, try incorporating different fabrics in your design stage.


This double-sided page has fabric on one side and paper on the other, the best of both worlds.

Here's another sample for inspiration. It doesn't need to be perfect. It just needs to be fun...

Find these and other designs at Icky Chic Designs.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Collaging Junk Journal Pages is Fun


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Collaging is a creative path that encourages and promotes individuality. No two people will, while using the same elements, assemble the same finished collage. I think that's amazing!

The key for me is to let myself work around things I love. Windows are certainly at the top of my list. They tell a story and lead to imaginative speculation. But whatever inspires or warms your heart is what will lead to your best collage projects.  

This project is a double-page junk journal insert. It's fun to make some of these when I'm in the creative zone to use later when assembling signatures for a new journal. 

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I leave the inside somewhat plain so that I can embellish them to 
fit whatever journal they will eventually live in. I usually like to make the front the focus for my collage element for this double page. 

So, what do you think? Are you ready to collage some gorgeousness for your next journal?


You might enjoy this recipe: Apple Pie with Maple Syrup

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Perfect Gift for You or Your Junk Journaling Friends - Handmade Custom Supply Books


This is not a typical Junk Journal. On the contrary, it's a treasure trove of fun and inspiring junk journal supplies all wrapped up in one book for your convenience.


Open, it measure 9" x 12" and has a 1" spine which allows a LOT of items to be placed inside. This Flow-ish supply journal will contain a mixture of elements such as: mixed-papers, ephemera, beads, buttons, lace, trim, fabric swatches, fabric confetti, ribbon, stickers, sequins, handmade embellishments, yarns, fibers, etc.

Wouldn't YOU love to have some of these sitting on your shelf just waiting for you to create with them? And, wouldn't they make a great gift for you JJ friends?

Each book is custom made and is different in content, so there is no end to the inspiration you can find within. You'll find them at Icy Chic Designs.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Junk Journaling Inspiration

My newest theme collection in my Etsy shop is 'View through My Window'. It's always wonderful to have a special page in each insert that adds a touch of art or exemplifies the journal's theme. In my Silver Label collection are just such pages. Just slip one into a signature before binding. How easy is that? The photos below show the inside and back to this signature insert. Plenty of area for personal embellishment and styling. 

  

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Junk Journal and Scrapbooking Handmade Embellishments - What to Create?

Make sure to add some fun to whatever embellishment you create.
Make something ordinary just a little bit weird.
These twinchies make cute tucks and page decorations.

Layer and collage some leftover scraps of fabric and paper to create something unique and useful like these adorable page pockets.
By Icky Chic Designs

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Junk Journaling Inspiration - Embellished Tea Bags


Drag out those old or forgotten tea bags you've pushed to the back of the cabinet and give them a new life in your Junk Journal and Scrapbook projects.  Put a ribbon on them and use them as gift tags or gift wrapping decorations, party favors, and party table decor. Can you think of another way to decorate and use the humble tea bag? Drop us your suggestion in the comment section below. New inspiration is always welcome. See more of my journal embellishments in my Etsy Store.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Creating Embellishments for Junk Journals


Be creative when using your scraps. Never throw away those little snippets of paper, fabric, and trim. Whether it's 6", 3", or a half inch, you'll find a use for them all. Layer them, sew them in strips, collage them, or put them into clusters. And here is a small tip to improve your creativity. You are most inventive and original when working with your favorite color combinations...

Icky Chic Designs on Etsy

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

JUNK JOURNAL CREATIVITY



Staying inspired and creative will add originality, fun, and beauty to your junk journals. In this set, I used some purchased paper, silk floral petals, ribbon, lace, fabric snippets, old envelope, etc. Just play with some coordinating elements and see what you can come up with. Your journal will love you!

Icky Chic Designs on Etsy

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. 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Digital Downloads Now Offered at Icky Chic Designs

Many of you who have visited my Etsy shop, have asked if I had plans of offering any of my original handmade journal and scrapbook embellishments in a digital format.

Since many of my designs are one-of-a-kind items, once they're sold, no one else can enjoy using the unique originals. For that reason, I've decided to offer some of these elements as a digital download. (Specific details)

If printed at the download size - 8.5 x 11.5 inches, the individual pieces are equal to the size of the originals. It's easy to print them on card stock then use them as pockets, tucks, and page embellishments like any other ephemera download.

Many more digital pages will be uploaded in the weeks to come, so check the shop's digital section weekly and keep up-to-date with what's new.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Easy Altered Envelopes for Junk Journals, TN Journal, and Art Journals

For those who are just getting into junk/art journaling and who don't have buckets full of all the latest gadgets and supplies, here is a simple and easy way to alter an envelope for your project. If you can tear paper and use a glue stick, you've got the skills required for this.

Gather up some old magazines, catalogs, advertisements, etc. Then look for pages that have color you like, texture, interesting elements, shapes, etc. Tear out a few of these pages.

At this point, I usually tear sections of the page that I want to keep for future use. I like sections that have solid bright colors, blended colors, textures and interesting items, and sometimes wording. Then I will collage these pieces into something new as in the photos below.


I used torn pieces with texture, solid color (bright pink) for the background. Then I fussy-cut the face, floral, leaves, and other small elements to add for interest. These are glued to the opening side of the envelope. I then chose to sew the three sides to secure the pieces and add a little trim at the same time. Sewing is optional. You can glue the trim if you'd rather. I inked the back part of the envelope to coordinate the color to the artwork on the front. Super easy and cost effective.


You can view more of my journal embellishments in my Etsy shop, Icky Chic Designs. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Do Snippets Make You Nervous?


That question may sound a little strange so let me explain. The other day I was showing a friend some snippet trim I was designing. She looked it over really good and with a furrowed brow said, "It's pretty, but it kind of makes me nervous. There doesn't seem to be any order to all those bits of whatever and the colors don't match."









Well, I just had to laugh. I couldn't help myself. It struck me how intimidating those "bits of whatever" could be to someone else. Being the  Dim-Witted creative that I am, I find chaos and disorder to be wonderful design elements. But I wasn't always that way. In the beginning, when learning arts and craft techniques, everything had to be just so, all measured and squared up!

Learning to let go and just do what felt right at the time resulted in my adventure with snippets. And also my inability to throw away the tiniest of scraps, since eventually, I had to find ways to use them.

Snippets lend themselves to several design styles like freedom, boho, shabby chic, street, grunge, and many more. I love using them when embellishing art and junk journals, scrapbook pages, planners, and even my diary.

So, even if it makes you a little nervous at first, why not try using a few snippets in your next project.

See more of my designs at Icky Chic Designs

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Three Reasons Why I Love Vintage Fabrics?

New in my Etsy Shop - 5" vintage fabric squares
Why do so many of us never lose our love of vintage fabrics? The answer would probably be a little different for each of us. So I'll just give you three of mine and you can add to the list by dropping a comment below.

First, is because they're FUN! My favorite cotton fabrics come from the decades between 1930 and 1960. So many of these designs were colorful, cheerful, and soft.

Second, is because they tell a mysterious STORY of times before our own experience or remind us of treasured times in our own past.

Third, is the ROMANTIC appeal, especially if I'm using vintage apparel in my designs. I can't help but think about the person who might have worn the item. Why did they choose it for their wardrobe? Where did they wear it? Was it a gift from someone special in their life? A ticket of imagination comes with each vintage garment I use when designing new projects.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

VIRTUAL Junk Journal Retreat - JUNE 3-16

Facebook Craft Fair - Exclusive tutorials and artist showcases.

Are you ready to learn about junk journals, see some amazing journals and art, receive exclusive printables, receive exclusive tutorials and videos, receive exclusive coupons to various shops and artists? For example; Linda Israel, Calico Collage, Heavenly Designs, thatsjustpenny, Ichy Chic Designs, Vintage Faith Journals, Dollar Digital with Marcy Coate.

Then you don't want to miss this June Retreat filled with items each day, several times a day.

Fourteen days filled with instruction videos, journal flip throughs, tutorials, and exclusive discounts and offers from a growing list of vendors.

GO HERE for more information and registration guide.
GO HERE if you're interested in signing up as a vendor

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019 Scrap Busting Challenge. Have you joined the fun?

We're 4 months into our 2019 Challenge. How are you doing?

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 - 5 of 12 - projects submitted
Anne - 5 of 12 - projects submitted
Marsha - 2 of 12 - projects submitted
Wilma - 1 of 12 - project submitted
Shirlee - 1 of 12 - project submitted
Lynda (Me) - 5 of 12 - projects submitted

Here are the new projects submitted for our challenge participants.

Anne is new to our challenge and has submitted five projects that catches her up and she is now current and on track.
Project 1: Piano keys attached to a credit card tape to keep clean and rolled up






Anne Project 2: A jeans decoration for a package decoration.








Anne Project 3: Letters of my grandsons names glued on scraps










Anne Project 4: A new pc of material made from scraps of material and ribbon that I sewed on using wash away to keep them in place. Then I will cut heart shapes or other shapes to use as applique on jeans purses or little girl's blouses.





Anne Project 5: These are page bookmarks.
You put it on the corner of the page.
The triangle can go on either the right or left corner. It's 2-1/2" sq, 1 rt side up, 1 folded








 Kitty's 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) March Project is Junk Journal and Scrapbook page embellishments. Created using fabric, trims, laces, and paper.