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.



Sunday, May 5, 2019

Be the ONLY ONE to own one of these ONE-OF-A-KIND journal/scrapbook embellishment collections.





This month at Icky Chic Designs the focus is on soft colors and shabby chic elegance. Bringing those elements together in a fun and versatile collection of embellishments for all your journaling and scrapbooking needs is going to make May an exciting and creative month.



Soft color tones mixed with lace, custom trims, ribbons, and the perfect paper gives shabby chic its romantic appeal. It's one of my favorite styles and I never get tired of designing them.

Want your project to stand out from the crowd? Keep it original. That's hard to do when using kits and downloads that everyone else is using. Adding elements from Icky Chic Designs'  
ONE-OF-A-KIND collections will take you where you want to go.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Insight #1 for the Dim-Witted Creative - Comfortable, yet Searching

Before reading further, you might want to see if you qualify as a Dim-Witted Creative.

You'll find my discussion on that here. After making sure that you're a certifiable dimwit, return and continue the journey with Insight #1.

Dim-Witted Creatives live a double-life in a muddled world. Here's an example of our fluctuating mind-sets.
  • I'm an artist - or maybe I'm delusional
  • I'm a creative - or maybe I'm just messy
  • I'm a natural born talent - no, I'm a miserable copycat
  • I design originals - no, that can't be true because my originals are a result of fixing mistakes
  • I've mastered many techniques - but truthfully, I don't understand most of them
  • My creative space is state-of-the-art - no, it's an over-sized closet with overflowing and unorganized chaos
  • My friends and family understand and adore my quirky talent - no, they humor and tolerate my craziness 
The really wonderful thing about all this craziness is what emerges from our topsy-turvy thoughts. Isn't it a fact that sometimes you surprise yourself with an ingenious technique, new method, beautiful design, or a finished project that looks like it came from a true creative? Don't you at times stand back and just say, WOW! I can't believe I created that. Where did the idea come from? How did I know to do this or that? 

Truth is, you didn't know, not consciously anyway. But the creative spirit that permeates every bone of your body does. All it needs you to do is to just dive in, give that creative spirit, energy, muse, or whatever you want to call it, a world of its own. Let it live and breathe. Follow wherever it wants to take you. You provide the comfort and it will do the searching for you.

Friday, April 26, 2019

What's New at Icky Chic Designs? (April 2019 - Set #7) - Handmade Journal and Scrapbook Embellishments

This month at Icky Chic Designs the focus is on bits and pieces. Bringing those elements together in a fun and versatile collection of embellishments.


Layering up fabric scraps on a card stock backing makes for quirky pockets and tucks. Layered snippets make fun page clusters. And don't forget to coordinate a hidden paperclip.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Make the Switch - Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity Key # 13

Stagnation is a roadblock to creativity! What kind of stagnation, you ask?

Do you have one or two creative processes that you love and always do? When is the last time you switched to something new? It doesn't have to be completely different, but different enough to utilize different skills, problem solving, tools, and materials.

When we lose our inspiration, become sluggish in our enthusiasm for a new project, and have no desire to complete projects already started, it 's a really good sign we're in stagnation mode.

I love to design and create fabric art, but sometimes, I switch to other things to give that set of skills a rest, so to speak. Depending on my circumstances, I might spend more time in my flower garden, visiting festivals and art shows, dreaming up new recipes to try on my husband, or continue working on a new book I've started writing.

Lately, due to some health issues, I've needed to find something to do that allows me to sit while
working with my fabrics, etc. So, for a while, I'll switch from my fabric art to designing scrapbook and journaling embellishments, some of which I will sell in my Etsy Shop.

Making the switch, not only accommodates my physical situation, but in a positive aspect, it serves as a refreshing break from my normal creative processes and prevents creative stagnation.

When life throws you a curve, creatively speaking, just Make-the-Switch. Find a positive spark and go with that.
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