Friday, 31 August 2018

Tag Textile Experiments

Welcome to the last day of August ...... and over at A Vintage Journey it means we have an extra posting for you as there is an extra Friday in the month. We all love a Tag Friday as it means we get the chance to experiment or play around with new products.

Do make sure you hop on over to the blog to see what my other teamies have created.

For a while I have wanted to see how well napkins would adhere to canvas, so I decided to use this opportunity to experiment.

There are no step by steps as it was totally experimental and I had no idea if it would work.

The canvas is quite thick which allowed me to use a good coating of Dina Wakley's Gel Medium applying it both to the reverse of the napkin layer and the canvas.

I spent quite a bit of time smoothing everything out from the centre to the sides with small soft paintbrush and then left it to dry overnight.

All was well the next morning and the tissue had adhered well to the canvas. I added some texture paste over these layers before sewing the tag onto some kraft card. Despite cutting both the canvas and the cardstock using the same die the canvas had not cut so well and therefore it took a bit to line it all up, so more of the kraft cardstock is showing than I intended. A bit of extra zig zag stitching helps!

I didn't want to cover up the napkin so layered some of my usual embellishments at the lower end of the tag.

I love how the texture of the canvas shows through the napkin .....

... and by tearing the edges of the napkin even the darker parts seem to merge well into the canvas.

A worthwhile experiment and you might see more canvas and napkins in the future.

As always thank you for joining me. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Jennie x

Friday, 24 August 2018

Card Tutorial for A Vintage Journey

We decided earlier this year to change things around a bit at A Vintage Journey and our monthly tutorial is now all about card design. Each month one of the Creative Guides provides a short tutorial and this month it is my turn.

So do please join me over at A Vintage Journey for more details and a step by step tutorial for this "Thanks for being you" card.

Jennie x

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Lily Coaster

It is my turn to share a project over at Calico Craft Parts today and I have opted to create a Lily Coaster to remind me of the lilies flowering in the garden here.

Do hop on over and join me at Calico Craft Parts if you would like to see more.

Jennie x

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Family Memories

Today over at Calico Craft Parts I am sharing how I made this little box to house three special family ATCs I made last year.

Hop on over and join me at Calico Craft Parts blog for more details!

Jennie x

Friday, 3 August 2018

How Can You Resist!

Hello Everyone! and welcome.

Our new challenge at A Vintage Journey is 


and the lovely Amanda is our host this month and the idea behind our theme is to use at least one resist technique in your project. There are many different products in mixed media that can be used - gesso, distress glaze, wax, embossing powder just to name a few. 

We hope this inspires you to get out your products and create - how can you resist?!

I seem to be a little obsessed with making mini books at the moment - so apologies that here is another one. Despite this being a real mini (3" x 3") I have managed to use quite a few resist techniques.

I started with a gesso resist on this small Tando Creatives Mini Book. 

The gesso was added haphazardly so that the inks would resist it in different ways.

Texture Paste used as a resist - after spraying with Distress Spray Inks I sanded the text to lighten and open up the lettering.

Embossing powder ...... hmmmm you can see what a messy stamper I am! It didn't look too bad but the close up photograph shows me up!

And finally I used an embossing folder for the inside cover pages which again acted as a resist in the same way as the texture paste, but this time lightly brushed gesso over the raised areas.

We do hope that you will join us in our challenge this month and get out those wonderful resist products or check out all those wonderful techniques on Pinterest. If you are still in need of inspiration then DO hop on over to A Vintage Journey for all the details of our challenge and some amazing projects from my Creative Guide teamies. 

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting!

Jennie x

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Canvas and Lace Wrapped Vintage Journal

Hello and welcome to the first day of the month .... 

..... and of course another new month at Mini Album Makers Challenge where the Design Team inspire you with fabulous mini book makes. Our sponsor this month is Eileen Hull and what better way than to acknowledge this amazing designer by using her latest Wrapped Journal die. 

But before I get into the details and the (rather long) tutorial can I please urge you to hop on over to our Challenge blog post where you an find all the details of this month's challenge and of course the wonderful and amazing mini books created by my fellow designers on this fabulous team.

Just click the link HERE.

I have wanted a journal for a while that I could keep a track of my handspun wool and what I have knitted with it (tension, needle size, etc.) and so decided to make a tactile textile journal that can sit in my knitting basket.

Here are a few closeups of the finished journal:

I have used canvas for the cover, tea dyed lace and ribbons and some favourite vintage papers for the inside.

I used tea dyed papers for the inside signatures.

Where possible I have machine stitched everything in place before adhering the 
canvas to the covers.

I will now take you through the steps of how I made the cover and fitted it and also how the inside signatures came together.


 I cut my canvas to size leaving a 1/2" wide turnover all the way around. 
I marked where the edges of the front cover were lightly in pencil and played around with a design.

I then took everything back to the first layer and started stitching pieces here and there to anchor them down. The canvas got very frayed during my journeys to the sewing machine (in another room!) and I wished I had left more than 1/2" around the edges!

Finally I sewed on my metal embellishments and the buttons as I knew I wouldn't be able to do this once it was stuck down.

I did some experiments with some spare board and canvas using glue and red tape and decided that the red tape did a superb job and was infinitely cleaner to work with! I placed tape on the sides of all the main pieces.

I was struggling to hold the canvas in the right place so decided to stick down front cover edge. This did give me a base to work from as my sewing had made the cover slightly squint!

I could then start bending the board on the creases of the journal as I applied the canvas.

The corners were mitred but don't cut them too close to the board as the canvas started to fray as I was sticking it down.

Everything worked out neatly but I did put some PVAglue on the mitred corners to secure the fraying edges.

Top edge done, starting on the bottom edge.

A piece of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper doesn't quite meet edge to edge so I used my die to line it up centrally and then mark where the creases were and used my scoring board to make the creases. I just knew if I tried to cut it in the die it would all go squint!

I also stuck this piece down with the red tape making sure I bent each side of the journal as I stuck it down so it would lie flat but also close.

I glued some lace down the side edges to fill in where the paper hadn't reached to the edge.

I made four signatures from tea stained paper and adhered a lovely tag to the front of each signature.

I had some of the paper left so made a pockets for the middle of two of the signatures.

There are also a few pockets here and there made from left over tea stained papers.

I had inserted the signatures with elastic which didn't look too great on the outside so again used some lace and ribbon to cover these up. I can still remove the signatures from the inside of the journal when I want to write up my notes.

If you are still with me well done! I really do love this new die from Eileen and just know it will be very popular (as are the others in the series!).

As always thank you for joining me and happy crafting!

Jennie x