The Kraft Journal- Movies, Songs or Books

Hi everyone! Monday has rolled around once again, and that means it’s time for a new challenge at The Kraft Journal. This week’s theme is Movies, Songs or Books.

For this challenge, I was thinking books, or more specifically, notebooks. I am definitely a notebook girl. I always like to keep one near at hand by my computer to jot down assignments, design ideas, color combinations, or whatever comes into my head . Over time, they become a journal of sorts to me that I like to look back on. I’d be lost without my notebooks. And in perfect timing, I was just needing a new one.

I had an inexpensive notebook on hand that I wanted to give a more personal touch by changing the original look to one that felt more like me. I first covered both the front and back covers with torn pieces of Vintage Dictionary Pages decoupaged with a mixture of liquid glue and white paint. Once the glue was dry, I added color with spray inks to create a natural background scene of sky and grass. Then came a tree cardstock sticker and another light wash of white paint.

Tied some rustic twine around the notebook and hung a White Scalloped Tag dressed up with Steampunk Victoriana Rubbings from a simple bow. Added a few more of the rubbings to the cover along with a sweet little flower fairy I found from The Graphics Fairy.

The flower fairies come from a 1910 children’s book. Karen has shared many adorable ones from this book on her website. I had a hard time choosing, so I added another of my favorites to the back cover.

Simple, messy, and fun! And now ready for more random thoughts and notes.

Hope you’ll play along with us this week at The Kraft Journal. All of our followers who participant in our challenges for the month of August have a chance to be featured on our “Feature Me Fridays” posts as well as be entered to win a $15.00 Kraft Outlet Store Voucher!  The more challenges you enter this month, the more chances you have to win!

Sharing today’s project with The Graphics Fairy Brag Monday. Thank you, Karen!

And thank YOU for stopping by. I always love to have a visit from you.


The Kraft Journal- Oh Baby, it’s Spring

Happy Monday, friends! It’s time for a new challenge at The Kraft Journal. This week’s theme is Oh, Baby, it’s Spring.

For this week’s challenge, I made a recycled framed art project using a thrift store funky junk frame, corrugated cardboard, and lots of fun new products from The Kraft Outlet.

A bit of paint and snippets of Vintage Dictionary Pages dress a background panel of recycled cardboard.

Pretty patterned paper and a Buff Postcard Tag frame a Large Grungy Prim Tag, drawing your eye to the center of the piece and the sweet baby chick from The Graphics Fairy that’s the star of the show.

I added detailing to the tag with Steampunk Victoriana Rubbings, more Vintage Dictionary Pages, and ATC Label Rubber Stamps, along with a dictionary pages flower, a bit of stamping, and a X-Small Grungy Prim Tag spring sentiment.

I hope you will come and play along with us this week.  You have until Sunday, March 27 at 6 pm EST to upload your spring themed projects featuring kraft cardstock or products from the Kraft Outlet. The winner of our March drawing will receive a $15 voucher to shop in the store.

Can’t wait to see what YOU create!

Week of the Man Cards

Lately, I’ve been finding myself in need of masculine cards. Not only did my brother recently celebrate a birthday, my good friend, Jon, is also having a birthday next week. So it’s been time for me to break out the man goods and get crafty.

Although I usually like to dress a card up with pretty flowers and ribbons, I’ve tried to stick with a more manly approach here. The rugged and rustic look of kraft cardstock always works well for me, and I’ve paired that here with brown patterned papers, a variety of shipping tags and labels, raw chipboard, and metal embellishments. You may have noticed I’ve also added a small snippet of the recycled printed paper bag I’ve been playing with lately. All these elements combined give this card a masculine appeal.

Although I kept the overall look on the rugged side, I’ve still managed to slip in a few feminine touches that I love, like this ornate french frame from the Graphics Fairy, polka dotted patterned paper and pearl buttons from my Grandmother. I believe elements from both spectrums work harmoniously and add great visual interest to a project.

Just like yin and yang.

Hope you all have a wonderful day today! Thanks so much for stopping by.