Easy Gift Card Or Pocket For An Art Journal

Hi Everyone!

Learn how to fold and make this Loaded Vintage-Look Gift Card. This one has a vintage vibe, but I hope to inspire you to make one too with a theme of your choice. You could give this as a gift as is or you could put it inside a junk journal. Journaling is a great way to be creative. You can be creative with your Paper Art and also with your Writing.

Keeping a journal is also a great way to deal with grief and/or depression. Don’t forget……Writing is another form of Creating!

I was inspired by one of my favorite YouTubers for this cute Pocket that could also be a gift or a greeting card. Let the circle of inspiration continue. I’ll post her channel name and the video name at the bottom of the page. Please go check her out.

Here is a Short Video with a quick walk through. Click Here.

This paper is from my favorite collection that I bought at Hobby Lobby. The Paper Studio, Haberdashery. You can find these half off at least once a month.

I started with a scrapbook page I loved. It was a 12×12 and I cut it down to regular copy size. The example on YouTube is even smaller. These scrapbook pages are thick and the backside is plain brown as you can see when I start folding it. Pictures of the supplies are down at the bottom of the blog page.

This is the first fold.
This is the second fold.

Please refer to the video linked above for the final fold. There are two ways to do it and the video is much better at showing how. As you make the final fold, put the two “mountain peaks” at the top and fold the two bottom pieces in toward the center.

When I was finished folding all my favorite images had disappeared. So I selected another same exact paper and made several inserts to go inside all the pockets. The first one I made was the tall tag for the back pocket. I wanted it to be strong so I doubled the layers. Below is a picture of how I was determining to place a charm on it. The inspiration piece used metal grommets and a bracelet chain. I did not have that option so I used buttons and an old necklace with beads. I added a quote “With brave wings she flies.” It became a vintage butterfly theme.

Working on the tall insert for the back pocket.
Here are two of the finished inserts.

The second insert is two butterfly images from the same booklet of scrapbook pages. I just cut them to fit into the second pocket and added “Don’t forget to fly” quote at the top. The quotes are from a Tim Holtz collection pictured below. On the right side of the pocket I glued another butterfly that would show even with all the inserts inside. I also made the back more sturdy and used Liquitex Gel Medium to double side a portion of the backside. Below is a picture of the pocket after adding the butterfly on the right hand side.

My next step was to make a small tag for the next pocket. I knew I wanted a tag with lace and ribbon to grab onto as I pull in and out of the pocket. I had a wooden tag just the right size. So I inked the raw wood and then added a butterfly, quote, lace and ribbons. I may or may not keep the charm attached to the ribbons. For now it is weighing them down and keeping them all together for the photos.

Small tag for one of the middle pockets.

For the small front pocket I knew I wanted a flower of some sort. But I wanted to put a scrap snippet on it. Snippets are made from little scraps of anything. I used lace, paper and two buttons. These are fun to make and use up some of your scraps.

I ended up putting the snippet to the side for easy movement in and out of the
pocket.

Below is a picture of a flat lay with all the components. I added lace edging around the two main pockets and inked all the edges front and back with Ranger Distressed Oxide in Vintage Photo. I worked on this off and on for a whole weekend. I used my stash. I didn’t want to go “buy” anything.

Flat lay of all components.

Below are some pictures of the supplies I used. I also used Mod Podge, Gel Medium and Fabric Tack.

I used about 3-4 different partial sheets of this paper.
I used three of these quotes and inked them with Ranger Distressed Oxide in Vintage Photo.

YouTube Inspiration: Quick and Easy Junk Journal Pocket, Junk Journaling Tutorial, Loaded Pocket for Junk Journal by PinkMonarchPrints

I think this would be a GREAT gift for youngsters birthdays with a gift card in one of the pockets. How about graduation? Mother’s Day? Your daughter or sister’s birthday? I just see endless possibilities.

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Turquoise and Brown Wooden Cross with Jeweled Pendant

Hi Everyone! We are here to inspire you to be creative. Having a hobby can help you with grief and depression. Here is another craft idea if you are interested.

Turquoise is a very special color to me. It is my birthstone. So this is a very special cross. It has three layers of wooden crosses plus a turquoise and brown (tiger’s eye) stone embellished cross. The stones are faux but they are beautiful!! I will be keeping this cross. It is just beautiful and I don’t think the pictures do it justice.

Mom began with the bottom layer which has a very nice shape to it. But when she put the second layer it really began to look like a work of art. The third cross was added on top because the jeweled pendant didn’t show up against the brown background. It along with the jewel was the pièce de ré·sis·tance.

Here it is sitting on my buffet. It matches my buffet and painting perfectly.
Mom bought this pendant at Joann’s Fabric store. Luckily they were half off when we went. This was the PERFECT cross to put this jeweled cross on!!
Here it is at another angle on my Farmhouse buffet.

I hope we have inspired you to go out and be creative. Even if you don’t have wood to work with you can recycle and repurpose items you do have. Think outside the box and create mixed media which is a combination of painting, collage, decoupage, ink stamping, etc. The possibilities are endless! Just have fun!

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Looking back at 2020, Whew I Need a Rest

I haven’t posted much in awhile. I apologize. But I needed a rest and needed to rejuvenate my soul. So much has happened this year. I know I am not the only person that 2020 has hit like a mack truck.

January 2020

My Mom was diagnosed with throat cancer. The dreaded “C” word. The tumor could actually be seen in November of 2019. So I cannot give 2020 the credit for creating this situation. I actually give 2020 kudos for bringing my mom though all the treatments and bringing her to a cancer free diagnosis. But it all took a toll on my whole family. She has a tumor on the side of her neck the size of a golf ball in November. By January it is the size of an apple.

February 2020

Mom has exploratory surgery but the tumor cannot be removed. It has to be treated with primarily radiation. They add chemotherapy as a double dose of whammy. She has to have all her bottom teeth removed because the radiation will make removal later almost impossible. I think because the teeth bond to the jaw bone during radiation. Don’t quote me on that but that is what I understood. Again the tumor is growing, about the size of a large orange now.

March 2020

Mom begins her treatments. She is in so much pain because the tumor is growing so fast. It causes her to have terrible excruciating headaches. She holds ice to her head. I want to cry. I pray everyday, all day. She has absolutely WONDERFUL doctors. I can’t sing their praises loud enough. She almost cannot answer questions because the pain medicine and pain scatters her thoughts and focus. I take her to all her appointments. I take her Mondays and Tuesdays to radiation. Tuesdays, she has both radiation and chemo. My stepdad Joe takes her the rest of the week to radiation. We are living day to day. After about 2 and a half weeks there is a NOTICEABLE difference in the size of her tumor.

April 2020

The Pandemic hits USA hard. We cannot go in with Mom for her appointments. I could still go to the chemotherapy appointment but not into the lab. She was still in so much pain she couldn’t answer questions or find all the rooms on all the floors. They take our temperature before they let us in the buildings.

May 2020

Mom is feeling better but with side affects. She doesn’t want to eat much. Her skin on her neck is blood red. She doesn’t sleep well. Joe helps her take her medicine properly.

June 2020

Now we wait the allowed time for some of the chemo to get out of her system so she can take another PET scan.

I ask Mom if she wants to make some porch leaners for me. We made some with the word “Welcome” on them. I think that was the first craft item she had made in a long, long time. She said really missed doing arts and crafts. So I asked her if she wanted to make more and she said yes. I would look up cute things to make and we would work on them together or she would take a picture and run with it. Joe was so so happy that she was happy. He said the crafts were doing her a world of good. They were taking her mind off the worry of cancer.

July 2020

At the end of this month, she takes her PET scan. We wait another week for results. The chemotherapy doctor gives us the good news. There is no sign of cancer. Mom breaks down and cries for happiness and relief in the office.

JOE HAS A STROKE.

August 2020

Joe passes away before he can have his heart surgery. It was two-three days before one of the hurricanes was due to hit us here in Louisiana. Joe said the night he passed away, that he didn’t know if he could handle another hurricane. (Hurricane Harvey caused Mom and Joe to lose their home in Texas due to the Rivers flooding.)

September 2020

One of the hardest months of my life. Seeing my Mom devastated by Joe’s sudden death made me feel helpless. My husband, Paul, really helped Mom and I with all the many things we had to take care of when someone passes away. We didn’t have a funeral for Joe because of COVID 19. We hope to have a memorial on the one year anniversary in 2021. All his relatives were too ill to fly or drive in. Our family lives in Texas and they couldn’t make it either. It was such a sad situation for this to happen during this pandemic. I asked Mom if she still wanted to live alone in her and Joe’s house. I suggested we move her to a little house on our property. She broke down and cried and said she would love that.

October 2020

October 17th, moving day for the little house. Our offices were about 5 miles away from our house right off the interstate. We had been wanting to downsize due to the pandemic and move them onto our land. We had two metal office buildings. Now one serves as our office up front near the road by our house. The larger one serves as my Mom’s little house in the back near the ponds. It took awhile to get electricity, plumbing, etc.

November 2020

Mom and I painted everything white. That brightened up the little space. Paul had people put in some walls for a little bedroom and a shower in the bathroom. Paul and Mom worked on the kitchen cabinets and the floors. The grandkids even helped with the floors. Mom and I painted the kitchen cabinets white. After that Mom did most of the finishing work. I helped her as much as I could. She is awesome at trim and moulding. We put up a backsplash and finished out the kitchen window. Paul finishes the last minute plumbing and when the weather finally cooperated, we moved some of her belongings over to the little house.

December 2020

December 5th, Mom moves in. She seems to really like it. It is looking more and more like home to her. I am so happy she is here with me. I love having her very near.

More news struck.

My mother-in-law is very ill. She has Alzhiemers’s and Dementia. We are all worried that her time is near.

Update: MaMa Regina passed away on New Year’s Eve 2020. Her Rosary was on January 1, 2021 and her funeral was on January 2, 2021.

I need a rest, but as you can see, my Mom really needs one. She seems to be happy in her new little house surrounded by all her special belongings and her outside plants. She is feeding the birds and still doing crafts.

I know that I am not alone in wishing 2021 will be 100 times better than 2020. One good thing came from 2020 and that was the news that the pet scan showed no more cancer for my Mom. Please pray for us that this continues to be the case. God Bless you for reading my blog. This was a serious and difficult subject for me to share. But if this story helps just one person with their current situation then it will be worth it for me. Please leave comments if you too had a difficult year.

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Vintage Truck Evergreen Wreath

I love that a wreaths’ circular shape is said to symbolize eternal life and the unending love of God. We made one and I wanted to make more when I heard that.

For this wreath, I started with a 10 dollar wreath from Walmart. I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it, but the vintage truck sign from I think Walmart too, fit into it perfectly.

The ribbon made from red and off white buffalo check was a perfect match. Plus the burlap color was the perfect match for the wood surrounding the truck. LOVE IT! I may have to keep it instead of selling it. ??

I believe the truck came from Walmart. It is so cute. Below are some close up pictures of the truck.

We put buffalo check bows all around the wreath and added holly berries. It is just enough red to really set it off.

The picture below allows you to see the size compared to my garage door.

Try your hand at creating a wreath too. There are so many cute ornaments to choose from. But just adding a bow is festive enough sometimes. Turn on some Christmas music and “go to town” crafting and decorating.

The two pictures below were taken without a flash but give you another idea of the coloring without lights.

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Snowman with Sled Porch Leaner

You get two, two, two leaners in one. A precious snowman plus a sled with Welcome on it.

Mom made this from a pattern she bought from one of her woodcraft magazines. She did a great job. She buys the lumber, cuts the lumber, assembles the project and then paints the main colors. She leaves the finishing touches up to me.

The pattern has all the instructions, even down to the paint highlights and lowlights. We never follow it to the exact blueprint, but we followed it pretty closely. I am proud how it turned out.

Hope you like it too.

Mom and I are both retired. Anyway, I will be soon on my birthday this year. Crafting is something we love to do. It reduces our stress and is great therapy. My step dad just passed away less than 2 months ago. If it wasn’t for the crafts, I don’t think she would be as emotionally healthy as she is.

It’s funny how the Lord leads you to pathways he has chosen for you. I wanted to open a boutique and work on some crafts on the side. But it turns out just the opposite. I am making crafts and selling boutique items on the side.

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