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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Ode to Dolly Art Journal Pages

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I love VINTAGE. These photos of Dolly inspired me to create these two pages for my online Art Journal Challenge. Please keep reading to see what all the challenge was about.

Marjie Kemper is our wonderful teacher for this challenge.

For the page below we were supposed to use a textured surface. I didn’t have modeling paste so I used floor grout. Believe it or NOT, it worked! It was gray in color which matched the gray tones of the photo so I left it the color it was. The vintage photo to go with it was an older photo of Dolly Parton.

“POUR YOURSELF A CUP OF AMBITION”

I choose a vintage Coffee Pot and Cup photo to go with the song quote “Pour Yourself a Cup of Ambition”.

The blues and yellows and browns were done by Ranger Distressed Inks.

For the next page we were supposed to use choose a photo and a snarky remark and put it all on a background made from Washi tape.

I think Dolly was perfect for this challenge too.

“IT TAKES A LOT OF MONEY TO LOOK THIS CHEAP.”

I had to add the word “Fierce” to this page too. Another journal maker used it and I thought it fit Dolly perfectly.

I remember when Dolly said the quote “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” I laughed and laughed. That’s what I like about her. She has so much humor and wit. She came from humble beginnings and is so down to earth that anyone can relate to her. She is such a STORYTELLER. That is why her song lyrics hit home runs.

Can you believe that I do not own any Washi tape. So I just put a border on the left and at the top.

My black background on this page was painted on. Not with a brush but with a food scraper. It made it look like wood actually. GET CREATIVE! It is so much fun!!

If you like to journal AND you like Art…. Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNAL~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and these are some more pages I created. We will create ten altogether for this online challenge.

I LOVE Mixed Media Art. What I like about it is…everyone’s art looks different. In this challenge, everyone’s journal pages look different. You use the supplies you have on hand so that forces everyone to be different.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

Thank you for reading my blog!! It means a lot to me!

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More About Art Journals

Hi Everyone!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, if you like to journal AND you like Art…. Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNAL~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and these are some more pages I created. We will create ten altogether for this online challenge.

I LOVE Mixed Media Art. What I like about it is…everyone’s art looks different. In this challenge, everyone’s journal pages look different. You use the supplies you have on hand so that forces everyone to be different.

Marjie Kemper is our wonderful teacher for this challenge.

For the page below we were supposed to use a stamp with a bird on it. I will add to my rubber stamp collection, but in the meantime I used a scrapbook page that had a bird on it. I also didn’t have any Tim Holtz charms but I did have a key with a message on it.

DREAM (Bird and Key)

I bought some scrapbook paper that looks vintage. If you are not new to my blog, you know I LOVE VINTAGE.
The key charm had DREAM on it. Perfect.

For the background, we used cardboard and took off one smooth side to reveal the channels. That makes the background so interesting. We added some paint in whatever colors we wanted.

The twine was blending in too much so I painted it with a darker color brown.

For the next page we were supposed to use a rubber stamp of a FACE. But I used a vintage picture instead. For my sentiment, I put a prayer I often ask the Lord. “What would you have me do? Where would you have me go? What would you have me say? And to whom?”

WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME DO?

When in doubt about your life….say a prayer.
I love this prayer. Sometimes, I think I should give up my arts and crafts and truly retire. Maybe I should give up my blog. But the Lord seems to be telling me to keep going. That’s why this prayer is so precious to me.
Art Journals do not have to be put away in a notebook never to be seen. Take the pages out and display in with your home decor. Especially if they look good with different holidays.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

Thank you for reading my blog!! It means a lot to me!

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Art Journal Pages One and Two

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Who likes to journal? Who likes Art? Maybe you would like to ~ART JOURNALl~. I have found that I love it. I am taking a class and this was two of the first pages I finished.

What I like about it is…everyone’s pages look different. My Art Journal has a definite butterfly theme.

Some people have chosen a WORD FOR 2021. I think I did this unwittingly. My word is BUTTERFLY. Maybe because I want to fly among the flowers. Maybe I want to transform. Maybe I want to take flight. Maybe I want to take the time to enjoy nature. But whatever my reasons, they are beautiful creatures that I can’t wait until spring is here to see again.

My wonderful online teacher is Marjie Kemper. She always recommends using supplies you ALREADY have. For the page below I was supposed to have die cut gears on the right hand edge. But I don’t have a die cutter. So I used ribbon with beads from the Dollar Tree Store.

FIND YOUR PURPOSE AND SHINE

I also did not have the ready made tag. So I made one from a manila folder. I also was supposed to have a different background. I only had blue card stock. You just go with what you have. I LOVE IT! I did use the DISTRESSED INKS as was recommended. I plan on buying some more stencils. But again I used what I had. I used my computer to create my sentiments.

Up close picture of the Dollar Tree Ribbon.
Up close of my butterfly. I bought a package of four from Michaels. I knew I would use them someday.

For the next page I was supposed to use black card stock as the background. But I only had dark brown scrapbook paper. The left side is a torn page from a book. I have to tell you a secret about myself. I cannot bring myself to tear a page out of a book. I guess maybe I could if it was already falling apart. So I copied a page from a book I had on hand and used that.

FIND YOUR OWN VISION

Marjie has stamps for everything. I didn’t have a stamp with eyes, so I found an image on the internet.

The border on the left was supposed to be another die cut edge. But I used a border from a scrapbook page. I like how she teaches to use stencils and inks to lay across all layers. I also used the computer to make my sentiment. Until I get more stamps. lol.

I hope you will stop by my blog and see all my pages as I finish them. Not all of them will have butterflies, but most of them will.

Take care, God Bless….Kathy

Thank you for reading my blog!! It means a lot to me!

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