Tuesday, October 3, 2017

NEW Photo Mailers

Most crafters can make something out of anything. Which is where this idea came from.

Awhile back I made this mini folded album out of a 6 x 12 sheet of paper...I had tried to make a fun velcro closure and used the stickie kind. Well it never really adhered - it was meant to easily open and close and when it kept sticking well I gave up. The paper was cute and the paper was fun but I hadn't figured out how to keep it closed.

That was last year. Fast forward to recently...like a month ago. I had sheets of 6 x 12 paper from other paper bag albums and wanted to try making one of those albums again - well guess what I figured it all out. 

Here are the NEW version of the old idea I had. 
I used left over papers from the Echo Park Bundle of Joy kit and made what I am now calling

PHOTO MAILERS



Here is the MAILER opened up once



Here is the mailer opened up twice.
I added more cardstock for the photo mats and used some die cuts & stickers from the kit to add the accents and embellish the inside photo mats.


Oh and how incredible easy was it to figure out this closure. Sometimes we crafters make things super hard - when the easiest way is usually the BEST way. 

Extra paper folded around the closed mailer to make a simple slip on and off belly band.

EASY!!!!!



Part of the reason for making these small photo mailers is that I like to have small priced items at my craft show - for people or even kids who don't have much to spend but still love giving handmade gifts. I have found selling at craft shows over the years that you should always have lots of different but similar items at varied price ranges to accommodate all your buyers. Just  a TIP!


Thanks for stopping by. 
this is my busy craft prep season so forgive the in and out of posting here on the old blog.

Ciao Tina



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Junk journaling my Way

Not sure if you have seen any of the super cool junk journal makers on YouTube but you should check them out! I love the idea of them mostly because it'sANYTHING  GOES -  I like that you can use anything you want to make it look old, themed, and it's ok that they are super fat and filled up!!! 

I have made these in the past and painted pages and added a bunch of different things to them - I'll search one out and share it here when I do. 

So because I love new ideas and I especially like to make them my own I decided to try this with my traditional paper bag albums as the base.

Here is one version I made and it has an uplifting and personal inspirational theme to it. 

See the cover looks like any other paper bag album. 

But then when you open it - its  filled with so much more. Lots of extras 


I used small bags, envelopes and vintage papers to create inner booklets and holders to hold special secret notes to yourself or words and photos that are extra special to you and maybe for your eyes only. 


And I added a bunch of 3x5 journal cards with positive messages and lots of space for journaling in other spots. The smaller hand sewn booklets inside have little surprises all over,'it's quite fun to flip through these. 


These inner books are made of scrapbook paper, journal tags, and vintage paper and are held in the album with bakers twine!!

I just posted a video up on YouTube (@onecraftymess) on a journal I made for my trip to Tennessee before it was filled in and another video with ideas on what to collect on your trips to add to your junk journal when you get home!

Next will be the finished travel journal with all my goodies added and it's quite full and super fun for all to flip through!!! 

Happy Tuesday ya'll 

xo
T

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sale in the shop

Just wanted to take a minute and share that I have some albums on sale right now in the shop and if you mention that you are shopping by way of the blog - I will give you free shipping  on any purchase so if you have been wanting something - now is the time to load up and buy buy buy 

Check out the newly listed goods 



In time for Halloween


Cute right?

Check out the shop for all the photos of the inside of the albums. 


Hope your having a great week!!!

xo

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Birthday #47

Wednesday August 2nd I turned 47. It's a big number for me since I'm a few years I will be 50! I look at myself in the mirror and don't see a almost 50 year old girl.  Weird this time thing - it keeps On going even if you aren't ready for it.


I know I look a little less then happy here but if I'm being honest - I wasn't feeling super special on my birthday! I woke up restless like I hadn't slept! I had to get my kids ready for high school registration then went to have breakfast with the kids and then a movie then home and we'll it felt a little less then spectacular!! When my hubbs got home  he took us out to dinner and wouldn't you know I forgot my phone!! 

You might be saying well that sounds like a good day but i realized later that I was missing my mama - she was always the first to call me on my birthday, really early, and sing happy birthday in English and Spanish. For some reason this year (she past away in 2009) I missed her most or needed to hear her most! 


My birthday celebrating Saturday July 29th - with dinner with my dad and brother and we went out on Sunday to Venice beach and did the whole Los Angeles thing and we had the best day!! Really I had a fantastic birthday week!!! 

I am blessed and decided to make number 47 a fantastic year - I have blog goals, fitness goals and personal growth goals!!! I'll share those later! But I need to prepare mentally for 50 and I plan on staring this year!!! 

Stay tuned and I guess the moral of this post is --- if you are feeling crappy figure out the real reason because there is always an underlying reason to your sadness and if you do t figure it out it could affect your whole day and put a damper on it!!! For me I was just missing my mom- and it wasn't until nighttime that I realised it and let it go!!!! 


Have a great weekend friends!!! Here's to 47 🎂


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Bible journals

I wanted to share this idea I came up with that can be altered for any subject - BIBLE JOURNALS 

All you need to make them is a blank notebook and some scraps of paper and some die cuts from paper kits 

I used papers and embellishments from illustrated faith 



Cute and simple and because it's a notebook and has lined paper inside you can do bullet journaling of your scriptures and or readings! 


These could be made for bible study groups or women's groups - next ill share the kids journals I made - same idea but with a  sweet images - 

I'll have these up in the shop on Monday!!! 

Happy Saturday ya'll!! 

xoT

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New albums

I just finished these awesome albums and they are now listed in the shop


You can see more photos on Instagram or in the shop 

I used some of the coolest NEW paper designs out there like 

TOYBOX by Carta Bella
GIRL SQUAD by Pebbles Inc.
FAMILY by Echo Park
YOU ARE LOVED by Illustrated Faith

Cuteness all around and they make great gifts.

Happy Crafting

XO
tina







Friday, June 30, 2017

for the love of Burlap

I have total love for Burlap - and if you have ever touched the stuff there is really alot not to like about it. It sheds when you cut into it and its rough to the touch but the colors it comes in are dreamy and I am extremely fond of making banners out of them - and truthfully not much touching going on with banners - just take them out and string them up...

Here are few I just made and listed in the shop and I took these photos with some of my sweet holiday gnomes.


aren't these banners fun and look how great they look with my Gnomes.

Check out my instagram feed for a video I shared of my mantel decorated with all the Fourth of July goodies I have made and yes they are for sale in my shop.

Hope your week has been a crafty one.

xo
T