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Repurpose that old piece of jewelry!

Hey y’all!  I’m ready to get you digging through your grandma’s jewelry stash or your old junk jewelry/button bins with this project!

This was such a quick and pretty project to do with stuff you have in your stash and the March BGC kit.  I used the wooden clipboard (don’t you just love that clipboard?!) and just lightly rubbed on some of the blue paint from the March kit.

Next I moved on to the flower.  I took apart one of the flowers in the kit and rubbed some Bad Girls Couture gesso in the middle of both flower sections.  When that was just about dry, I came over that with some of the yellow paint in the kit.  I loved rubbing it on instead of brushing it because it gave it such a natural effect and really made it look like the inside of a flower.  I then brushed on some clear crackle paint and allowed it to dry.  Once the crackle dried I rubbed on some brown ink to give added dimension and highlight some of that beautiful cracking.  Finally, I added some glitter to the edges of the petals with some gesso before glueing both pieces of the flower back together.  And as the crowning touch to this lovely flower, in the center I placed a beautiful vintage rhinestone earring.  I removed the clip from the back and just adhered it with a bit of hot glue.

The flower is attached to the clip with another touch of hot glue and it’s now ready for use!  Fun for displaying mini pieces of art, pictures or cards!

Now go digging in your junk jewelry and buttons and find a treasure to REPURPOSE!!

REPURPOSE those book covers!

I hope you gals have a few old books or book covers laying around because trust me…you are gonna WANNA make this!

I have recently gotten a love (perhaps obsession) of making art journals!  And this one was no exception.  I just loved the process of making it and know that I will love creating in it.

So I started out with an old book cover and since I didn’t have the entire book to make the back as well I used a piece of cardboard cut down to the same size.  I also gathered some other supplies like some canvas pieces to make the pages as well as some twine for binding it all together.  For the inside cover I used some of the patterned paper from the kit and I backed the back of the book with solid black paper.

I applied the patterned paper to the inside of the front and back covers then painted a thin coat of Bad Girls gesso and wiped it off with a baby wipe before it dried to give it an old streaky, whitewash effect.  Once dried it inked them both up well.

Then I moved on to the pages, I gave them a good heavy coat of gesso on the pages, leaving some pages with none so it leaves me art options when I go to use my journal.

Then I took a wide strip of the same canvas fabric and sewed along the edges for a finished look and attached the front and back cover on the inside to create the spine.

 

I bound all the pages in the cover by grouping them into sections (3 sections in all) and punching holes in the spines of the pages as well as in the spine of the binding cloth.  I used some jute twine to string them all together and bind them into the cover.

I used some corrugated cardboard and an old house charm to embellish the front cover and hold it all together with a band I created by running one of the enamel charms from the kit through a piece of black elastic and tying it together.

Now go look through your book collection and make you a cool journal!

Happy Heart Mini

For this “Happy Heart” mini, I used the Maya Road chipboard binder (which is uber cute by itself) and grudged it up a bit with some crackle paint and various acrylic paints to give it a weathered look.

Then I just stared layering on things that I liked together since this is a happy project after all!  I painted and distressed one of the little prima flowers from the kit as well as one I had left over from the January kit.  I gessoed them and then added some acrylic paints and texture paste to the edges to add some more interest and dimension.

I did some hand cutting on the Crate Paper sheets to make some little buds peeking out behind the American Crafts metallic bird chipboard sticker.  The “happy” chipboard tag is also from the American Crafts stickers in the kit and I just tied a bit of scrap silk to the top.  Another feature I did for some dimension was to sew a little pouch made from the tulle in the kit and I suspended some leaf sequins inside.  Finally I added the metallic “heart” chipboard sticker with some pop dots on top.

As for the inside, well that’s where my “repurpose” comes from!  I used the clear dolly printed packaging inside the prima flowers and cut out little transparent dividers for my mini!  I really love the look it gives.

Well I hope you enjoyed my little mini and I hope you are able to squeeze some scrappy love in your life today to make your heart happy!!

Vaca Layout on this Antiquated Friday!!

Hey y’all!  Today I bring to you my “2017 Vaca” Layout!  And as you see today’s theme is “antiqued” so I thought I would just walk you through a few things I did on this page to give it a bit of an antique vibe without using anything vintage on it at all.

I ran across this super cute dolly Sizzix die and knew I had to get it to give my projects some sweet vintage vibes!  And I feel like it certainly did that.  I used the vintage looking pretty floral patters of the Maggie Holmes Crate Paper sheets to make these sweet little dollies and they really ramped up the vintage feeling on this page.

The machine stitching always make me think of antique linens with the zig zag stitches.  I also gave the bright yellow a little of a tone down with a thin coat of white Bad Girls Couture gesso.  It’s all accented with various botanical and leaf cut outs using Sizzix dies.  I find this is a wonderful way to play with my patterned papers and add interest and dimension to my pages.

And finally as normal with most of my work, I inked it all up with a brown stamp pad to soften edges and give it all an antiqued, aged feeling.

Thank you for stoping by today, now go get your antique on!

Stay Thankful Mini

The Antiquated challenges always are my fav and this one was pretty fab!  This month we had a great little vintage comic mini in our December kits to have fun with!!

Coming off of Thanksgiving and seeing everyone listing everything they are thankful for last month on social media but then going into December that stopped I got to thinking…WHY?!  We need to STAY thankful!  With that message deep in my heart I received this kit and knew I had to make my mini a “Stay Thankful” themed mini to at least get us though the rest of the holiday season and remind us we need to stay thankful more than just in November.

So the pages are super cute before you even get to decorating but I got to layering and painting!

I added inserts like this tag I made by using my Sizzix to cut a tree out of the center of the paper and then machine sewing the Hambly overlay behind it.  Another insert I did was to use the large butterfly on that same overlay as a single cutout, punched a hole in the top of the wing and made it an insert towards the back of the book as well

This tassel keyring was made with some of the ribbons from the kit and then attached to the binder ring that holds the book together.

The Cover is embellished by painting a rough square in the center with gesso and then sticking the word “stay” on in the American Craft foam letters and painting over them with gesso.  I added some texture beads to the gesso to give some added dimension and interest.  When that was all dry I added the work “thankful” with some letter stickers from my stash.  Then I layered on a bunch of die cuts I made using the papers from the kit and then place the arrow and leaf glitter foam stickers.  Looking at it now I wish I would have inked up the die cuts but oh well!

This mini had so many  possibilities and I’m not even done with mine, It’s ready to be filled with all my thankful moments!

Antiquated FRIDAY!!

HAPPY FRIDAY BAD GIRLIES!!  Y’all ready to get your antique vibes on?!

For this layout I didn’t actually use anything vintage or antique at all but I think it really has a wonderful vintage french victorian feel to it and it just suits the feeling of the photos and the event I was scrapbooking so well.

To create this feeling you have to have lots of details, layers and rich textures.  This kit was perfect to create that feeling.  The papers had plenty of wonderful elements you could select to focus on and cut out to make focal points and really use a embellishments rather than over all background papers.  I really loved the Prima paper with all the frames, this really helped to set the tone.  Also creating some little mini hat pins with the pearls gave some great dimension and richness.  To create these I just strung the pearls on some jewelry head pins and secured them between the pearls with a dot of hot glue.  The lace really gives texture and a vintage victorian feeling.

I really loved the pretty blue and metallic silver flowers in the pattered Prima paper but I thought a whole sheet of it would be too busy and overpowering for this layout.  Cutting out a few and placing them as embellishments worked really well again some the simpler pattern paper and some coordinating card stock I had on hand.

For the title work, I used the Prima stencil and the Bad Girls gesso and scraped a dollop of it across the stencil then pulled it up so it would be kinda think.  Once dried It gave a somewhat raised, embossed effect…not as raised as modeling paste but very lovely and perfect for durability in a scrapbook album.  Then I rubbed some of the silver Prima wax across it with my finger and dug through my alphabet stash to find the perfect letters.  I loved that I found some letters that were a coordinating color and had some texture to them, I think that added a lot to the overall feeling of the page.  If you didn’t have letters with texture, you could smear a bit of thick paint, emboss them with embossing powder or glitter them and that would be great texture options as well.

Lastly, I added a generous touch of gesso on the Prima flower and a heavy inking all around the page as well as a silver wax rub around the edge of the photos.

These little inking and gesso touches really do give them a finishing vintage feeling.  I hope you can take some of these touches to give your next layout or project a vintage vibe!

Altered Chipboard Tag

Hi everybody! Hope you’re having a fabulous week so far. Today, I have a fun tag that I altered using the Mouldings from the October Bad Girls Couture kit. I love tags; they are my favorite. For this project, I used a chipboard tag and vintage moulding by Prima Marketing.

The first thing I did was coat the chipboard tag in Heavy White Gesso with a paintbrush. I pushed the tag aside and used the Moulding and paper clay to make a border for the bottom of the tag. I gently peeled the mold from the Moulding then added a good amount of gesso at the bottom of the tag and gently pressed the Moulding on top of the gesso and let it sit to dry for 24 hours.

Once the tag was completely dry, I sprayed some of Prima Marketing Inc.’s Colour Blooms on the tag and used a brush to brush the mist onto the Moulding in the colors of Cobalt and Deep Teal. I splashed some Gold Glimmer Glam onto the tag as well. I stamped a butterfly image onto the tag using black ink and added some lace at the top of the tag to complete my project.

 

 

These Mouldings are addicting and so much fun to play with! What do you think? Are you ready to try these beauties out on your next project?!

Thanks for visiting today!