Thursday, July 29, 2010

Crafted Minutes Create {Altered Journal}

Five minutes here and there for some creative, inky fun are not exactly conducive to finishing fast, but the process is still full o' fun and smile worthy playtime!

I started with a composition book and shirt that my daughter has outgrown, then pulled supplies from there.  Three patterned papers, Tim Holtz stamps, and I broke out an unopened pack of Tim's masks.

Tim's sentiment stamps are so fabulous (I just LOVE them!) that I couldn't use only one.  So, I collage stamped all of the stamps in his Just Thoughts set on the mini polka patterned paper.

If you've read my blog for awhile, you might have noticed that I really enjoy a clean look, love my cardstock, don't use a lot of patterned paper (though I collect it! lol), and rarely ever collage (I think I've only collaged something once on here).  But, I am happy with how this came out! :>

I definitely gave myself my stamper's manicure for this project, as I inked the edges of my background paper, painted & inked (with white acrylic paint, white pigment ink, pink dye ink) the binding, used multiple, alternating layers of white acrylic paint & pink dye ink over the Tim Holtz "K" mask, and once the mask was removed, the open area was filled with multiple layers of dimensional adhesive.  Add in Fabri-Tac, Modge Podge, white glue, and I had sticky, inky, painty hands.  But, I like that.  It means I found time to play!

I cut out a couple of the hearts on my Princess' old shirt, as well as a rectangle, which I used the reverse side of.  Some clouds were detail cut from patterned paper and hand cut scallops from the large glittered polka paper made for a couple of borders. 

One last detail that isn't showing on camera, but does in real life is the extra sparkle added to the journal's front.  Using a clear Spica glitter pen, I traced clouds, the polkas on two clouds, and certain words in the collage stamping that I wanted to emphasize.  Sorry I couldn't get the camera to pick it up, but it does balance out the sparkle on the large polkas.

There is a ton of that shirt left, so I will save it for when I eventually get to scrapping some pages during the shirt's time in my wee girl's life.  I also have the cutest pair of jeans, with sweetly colored & shaped buttons, lining the front pockets, that I'm holding on to for a scrapbook page or two of her.

Do you do that?  Do you save a favorite piece of clothing (kidlets' or your own) for a creative project?

I'm playing along with some creative peeps today!  Come visit some of the linkups...I'll bet you'll be inspired.  I'm off to see some inspiration too!! :>

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Ink - Positively Pink Classic (Dye), White Craft (pigment) - Stampin' Up!
Masks - "K" from Alpha set - Tim Holtz, idea-ology
Ribbon - Pink Ruffled Grosgrain - Stampin' Up!
Other - Composition Book - Target (wait for clearance after Back to School...30cents!); Fabric/Shirt - Old Navy


  1. Ohhhhh, oh, oh, ohhhhh! Oh, KARE! You CRAFTED! You craftilicious, crafty-babe! Oh, honey, you REALLY did! Look at this HEAVENLY lil' creation! And EXTRA points for the FINE use/ eco-friendly combo of old shirt + collaged items! Honey, baby! This one is OUT of the park! I clicked on the picture and saw the gleaming letter "K" flawlessly glinting in the light! YOU got your AWESOME on today, my friend! WAhoooooo! I'm SOOOO happy for you!

    {And completely envious of those STAMPS! Yeeee HAW!}

  2. P.S. {!} I have a drawer full!!! And I have used and WILL use left over embroidered embellies, prints and pockets from kid clothing - I love IT! Wahoooo!

  3. too cute! What a fun way to use up those extras that we ALL have lying around! So glad you shared!

  4. It turned out great! I've just started saving some old shirts to make pillow out of later on. I couldn't part with them :)


  5. adorable altered book! i love how you used your daughter's outgrown shirt for some of the embellishments!! just too cute! i have saved a few of my boys togs from when they were little, but not to use them on layouts... just to save a bit of when they were little...

  6. That turned out very pretty!

  7. I just love everything that you come up with!!! Makes me want to drop everything and spend my day crafting :)

  8. Ummm hellooooo gorgeous! Wow Karen! I LOVE this project! It won't matter what you use the inside of this journal will make you smile just to LOOK at it. Outstanding my crafty friend!

  9. KAREN! you came to visit me. thanks girl, i have missed your witty posts.
    THIS project my dear is totally fab!!
    i bet the sparkle irl IS fantastic.
    see you again soon.

  10. This is fab Karen. What a great way to recycle clothing! Love your collage creation and your stamping is fantastic.
    Brilliant work!
    Love Sarita xx

  11. What a wonderful idea! You are so crafty! And what a story the cover of this book tells! I too have a few pieces of my Jacob's favorite clothes. I'm saving them for just the right project. :)

  12. Wow! Don't understand your explanation as I'm not a paper-crafter, but very impressed with the project! I have a garbage bag of old TShirts (including GS and MV ones!) that I'm planning on making a quilt out of. Someday...

  13. OMG this is sooooo stinkin' adorable Karen!!! I love it! And sparkle too, you go girl!!!!!!! Why the heck are you so far away! You MUST show me how to stamp one of these days when I come back home to visit. Deal????


  14. Yep, I save stuff from my peanut all the time, and it gets refurbished into many different things, scrapbook pages, quilts, wall hangings... Love your craft project, very cool!!

  15. What a sweet little book! I always try to upcycle...old denim clothes are my fave...especially the pockets! :)

  16. What a fabulous idea. I have a lot of meaningful items that I didn't want to get rid of and now they are just sitting in a bin, where no one can see them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Oh that is so so so cool! I love all the fun elements!

  18. Thanks for the comment... following you back!!

  19. Here's to another patterned paper collector ;) What a cutie little book, Karen! I love, love all the elements and the little t-shirt hearts really make the cover extra special. Off to check out your links!

  20. Hi, Karen! This journal is terrific! What a keepsake! Love the stamp set you picked and your collage! :-)

  21. Es gibt offensichtlich eine Menge zu wissen. Ich glaube, Sie haben einige gute Punkte in Funktionen auch. Halten Sie Ihren Arbeitsbereich, great job!


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