Nov 22, 2020

Ephemera Folios from File Folders Tutorial


Hello friends!  Today I have an upcycled file folio tutorial to share with you.  This basic four section pocket folder can be used for many purposes, such as photo storage, journaling or as a mini book.  I'm using mine to store fussy cut ephemera collections, mainly the Fruits and Flowers Fussy Cut Collection and Herbs and Spices Fussy Cut Collection by Junk with Steph (digital designs).  I recently joined the Junk with Steph design team, simply because I adore her images and wanted to get to play! 


My only problem is that these are ADDICTIVE!  I can't stop printing and cutting and I needed a way to store my new ephemera for easy access, hence the file folio concept.  I hope to create new folios for different kits in the future and have a full collection.

Here are the basic cutting & scoring steps:  Start with a center tabbed file folder.  Score 2.5" from  top and bottom (while folded).  Score down the middle at 4.5".  Cut away small slits between the bottom panels to form pockets. 

(Sorry the image below is upside down, but you will get the idea.)  Cut the third panel on top and bottom 1.5" from score line.  Cut away on the score line of the 1, 2 and 4th panel.

For my folio, I used an old typed prayer book to cover the folder panels and some old 6x6" scrapbook paper to cover the pocket flaps.  This size of folio is perfect to use up your 6x6" paper stash.  I stitched around the first and last panel and added a few college elements.

I used washi tape, a bit of Tim Holtz ephemera, vintage postage stamps from my collection and rubber stamp cancellations from the Darkroom Door Global Postmarks set.  I LOVE this stamp set!

I made a quick flip through video for you.  I truly hope you are inspired by this project and will give this project a go.  I would love to see your creations, so please share a link with me in the comments.  Hugs, Autumn

Nov 17, 2020

Free Printable Journal Words Vintage Tiny Text


Hello friends!  Today I have a freebie for you, one I am very excited about!  I have had this on my to do list for ages and finally created a sheet of free printable journal words for you to download.  I've saved this sheet as a PDF, which you can download HERE.  I love using Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker sheets, but wanted some phrases I could use in my journal, so I created these with that in mind.  This set has a somewhat fall/Christmas theme and I hope to do another in the spring, so make sure to follow me.  And I would love for you to share this post or pin this page.  :)


I printed mine onto full sheet stickers using Avery 5165 labels.  I find these to be great for all sorts of sticker printing.

Lately, I've completely submerged myself into bullet journaling.  I find it therapeutic to journal daily and love the creative side of adding collages and hand lettering to my pages.  I've started a new Instagram account solely for my journaling projects.  I'd love for you to follow me @letterpaperpen if you're on Insta!  Here are some of last month's pages.
THIS is the journal I'm working with, which I found on Amazon for less than $10.  I like the paper because it doesn't bleed.  I would not recommend any  journal with pages less than 120 GSM, as they will bleed through.


And here are my pages this week...  This first one has a couple of printed photos, which I made a packing tape transfers with.  I love that they show through to the text beneath.  You can find links to lots of these free printables on my Printables Pinterest board .  These will help you get started if you are wanting to begin your own bujo (bullet journal).  I used the Darkroom Door Lots of Labels stamp set on both of these spreads.  It's a must have!  I shared a video on making Dollar Tree "vintage labels" on my Insta HERE
And these pages were made with gorgeous images by Junk with Steph digitals.  I used the Fussy Cut Fruits and Flowers set.  I am happy to be working with Steph as a Design Team member for the next few months!  Thanks for visiting today!  Hugs, Autumn

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Sep 30, 2020

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Guest Designer

Hi friends!  I'm slowly getting caught up with preparing my catch up posts.  Today I wanted to share my latest guest designer projects for my September posts with Coffee Loving Cardmakers.  If you've followed me for any length of time, you will know how much I enjoy participating in the CLC challenges.  What an honor to be able to join the team as a guest!  I have to say the card above is one of my favorites from this month.  You can find the full post HERE with all of the details. 

The next card must be my second favorite, shared HERE.  I used the Darkroom Door Teacups stamp on the foreground, layered over a background made with the Darkroom Door Fancy Flourish stamp using Distress Inks and Oxides.

This stamp can be found at Topflight Stamps.


This card seemed to be one of your favorites and was such fun to make!  Find the full post HERE.  I used Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen to watercolor the gorgeous AALL & Create Flower Pots stamp set.  I cut the little tags from leftover inky paper and layered with  more AALL & Create stamping

Flower Pots stamps available at Topflight Stamps.

My final card features a favorite stamp set by Raquel, AKA Scrapcosy for PaperArtsy, set ESC16.  I layered with some favorite ephemera for another vintage style collage card.  You can find the details on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog HERE.

PaperArtsy ESC16

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Make sure to follow the CLC blog for more coffee/tea themed inspiration and thanks to Amy and Helen for the invitation to share my projects.  Big hugs, Autumn

Sep 17, 2020

Darkroom Door Stamps Mixed Media Journal and Cards


Hello friends!  I have a few more recent projects to share with you today featuring Darkroom Door stamps & stencils.  First, I've added the next to last page in my upcycled address book/art journal.  You can see all of the details on this spread HERE and find out more about this journal HERE.  These are the products used:


I also created a few cards using several of the Darkroom Door Background stamps and Sentiment Strips for the Topflight Stamps blog.  The first few cards can be found on THIS post.

Find Darkroom Door Sentiment Stamps HERE!

These last few cards were created for Darkroom Door Stamps directly.  This first two cards were blogged with other ideas using the Vintage Label Frame stamp HERE.  I am absolutely CRAZY about this stamp and its sister set.

This card was one of my favorites, featuring that same Handwritten Script stencil and the Botanical Script stamp set.  You can find it blogged HERE.

And finally a couple of cards I shared on Instagram (@sewpaperpaint).  The bottles card HERE and the Crazy Bird card HERE.  I truly love Darkroom Door stamps and am honored to represent them whenever I can.  Have a great day!  Autumn

Sep 15, 2020

Mixed Media PaperArtsy Posts for Topflight Stamps

Hello dear friends!  I have neglected my blog of late because I find it quite difficult to create duplicate posts on a regular basis.  The remedy, I have decided, is to give you a few power packed posts with my latest creations from the companies and teams to which I contribute regularly.  First up, I've chosen to share all of the PaperArtsy projects I have made this year for the Topflight Stamps blog.  This first pair of cards was posted HERE.  I shared a neat tutorial for dying tissue paper in the post.  I used stamps by Lynne Perrella and Alison Bomber for PaperArtsy. 


PaperArtsy ELB07 at Topflight Stamps

These may have been my favorite projects of the year.  I shared a mixed media journal and greeting card in THIS post.  I used the Eileen Hull Wrap Journal with one of my all time favorite stamp sets by Gwen LaFleur for PaperArtsy.  I share a really cool technique for Direct to Paper in this post, which correlates with THIS video tutorial.  

The Eileen Hull Wrapped Journal Die is hard to find!  Grab yours while you can on Amazon.


I shared a fun technique for using PaperArtsy Infusions Powders in THIS post, featuring Sara Naumann stamps and stencils.  I made another video tutorial and shared that HERE.  I used Magenta and Terracotta Infusions and stamps by Sara Naumann.


Finally, my inaugural post on the Topflight Stamps Design Team shared HERE.  These cards feature Mini Stamps by PaperArtsy with a quirky flair.  Such fun!

I absolutely love this company and am proud to be an affiliate! 

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