Sunday, June 17, 2018

vintage letter journal part 2

 Part 2 of my vintage letter journal. The inside.. 

I scanned some of my Nana's recipe book pages on the computer and printed them out on some of the coffee stained paper for my background.

To add my sewn elements, I pop a small dot of Helmar Tacky Craft Glue
 into the back in the middle of my image to hold it in place.

Then I can sew around the edge and know the I will still have my border glue free. This way I don't have to wait for the glue to dry before sewing.

Then on some of my images I added a line of Helmar Fabric Glue and pressed down some lace. I could have sewn the lace on but I liked the option of using the fabric glue, as then I did not have to be as precise with my sewing. I could sew all my images on to the backing then choose after, what ones 
I wanted to add the lace too.

I put a small dot of Helmar Fabric glue in the corner of my printed recipe page and added a pearl brad with some lace.

I then place all my elements on the page to see where I want them to go and take a photo. So then when I move them off the page I have a reference of where I had them all. 

Using the Helmar Tacky Craft Glue
 add glue to the back of my images making sure to get the glue right to the edges. I move the glue with my Helmar paint and glue spreader. 


I then press the image flat with the Helmar paint and glue spreader. This makes it nice and flat and adheres it really well.

So this is posted and on its way around Australia. I am really looking forward to seeing what art the other 3 ladies are going to add to my vintage letter journal. 

*So a bit about letter journals. A letter journal has 4 people. You make a small 8x8 cover and have 4 A4 pages folded in half inside that are sewn in. You add an introduction at the start and add the addresses of all the people in the group in the inside back cover. You do a double page spread in your journal and then send it on to the next person in the group. When you receive a letter journal you do 2 double page spreads in the journal and then send it on to the person after you in the group.

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Letter Journal Part 1

Hi all today and I am talking about letter journals and how Helmar glues make it so much easier to do them.

Well I have been busy coffee staining papers. I was all inspired by Nik the Booksmith and all her awesome journals. So I gathered a heap of all different papers. Book papers, copy papers, maps and dictionary papers and coffee stained them.

Now I had a supply of papers to play with. I started by getting my envelope punch board out and making some envelopes. I used Helmar tacky craft glue to stick them together. I ended up using this envelope to insert my list of addresses where my letter journal is traveling off to.

To make my cover of my journal is inspired by Nik the booksmith she called them frankenpages. I thought what fun. So I gathered all my scraps of papers in brown tones and glued them together with some watered down Helmar Decoupage glue. Just adding layers so they all held together. I left it all to dry well. Then I cut it to the size I wanted 8 inches by 8 inches. Using my sewing machine I sewed here and there. I sewed around some elements and in lines along some. Then I sewed all around the edge.

Then I went on the computer and printed out a few collage elements. I love these bees by ,,,,,      Its a free collage printable and so lovely to use. It is one of my favourites. So I cut 2 of them out. I stamped the word Journal out on some more coffee copy paper and then using some Helmar Tacky Glue I glued them all down on to some coffee stained card stock. I inked around all the edges of everything with Tim Holtz distress ink and a blending tool in walnut stain. Then I popped some brown cotton on my sewing machine and sewed around the edges of them all.

I folded it in half and then looked at where I wanted to add my bee collage and my journal word. I thought it looked cool on the front so using some Helmar Tacky Glue I popped some glue on the back of each and pressed it firmly on to the front. This is were it gets so handy to be able to use the Helmar Tacky glue. As I can make all my elements before hand and then decide were I want to put them and they still have the sewn details so it all matches.

I made a pocket for the inside by sewing around some coffee stained printed paper. I popped another bee collage inside the pocket.

Because this is a letter journal I need to pop the addresses of were this has to go so. I typed the addresses and some quotes up on my computer and stuck them in an envelope that I tacky glued on to the inside back cover.

Stay tuned for Part 2. More of what I popped inside this letter journal next month..

*So a bit about letter journals. A letter journal has 4 people. You make a small 8x8 cover and have 4 A4 pages folded in half inside that are sewn in. You add an introduction at the start and add the addresses of all the people in the group in the inside back cover. You do a double page spread in your journal and then send it on to the next person in the group. When you receive a letter journal you do 2 double page spreads in the journal and then send it on to the person after you in the group.

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Using Magazines

Hi all Vicki-Ann here today for Helmar. Today I have a  project recycling some old magazines.

So my aim was to use magazines in some way. So I went searching on pinterest for all the different ways you can use them. Wow there is some awesome ideas out there. So now I was all inspired by what I had found, so decided to do a small canvas.So first I grabbed some Decoart Americana craft paint and painted my canvas with 2 shades of blue and added some gesso here and there to add some dimension.

Then I went about choosing my magazine images. I really like the texture of the paper in the Frankie magazine it is not a shiny magazine so thought that would work great. So I went looking for a page that had pinks as I thought that would stand out great on my blue background. I found this great one of a doona with all different shades of pinks, perfect. So I just started cutting out tear drop shapes in all the different pinks. On the other side of the page there was some darker colours too, so I cut some of those out.

*To find images try not to look at the pictures just look for the colours. It can help, if you cut out a frame in paper and hold that over the top of your magazine page. So that your eyes just see the colour and not what the whole image is.

Now to start to pop down my tear drops I put some Helmar Decoupage & Craft Paste a tiny amount on the back of each tear drop with the Helmar glue and paint spreader. I placed this down were I wanted the image to go and smoothed it over with the Helmar glue and paint spreader so that it was adhered to my background firmly with no bubbles.

I waited for this all to dry and went around my tear drops using a fine paint pen. I also went around the edges with some black ink and my blending tool to give it a dark edge. Then sprayed 2 coats of Helmar Crystal Kote Picture Varnish Matte Spray to seal it as this prevents tarnishing and is non-yellowing.
Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Recycled Photo Frame

Hi all Vicki-Ann here today and I wanted to show you how to quickly upcycle a photo frame to match your decor.

What you will need.

I bought this at an op shop (second hand shop) for $2 what a bargain hey. Looks a bit scratched up and not the right colour for me but the design of it, is just what I am looking for.

So I sanded it back in places roughly and grabbed some Black Americana Acrylic paint and gave it 2 coats of black paint.

Then to seal, we gave it a spray of the Helmar Crystal Kote Varnish in the Matte Finish. (my husband made a great hand model) This seals it makes it easier to clean. Keeps it from fading and gives a terrific finishing touch to your project.

I added some scrapbook paper to size and now I just need to add my photos.

I was really happy with how my photo frame came up. Now it matches all the rest of the frames on the wall, of the family photo shelf in my hall, that I am working on.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Letter Journals...

Thought I would put a few of the pages from the Letter journals that I have been working on in the last few months and pop around and say hi over at Paint Party Friday  Have you had a look at all the amazing art that is posted over there.. No!! Well follow the link and have a look around. Everyone is welcome and we love seeing what everyone is up to during the last week. 

I had fun on these black pages at first I was a bit tricked then when I thought about how well the signo white pen works on black I just had fun doing lots of dangles.

Stamped on paper with my alphabet stamps and cut and pasted. 

Always fun doing circles. Scribbled words around them. 

More dangles added some Gelli plate printed hearts. I wanted to play with some Kaisercraft Die cuts. So I put them over the background and then painted and blended them in. 
All paint used was Decoart Americana Acrylics, they come in some fabulous colours and such fun to use. 

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Shaker Card

I used the lovely Rinea metallic paper and the Helmar 450 craft glue today and made a shaker card.
The shimmer of the Rinea Mettallic paper looks awesome for this and love the way it embosses.

I made myself a template out of cardstock so had the size I wanted. That made it easier to cut the cardboard and the 2 other layers that I needed. Then I cut the cardboard using a craft knife on the self healing craft mat.

Then I cut the part that would cover the cardboard so you wont see that. I edged the bottom of the top page with a wave design. Cut some plastic to fit over the front of your square on the cardboard and a piece of Rinea metallic paper that will cover the back.

I punched hearts out of the Rinea paper it is double sided so gold on one side and purple on the other so that made having it all coordinated very easy. 

I ran the purple side up through my bigshot with an embossing folder to add the words, then layered on a white card with first a gold underneath then the embossed Rinea paper in the purple.

You need some plastic, I used an A4 plastic sheet and cut it to fit the square.

Then your shaker part to assemble lay your cardboard down first.

Add your Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive  around the edge of the square and place the plastic over and press all around.

 Then turn it over and add your hearts. I had some showing purple and some showing gold.

Go around the back with your Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and add your purple backing paper and press down all around the edges. Now you have your shaker.

So all you need to do now is add more of the Helmar Quick Dry Adhesive to the back of your shaker and place it on top of your embossed card.

I added a little wooden detail of a xoxo on top. I used distress ink to colour it purple and added some gold to the edges of it.


The embossing worked so well and having the double sided papers made it so easy. The Helmar 450 Quick Dry made it very simple and quick. I did not have to wait for layers to dry.

Have a great day
Vicki-Ann :)