Hi everyone! This is Krista from AllFreePaperCrafts.com. Pam was gracious enough to let me share one of my favorite paper projects with you today, the Pistachio Peacock Feather Card.
I’m not sure what it is about paper crafting, but I find it very relaxing! Paper Craft projects come together quickly, and if make a mistake, it’s usually easy to fix.
If you follow any arts or crafts sites online, you have have seen Mixed Media and Art Journaling. Both are wildly popular right now, and they look like so much fun.
I am more of a crafter than an artist, but Mixed Media, Art Journaling, scrapbooking, and card making use many of the same supplies. Since I have a few supplies, I’ve really wanted to give them a try. (Did you just laugh when I said I had a FEW supplies??)
This beautiful tag was made by Maricha Bulger. She has an awesome video called What is an Art Journal?
Mixed Media is exactly how it sounds. You use a mixture of techniques and supplies to create art. The art can be framed or it can be on a stretched canvas. I’ve also seen some amazing Mixed Media scrapbook layouts and handmade cards. Generally, it is more dimensional than just layers of paper, but not always.
Wanda Von Bogerijen made this pretty piece called You Are My Heart. You can see that they style and materials are completely different from the tag that I showed you above.
Imagine creating a piece of artwork with different types of papers, paints, inks, buttons, metal pieces, dimensional flowers, glitter, and ribbon. There is such a variety of supplies in every color of the rainbow, that the possibilities are endless.
This art journal cover is by Fran from Fran on the Edge. You can see that she used many colors and textures to create this work of art.
The part of mixed media that really appeals to me is how it is free flowing. It doesn’t have to be perfect and planned. Sometimes when working on a scrapbook page or handmade card, I get so caught up in how I want it to look. I get frustrated if it’s not coming out exactly how I envision it.
I really wish I was a better painter. That is a skill that takes more time and patience than I have. This First Quarter Moon art journal page was painted by Sandee with In the Hills of North Carolina.
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Don’t get me wrong, the real mixed media artists do plan out their projects, and are very specific with what they are creating. However, they are often surprised by a texture or color combination and rework the piece to create something a little different.
To get started, I bought a Dylusions Art Journal by Ranger Ink. Since it’s a journal, I won’t be using really thick dimensional materials. I thought it would be a fun way to play with inks and sprays though. Even after my first project, I can see how after experimenting, I might carry over some of the techniques to my handmade cards.
So here’s how my first art journal page turned out. Honestly, I was just “winging it”. I was doing this project for a Creative Arts Collaboration with a very talented group on YouTube.
I videoed my creative process, even though I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I figured it my project was a flip, no big deal, I’ll just delete it. Well, my project turned out OK, but I couldn’t get the video to upload to save my patootie! After two days of frustration, I finally threw in the towel and deleted it.
Instead of watching a video, I’m going to have to tell you what I did.
And there you have it! I’m pleased with it for my first Art Journal project. I have been doing some researching and looking at new supplies. I see a trip to Michael’s in the near future.
If you are a scrapbooker or card maker, then you have tons of paper crafting supplies. We buy all of those pig paper packs, sheets of chipboard and sticker letters, and only use 2 or 3 of them.
Dig out all of the green and white supplies you have and make some St. Patrick’s Day Paper Crafts.
Even if you’re not having a St. Patrick’s Day party, a few decorations around the house will be a welcome sight after all of the cold winter weather.
I have something a little different to share today. I used a Truvia Box to make an Upcycled Paper Craft Project.
So many products that we purchase, come in really cool packaging. The packaging could be altered to make something or parts of the packaging can be used to make something completely different.
A group of my crafty friends have formed a Crafty Destash Challenge. You know how crafters are. We buy tons of “stuff”, because it’s cool, new, or on sale, but we don’t really have a purpose for any of it. Some of the stuff we don’t even buy, it’s a by-product of something else.
Let’s get serious, here. Raise your hand if you have a collection of clear jars, egg cartons, Starbucks Frappaccino bottles, Altoid tins, coffee cans, or milk jugs. I’m right there with you!
So for the Destash Challenge, I thought I would use one of those things that I had been saving and finally do something with it.
Truvia is a sweetener like Sweet N Low or Splenda, and the packets come in these cute boxes. The first time I bought some, I thought….ooh that box would be great for SOMETHING.
I was inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year, which is Greenery. I had a Die Cuts With A View Paper Stack called Emerald Garden that was also part of my stash. Since the Truvia box is green and white, if part of it shows, it will blend in with the green paper.
No matter what type of project you want to upcycle, the steps are basically the same. You will want to cover the surfaces with paint, ink, or paper. My last upcycle project was a Toilet Paper Roll Octopus.
Think outside the box. You don’t have to use scrapbook paper. Wrapping paper, paper bags, decorative paper napkins, newspaper, maps, and sheet music would make interesting coverings.
I used E-Z Runner Tape Runner Adhesive for this project, but if you are attaching paper to metal or glass, you will want to use something like Mod Podge.
I started by measuring all of the sides and flap on my box. I cut the paper 1/8″ smaller. I used 3 different patterns to create some interest. After covering all of the sides, I hand cut a medallion out of one of the papers, and layered a fabric flower and a sparkly gem to the center, using glue dots to hold them.
This video will show you how I covered the box from start to finish.
This was a pretty simple upcycled project. Measuring and cutting the paper took the most time. Small projects like this are a great way to give upcycling and altering a try.
I’m happy to report that all of my materials and supplies came from my stash. One project down, 1765 to go!
Check out everyone else’s projects to see what they did to Destash their Craft Stash!
Valentine’s Day Paper Crafts are so fun to make. If you’re already a scrapbooker or card maker, then you have plenty of supplies to use for these projects. Here’s a great assortment of paper projects for kids and adults.
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The most popular and my personal favorite paper craft is card making. There are so many supplies when making handmade cards that it never gets boring. Here are some Valentine’s Day Card ideas for you.
Make a Rosette Love Banner to decorate a doorway or mantel. This one by Uncommon Designs has a great color combination of brown, black, and red glitter. Bonnie will show you how make those cool rosettes that you can use for other projects.
Vikalpah will show you how to make this wonderful Personalized Love in a Box. What a great way to give a gift card!
Dukes and Duchesses has 10 great Valentine’s Day Garlands that you can make. Many of them are made from paper and supplies that are readily available.
These Folded Heart Valentines are so pretty with the patterned paper envelopes. I have tons of scrapbook paper that I could use to make these and embellish them with hearts, buttons, and stickers.
Here is an easy Printable Paper Bow that you can make and use on top of your Valentine’s Day Gifts.
The really tiny tots (especially the little boys!) will love these Free Printable Dump Truck Valentines. The tires are candy, and they can color the truck.
This black and white Chevron Heart Door Decoration gives Valentine’s Day a modern twist. Uncommon Designs used fabric for this heart, but you could use scrapbook paper or wrapping paper.
Learn to write an Invisible Valentine Letter with Vikalpah. Sahana will show you how to write a secret message for your Valentine to reveal after opening the card. Kids will love making these for the friends and relatives.
Valentine’s don’t always have to be candy. Here is a free printable for a You Light Up My Life Valentine. Glow sticks will be a big hit with kids, but a candle for Mom or a flashlight for Dad is a great idea!
Even before kids are old enough to buy Scratch Off Lottery Tickets, they seem to be intrigued by them. There’s something about having a game hidden on a card for you to reveal with a coin.
Sahana will show you how to make your own scratch offs so you can hide love notes with these Scratch Off Valentine’s Day Cards.
Valentine’s Day Poppers are a fun way to give a little gift or candies to your sweetheart. These are fun and easy to make with a few supplies, and the kids can help. There’s also a free printable tag that you can attach when you finish them.
I always enjoyed Valentine’s Day as a kid. We didn’t really celebrate at home, but I loved the cheesy Valentines that you bought by the box for all of the kids in your class. Each class had a special box for depositing your class mates’s treats.
This Valentine’s Day Bingo Game would be a fun classroom or day care activity.
These Crocodile Valentine’s Day Treat Bags are so cute! When Valentine’s Day is over, you can use the Crocodile clip for bags of potato chips.
I hope you enjoyed these Valentine’s Day Paper Crafts. There are games, cards, Valentines, and some home decor to spruce up your home.
Now, go show your family some LOVE!
I know I can’t be the only one who runs out of gift tags on Christmas Eve. I designed these Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags so if I run into that problem this year, I can avert a crisis.
Am I the only one who’s burned out with expensive, over-the-top Christmas decorations? It’s all gorgeous, but I might need a second mortgage to decorate my mantle, front door, and Christmas Tree.
Christmas Paper Crafts are great, since you can use cardstock, wrapping paper, and other inexpensive supplies.
This DIY K Cup Holder makes a great little Thank You gift or Friendship present. Do you know someone who can’t live without their Keirig? They would love to have one of these!
Many people ask me about how to make a scrapbook album. For nine years I lived and breathed scrapbooks. My life revolved around scrapbooking, paper, and stickers. I owned a small scrapbook store which I closed in August 2011. For those nine years, I taught many people how to make a scrapbook album, how to use the Cricut, and how to make cards.