Junk Journal Easel Panel

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!!

It’s Tracey here, and it’s so wonderful to be back creating for another term with amazing Little Birdie Crafts products! I have always adored junk journals and the vintage shabby style that goes along with them, but can’t seem to commit to creating an entire journal, so I thought . . . “What if I create a panel in this beautiful style?” This lovely creation is the result. Think tea dyed papers, vintage style ephemera from the ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ collection, dyed laces, vintage sewing basked items, and gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers. . .

Be sure to scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section to discover all the details on how to create a junk journal panel of your own in this step by step photo tutorial.

Tips and Techniques:

Step 1:

This easel panel started out with bold Valentine graphics. I found it a while back in the holiday clearance section and thought it would be a great base for a project. It’s about 4×8″ in size. All it needed was several coats of white gesso.

If you don’t have an easel panel, you could use a wood panel, canvas or even a piece of heavy chipboard cut to the desired size.

Step 2:

To get the junk journal effect I was looking for, I tea-dyed several vintage book pages from a variety of sources (regular book, dictionary, poetry book), a small doily, and some packing paper. I just used leftover tea leaves to brew some extra strong tea, then poured it into a plastic basin that was large enough for the pages. I dipped the papers into the tea, then set them aside to dry. If you want a deeper stain, you could dip them a couple times, or use strong coffee instead of tea.

Step 3:

Tear the pages into pieces to fit across the board. I used two layers of the unprinted packing paper across the back which I glued down, then tore a little larger than the panel base. I tore and adhered smaller printed pieces and the doily over that. I left plenty of space at the edges that wasn’t glued down, so that lace can be tucked in under the paper layers. The paper edges are colored with distress Ink to give more of that vintage feel. I even rubbed the ink lightly across the front of some of the lighter areas.

Step 4:

Next, dry brush over the entire piece with white gesso using a fan brush. Be sure to use a light touch so that the text and grungy edges will still be visible.

Step 5:

I cut sections from several pieces of old white lace that I had in my stash. I colored the lace strips with Cool Spa and Black Pearl Archival multi-surface paint. I only used a drop or two of blue and touched the tip of my brush into the black to get just a small amount to blend this more vibrant blue into a soft grey blue. I wanted just a hint of blue on the lace so used a lot of water to thin this paint. The lace is dragged through the watery paint, and set aside to dry.

Step 6:

I used more of this watery paint solution to color the creases and edges of the papers using a wash brush. If you’re not sure how much color is in your watery solution, brush a little on scrap paper first to make sure you have the color and light wash you’re looking for.

Step 7:

Adhere your embellishments. I selected several vintage pieces from the gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic Bouquet Ephemera Pack and flowers from the Shabby Chic collection along with vintage buttons from my stash.

Step 8:

This ‘Swirl Corners’ primed chipboard fits the style and proportion of this piece just perfectly. The primed finish fits the design as well. You can see a couple vintage snaps I tucked in alongside the vintage button as well.

Don’t you just adore the shimmer of glitter on the Little Birdie Ephemera?

The vintage clock and bottle from the ephemera pack are perfect for this junk journal style creation! The strip of vintage hooks is also from my stash. You can use any little embellishments you happen to have. That’s the fun of junk journaling.

Here you can see how soft and pretty the dyed lace looks tucked in under layers of paper.

Here’s one final look of the finished panel.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
MDF Easel Board – 4×8″
Tea Stained Vintage Book Pages and Packing Paper
Tim Holtz ~ Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz ~ Clippings Stickers
Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy
Lace Pieces
Vintage: Buttons; Hooks; Snaps

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to use Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a Junk Journal home decor piece.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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“Joy to the World” Christmas Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans!! It’s Tracey here to share a special Christmas project with you. The Little Birdie online store is stocked with loads of amazing Christmas products for all of your holiday crafting. I have created three very different projects for you. Today I’m sharing this festive “Joy to the World” Christmas card featuring gorgeous Little Birdie handmade flowers, ribbon, and a variety of cardstock and glittered stickers. I’ve also used beautiful Little Birdie paper from the Shabby Chic Bouquet Collection as well as their fabulous mixed media supplies.

Here’s the photo tutorial I’ve created sharing all the details on how I put this card together. Enjoy!

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1:

Cut the focal paper from the beautiful Shabby Chic Bouquet Collection to 4.75 by 6.75″.

Cut cardstock in a coordinating color to 5 by 7″.

Step 2:

Brush the focal paper with Little Birdie Clear Gesso. This helps reduce warping when applying wet mediums like Mixed Media Paste.

Step 3:

Distress the edges of the paper with a distressing tool or the edge of your scissors blade for a lovely shabby feel.

You can see some of the snowy stenciling here as well as one of the fabulous Glitter Snowflakes.

Step 4:

Apply Little Birdie Mixed Media Paste through the blotchy stencil for a snowy effect and set aside to dry.

Step 5:

Once the background is dry, wrap the Tartan Ribbon around the center of the card and adhere.

The Joy to the World sentiment from the Jingle Bell Wishes Sticker set fit perfectly onto the ribbon!

Step 6:

Arrange the flowers and other elements to the card and adhere.

Step 7:

Adhere the focal paper to the cardstock, then onto a card base. It’s so easy to create a gorgeous Christmas card with the supplies found in the Little Birdie Online Store!

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Cardstock ~ Green from my stash
3D Foam Squares
Silicone Glue
1/4″ Double-sided Adhesive Tape

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to create a beautiful handmade Christmas card for someone special in your life!

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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Cherry Blossom Altered Box

Hello creative friends !
Eva here! Today we will be altering this easy and super cute box using my favourite collection Poppy’s & Roses. To start, you will need these alterable boxes. I have used the 4” size ones.

Start by priming the box using white Little Birdie gesso using a brush.

Since the Poppy’s and Roses pack comes with a coordinating decoupage sheet, I adhered them to the cover of my box using the Little Birdie Deco Magic glue and left them to dry naturally. I did the glossy finish for my cover.

Now comes my favourite part – Stencils. I used this geometric stencil and created textures on my box base using the Little Birdie 2 in 1 Mixed Media Paste. Gave it a red coat using acrylic paints but You can also go for the matte finished look using chalk paints.

Then to add more dimension and depth on the cover, I cut assorted sizes of rectangles using the Poppy’s and Roses paperpack and then started layering them.

To give the box more definition I used a lot of stone pellets, beads, flowers and other embellishments.

Here’s a close up of the different details of the box. Hope You enjoy creating these cute altered boxes.

Little Birdie Materials :

  1. Poppy’s & Roses paperpack https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/products/paper-pack-12in-x-12in-poppies-roses-12-sheet
  2. Poppy’s & Roses decoupage sheet https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/products/decoupage-paper-a4-poppy-grace-poppy-field-2desx2-4sheets
  3. Mixed media paste https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/products/mixed-media-paste-white-400gms-little-birdie
  4. White gesso https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/products/gesso-white-100ml-little-birdie
  5. Rectangle thin cut dies
  6. Handmade Flowers
  7. Stone pellets
  8. Geometric Stencil

Lots of Love,
Eva