Halloween Junk Journal

I have been working on a very special project for awhile. It is called my spooky cat Halloween journal. I started by making a digital kit for it in photoshop and then this week I started to put a print copy of it together. It was relatively easy and a lot of fun to do so. Here is a list of the supplies I used:

  • my photoshop pages printed on white 12 sheets of cardstock
  • cardboard from a cereal box
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • 3 jump rings
  •  a hole punch
  • a ruler
  • washi tape
  • twine
  • stamps
  • ink
  • ribbon

I started by printing out the photoshop designs onto white cardstock. The images are vintage and feature black cats. They have a resolution of 300 dpi so they print very nicely.

I cut the pages out and then I glued the cover pages onto the cardboard. I took the other pages and glued one page to another. The journal pages are double-sided and they print onto 10 pages of cardstock because there are two journal pages on each sheet.

After that I used a hole punch to punch 3 holes into each page. This part is kind of tricky, you want to make sure that you line the holes up evenly on each page so I recommend that you use a ruler. I then bound the pages together using 3 one-inch jump rings.

I inked the edges of each page to make it look more vintage mostly with orange ink but some with black. I also added some decorative stamps to the covers.

I took the tags that I cut out after I printed them  from the digital kit and I used washi tape to adhere them to the pages. The digital kit comes with three pockets you can use for the tags. There are six tags so you can print the pockets out twice if you would like.

At the end I adorned the jump rings with some ribbon I had leftover from an earlier scrapbooking project and voila I was finished.Questions or feedback are much appreciated in the comment section here. If you would like to see more pictures of the journal you can find them on Etsy or like my page on Facebook. halloween-journal-cat-tag

Old School Origins

 

You never know when a moment will become a lasting memory. This month we are moving again. It’s our fourth time moving as a couple but the first time we have moved in ten years. We are moving from a very small town in central Michigan to another small town (but not quite as small) in Southern Michigan on the border of Ohio. The catalyst for this change is my husband Chris, who graduated this year with a degree in electrical engineering, landing his first engineering job at Adrian Steel Company.

The last ten years have been good to us. We moved from California to Michigan after we both had ended our contracts with the US Navy. We quickly learned that houses were out of our price range in Southern California and much more affordable in Michigan. We have lived very comfortably in an old craftsman house along with our two basset hounds, Willy and Flash, and our neurotic Jack Russel named Fez. Although we have been very happy here, I am excited about a new start.

As for the memory…shortly after moving into this old house I was rearranging my papers and as I walked into the living room from the hallway my clumsy self tripped and fell and the papers scattered across the floors. Chris observed this all with a smile and said “there she is, Jenny is being old school again.” This turned out to be one of his favorite memories of me and he continues to call me “old school Jenny” whenever he finds me working with my crafts. He says its me being old school because as long as he has known me I have loved everything to do with paper. Things like making paper crafts, writing in my journal, creating art journals, and just browsing the office supply section of stores.

For the better part of a year I have been trying to figure out the best way to share my arts and crafts with others. I gave a lot of consideration to creating a portfolio to take with me to the local artists outlet but once I opened my shop on Etsy I found that this was the absolute best way for me to take the next step for sharing my passion. For those of you considering opening a shop on Etsy, I can’t recommend it enough. It is a very affordable, relatively easy way to market your goods and Etsy’s popularity helps you to reach more people than one might otherwise.

Old School Jenny is my work of love. In my Etsy shop you will find all kinds of both paper crafted gift tags and digital tags,  premade scrapbook layouts, digital scrapbook pages, home made greeting cards, and printable journal kits. I aim to use this blog as a place to give you the background story of the items that I have for sale and to help you get to know me better. Please comment if you have any questions or if you would like to give me some feedback. All input is enjoyed and appreciated.

Other places you may find me:

Old School Jenny on Facebook

Old School Jenny on Pinterest

Old School Jenny on Instagram

Old School Jenny on Twitter

Old School Jenny Origins

…Old School Jenny is my work of love. In my Etsy shop you will find all kinds of both paper crafted gift tags and digital tags,  premade scrapbook layouts, digital scrapbook pages, home made greeting cards, and printable journal kits. I aim to use this blog as a place to give you the background story of the items that I have for sale and to help you get to know me better. Please comment if you have any questions or if you would like to give me some feedback. All input is enjoyed and appreciated.

Other places you may find me:

Old School Jenny on Facebook

Old School Jenny on Pinterest

Old School Jenny on Instagram

Old School Jenny on Twitter

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