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Welcome September

There is a change in the air. I notice it in August when quiet evenings resonate with the lack of robins singing their courtly songs. Then as August nears it’s closing curtain, the breezes carry an earthy scent that brings back memories of cooler days, turning leaves, & harvests of all kinds. September is here & I for one am glad of it.

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Subway September

Just a few reasons why autumn is my favorite time of year!

Boys

I am blessed…I have three wonderful men in my life: a son & 2 grandsons, one 14 & the other 1 month. These 3 create a trio that I love beyond measure. My son is strong & smart, a bit of a jock & recently, he became a first-time dad. For a week I had the privilege of spending time with him, his wife, and month-old son. You see, they do not live next door or the next town over or even the next state over; they live across the US in the mountains of Colorado, his paradise on earth. One evening, I was presented a remarkable gift, one that I will treasure for as long as my memory serves me. The little one was fussy, so his dad scooped him up & danced about the living room floor, rocking him to & fro talking to him. Not to be so easily soothed, the wee babe fussed a bit louder. A few moments later, I heard from the bedroom the strains of a song my dad sang to his kids & then to his grandchildren…I Grew up

Next on the repertoire was “Mairzy dotes & does eat oats & little lambs eat ivy. A kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?” My mom sang that song while rocking a baby, while baking cookies, while ironing. It’s one of the songs I associate with her & always smile when I hear it or think of it. Hearing my son sing these treasured tunes was like my mom & dad were right there with us, smiling & nodding their heads to the soft beat.

You can hear True Blue Bill in original form HERE  Listen to The Pied Pipers (1944) sing Mairzy Dotes HERE

We had a wonderful time in Colorado, a road trip that has been added to the annals of fun, fascinating vacations.

Coming Soon Etsy Shop copy

The Flower Gathering Junk Journal kits, 1 & 2, have been removed from the blog after a few months offered for free. You can find the kits on Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

Not far behind apple picking, cooler days, & falling leaves comes Halloween, a favorite time of of year. It’s been fun working on crazy things to decorate the home & create a haunting of a good time party. You’ve all ready heard about Hecate’s Apothecary tags, but soon you’ll find The Witching Hour Halloween Banner, fun Bone Bags for stowing treats, & more. 0830171610_HDR Before I list digital creations I put them together to see if something needs tweaking & figure out how to write the PDF (directions) that accompanies each listing. The Witching Hour Halloween banner is not quite ready for prime time…yet.

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By printing & putting together the bone bags I discovered that a plain white inside is boring. Why not jazz it up? First I glued a paper to the inside, but then thought why not create a paper for the bags. All you have to do is print the pattern on standard print paper, flip it over & print the bone bag on the other side. Now to make the pattern paper…

There will be more Halloween goodies in the next week…more tags, favor bags for kids, & who knows what else.

That’s it for today! May your September be glorious & filled with the breathings of autumn.

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PS…Did you know that each of the new SotC listings includes a little something extra?

 

Freebies, Junk Journal

Junk Journal Journey

Junk Journal Journey

Well here we are…1 week later & I have the first kit ready to be downloaded. If you’re taking this journey with me I’ll bet you’re anxious to get started. Here’s what’s in the kit…

Flower Gathering Junk Journal Kit 1

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~ 4 Pages/Papers 8.5-inches x 11-inches: You can print the papers on one side or both. There will likely be a narrow white border around the paper after printing, just trim it off & then fold the paper in half. These four papers become 16 pages of your junk journal. Print on standard, 8.5-inch x 11-inch paper.

Papers for junk kit

~ Library Card Pocket, Flip, & Book Plate: an old library pocket from a book was used as a template for the pocket that you can tuck keepsakes into. I lined the pocket with a printed paper to give it a finished look. The book plate would look great on the inside page of your junk journal. Don’t forget to write in your name!  A flip is an element that you can flip open & write a little something on the inside. Kind of like a secret little space. Print all these elements on standard 8.5-inch x 11-inch paper.

Book Plate Envelope Flip

~ Tags: 2 kinds of tags are included in the Flower Gathering Junk Journal kit. The first are word tags that you cut out & glue wherever you want a little something-something. The word tags are on the same page as the flip because both look great printed on standard, 8.5-inch x 11-inch print paper.

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The second sheet of tags are 4 wonderful gift type tags with lovely ladies wearing fanciful hats adorned with flowers. These tags look best when printed on 65 lb – 110 lb card stock. Just cut out, punch a hole if you want to add a ribbon or string. Tuck the tags into pockets or use to decorate a page.

There are many ways to approach this project. You can wait until all the kits are available & then begin or print, cut & fold the elements in this kit. Start collecting ephemera like these things I’m considering using in my Flower Gathering Junk Journal…

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Check out the sweet edge on that envelope that was tucked in my laptop wooden desk. I can’t think of a better way to preserve it than it make it part of my new/old journal. I also found a petal paper envelope, old seed packets, & stationery. Bits of ribbon, lace, & buttons would look charming, too. Oh & don’t forget to include paper doilies, if you have them.

If you want to add a bit of age to your ephemera, you can tea or coffee dye.  Here’s a video I used before coffee dying my first batch of papers. Coffee Dying Video

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I used the oven method so I could get a lot done in a short time.

I’ll bet you’re ready to download & get started, but before we do that there’s a bit of info you’ll want to know.  This kit will not be on studioonthecorner.com forever. This is part of a larger kit that will be listed on the Studio on the Corner Etsy shop. The purchased kit will have more options like PDF files & individual elements for digital creating. I’ve not decided how long the kit will be available for free, but I’ll post it here on the blog as well as on social media sites before removing the files.

Here’s the link to the kit: Flower Gathering Junk Journal Kit

Resources to Help You Get Started

Coffee Dying Paper

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 1

Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book Cover Part 2

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Have a wonderful weekend!

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