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

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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.

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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?

 

Studio on the Corner Etsy Shop

May 27

Another apology is required. Every once in a while life gets in the way of creating. There’s been a plethora of bad news that has come to those I love & are important to me. It’s not as though this bad news has always been final, but it has certainly affected me in various ways. It’s hard to concentrate on designing, at least for me, when precious people in my life are struggling, in pain, and facing some hard facts of life. My heart goes out to each of these members of my family.

I will get back on schedule next week, with more ‘stuff’ for your junk journal journey. You’ll find more listings on Studio on the Corner Etsy shop including these Silly Teddy Bear Tags.

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The tags were extracted from a book published in 1907. The borders are vintage frames from an old type book circa early 1900s. The tags come in various formats: 1.) All files come as PDFs so you can add text in Adobe Reader  2.) PNG files, individual tags & sheets, completed with backgrounds & aged along with sheets & individual tags with no backgrounds. Just print on a colored paper of your choice. This option is great for saving ink. 3.) One sheet of the six tags is in JPG format, as seen above. This option requires nothing but printing making it a convenient option. Just handwrite whatever you wish to say. Aren’t multiple options great?

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This photo was taken at Woodlawn Cemetery in Toledo Ohio. There’s s sadness in this photo that conveys how I feel about my country right now. 

I seldom get on my patriotic soap box, but when things seem to be spinning out of control I cannot hold my fingers back. Get out the grill, patty up burgers, toss a few hot dogs on the hot coals, whip up potato salad, bake an apple pie & pause a moment this Memorial weekend to ponder the liberties we should all hold dear. My grandfather, father, & uncles took up arms when called upon to do so. I can never express just how important these freedoms are to me. People sacrificed so we could continue living in a land of freedom.  It is all those fighting warriors who served in times of war & times of peace, from the lowest man on the military totem pole to the highest general that I offer the deepest gratitude.

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Freebies, Junk Journal

May 6

 

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After a couple years of considering making a junk or art journal, it took the news of a baby on the way to inspire me to get busy & create one…Baby’s Record Book.

I started by jotting down ideas, what would I need, & making a plan.

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but it was the doing that got my creative juices flowing.

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I would add to that list scrapbook elements, gift cards, birth announcements, receipts, bills, pages from old baby books, & loads of created bits like pockets & papers. I am a fortunate soul when it comes to ephemera with a bit of a collection of my own, but I am blessed with family & friends who share, too. Three adorable baby books were loaned to me. The top baby book belonged to my grandson-on-the-way & my 14 year old grandson’s great-grandfather who was born in 1916. I had no idea baby books or record books as they were called existed then. I scanned pages & used at least one in each signature.

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The satiny white with flowers is all about their great-aunt. The adorable image of the baby surrounded by flowers came from the baby that belongs to their grandpa.

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I was brought to tears as I leafed carefully through each book, touching the tiny treasures that have resided between the pages for so many years, especially the one that belonged to great-grandpa. He left us way too soon before my son had a chance to know him. These three books inspired me beyond measure. Thank you J for loaning them to me.

 

This little pile of ephemera is all about children’s writing & adds a wonderful touch to the pages. All was discovered at a garage sale & some belonged to the great-grandmother & great, great aunt of my grandchildren.

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So charming!

I used a book that I no longer wanted because it was the right size.  Let me just say, crazy me did not get a video of the finished book or even the outside, but there are photos of the pages to share.

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The was a library card pocket made from polka dot paper dipped in coffee & dried in the oven to give it a vintage look. All the papers I used were coffee dyed & oven dried. A mini baby book with great-grandpas baby info was tucked into the pocket along with an old baby announcement from the early 1900s. The info was erased so mom & dad can add their wee one’s info.  BTW…when I say erased I’m talking about creating a copy of the original & photoshopping the writing out.

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This is one of the pages from the oldest baby book, scanned & turned into a border that was printed onto a coffee-dyed paper.

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Old family baby photos were scanned, printed & tucked into pockets & folds. The baby in the above photo is  one of the  great, great grandpas.

I cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed making the junk journal. The hardest part for me was sewing the signatures to the cover.

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One signature sewn in & 2 to go!

Once that was done it was just a few tweaks to finish it up.  A sweet fabric glued to the cover gave the outside that vintage look, a front & back inside cover with a note to the baby was added. The book closure was satin fabric from my son’s wedding stitched into ribbon & lastly I added a purchased photo holder that looks like a pocket watch for a bit of a nostalgic finishing touch.

Junk Journal Journey

Creating the Baby Record Book junk journal brought me so much pleasure that I’ve decided to do another one just for me….& you, too! Lets make a simple junk journal. Starting next week I’ll share a “page” per week with anyone & everyone who wants to start a junk journal. All you have to do is download the junk journal kit that will have one 11-inch x 8.5-inch page which will actually turn out to be four pages all together. You’ll also receive bits & pieces like: papers, pockets, lifts, tags, labels, journal spots, envelopes etc.  along with suggestions, resources, & a short tutorial or two.

Here’s a sneak preview:

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It’s all about the beauty of flowers, butterflies, birds & old ephemera. These bits are works in progress, but give you an idea. You can expect a more vintage-inspired look.

You’ll want to start collecting ‘junk’ ephemera like envelopes, papers of all kinds, perhaps a favorite card you received that you’d like to keep, business cards with appealing graphics, a ticket from an event, a page from an old book, dictionary, magazine, or newspaper, even receipts & bills. Instead of tossing out junk mail, take a look at it perhaps there’s something you could use in your junk journal.

There are loads of things you can purchase to enhance your junk journal like beautiful metal corners to reinforce the cover, little doo-dads like charms & fasteners, & tools galore. I purchased 1 new tool: an inexpensive bone folder/paper creaser. It was well worth the $5 I spent. I also purchased a little photo case shaped like an old pocket watch. I wanted the little one’s photo to be added to the outside of the book.  You can find all kinds of goodies at Michael’s, JoAnn Fabrics, & one of my favorites for grungy, old looking accessories at Tim Holtz’s site. BTW…Tim’s wares are also sold at JoAnn Fabrics & Michael’s. You’ll need lots of glue, so stock up!

There’s a wonderful resource/tutorial that I followed while making the baby book journal. If you’ve never made a junk journal check it out. The YouTube video in 6 parts, Junk Journal Made Using an Old Book by Marianne Kensington formerly known as A Pocketful of Vintage. You can find the first video at the following link:  Junk Journal Tutorial 1 Listening & watching Marianne work is such a treat…love her Australian accent.

We’ll dive deeper into creating a junk journal next week when the first page & accessories are available for download. Until then check out some of the beautiful junk & art journals that people everywhere are creating, just google ‘junk journal’.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey, but even if creating a junk journal isn’t something you want to do you’re welcome to each week’s junk journal freebie.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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