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"Carmen" Junk Journal - February 2022 Mood Board & Scrapbooking Kit

Hey, all! Welcome back to the Tres Jolie Blog!

This week I have my mood board inspired project for you – a junk journal using this month’s Scrapbooking Kit! I had an old book cover that I had altered a while ago, just waiting for the right papers to come along to make a junk journal, and the “Carmen” line from 13@rts (13 Arts) was the perfect fit! I really love the combination of the dark pink with the deep green that is in these papers.

I didn’t make a “How to make a Junk Journal” video for this project—there are tons of how-to videos to be found here on YouTube already—I just go over what I’m doing to help give you some ideas of how this month’s kit can be used. Check out my video to see my thought process!

Video (full):

Video (starts at flipthrough):

February 2022 Tres Jolie Kit Club Mood Board: 

Check out this month’s Mood Board! Isn’t it fabulous? The twist this month is “Cabaret Life” – grab up your papers and glues and join in! Place your entries in the February 2022 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Café Facebook page. This challenge ends February 28, 2022 at 11:59 pm CST. All entries must be in this folder to be eligible for the prize (to have everyone eligible to win, we are limited the same winner to once every 3 months).

Challenge Rules:

  • You can create any type of project for the challenge.
  • You MUST say what you were inspired by.
  • You MUST include the twist in your design.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie’s products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • It MUST be a new project. 

I mixed up four different embossing powders (check the product list at the end of the post!) and added that mixture to the Tres Jolie Chipboard from the kit. I then added it as little tuck spots on the back cover and front page of the journal. 

The spine of this cover was in pretty sad shape when I originally decided to do the alterations. I had to layer up some linen hinging tape and book binding tape to hold everything together again, and the outer layer still wanted to peel off – by the fabric and canvas layers I added to my junk journal gave this cover new life.

In addition to the “Carmen” papers, I have some printables I created and some tea dyed papers I made in here. That music fabric in the above photo has one of the printables printed on it! 

Some of the pages in my journal are dyed with various pink inks/sprays. I have stitching throughout, along with little tuck spots made from corners or layers of paper and fabric/lace. If I wasn’t using bits of the ephemera pack in stitched clusters, I layered them up on a page to add some interest and detail. 

In addition to the ephemera pack for bits of detail, I used the cut apart page from the “Carmen” paper pad. After I cut out the piece I used, I distressed the edges with scissors and added some “Frayed Burlap” Distress Ink. I think one of my favorite things about junk journals is the freedom they give to the creative process. A lot of the time I would just grab up some of the bits and pieces and just start layering them up – without trying to think if it looked “right.” More often than not, NOT overthinking created easy and wonderful results! 

 Although I love the creative process of creating junk journals, they are journals! So I also make sure to leave lots of room for journaling – blank pages, tags, and lots of tucks and folds to hold loose bits.

Thank you for joining us here at Tres Jolie, I hope you enjoyed this project and it gave you some ideas of what you can make using this month’s Scrapbooking Kit!

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In addition to this month’s Scrapbooking Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

*StudioLight Rice Paper (RICEJMA22); *Lindy’s Gang: “Terra Cotta Rust” & *“Bougainvillea Red Teal” Embossing Powders; *Prima “Blossom Bud” Fluid Chalk Ink; Ranger Antiquities “Frosted Crystal” Embossing Powder; Finnabair: *Elementals Resist Canvas (Prima Item# 960698), “Manuscript” & “Ornate Lace” Stencils, “Rusty Red” Matte Wax, & “Red Wine” Metallique Paint; *P13 “The Four Seasons: Spring” Stamp Set (this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit; in video, not actually used in journal); StazOn “Jet Black” (in video, not actually used in journal), Shimmerz: “Ruby” Spritz & “Pink Stilettos” Coloringz; Plain Jane Simply Sheer “Taupe;” Dylusions “Funky Fuchsia” Ink Spray; Tim Holtz “Tea Dye” Distress Oxide Spray, “Kitsch Flamingo” Distress Embossing Glaze, “Frayed Burlap” Distress Ink, Jute Sting, & “Symphony” Tissue Tape; Scotch: Expressions “Pink” Tape & ATG; Fabri-Tac; Art Glitter Glue; Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink; *DecoArt “Black” Gesso; We R Memory Keepers: Corner Chomper, Crop-A-Dile, & Crop-A-Dile II; book binding cloth; book binding tape, double-sided tape; Linen Hinging Tape; old book cover; Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel; tea dyed papers; printables created by me; piano roll paper; old news paper; old book pages; Recollections Blank Cards & Envelopes; various fabrics and trims from my plethora of fabrics and trims!; pink sewing thread; white book binding thread; large needle; awl; We R Memory Keepers Foam Mat (or something to use as a “cushion” for your awl—stack of paper, phone book, folded towel, etc.); chain; *Charm (this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit); pink threads; black thread

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