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Grungy Chipboard House and Journal

Hello Craft Friends! My name is Dana and I'm happy to be back on the Tres Jolie blog with another project idea I hope you'll enjoy. We'll be creating a Grungy Chipboard House and paper bag journal, I hope you'll like.

I'll be using the October Tres Jolie Scrapbook kit. The papers from this month's kit are from Craft O Clock's "Clang & Dirt" collection and have a grungy look to them. You'll also receive some Prima Mechanicals Metal Desert flowers,  49 and Market Blossom Blends flowers, Prima Metal embellishment ornaments, Tres Jolie Chipboard Steampunk click here:

Here's the Scrapbook kit:

Items from my stash include: Chipboard House panels and base from a local craft store, Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, adhesive tape, Beacon glue, Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper dolls, Tim Holtz Distress Grit paste and Distress Crayon vintage photo 4 lunchbags

To begin our project, I arranged my house pieces on my table

and then glued my house panels in place using a strong permanent glue and some masking tape. Here's some photos:

 Next I chose patterned papers from the kit and traced, cut and glued my papers to each panel on my house. I trimmed away any excess paper using my x-acto knife. Here's some photos:

Continue these steps until all outside and inside panels are covered with papers. I also cut the inside bottom section with paper.

Set your house aside for now. Take both bottom bases and cover with leftover paper scraps around the edges of both bases. I cut my pieces to measure 1/2 inch and 1 inch.  I did miter my corners to give a clean look. This will also save paper since the house will be covering the center areas and it wont show. Here's some closeup photos:

Bottom base 1:

Bottom Base 2:

Now glue both bottom bases together. Like I did here:

Take your chipboard house and glue in the center of your base. Set aside. 

Take your roof sections and some cardstock from your stash. I used some brick papers from a previous Tres Jolie Scrapbook kit to cover my roof.  I adhered both 12x12 pieces of cardstock together. Then I applied adhesive tape to each roof section and adhered onto my cardstock. Make sure to leave about 1/8 inch or so of space between each chipboard roof section. Here's some photos:

 Using your bone folder, score between each roof section and bend carefully back and forth. I cut off a diagonal piece from each corner and glue in place. Crease edges with your bone folder. Here's a photo:

 Here's how the backside of my roof looks: 

 I covered the inside sections with the same roof paper on both sides. Here's a photo:

 Now your roof is done! Now we can decorate the outside of our grungy house. 

On the front of my house, I glued a Tres Jolie chipboard frame limited edition Click here:

In the center of my chipboard frame, I glued this Tres Jolie Steampunk Clock Click here:

Then taking a small Prima Mechanicals Metal Desert flowers, I glued in the center of my Tres Jolie Steampunk clock piece. Here's a closeup:

Now glue this piece onto the front side of your house. Along the bottom right edge, I glued a Tres Jolie black chipboard Steampunk gear

I added a Prima Metal embellishment in the center of my gear. Here's some closeup photos:


On the bottom right corner I glued some of the 49 and Market flowers and embellishments from your kit. I arranged them and then glued in place. I added a Prima metal Desert flower to finish. Here's a closeup photo:

 Back of my house: I took some Distress Grit paste and applied some on the left edge.

Dry with a heat tool. With my Distress Crayon Vintage photo  and a paintbrush I mixed both and applied the color onto my Grit paste.  Heat dry.

Then I adhered some Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper dolls with foam dots. I adhered a sentiment piece at the top. On the lower right corner I glued some flowers, Tres Jolie Chipboard piece and glued one of the metal flowers in the center of my chipboard gear.

Here's acouple photos:

 Now we can create our paper bag journal. Take 4 lunch bags and score 1/2 inch then cut off the top edge.

Where the bottom flap is,  fold up and crease with bone folder. Repeat for all 4 bags. Now lay your paper bags in the following order: flat side is the front cover, page 1 flap for a pocket,  page 2 flat page, pages 3 & 4 are pocket flaps, page 5 is flat and page 6 a pocket flap. Set them aside. 

Next cut coordinating patterned papers as follows:

4 pieces measuring 5 & 3/4 x 6 & 3/4 

4 pieces measuring 5 3/4 x 4 & 1/4

4 pieces measuring 5 & 3/4 x 3 & 3/4

4 pieces inserts measuring 6 x 7 3/4

Spine piece 6 x 7 & 3/4

For the pocket apply glue on all 3 sides of your flap and adhere to create a pocket. See photo:

To create the Spine: take your paper and lay on your score board and score at: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Accordian fold your paper. See photo:

Now take your spine piece and add glue to all panels except on both ends. Glue 2 & 3, 4 & 5 together. Crease well. It should look like this:

 Stick Gossett flap on your lunch bag and glue 1st Spine flap inside of bag 1. Repeat and add all four bags. See photo:

Now adhere all your papers on front/back covers, pocket and flat pages. See photos: 

Now we can start decorating our front cover and pages of our journal. 

Front cover: I adhered some Tres Jolie Steampunk chipboard pieces then glued a few Finnibair Mechanicals Steampunk gears in the center. I tore a scrap piece from one of the patterned papers and inked around the edges and glued at the top. The chipboard sentiment was in my Tim Holtz stash along with the Tim Holtz paper doll using foam dots. Here's a photo:

 Page 1: I took some element pieces from a previous Tres Jolie Scrapbook kit Vintage Man and glued one of the flowers onto my pocket Front along with a fuzzy cut sentiment using foam dots. I tucked a Prima Alphabet card (my stash)inside my pocket. 

Page 2: I added a photo, a fabric scrap from my stash key punched element and Simple Stories Type Keys Foam Stickers "Us" at the top. These foam stickers were from a previous Tres Jolie Scrapbook kit also. I thought these would match perfectly with the grungy feel of my journal.  Here's a photo:

Page 1 also has an insert which I decorated with a photo and stapled a ticket at the top and a car punched out element at the bottom. Here's a photo:

 Page 3: I glued one of the Mechanicals Metal Desert flowers on the front of my pocket and a fussycut sentiment. Then took a scrap piece and added a photo then tucked inside my pocket. 

Page 4: Another pocket page. I cut a scrap paper with the border strip left in place and measuring 12x 5 and scored at 4 & 8 inches.

Accordian fold and I glued some more punched elements and a small journal card and photo on the right. Here's a photo:


 Insert: I just glued some paper dolls on the front using foam dots. 

Page 5: I glued a Tres Jolie chipboard Steampunk gear and added another Prima Metal embellishment in the center. I glued a man element piece on the left side. 

Page 6: I stapled a small element piece on my pocket Front and tucked a small element card inside. Here's a photo:

Insert: I glued a envelope ephemera element onto my insert leaving the top open and tucked a photo inside. Then I adhered a metal embellishment on my envelope. Here's a photo:


Now your journal is finished! You can store inside the removable roof. 

Here's another look at my grungy house:

I hope you enjoyed my project today! I had fun creating this. I hope you'll order a kit and create one for yourself. The journal is a great place to store precious photos and memorabilia inside your pockets. 

I'll be back next week with another project idea. Thanks for stopping by the Tres Jolie blog! Please share your crafty makes with us on our Facebook page!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


We have a new mood board challenge for the month. Here are the 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.

Here is the mood board:

Place your entries in the October 2023 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Cafe Facebook page. This challenge ends on October 31st 2023 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).

 The theme for this month is: DARK SHADOWS



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