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Paper Bag Fall Junk Journal and mini book

Hi Crafters! 

Dana here and we are so happy you joined us on the Tres Jolie blog today. Fall is upon us. Here in the Midwest we've had much warmer Fall temperatures than what I remember growing up. I'm fine with that because I'm not a fan of cold weather. Fall has such a pretty landscape of color, with the changing color of the leaves!

Today's project we will be creating a junk journal and mini book with the October Cards Tags and More kit and beautiful autumn Moods papers from Craft O Clock! 

 I'm using a regular paper lunch bag measuring 6x12 &1/4 inches. But you can use any sized paper bag you have on hand. But you will need to adjust the size you cut your papers. 

Take you paper bag with the bottom facing up. Fold the bottom towards the left side. Then fold right side on top. Easy peesy right? 

 Choose what papers or pockets you want to use for your base pages. My papers measure 3 & 3/4 x 5 & 3/4 inches. I inked my papers using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, before adhering to my journal base. I cut the pocket down to size to fit on my center page. Then I applied some fall washi tape at the top of my center pocket. See below:

Back of journal:

Front cover: I took a Journaling card from my Craft stash (Blue Fern Vignettes) and adhered on top using foam dots. I cut a piece of Tim Holtz idea-ology film strip (my stash) and adhered at an angle across my journal cover. From the extra paper images included in this kit, I fussy cut a filmstrip image, and glued across the center of my journal cover and just below my filmstrip piece. Cut out the strip of tickets and score in between each ticket.

Then fold and attach to the top of my journal cover using a tiny clip from my craft stash. (Tim Holtz idea-ology Tiny clips)

I stamped a sentiment on the bottom of my cover and added a metal disc "Today" I had in my craft stash and glued on the bottom left corner of my journal cover. Here's a closeup!

Open up your book and on the right side I created a pocket using one of the Journaling cards in the kit. I cut out one of the tags, punched a hole at the top and tied a piece of twine through the hole. This tag tucks nicely into the pocket. I also cut out one of the flag images and adhered with foam dots in the upper left corner. 

Center page: made a side pocket. This pocket will hold our mini book inside. We'll be creating the mini book later.

The page on the right, I cut and adhered a paper as a pocket. You can tuck in any momento into this pocket. See photo:

Flip your page flap over and I fussy cut out the basket, and using foam dots adhered at the bottom. Using some stamps from my stash, I stamped a sentiment at the top.

Now we will create a little mini book. Taking a scrap piece of cardstock in my craft stash,  I cut my mini book to measure 3 & 1/2 x 5 inches. I took some kraft cardstock from my craft stash and cut a total of 3 pages measuring 3 & 1/2 x 5 inches. Scored 1/2 inch on the left of each page. Then adhered my pages inside my mini book. 

Mini book cover: I cut out one of the Journaling cards from the kit. I tea stained a small doily from my stash, cut in half. Then glued each half of doily, on the top and bottom of my Journaling card before gluing to the front of my mini book cover. I stamped a sentiment along the bottom edge. 

Mini book page 1: I cut out the leaft tag from this kit, using an x-acto knife, I cut across the 4 slots. Cut out 4 mini tags and images. Then tucked each one into the slots on my tag. 

Page 2: I made a mushrooms pocket and adhered at the bottom of my page. Took this  tiny file, from my stash,  covered with some scrap paper from this kit and adhered to the front of my file folder. I cut out a circle image and with foam dots I adhered on top. Added a clip and stamped a "Hello" sentiment on my file tab.

Page 3: adhered a Journaling card on my page and added a epoxy sentiment at the top. (From my 49& Market stash)

Page 4: Cut out this cute tiny envelope piece from the kit. Scored, folded and glued to my page. Then using my leaf stamps from my stash (Gina K) I stamped 4 leaves, inked the edges and tucked inside my envelope. I added a velcro closure (craft stash) and adhered inside my envelope top flap and envelope base. I fussy cut out a maple leaf and glued on top of my envelope flap.

Page 5: I cut apart a piece of cream cardstock and adhered to my page. Stapled a flag piece at the top. Added another stamped sentiment along the bottom.

Page 6: Cut apart a filmstrip image from our extra papers in our kit. I stapled in the upper right corner. 

Last two pages of our mini book:

I stapled the other filmstrip image on upper left corner. The other page I added a "Autumn is love" ephemera sentiment from my stash along the top. Cut out another image adding foam dots adhered along the bottom. 

Now tuck your tiny book into the center pocket of your journal. That's it! 

I hope you enjoyed my project idea and will want to try and create one for yourself. Thanks for stopping by the Tres Jolie blog! Please share all your crafty makes with us on our Facebook page.

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.


Place your entries in the October 2022 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Cafe Facebook page. This challenge ends on October 31st 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)

Until next time, Have a crafty great day!


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