Saturday, January 12, 2019

Free Printables: Journaling Cards

I've been so focused on creating my two new digital journaling kits that I haven't been posting free printables. But that changes right now. Here are four journaling cards in toned colors.


French Country Junk Journal + Free Printables

I love how this journal turned out. There are a few ephemera pieces that were from others, but the majority are from my kit. The kit, named French Country, is available in my Etsy shop. Click HERE.

I always struggle with what to do on the covers. Here's the cover of this journal. And further below, is the digital printable for the bunting I created for the cover. 

I did one version with the word Journal (which by the way is the same word in English AND French, so it works for this French Country journal). And I did a version without letters. Enjoy.

After cutting out the individual pieces, I glued them to a piece of cream pearl cotton. 

Now, the rest of the journal.

The colors that I used throughout the kit and the journal are primarily reds and tans. And you'll see a lot of roosters, which is a common theme in French country decor. The only English that appears in the journal is on the book plate. (Of course, only after I put it into the book did I realize I should have recreated it in French. Oh well. C'est la vie.)

These two printables on the left page are from The  Graphics Fairy premium site. They fit well both because of the French theme and the colors.

The avocado dyed paper works nicely with the kit. The mini tags you'll see through the journal are added in such a way that they can be little tuck spots.

The corner pocket was fun and easy. I saw it on a Graphics 45 tutorial. It does require double-sided paper, so I simply printed four-inch squares of some of my background papers with a coordinating background paper to cover the back. After cutting the four-inch squares, simply fold down one corner and tack the corner down. The only reason for using different patterns for the squares is so that the resulting four pockets are different.

I had fun creating the lettered background paper you see on the left. I did this lighter version, as well as a darker, slightly grungier version. I watched a tutorial for how to create an offset pattern in Photoshop Elements that is easily "painted" onto the page such that multiple versions of the pattern perfectly line up with each other.

Another fun background that I designed to use as the center of signatures. I created the wall background to look like stucco. Then added the window image and the poultry image. Duplicated them and flipped them for the other side of the page. Then, left one side in color and the other side using a different blending mode. Love it!

I used a different poultry image on the envelope attached to the right page. 
There is also a color version.

This rabbit printable is from my Signs of Provence kit available HERE. But I did a slightly different version for this kit as well.

Ah, the vellum pocket. I actually made four of them that are used throughout the journal -- also a tutorial from Graphics 45. First make the vellum pocket. No need to glue the bottom edge because you'll fold a scrap of 1-1/4-inch paper in half and glue to the bottom. Then you can stuff it with ephemera and attach to the journal. Easy peasy.

Music paper works great with the French Country kit.

 Another of the Signs of Provence printables.

The kit includes three belly bands, each of them featuring roosters and/or chickens.

I threw in a little zinger by using some green in the journal. Just for some variety.

Another belly band and vellum envelope.

A little collaged embellishment -- dyed cheesecloth, a lace flower, and a handmade button (from Aliexpress).

 Another printable from Signs of Provence. This one advertising a pig farmer/butcher. The name of his store is "Pied du Chochon", or "foot of the pig", which is also the name of one of my favorite restaurants in Paris. (Some great, but pricey, French onion soup.)

Another page suitable for the center of the signature.

Ta Da! I love how this journal turned out. It is currently for sale in my Etsy shop. But if you want to make your own, the kit is a great starting place.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

NEW! French Country Digital Journal Kit

Although I haven't yet posted my I Love Paris digital kit to my Etsy shop, I have posted another French-themed kit. This one is totally French country -- focused more on the rural life of southern France. French country is a popular style of home decor, so if you like that style, hopefully you will like this kit. I looked on Etsy and could only find one other French country journal kit and a couple French country digital scrapbook kits. There are some printables, but they are for creating decor items for you home.

So, here is my French country digital kit. Be assured that there are no watermarks on the images you receive.

This the LINK to the kit on my Etsy shop.

These are the 15 10 X 7-inch background pages. When they are folded, the page size in the journal is 5 X 7 inches. Each sheet results in four journaling sides when folded.
There are also three 8-1/2 X 11 size pages that can be printed on the backs of ephemera, tags, journaling cards, pockets, envelopes, and so forth. They are over-sized so they will cover the entire back of the sheet so everything is covered.

Here are three belly bands -- two horizontal and one vertical. They all measure 7 inches along the length of the band. If you want to use one horizontally on a page that is, for example, 5 inches wide, simply trim one inch off of each side.
These two corner pockets/tuck spots are mirror images of each other. You can use them on different pages, or on each side of a two-page spread. I personally like the repetition of the same design in two places on pages.
These are library-style pockets. This is a perfect situation for printing one of the full-size backgrounds on the back of this sheet. When the pocket is folded, the back of the paper shows above the country animal image. 
This image shows the six envelopes in the French Country kit. They are shown larger below.
Score on the four sides of the center rectangle. Fold thee two side flaps to the center and then fold the bottom flap up and glue to the side flaps. Then fold the top flap down. Ta da! you have an envelope featuring a French grain sack image. 
The French were masters at using typography in their advertising (which we would now call "vintage"). Fold the same way as described for the previous envelope.
These "envelopes" fold into thirds using the faint score lines about a third of the way from the top and from the bottom. I usually don't glue mine and just insert them as journaling spots. But if you glue the sides of the bottom flap to the inside of the envelope, it is the perfect size for a gift card, or similarly sized inserts.
These are tea-bag-style envelopes. Score on the four sides around the center area. Fold the left flap to the back and glue to the inside of the large flap on the right. Fold the bottom flap up and glue to the outside back of the envelope. Then simply fold the top flap down.
This shows the five journaling cards and two chunky tags. Larger images are below.

These four journaling cards (and one on the page below) are indicative of the country-French rural advertising for local farm and produce businesses. They have a wood design for the background so they look like signs.

The bottom card is for the "Grand Magasin des Champignons" (the great mushroom store). I'll bet there are some pricey truffles in that store. And a tag that works great with the vertical belly band above.

Finally, some miscellaneous journal embellishments. The book plates are in French -- "My Memories", "My Journal", "Good Times", and "Memoires" -- a word that is the same in English and French (except that the French has an accent on the first "e"). The tabs coordinate with the background pages, as do the mini tags. The translation of the tags:

Left column: Provence (the primary country French region), "The best is yet to come", "Adventure", "Enjoy your meal", "Life in Pink", and "Love".

Right column: "Reason for being, or Purpose), "Life is beautiful", "Joy of Life", "Laugh Often", and "Love Abundantly". 

I hope you like this kit. I enjoyed making it and love how the mini-journal I made with it turned out. Now to make a larger one. I'd love to hear what you think.


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