Category Archives: Paper Dolls

Altered School Pocketbook-more details

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altered-book-coverHi there!

I hope you have been enjoying the week. Its been nice to see the sun come out and bringing with it some warmer days. I’m already seeing some of the grass green up a bit. Yay Spring!

altered-book-page1I’ve been busy filling up the Altered Pocketbook I shared the other day, and have some new pics to share with you.  Firstly, I wanted to explain better how I created the envelopes.

1) find an envelope that is the approximate size of your book. This book is made up of 9 envelopes so far, but I may decide to add more. There are no pages in the book, just envelopes.

2) open up the envelope to its unfolded shape, and trace around it onto a sheet of ephemera. Cut out, and score the fold lines using a ruler and a bone folder. See pic below.

ephemera-envelope-13)fold up the bottom portion and fold in the sides. Adhere together. At this point, use Tinted Tape, Washi tape, or an adhesive runner. See pic below.

ephemera-envelope-24) Instant envelope, ready to fill!  I would recommend a studier paper with a bit less pattern if you were to mail it. Or, at least a uniform pattern and a mailing label. The ephemera though can be delicate for the mail service on its own. Unless, you added a layer of Mod Podge first? That might stiffen it up more.



You will soon discover that no envelope or small bag is safe! All have the potential of being used as templates. A vintage school workbook page can also become a library card pocket for example…

ephemera-librarycardReady to be filled with vintage game cards, or Family Fun paper dolls. These two are ready for school, and represent my children, Meghan and Matthew, as once this book is done, it will be stuffed full of school memories!  An image cut from a vintage children’s book adds a bit of charm to the pocket.

ephemera-librarycard3 ephemera-librarycard2altered-pocketbook-inside-coverTo add another type of envelope, I altered an office envelope-the ones used for internal couriering.  I cut down the original envelope (which was about 11″x14″),  to the book size. I then cut off the original envelope flap with the closing string, and stitched that to the top of my new envelope. Then, stitched the sides closed. This little school girl is adorable on the front, but I wanted to add another pop of red.


Here’s another quick tip to alter ephemera pieces to work with your project. Ephemera is great, but typically its all beige or tan in color. A spray of a watercolor glimmer spray, such as Glimmer Mist, quickly changes that! The watercolor sprays are so sheer in color that you really don’t lose any details of the ephemera.


And, now this red ticket, cut in half, is just the bit of color I need on this envelope. 🙂

office-envelope-2That’s it for now, but I will be back soon to share more details of this project.

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Go Team Card

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Summer and baseball just go hand in hand.  Here is a cute Go Team Card for that special baseball enthusiast.

I think the vintage inspired baseball player just makes this card too cute.


Family Fun Paper Kit

Red Twirly Twine

Making Memories Label Findings

Chipboard Stars, Button and Cream Rick Rack

Wishing you a creative summer day!




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In Record Time

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I’m a garage sale addict–I admit it!  “Junkin'”, my girls & I call it.  Treasures galore just waiting to be found–and on one Saturday morning, a stack of old ’45’s came home with me…and one of them found itself turned into a gift this week…

A sweet paper doll was given a dress made of chocolately crepe paper.  Flowers in her hand, she sits on the little old ’45 whose center has been newly covered with gorgeous aqua foil paper & a vintage “buckle”. Easy peasy & oh, so much fun!


Family Fun Kit, Dimestore Vogue Paper Sheets & Tags Kit, Platinum Stickles,  Twirly Twine,  Ribbon


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Valentine Fun

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Happy New Year, everyone!  Julie here, with a couple of Valentine-inspired projects to share with you.  I know we just finished Christmas (wasn’t it wonderful?!), but it’s never too early to get started on a few Valentines for your favorite people…

A sweet little paper doll from the Family Fun collection is the focal point of this easy peasy Valentine.  Sitting on a vintage Bingo card…

…and skirted with some lovely pink crepe paper, it’s easy to add any embellishment your heart desires…

Next–an adorable little Valentine boy with heart-in-hand…

Perched on a cute little bucket from the Dollar Section at Target and surrounded by all the vintage trappings of Valentines’ Day, it’s he’s all ready to be filled with some tasty treats to be given to a special friend…

Wishing you buckets of fun in the upcoming season!


 Bingo Cards

Family Fun collection

Platinum Stickles

Linen” Tinted Tape

Twirly Twine

Vintage Measuring Tape



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Christmas: Retro & Victorian Style!

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Hello, everyone–and Happy December!  Hard to believe it’s upon us already, but ready or not–here we go!

Just a couple of projects to share with you today–I did a bit of vintage, Victorian Christmas & Retro Christmas–can never decide which I love more!

We’ll go Victorian first–an ornament made using a bit of vintage tinsel trim, chocolatey brown crepe paper & lovely aqua foil (both from the Dimestore Vogue kit), vintage sheet music, an original bit of Victorian scrap–good ole Santa himself–and some beautiful vintage gold dresden–the Merry Christmas sign…I love it all!

Now to retro–

…an adorable photo found by googling, perfect red & white checked paper from the Family Fun kit, a bit of vintage sheet music, an oversized retro bow, Twirly Twine, vintage buttons, lace, old Christmas seals (love them!), some red & green old game money, a big, green Bingo card, and a jolly plastic “Merry Christmas” meant to hang from tree or package–I had so much fun putting it all together!

Wishing you all a wonderfully glorious Christmas season!


All the vintage/retro bits & pieces are found in the Vintage Labels Kit, the Vintage Christmas Elegance kit, or the Vintage Christmas Trimmings kit.… Read the rest