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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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Altered School Pocketbook

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I’ve been inspired lately by the “Junk Journals” I’ve seen popping up here and there. Not that its a new concept. Gluing images, cards and other memorabilia to paper has been around for quite a while! Remember the big books with the  black paper? 🙂

Some of the books I’ve been seeing are so amazing, its hard to refer to them as “junk.” Maybe these are more like Texture & Technique journals. Just that special place to use that scrap of pretty ribbon, a piece of wrapping paper or a vintage bauble. Or a reference book of techniques. Either way, these Texture & Technique books are ones that will certainly be treasured.

school-album-2As its been a while since I’ve made one, I was inspired to try a “pocketbook”-essentially, a re-converted vintage book filled with pockets. But, pockets made from vintage children’s book paper. The school theme took hold as I was, once again, sorting through all of the papers and art that the kiddos bring home from school. As they have gotten older, that has decreased a bit, but I still have a giant clear bucket for each of them…FILLED.

I’m sure a few of you are also familiar with this situation. What to do with all of it? So hard to toss their hard work away, but then again, I’m sure the kids don’t want to inherit big buckets of paper either!

school-album-4A while ago, I saw a great idea…take photos of most of the artwork, make them “mini” and store the photos. Brilliant! And, maybe save a few of the more extra special ones. This will be an ongoing job, but I’m determined to get the project started. And, thinking that this book of pockets will be the perfect place to store those photos. Much more compact than 2 extra large tubs!


To begin this project, I removed the pages from this vintage book, then cut out the binding. As I’m expecting this book to get “chubby,” I added the spiral binding instead. Using Mod Podge as the “glue”, I decorated the cover with book images, a title plate and a vintage tape measure. Now, for the pockets…


Digging through my stash of envelopes, I was able to find an envelope that was just about the right size of the book. I carefully pulled the envelope apart, and used this as my stencil. I then traced this stencil onto several pieces of cardstock, a few pieces of paper from a children’s dictionary and a few sheets from a children’s vintage story book.


After I cut each envelope out, I scored the folding lines and glued together. I added some tape to the “flap” end for decoration and security. I punched holes in the other end and inserted onto the spiral.


I love how colorful this is! This will be the “project of the week,” so I will keep you posted on all the fun goodies/embellishments I add to it.

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Celebrating Babies!

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We have a new baby boy in our office!  Finally, we had 7 girls and now have a boy and another on the way.  To shower the little guy with love I created this card with VSM papers and ephemera!

Here is a list of the super cute supplies I used:

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope this inspires your baby cards!
~ Victoria

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A Banner Day!

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With “Love” Month approaching, it’s time to start thinking about those sweet Valentine projects…Shellye with you today to share a quick and easy heart banner and card!

I picked up a package of red heart cut-outs at a local party supply store.  They’re very inexpensive and came in a package of 12… plenty of them to create a nice banner.  The hearts measure 4″, so if you can’t find something similar at your craft or party supply store, then you could try cutting the shapes with a cutting machine or template.

To begin, I took one of the chipboard hearts and used it to trace the shape onto the back of the red foil papersheet found in the Party Games Collection.  Using a tape runner, I attached the foil hearts to the fronts of each red heart.

Next, I used some dark pink letters from my stash to spell out the sentiment :Be Mine.  Again, if you don’t have the size of alphabets that you’d like to use, a cutting machine or those poster stencils would also work just as well 🙂

I freehanded three hearts from the back of the Pretty & Playful paper found in the Family Fun Paper Kit and then attached with foam dots.  Using the small punching element on the Crop-A-Dile, I made two holes at each side of the hearts then tied through some colorful turquoise satin ribbon.  Be sure to leave enough length at the ends so that the banner can be hung through the loops.  This would also make a fun gift for a teacher!

Next up is a card made adorable with one of the punch-out kids and cut-out dress found in the Family Fun Paper Kit.  I always loved dressing paper dolls, so this was a treat!

I started with a plain card that I embossed with a Swiss Dot pattern.  I wanted a lot of the embossed pattern to show, so I kept the card design cropped to one of the medium-sized BINGO Craft Cards.  I simply attached the dressed girl with foam dots over the center.  Next, I added a border of lace trim from my stash.

I trimmed down one of the little labels from the Pink Twirly Twine card and attached it just under the bouquet of flowers.  A small bow of Pink Twirly Twine and the card is complete and ready to send to a friend!

Glad you’ve stopped by today!  I’ve really enjoyed seeing all of the sweet Valentine’s projects brought to us by the Vintage Street Design Team…I hope you do too 😉 ….Shellye… Read the rest

Opportunity & Experience Cards~

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Hi everyone, Connie here with a couple of new projects~ I wanted to use the Opportunity card and Experience card { from the Monopoly game} and this is what I came up with, an envelope card and matching pin cushion.  

Supply list for this project~

Gluebers {to make flower}, buttons,  game cards, birthday paper  and craft bingo cards.  Other products include kraft envelope, happy birthday stamp, paper leaf, stick pins and trim.

Supply list~zinc jar lid, game piece tiles, buttons, Tim Holtz memo pins and game piece cards.  Other supplies include material, Poly-Fil and stick pins.  I hope you enjoyed these projects!!! Until next time~see ya soon!!! C.Mercer… Read the rest