Tres Jolie Kit Club–Holiday Recipes–November 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! Can you believe there are only two months left in 2022? Wow!

Here in the States, we have entered our Holiday Season – fully. Granted, I was listening to musical Christmas Trees after walking past the still-fully-stocked Halloween aisles, but I digress…

Anywho, on to the second best part of the Holiday season – the food! (The first is, of course, the people you choose – or don’t choose – to celebrate with – or without.) And what better way to encompass both the family and the food than with a customized recipe book? Whether you already have “old family recipes” that are a staple at your holiday table, or you are starting your own traditions, this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club has what you need to get those recipes in order!

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If you haven’t already seen the video, it is one of my more edited, cut, and put-back-together videos. I think, if I had tried to just have the video in the same order of creation, it would have been A) longer and B) absolute confusion! So, to get a look at how I (finally!) managed to get my recipe book together, make sure you check out the video!



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My cover evolved quite a bit during the process – I just couldn’t seem to get it going the way I was thinking! I really wanted to add some age to my recipe book – give it the appearance that it had already seen a kitchen or two in its life. That’s why I didn’t way a “perfectly clean” cover and why I sectioned the interior sectioned the way I did. I wanted to have a story to tell – to look like others had already been adding to it over time.

There have been a few red paints in previous Tres Jolie Kits, and I grabbed a few of them up to use here. I didn’t use an actual gesso as a basecoat for my chipboard, I just used some Tres Jolie Red Paint as my base coat, worked it in a bit with the brush, and coated the outside of the front and back covers the edges of the interior sides, and around the edges of all the interior pages.

To save some reading time – and possibly confusion – I am just going to give the overview of the finished front cover. In my video, I do show the entire process because I think the layers you can no longer see helped to create the finished product, but I don’t know how to point those out now that they are unseen! I’ll just say that there is some embossing powder under the layers of embossing powder and Foundry Wax that you see now!

Now, for what can be seen. I added some (red) Impasto paint to the cover to give it a bit more protection while I worked since it is a heavy-bodied paint, added a couple of splatter layers of Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide Spray, using MicroGlaze between the layers to add a little depth. I used a holly stencil with some StazOn and metallic red paint since both are permanent (i.e. not water-reactive) mediums, and cut a couple of slits along the top and bottom of the title section so I could add my ephemera cluster behind it.

It doesn’t show up in the photos, but there is some light inking behind the ephemera using Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide to create a little of a shadowy effect. To get the ink in the correct areas, I used a white Stabilo pencil to trace where the pieces would be going and added more MicroGlaze to help hold the Oxide in place. You can see which ephemera pieces I chose for my cluster, I just cut the cluster and tucked the cut edges under the title block to give the appearance it was one piece that when all the way behind, stitched it to the cover and added stitching to the title block. I coated the ephemera with MicroGlaze, but not quite thick enough, so it ended up with a little too much Oxide splatter on it – which then required me to re-whiten it some using white gesso and my white Stabilo. Then, to get “Grandma’s Cookies” to pop, I traced over the text with a black gel pen.

For the title block, what you see is some Gilded Foundry Wax and some Lindy’s Holly Berry Red Gold embossing powder. I used my Candied Apple Distress Marker to trace over the title text to add the Lindy’s to – using the brush tip for “Homemade” and the fine tip for “with love & butter.” However, there are layers under all that can be seen, and I’m sure they helped give “Homemade” a bit of extra lift!

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The rest of this project should take a lot less time to explain! Mostly because the insides are, more or less, the same process, just different layouts. However, before I get to the interior, I’ll get the back cover, uh, covered! After I added a layer of the Impasto paint and it had dried, I just used an Echo Park stencil from my stash, some clear embossing ink, and some white embossing powder for the first layer. Then, after heat setting the white embossing powder and letting it cool back down, I added some Candied Apple Distress Ink to the whole surface, watered it down, wiped up a bit, sprinkled on some of the Lindy’s Holly Berry Red Gold, brushed off any areas I didn’t want and melted it down. That was it! Far easier than the front cover!!

Before I ever got started with any decoration or assembly, I used a couple of acrylic blocks to try and figure out (approximately) how much extra space I had to work with given the size of the book rings provided with the kit. When I did the measurement, I hadn’t decided if I wanted to use the Simple Stories dividers as they were, or if I wanted to glue them to the chipboard – and I came up with about an inch of wiggle room. I exceeded that inch, but I still was able to use the rings from the kit – barely! The good news about a build like this is that the spine of the book isn’t permanent, so as recipes get added, the book rings can be replaced if needed!

As you can see in the photos, I used the ribbon from the kit to create hinges and “spines” for a few of the sections. Essentially creating a few mini-books – maybe they would be closer to folios – inside the main recipe book.

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I wanted to give my pages a layer of protection, so I used a lot of laminating pouches to add some strength, stability, and moisture protection. I talk a bit about different options for protection in my video, so I’ll just give a little overview here. You could use page protectors, cut them down to size, and stitch them to what you want to protect (warning: they tend to be hard to machine stitch because they are so slick!), you could use laminating pouches that are self-sealing, so you don’t need a laminating machine, in some areas, for example, edges of pockets or the book ring holes, you could use packing tape. Packing tape is relatively strong, however, I’m pretty sure it isn’t acid-free, and it would eventually begin to deteriorate.

In addition to my lamination, the other constants throughout this project (that may not be immediately noticeable in the photos, like all the stitching) are the use of some Fuse pockets that I’ve had in my stash FOR-EV-ER and the use of the pink and white patterned paper or stripes of the packing that I used to (re)create the edges of the Simple Stories dividers. I also used the packaging from the ephemera and dividers to punch out my hole reinforcers. I didn’t use my Fuse tool with the pouches, I decided to stitch my pockets together, and I used Gorilla Clear Grip glue when I needed to attach any of the plastic(s) and it wasn’t in an area I wanted stitching. For my flaps and closures, I added small magnets or made tie closures to keep them in place, or I used some up-cycled blanket edging to make wrap-around closures.

On the inside of my front cover, I just wanted a simple pocket, so I cut one of the patterned paper sheets down to use as a flap and the pocket front. I have some light magnets on the flap and a couple of paperclips behind the background paper to help keep it closed, and, since I was giving the example in the video, I used packing tape along the top edge of the pocket so the paper would (hopefully!) not tear with use.

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In some areas, like the back of the “Favorites” divider and the chipboard page that faces it, I used some tie-closure pouches. Part of the reason is that it was what I had available, and part of the reason is they could be used to hold notes or spare recipe cards. For the front side of this chipboard page, because I stitched through from the other side, and because the pockets are clear, I gave it a coat of the Impasto paint and some of the holly stenciling before gluing the pouches in place. On the back of the chipboard page, I added a waterfall recipe section with four numbered pockets. I thought those pockets worked great in the “Favorites” section of the recipe book!

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These pockets and flaps are stitched directly to the chipboard, and I just eyeballed the distance between them since I only really had to space pockets “2” and “3” between “1” and “4.”

The next section is a combination of “Appetizers” and “Soups & Salads.” I used a length of the ribbon from the kit to create a hinge between the two Simple Stories dividers and when I added everything to the book rings, I place a chipboard page between the two dividers.

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On the back of the “Appetizers” divider, I added some pre-made 4-1/4”x4-1/4” Fuse pockets and used the image from the front of the paper pad, backed and hinged with some of my up-cycled blanket edge, to create a flap. On the opposite page, I have more pockets, held in place with a piece of the ephemera pack that I laminated and stitched to the length of the blanket edging.

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On the back of the chipboard page, I laminated the Santa card to the bit of patterned paper, stitched it to more blanket edge, and stitched on the (laminated) tap at the bottom to create the closure.

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To hold the pockets in place on the back of the “Soups & Salads divider, I stitched a laminated card from the ephemera pack to the edge of the divider that just acts as a little tuck-in/catch for the pockets.

Next up, “Side Dishes”! That little banner piece at the bottom of the divider can be used as a tuck-in spot if, for example, you have a recipe pulled out and just want to keep it held in place while using it. But, its second function, is to allow the brad to be the catch for the magnet on my snowman closure on the other side!

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I have my snowman laminated fully on the back and partially on the front. I laminated from the top line up and the bottom edge of the snowman so the lines would still be able to be used. Then I just tied the string under his arms so he would swing around and have fun!

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Facing the snowman is one of my wrap-around closures. I attached the “Joy” card to the length of the blanket edge and created my own tie closure on the backside of this chipboard page.

That leads us up to the “Main Dishes” section of the recipe book – and it really is a section all on its own! I used a length of the ribbon from the kit to connect the divider card to the following chipboard page, and added a closure across the front to hold them together.

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Because I added a closure for my main dishes section, none of the interior pockets have any flaps or closures holding them in place. However, the pouches on the back of the chipboard are held in place by the little tag at the bottom. It turns on the brad holding it to the chipboard and is used to catch the bottom-left pocket, which in turn holds the other pockets tucked under it in place.

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Only three more sections left! Probably my three favorite food groups – breads, cookies, and dessert!

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My “Breads & Baked Goods” section is made up of pouches and a couple of small pockets. I know a lot of bread and baked goods exist, but, for me, I have about three bread dough recipes that get expanded on, and biscuits. I just found it unnecessary to make a lot of space to just repeat the same base!

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I can almost smell the cookies baking just thinking about this section! I don’t have any type of flap for the pouch and pockets on the back of the “Cookies & Candy” divider – there are only two pockets and one pouch, and I’m thinking that they should stay fairly well put. On the front of the chipboard page, however, I used the snow globe ephemera piece to create a closer in the same fashion as I had done the snowman previously. I had the four decorative edge pouches you see in the photo, and I couldn’t help but think of adding some sequins – because they made me think of sprinkles – to three of them and stitching the filled edge up so the sequins would stay in place.

For my cookies section, I have an extra step for the length of ribbon I used to create the “spine.” I added a 1/2” length of lamination to the ribbon, right down the center, to give it a little extra space, and it makes that area stand out a little more when you look at the spine of the entire book!

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I didn’t cover every surface with pockets or pouches, I really loved the “Gingerbread Kisses…” and “Baking Christmas Cheer” sheets from the paper pad, and decided to leave them in plain view at the end of the cookies section and on the front side of the chipboard page in the “Desserts & Pies” section. I only added a pocket that was small enough as to not cover any of the text.

For the pockets on the back of the desserts divider, I used a single piece of string to go from the top pocket to the bottom pocket, instead of doing them separately. It’s the dessert section! I know I’ll want to get to the recipes as quickly as possible!

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I have finally made it to the last page and the inside of the back cover! Once again, I used a single string for the two small pouches tie closure, and then to hold all the pockets, I made a swing-arm type of closure. The tag and card are both laminated, I stitched them together, and then just used a brad to attach them to the chipboard.

The back cover has a large, Fuse pouch that I stitched the laminated (Mrs. Clause?) card along the sides and bottom to create a smaller pocket before stitching up the side of the large Fuse pocket. To close it up, I just tucked in some small magnets and a paperclip under the bit of patterned paper and the tab.

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Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope that this project gave you some ideas of what you can do to create your own unique recipe book.

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In addition to this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

DecoArt “Festive Red” Metallic Acrylic Paint , Tres Jolie Kit Club “Red” Acrylic Paint , Finnabair Impasto “Poppy Red” Heavy Body Acrylic Paint , Lindy’s Gang “Oakleaf Olive” Embossing Powder , Lindy’s Gang “Holly Berry Red Gold” Embossing Powder , KaiserCraft “Holly Leaves” Mini Stencil , Echo Park “Candy Cane Stripes” Stencil , Ranger Big Emboss It , Ranger “White” Embossing Powder , Distress Oxide “Rustic Wilderness” , Distress Ink “Candied Apple” , Distress Marker “Candied Apple” , Distress Oxide Spray “Rustic Wilderness” , Distress Paint “Rustic Wilderness” , Distress Foundry Wax “Gilded” , Distress Watercolor Pencils Set 3 , We R Memory Keepers Craft Knife , We R Memory Keepers Hole Reinforcer Punch , We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile II , We R Memory Keepers Fuse Pockets , StazOn “Olive Green” , blending brushes , Sakura Glaze , paper clips , Basic Grey Small Magnetic Discs , Magnet Source Neodymium Disc Magnets , small unbranded magnets , Ranger Water Brush , JudiKins MicroGlaze , JudiKins Diamond Glaze , Finnabair Brushes , Amazon Basics Laminator , Scotch 4”x6” Laminating Pouches , Scotch 8.5”x11” Laminating Pouches , Art Glitter Glue , Fabri-Tac , LineCo PVA , Gorilla Clear Grip , 1” double-sided tape , 3/8” Scor-Tape , red thread , eyelets , sequins , large glitter , upcycled red blanket bias edging , hole punch , Fiskars 1” Circle Squeeze Punch , Duck HD Clear Tape , *spray bottle

Tres Jolie Kit Club–Steampunk Top Hat–September 2022 Mood Board + Scrapbooking Kit

Hey, y’all! Have you checked out the Tres Jolie Kit Club September Scrapbooking Kit yet? Seen this month’s mood board? Both are fabulous! The kit has the “Gilded Steampunk” Collection from 3 Quarter Designs – the perfect fit for the “Shabby Steampunk” mood board challenge!

Now, I love, L-O-V-E, Steampunk, and while I’m not a 100% Shabby Chic type of person, there are aspects I really love about that style too. This week, for my mood board inspired project, I have a Shabby-Steampunk Top Hat I created using a cut file I designed, the “Gilded Steampunk” Collection from the kit, a couple of moulds, and lots of mediums from my stash – quite a few that are from previous Tres Jolie Kits!

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It wasn’t until I was editing the video that I realized this project isn’t all too “complicated.” The majority of the time spent working on it was really just “busy work” – i.e. rolling clay, gluing, painting, etc. Once I had my base together, and finally figured out where this hat was headed, it went together rather smoothly! Check out my video and see what I mean!



Don’t forget to join the Tres Jolie Mood Board Challenge this month! Make sure to place your entry in the September 2022 Challenge folder on the Tres Jolie Kit Club Café Facebook page by 11:59pm CST on September 30, 2022, for your chance to win a prize!
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Alright! Time to get talkin’ about this Shabby-Steampunk Top Hat!

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The first thing to do was to put my base together. There aren’t too many pieces – I tried to keep it as simple as possible while creating the size I wanted while using my 12” x 12” cutting mat and cardstock. There really is only one way everything fits together, but I have included a photo for reference using the cut file.

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After my cardstock base was together, I added some black gesso to all of the areas that I thought may or may not get covered by the patterned paper pieces – I did it mostly because I had used white cardstock, if I had used a darker cardstock or a coordinating cardstock, I don’t know if I would have added the gesso. However, it did also give a little extra stiffness to the base, so that was a bonus I hadn’t really thought of! And, even though it is no longer noticeable, I also added a layer of “Halo Pink Gold” Metallic Paint on top of the black gesso – just to be prepared in case any of those areas didn’t get covered in the later stages.

I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do for the inside of the hat, I just knew I didn’t want to just give it a coat of paint. Finally, I decided to see if I could do a paint pour – on some tissue paper – to create a liner! It was messy, but it worked! And I was able to use that paint pour on the inside, sides. For the inside top, I just mixed up a little more to pour and dumped it right in.

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I wanted to get as many pieces ready for assembly as possible before sitting down to start the process, so I used some leather-effect polymer clay to create the “leather” underside of the brim and I used some metallic and glitter polymer clay in a couple of embossing folders to create the sheets of “metal” to fill between the leather-clay and to use along the outer edge of the brim.

The final set of pre-assembly pieces I made were the patterned paper panels and the pink band for the hat. For the pink band, I just cut the half-sheet from the paper pack in half and connected the ends to make one long strip.

For the top, side, and brim patterned paper panels, I partly eyeballed, partly measured approximately where the cut would be – especially for the pieces that have the mannequins, hot air balloon, etc. – and cut them all out. Much like the base pieces, there are not a lot of ways for the pieces to fit all together, but I will add a reference photo here for the panel locations on the base.

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As I sat staring at all my pieces, trying to decide how to use those chipboard and cut-apart pipes, I thought of windows; little steampunk windows to see the “inner workings” of the hat. I grabbed up some circle dies, picked a few places around the brim and on top of the hat, and cut the circles out of the patterned paper.

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I used a couple of stencils with a couple TCW Stencil butters to add some dimension and texture to the circles I cut out, coated the chipboard pipes in copper embossing powders, and added some Beads In A Bottle to create a little dimension and bolts/rivets to the chipboard. Then I started the assembly process while I waited for my resin to set up in my gilding flake coated, polymer clay window frames.

After all my pipes were in place I gave them a coating of clear gesso so I’d be able to add my paints to create the illusion of depth with shadows.

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Now it was finally time to add my patterned paper panels! I also added the pink band, and I created the inside band using the half-sheet of paper from the pack that looks like leather. I finished adding all my clay pieces to the underside of the rim and added them to the outer edge of the brim.

So now I had all of the pieces of the hat together – except the windows – and started my work on filling any gaps and smoothing it all out. I used a mix of gold Stencil Butter, gold Beads In A Bottle, and 3D Matte Gel to smooth along the edge of the brim with all the layers, and to fill in any spaces that I thought needed it. To prepare for the addition of the windows, I added a ring of Beads In A Bottle around the circles on the hat brim and top.

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While my hat sat off to let that gold mix dry, I got to work on putting the focal point of the hat together. I grabbed up some mould pieces and used 3D Matte Gel to hold them in place, and after adding my gesso, I started adding the first layers of paint. While the gears and heart were setting up, I put my pipe pieces together and added the first layers of paint to them. I added the heart and gears to the pipes using more 3D Matte Gel, and set it off to let it set up while I added my lace bits and gilding flakes to my hat base. Before I got too much further along, I added a coat of Workable Fixatif so when the time came to add my final paints there would be a layer of protection on the patterned paper that would keep the wet from just soaking right in.

I laid my hat on its side, using whatever I had on hand to hold it in place and prop it up so the side I wanted to add the heart and pipes to was, at least mostly, level. I made sure to do this close to bedtime, so the 3D Matte Gel I used to hold the resin pieces in place had time to set up – without me becoming impatient and checking it too soon! I also started adding some art stones to the areas I could get at with the hat on its side.

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Now it was finally time to add on the windows in preparation for the final layers of paint, art stones, and waxes.

I added more paint to my resin pieces, being careful when I was near my windows so they wouldn’t get splatter on them, and then just started working my way down from the top of the hat with more art stones and my paints. I let all the paint dry before flipping my hat over and adding some paint to the underside of the brim.

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The final touches on this Shabby-Steampunk Top Hat were the addition of a few Finnabair waxes to the top, sides, art stones, lace, and the top and underside of the brim.

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Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed my Shabby-Steampunk, mood board inspired, Top Hat and it gave you some ideas and inspiration for how you can use this month’s Scrapbooking Kit and/or find inspiration for your own mood board project!

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In addition to this month’s Scrapbooking Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

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Corner Scraps Studio Top Hat Digital Cut File , Finnabair Black Gesso , Finnabair Clear Gesso , Finnabair 3D Matte Gel , Finnabair “Ink Black” Liquid Acrylic Paint , Finnabair “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic Paint , Finnabair “Machinery” Stencil , Finnabair “Love Machine” Mould , Finnabair “Steampunk Hearts” Mould , Finnabair “Enchanted” Sparks Paint , Finnabair “Rose-Gold” Opal Magic Paint , Finnabair “Soft Satin” Metallique Paint , Finnabair “Steampunk” Metallic Flakes , Finnabair “Shabby Pink” Matte Wax , Finnabair “Sepia” Antiquing Wax , Finnabair “Indian Pink” Metallique Wax , Finnabair Art Stones , Finnabair Mini Art Stones , Nuvo Mica Mist “Antique Gold” , Tim Holtz “Foundry” 3D Texture Fades , Tim Holtz “Diamond Plate” Texture Fades , Distress Paint “Salvaged Patina” , Distress Foundry Wax “Mined” , Distress Foundry Wax “Statue” , TCW “Grecian Gold” Modeling Paste , TCW “Sterling Silver” Modeling Paste , TCW “Fuchsia” Stencil Butter , Katy Sue Designs “Rusty Pipes” Mould , Jacquard Lumiere “Halo Pink Gold” Metallic Paint , Ranger Iced Enamels “Relique Glitz Copper” Embossing Powder , Gary M Burlin Co. “Patina Bronzed Copper” Embossing Powder , Tulip “Copper” Beads In A Bottle , Tulip “Gold” Beads In A Bottle , Ranger Big Emboss It , Liquitex Pouring Medium , Liquitex Matte Medium , Staedtler Fimo Leather Effect “Berry” , Staedtler Fimo Leather Effect “Nut” , Creative Embellishments “Riveted” Stencil , Spellbinders Standard Circle Nestabilities , white cardstock , Fabri-Tac , Liquitex Matte Gel , spray bottle , Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy , Amazing Casting Resin , E6000 , Aleene’s Tacky Glue , Krylon Workable Fixatif , lace tidbits

Tres Jolie Kit Club–Grungy Journal-August 2022 Mood Board & Scrapbooking Kit

Hey, y’all! After much toil and trouble, I finally got this grungy journal put together! You see, mentally I have an order of operation for my projects – my first project of the month for Tres Jolie Kit Club focuses on the Cards, Tags, & More Kit, and my second project is for the mood board – this month ran a little different though because <gestures at everything>!

Anywho…I finally finished my mood board project! I’m GenX and that means I lived through Nirvana and weird metal jewelry and all things flannel, so I couldn’t help but get excited about the papers this month – Grunge Reinvented by 3 Quarter Designs.

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The general construction of this journal is like most junk journals, so my video focuses on how I put the cover together, a bit about the open spine, and some highlights on what is in the signatures.


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Isn’t the mood board fabulous? Rust, film, watches – so much grungy and/or steampunk inspiration here! Make sure to join in this month and share your creation in the August Mood Board Folder by the end of the month.


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My cover consists of corrugated cardboard, chicken wire, chipboard, cardstock, decorative paper, and tons of mediums. I shaped my corrugated cardboard, dyed my white Artisan (linen blend) cardstock, added some Finnabair decorative paper to it, glued everything together, poked the ends of my chicken wire through so they wouldn’t stick out, and added layer upon layer of paints, stains, powders, and pastes to the cover until I got a color combination I was happy with.

I added some resin stars made with my Finnabair “Stars and Moons” mould, and coated them with some of the “Statue” Foundry Wax. I added multiple layers of embossing powder to the cardstock phrase and used the “Statue” Foundry Wax to create a “frame” around it. Then I used the “Sterling” Foundry Wax to create splatters on the cover and the phrase.

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When I started this Grungy Journal, I didn’t know exactly how an open spine would work, and I wanted to make sure the herringbone binding had something sturdy to hang on to, so I used the metal hangers that I had removed from the hanging folders to wrap the binding around, then I used some JB Weld epoxy to really make sure it was a sturdy and solid attachment to the chipboard cover pieces.

I used a variety of alcohol inks and mixatives to stain my herringbone binding to grunge it up and found this “Exposed Tape Binding” open spine tutorial by Molly Brooks inspirational and very easy to follow along with (this was my first open spine!). However, because my signatures weren’t going to be evenly stacked – as seen in Molly’s tutorial – I added a single stitch through the herringbone binding to keep my signatures in place.

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I used some sari silk to create my tie closure – sewing it as a tube, knoting one end and leaving a few inches unsewn so I could lay it flat between the chipboard and mixed media cover I created. While I did make sure there was a lot tucked in and glued down, as I kept working on my journal, I decided I wanted to reinforce the edges where the strain would be.

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For the reinforcement, I folded the sari silk back on itself and added some E6000 and bookbinding tape.

Then I punch two holes through, making sure to go through the layers of sari silk, added some Chicago [style] screws (they look like the posts from traditional post-bound scrapbooks), and a couple of washers – with some more E6000 – to make sure I had a tight fit and some Loctite for the threads.

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With all the different junk journal tutorials available for construction, I am just going to highlight what can be found within my Grungy Journal. I have the standard variety of papers and envelopes, and I made clusters to use as decorations and/or tuck-in spots. For the button images from the cut-apart sheet, I used my awl to poke the thread holes out, then added some of the bookbinding thread I had cut off after I tied my signatures in place – and topped it with some Glossy Accents to create a faux enameled/epoxy surface. In fact, I added Glossy Accents to a lot of the cut-apart pieces to give them that faux surface, which really gives a sense of depth to the images!

For the chipboard filmstrips from the Grunge Reinvented collection, I layered up four different embossing powders. First I used some Lawn Fawn “Fake Tan” ink, added some Rocky Road & Ancient Amber Baked Textures, and while it was still hot and sticky I added more Rocky Road, melted that, added some Chunky Rust Baked Texture, and then finally some Rusty Hinge Embossing Glaze – always on top of the still hot previous layers.

For my clusters, tuck-ins, and pockets, I used a combination of glue, my tiny attacher, and stitching to put them together and attach them. When I did use the tiny attacher, I made sure the underside of the staples would be covered, that way they wouldn’t come out (as easily!) and there wouldn’t be any rough edges.

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I used a combination of papers from the scrapbooking kit, papers from my stash, and even pieces from the hanging folders that had been cut off when I was cutting them down to size.

I have a variety of textures throughout the journal – using paper doilies, vintage crocheted squares, stitching, and a variety of fibers and trims.

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In addition to my tuck-in spots and pockets, I added in some envelopes and belly bands. I even have some pieces of grungy handmade paper in a few spots!

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To make sure there was ample writing space, my middle signature is filled with papers that have no decorations, pockets, or tuck-in spots. I just stitched two pieces of sari silk together (they have light interfacing on them to give them a little stability) and ran the whole stack through my sewing machine before adding the holes for the bookbinding thread to attach it to the open spine.

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Thank you for joining me here in my corner. I hope you enjoyed this Grungy Junk Journal and it gave you some inspiration on what you can do with this month’s Scrapbooking Kit and some ideas on how to interpret this month’s mood board!

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In addition to this month’s Scrapbooking Kit & the Foundry Waxes from this month’s Mixed Media Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

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*Dress My Craft “Gentleman Accessories” Transfer Me , *KaiserCraft 12”x12” Corrugated Cardboard , *LemonCraft “Leaves” A4 Basic Paper Pad , Distress Embossing Glaze “Rustic Wilderness” , Distress Paint “Rustic Wilderness” , Distress Oxide Spray “Rustic Wilderness” , Distress Grit Paste “Crypt” , Distress Texture Paste “Grave” , Distress Grit Paste “Translucent” , Distress Ink “Brushed Corduroy” , Distress Oxide “Brushed Corduroy” , Distress Embossing Glaze “Rusty Hinge” , Tim Holtz “Bubbles” Stamp , Tim Holtz “Textile Surfaces” , Tim Holtz Long Fasteners Brads , Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher & Tiny Attacher Refills , Tim Holtz “Film Strip Ribbon” ,  Tim Holtz Sanding Block , Tim Holtz Naturals – Black/Cream Trimmings , Distress Collage Medium , Lawn Fawn “Fake Tan” Dye Ink , green bakers twine , *Nuvo “Seaweed Quartz” Glimmer Paste , *Nuvo “Black Ash” Embellishment Mousse , Country Craft Creations “White” Artisan Cardstock , Darice “Rusty” Chicken Wire Ribbon , Finnabair “Sparkling Onyx” Jewel Effect Paste , *Finnabair “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic Paint , *Finnabair “Ink Black” Liquid Acrylic Paint , Finnabair “Green” & “Rusty” Rust Effect Paste , *Finnabair “Graphite” Texture Paste , Finnabair “Cream” Texture Effect Paste , Finnabair “Stars and Moons” Mould , *Finnabair “Romantica” Decorative Paper , *Finnabair Heavy Black Gesso , Finnabair 2” Silicone Brush , Finnabair Clear Gesso , Finnabair 3D Matte Gel , Seth Apter Baked Texture “Rocky Road” , Seth Apter Baked Texture “Dirty Sand” , Seth Apter Baked Texture “Chunky Rust” , Seth Apter Baked Texture “Ancient Amber” , Ranger Emboss It Ink Refill , Ranger Big Emboss It , Ranger Ultra Thick Clear Embossing Powder , Ranger “Frosted Crystal” Embossing Antiquities , Taylored Expressions “Corrugated” Embossing Folder , various papers: ledger pages, vintage music, piano roll paper , etc. , hanging folders, patterned papers , Tea Bag Paper , paper doilies: white , silver , *black , EK Tools Binding Edge Punch , Amazing Casting Resin , 1/2” Herringbone Binding , Liquitex Matte Medium , E6000 , JudiKins Diamond Glaze , Fabri-Tac , Art Glitter Glue , Ranger Glossy Accents , Aleene’s Tacky Glue , BookGuard 3” Black Book Binding Tape , JB Weld , Selocky Chicago Screws , washers , Loctite Thread Lock , Ranger Heat-It Tool , We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board , Craft Knife , Crop-A-Dile II , Hole Reinforcer Punch , Corner Chomper , Fiskars 1” Circle Squeeze Punch , 1” & 1/8” double-sided tape , eyelets ,  Pellon 805 Wonder-Under Iron-On Adhesive , LineCo PVA , Dritz Fray Check , book binding thread , needles , awl , blending brushes , various sari silk remnants , Krylon Workable Fixatif , Rust-Oleum Semi-Gloss Clear

Cover Colors (used on the white Artisan cardstock): Lindy’s Gang Starburst Squirts *“Maple Syrup Bronze,” *“Hocky Puck Black,” & *“Beaver Tail Brown” , *“Cathedral Pines Green” Magical Shaker , “Bratwurst Brown” Magical Shaker , *“Black Hole Black” Magical Powder , *Finnabair “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic Paint , Liquitex “Transparent Raw Sienna” Liquid Acrylic Ink , Liquitex “Transparent Raw Umber” Liquid Acrylic Ink , Ranger Perfect Pearls “Forever Green”

Open Spine Strips: Alcohol Blending Solution , Tim Holtz “Latte” Alcohol Ink , “Gold” Mixative , “Silver” Mixative , “Gunmetal” Mixative , 91% Isopropyl Alcohol

Reveal Day! – Check out the August 2022 Tres Jolie Kits!

Welcome to August and the reveal of this month’s kits!! Make sure to get yours before they’re gone!

Be sure you are following us on all social media platforms (Tres Jolie Kit Club links at end of the post; Corner Scraps links to the right) and have joined the Tres Jolie Kit Club Facebook Café so you won’t miss a single announcement or project created with these kits.

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Where is my GenX crowd? Because the August 2022 Scrapbooking Kit is filled with the Grunge Reinvented collection from the new-to-us company 3 Quarter Designs. Don’t worry though, because even though these papers have a fabulous grungy and masculine feel to them they will still be amazing for all your upcoming projects – they have fabulous autumn colors and leaves. You will find a lovely assortment of patterned papers and perfectly coordinated embellishments.

Love getting messy? Want to give the new Tim Holtz Distress Foundry Waxes a try? Then the Mixed Media Kit is for you! There are Prima bases and a stencil, some DecoArt Sand Paste, and a set of Distress Foundry Waxes. And the best part? The kits can be used with each other! I know I’m already thinking of how to combine the Scrapbooking Kit with the Mixed Media Kit!

You’ll find our Cards, Tags, & More Kit filled with papers, embellishments, and a stamp set from Craft Consortium and goodness – so you can create beautiful summery, romantic cards and tags. Who doesn’t like being able to create a variety of projects from one kit?

These kits are for the beginner to the advanced; from clean and simple – to mixed media maven. No matter your style, there is something for everyone. We know you are going to love it!


And now (drumroll, please) the August 2022 Kits from Tres Jolie:

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Don’t forget to stop by the Tres Jolie YouTube channel and see our video reveal for all our kits.

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The designers at Tres Jolie have created some amazing layouts and projects with this kit. Here is a little tease from me using the Cards, Tags, & More Kit:

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Please stop by the other designer’s blogs (listed below) and check out their sneak peeks:


We have a new mood board challenge for the month, with the following rules and guidelines:

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Place your entries in the August 2022 challenge folder on the Tres Jolie Kit Club Café Facebook page. This challenge ends on August 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).


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All the designers will be revealing their projects on the Tres Jolie Blog all month long. Make sure you join us for tons of inspiration, including video and photo tutorials. Also, make sure you check out the newest Tres Jolie Chipboard designs that were just added to the store.