Tres Jolie Kit Club–Mini Planner–August 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! To bring my August crafting adventures to an end, I have a Mini Planner for you I created using the August Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club. It is a 6”x6” Weekly Planner, and holds about 12 weeks worth of pages. I used disc binding so it would be easy to add and remove your weeks and dividers.

I hadn’t originally thought of using my laminator when I started this planner – because I forgot I had bought a laminator a few years ago for a very specific purpose – but as I was going along, I found myself thinking “I wish I had a way to strengthen the dividers without a lot of bulk; something like a lam-in-ate…oh yeah!” Check out my video to see how I constructed my planner, and swing by my (not Tres Jolie!) Flickr to grab up the planner pages.


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I grabbed up my 1” circle punch and started punching from all of the smaller pieces of the Craft Consortium papers I had left over from my other two projects this month. I didn’t punch into any large pieces unless I had to – fortunately I had enough small pieces left and only had to punch a few circles out of larger sections.

I then started layering up my circles on some heavy chipboard using Liquitex Matte Medium to hold it together – and while I didn’t have a template for my covers, I have created a template to show you how my circles went on!

I had those rose gold discs, so I wanted to add some rose gold to my cover, so I grabbed up a few mediums from my stash that I thought I could mix together to get a color close to the color of the discs.

As I mentioned in the video, I hadn’t originally planned on laminating my journal, but after I remembered I owned a laminator, I ended up peeling off some of the back layers of my chipboard before feeding it through to get laminated.


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On the inside of my front cover, I have more laminated pieces of the Belle Fleur papers that I turned into two pockets and a tuck-in flap. I have some stitching throughout my planner, but to attach my pockets to the cover, I used E6000 because I was gluing two laminated surfaces together.

You can see one of the flaps I made for my planner at the front – I really liked the idea of turning one of my left-over circles (from the mini album) into a flap! Then I just stitched on a tab I had punched out and added some color to with a gel pen.

For the back cover, I just added a couple of half-circles as a couple more tuck-in flaps.


It took me a little bit of trial and error, but I did eventually manage to get everything lined up so the holes wouldn’t end up punched through any of the boxes on the planner pages. My printer has a feature that allows me to set a custom size for my paper (if it isn’t one of the pre-programmed standard sizes), which did make it a little easier for me to print directly on my 6”x6” pages – check your printer settings to see what will work best for you!

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The majority of the time making this planner was spent feeding pages through the laminator – and I started feeding everything through that I thought would make it! For this flap, I stamped directly onto the inside of the laminator pouch, added the phrase from the rub-on sheets, used some gel pens to darken the phrase and add some color around it, laid a bit of lace trim in, and laminated it all together!

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Here are a few more dividers I made – attaching various pieces to the tops – like some of the vellum from the flower pack that I laminated or some of the trim so that half-circle would be easier to find.


Anytime I stitched through a laminated piece – if it wasn’t going to be glued down like the pockets on the front – I added some of the trim to the back to cover where the sewing machine went through to cover the rough holes.


I made up a lot of different clips to go with my planner sometimes layering smaller pieces and stitching them together. Then I would sandwich the paperclips with some E600 between the laminated piece(s) and some craft felt.

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To create longer clips, I would use my E6000 to attach my pieces onto some hairclip blanks!

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I even added some of the Prima flowers to one of the hair clips, and sometimes instead of using a single jumbo paperclip, I would use two regular ones so my tabs would be able to have the “correct” orientation on the edge of a page.

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Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope you enjoyed my planner this week and it gave you some ideas of what you can make using this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit! Don’t forget, only one more week and September’s kits will be revealed!

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Tim Holtz “Bundled Sage” Distress Oxide Spray , Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse: “Burnished Bronze” & “Coral Calypso” , *Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish “Silver Hessian” , Ranger “Chrome Yellow” Archival Ink , Sakura Moonlight Opaque Grey Pack , & Gelly Roll Glaze Pens , Me & My Big Ideas “Rose Gold” Medium Discs , Simple Stories “Vintage Bliss” 6”x6” , Fiskars 1” Circle Squeeze Punch , Fiskars 1.5” Circle Squeeze Punch , We R Memory Keepers Disc Punch , We R Memory Keepers 3-Way Corner Punch & Tab Punch , EK Tools Binding Edge Punch , Recollections 2.5” Circle Punch , Finnabair 2” Silicone Brush , Amazon Basics Laminator , Scotch 4”x6” Thermal Laminating Pouches , heavy chipboard , Liquitex Matte Medium , UHU Stic , 1/8” double-sided tape , Aleene’s Tacky Glue , E6000 , grey craft felt , Silhouette Cameo 3 , Nicapa Mat , paper clips , blank hairclips , other 6”x6” papers whose covers have been lost in time!

Tres Jolie Kit Club–Cottage Life Cards–July 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit

Hey, y’all! We’ve made it to the end of July, and are that much closer to the end of this oppressive summer heat! (I hope!!)⁠

For my last project using the July 2022 Cards, Tags, & More Kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club, I used up the bits and pieces of the Graphic 45 “Cottage Life” papers I had, along with some cardstock, dies, and mediums from my stash, to create some cards & envelopes.⁠


To get all the details of what I did for these cards, check out my video!


All of the cards are rather straightforward. I used my last two uncut sheets of the “Cottage Life” paper to make two envelopes for 3-1/2”x6” cards – the largest size envelope that can be made using an 8”x8” sheet on the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board – and used two pre-made envelopes and card blanks for the other two cards.

This first card is made with some metallic cardstock from DCWV and decorated using the TCW stencil from June’s Mixed Media Kit, texture paste from my stash, and embossing powder. I sprinkled the embossing powder on the texture paste while it was still wet, and waited until it dried before heating it up. Although you can heat dry texture paste on its own, because you can keep the heat farther away and in constant motion, it doesn’t work as well when the paste is topped with embossing powder! The heat needed for embossing powder – or rather the heating method – can, and generally will cause the wet texture paste to form bubbles.

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After my embossing powder was heated and cooled, I sprinkled on some of Lindy’s “Bavarian Blue” Magical Powder that is in this month’s Mixed Media Kit, gave it a spray of water, and let it spread out between the stenciling! I had the framed phrase that I made when I was working on the “Cottage Life” décor piece (the project posted on the 21st), so I added it to my card front and stamped a simple sentiment on a strip of cardstock to finish out my card front.

For the envelope, I used a Vicki Boutin stamp and die set from my stash to create the little windows. Before I folded the envelope up, I used the rose die to make the windows in the envelope and glued in some faux glassine that I had stamped and embossed with the coordinating rose stamp.


I didn’t do anything to the envelope for this card except fold it! Honestly, I just couldn’t think of anything I wanted to have premade, and decided to wait until the time came to use it!

For the card, all I did was cut a couple of the wider strips of the patterned paper to the length I needed and a strip of cardstock to the length and width I needed for the top section with the sentiment. Before I added the cardstock with the sentiment, I added some “Mowed Lawn” Distress Oxide Spray to the patterned paper. I didn’t intend to add so much, sometimes my hands have a mind of their own! Anyhow, I just wet it and mopped it up a bit. It was already there, so I just worked with what I had!

After I stamped my sentiment, I decided I wanted to have it stand out more, so I traced it all with a metallic pen, then I added my mini pearls, and this card was done.

The next two cards were made using some card and envelope blanks by Recollections from my stash.

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For this card, I grabbed my 1.5” hexagon punch, a set of hexagon dies, and my bird silhouette dies. I didn’t want to cover the whole front of the card with hexagons, so I just randomly placed them in a way that I thought looked good and added my birds. To make the birds stand out, I hand drew a line for them to stand one, outlined them in coordinating metallic pens, and then used a dark grey pen for their shadows – just smearing out it with my finger. I stamped the sentiment on a little piece of my homemade glassine and added it to the card front. Super quick and easy card!

For the envelope, I place my hexagon dies inside the envelope so I could cut out some windows, added my birds, and then backed them with some of my homemade glassine.

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For the fourth and final card, I just filled up the card front with blocks of the patterned paper and added a few flowers tucked under the chipboard piece. Very quick and easy card front – especially with the use of a pre-made card base!

The envelope wasn’t as quick and easy! When I first started playing with the faux glassine technique I learned from Nik the Booksmith, I had used this cute little stamp from my stash to stamp on a piece of tracing paper, then used some colored pencils to fill it in before spraying it with the glossy spray and turning it into a [faux] glassine print! Since I had already cut it in half (I had been thinking of doing something else with it originally) I decided that I needed to create a window pane for my envelope.

For the cute little scene “outside” the window, I wrapped some blue-ish faux glassine (created previously using the wax method) around the white side of a piece of the cover from the Graphic 45 stack and placed it behind my showering squirrels! I also have some foliage bits along the bottom that I was able to cut from some of the green print. Not a lot, because my die was bigger than the piece of paper I had to work with, but there is some there!

After I cut out four rectangles from my envelope to create the window opening and gluing in my squirrels, I added in strips of the patterned paper to help bring it to life … and also possibly because my craft knife got away from me and I accidentally cut across one of the cross pieces so I had to find a way to put my window back together! Rolling on the floor laughing Well, that led me to then having to make sure my edges were all evenly sized so I added the blue strips of patterned paper and finally made four, 3/8” wide strips of the paper used around the outer edge.

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Thank you for joining me here in my corner! I hope these cards inspired you and gave you some ideas of what you can do using the Graphic 45 paper and chipboard found in this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit.

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In addition to the items from this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit and a little from this month’s Mixed Media Kit (*from previous Tres Jolie Kits), I used:

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TCW Slimline Stencil “Circular Rings” , BoBunny “Sentiments With Love” Stamp Set , Gary M Burlin Co. “Patina Bronzed Copper” Embossing Powder , Prima *“Watercolor Floral” Flowers , Eyelet Outlet Jewels Multi Pearls “Green” , Ranger *Letter It “Party” Clear Stamps , Stampendous “Squirrel Shower” Cling Stamp , Vicki Boutin “All The Good Things” Stamp & Die Set 2 , Distress Oxide “Prize Ribbon” , Distress Oxide “Mowed Lawn” , Distress Oxide Spray “Mowed Lawn” , Ranger Texture Paste “Opaque Matte” , Simon Says Stamp “Barely Beige” , StazOn “Olive Green” , Recollections Value Pack Cards & Envelopes “Kraft” & “Ivory” , Tim Holtz “Silhouette Birds” Thinlits , Tim Holtz “Flower Field” Thinlints , Tim Holtz Stamp Platform , EK Tools Score Board , We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board & Craft Knife , Sizzix Big Shot Plus , Fiskars 1.5” Hexagon Squeeze Punch , DCWV “Linen Closet” Cardstock Stack , Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic , Gelly Roll Glaze , & Gelly Roll Souffle , Faber-Castell “Black” PITT Artist Pens , Aleene’s Tacky Glue , JudiKins Diamond Glaze , Art Glitter Glue , Mod Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer , double-sided adhesive foam squares , 1/4” double-sided tape

Art Journal-Hero & Paint-June MTW Challenge

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

Today I have an Art Journal spread I created for the June More Than Words Challenge “Hero & Paint.”


I wasn’t sure if I’d come up with something this month for the MTW Challenge, I wasn’t feeling very layout-ish, and I wasn’t able to really narrow down a personal hero. One day I just pulled out my DWM Journal and grabbed a few brighter paints. Then I sat there staring! I think things finally came together when I got a “picture” in my mind of some stenciling. I didn’t have anything like what I was picturing, so I cut one out of some heavy cardstock.


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I suppose, if you wanted to really get down to the nitty-gritty, I think I had problems thinking of a hero because I tend to lean to a “I’ll do it myself” attitude. I’m not saying I won’t let people do things for me, I just find doing it myself faster! LOL!

Some close-ups of the spread:


The silver on the background is from sheets of Prima Run-On Foils. I used my homemade stencil with some Finnabair “Gold Dust” Jewel Effect Paste, and then freehanded some paint highlights!

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I used some DWM “Eggplant” & “Lemon” that I had from the October 2020 Tres Jolie Kit Club Mixed Media Kit, and some Vicki Boutin “Juicy Pear.”


All of the papers have been in my “scraps” pile for ages, and none of them had the border with the manufacturer on them anymore, so I couldn’t even begin to guess where they came from now!

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I just tore a bit of corrugated cardboard from a box, coated it in some DWM Gesso I’ve had since the April 2019 Tres Jolie Mixed Media Kit (I had an open container way back then already, and with black gesso, I’ve learned a little bit goes a long way!); I then layered my stamped papers, punched circles, and label on top of the cardboard.


I hope you enjoyed this project. I love getting my Art Journal out because I gives me a chance to do a project without always having to plan ahead or prepare too much! With just a little guideline, “Hero & Paint” I was able to do a project and relax!

Stay Crafty, Friends

Red heart C.J.


Dina Wakley Media: Journal, Black Gesso, “Eggplant” & “Lemon” Acrylic Paint, “Essential Silhouettes” Stamp + Stencil Set; Prima Rub-On Foils; Finnabair Jewel Effect Paste “Golden Dust;” Vicki Boutin: “Juicy Pear” Paint & “All The Good Things” Watercolor Stickers; Recollections 2.5” Circle Punch; Fiskars 1.5” & 1” Circle Punches; Ranger Heat-It Tool; Staedtler Black Permanent Super Fine Tip; ArtPen: black glitter pen; Sakura: GellyRoll Moonlight 10 (dark pink), Soufflé XPGB# 920 (light pink); KaiserCraft Glitter Gel Pen (pink glitter); Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; StazOn “Jet Black;” Liquitex Gloss Gel; Various paper scraps; homemade stencil