Tres Jolie Kit Club–“Carmen” Junk Journal–February 2022 Mood board

Hey, all! Welcome back to the Corner Scraps Blog!

This week I have my Tres Jolie Kit Club mood board inspired project for you – a junk journal using this month’s Scrapbooking Kit! I had an old book cover that I had altered a while ago, just waiting for the right papers to come along to make a junk journal, and the “Carmen” line from 13@rts (13 Arts) was the perfect fit! I really love the combination of the dark pink with the deep green that is in these papers.


I didn’t make a “How to make a Junk Journal” video for this project—there are tons of how-to videos to be found on YouTube already—I just go over what I’m doing to help give you some ideas of how this month’s kit can be used. Check out my video to see my thought process!

Video (full):

Video (starts at flipthrough):

February 2022 Tres Jolie Kit Club Mood Board:


Check out this month’s Mood Board! Isn’t it fabulous? The twist this month is “Cabaret Life” – grab up your papers and glues and join in! Place your entries in the February 2022 challenge folder on Tres Jolie Kit Club Café Facebook page. This challenge ends February 28, 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).

Challenge Rules:

  • You can create any type of project for the challenge.
  • You MUST say what you were inspired by.
  • You MUST include the twist in your design.
  • We would love to see you USE AT LEAST 1 of Tres Jolie’s products on your projects but it isn’t required to play along.
  • It MUST be a new project.



I mixed up four different embossing powders (check the product list at the end of the post!) and added that mixture to the Tres Jolie Chipboard from the kit. I then added it as little tuck spots on the back cover and front page of the journal.



The spine of this cover was in pretty sad shape when I originally decided to do the alterations. I had to layer up some linen hinging tape and book binding tape to hold everything together again, and the outer layer still wanted to peel off – by the fabric and canvas layers I added to my junk journal gave this cover new life.


In addition to the “Carmen” papers, I have some printables I created and some tea dyed papers I made in here. That music fabric in the above photo has one of the printables printed on it!




Some of the pages in my journal are dyed with various pink inks/sprays. I have stitching throughout, along with little tuck spots made from corners or layers of paper and fabric/lace. If I wasn’t using bits of the ephemera pack in stitched clusters, I layered them up on a page to add some interest and detail.



In addition to the ephemera pack for bits of detail, I used the cut apart page from the “Carmen” paper pad. After I cut out the piece I used, I distressed the edges with scissors and added some “Frayed Burlap” Distress Ink. I think one of my favorite things about junk journals is the freedom they give to the creative process. A lot of the time I would just grab up some of the bits and pieces and just start layering them up – without trying to think if it looked “right.” More often than not, NOT overthinking created easy and wonderful results!




Although I love the creative process of creating junk journals, they are journals! So I also make sure to leave lots of room for journaling – blank pages, tags, and lots of tucks and folds to hold loose bits.


Thank you for joining me here in my corner, I hope you enjoyed this project and it gave you some ideas of what you can make using this month’s Scrapbooking Kit!

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

*StudioLight Rice Paper (RICEJMA22); *Lindy’s Gang: “Terra Cotta Rust” & *“Bougainvillea Red Teal” Embossing Powders; *Prima “Blossom Bud” Fluid Chalk Ink; Ranger Antiquities “Frosted Crystal” Embossing Powder; Finnabair: *Elementals Resist Canvas (Prima Item# 960698), “Manuscript” & “Ornate Lace” Stencils, “Rusty Red” Matte Wax, & “Red Wine” Metallique Paint; *P13 “The Four Seasons: Spring” Stamp Set (this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit; in video, not actually used in journal); StazOn “Jet Black” (in video, not actually used in journal), Shimmerz: “Ruby” Spritz & “Pink Stilettos” Coloringz; Plain Jane Simply Sheer “Taupe;” Dylusions “Funky Fuchsia” Ink Spray; Tim Holtz “Tea Dye” Distress Oxide Spray, “Kitsch Flamingo” Distress Embossing Glaze, “Frayed Burlap” Distress Ink, Jute Sting, & “Symphony” Tissue Tape; Scotch: Expressions “Pink” Tape & ATG; Fabri-Tac; Art Glitter Glue; Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing Ink; *DecoArt “Black” Gesso; We R Memory Keepers: Corner Chomper, Crop-A-Dile, & Crop-A-Dile II; book binding cloth; book binding tape, double-sided tape; Linen Hinging Tape; old book cover; Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel; tea dyed papers; printables created by me; piano roll paper; old news paper; old book pages; Recollections Blank Cards & Envelopes; various fabrics and trims from my plethora of fabrics and trims!; pink sewing thread; white book binding thread; large needle; awl; We R Memory Keepers Foam Mat (or something to use as a “cushion” for your awl—stack of paper, phone book, folded towel, etc.); chain; *Charm (this month’s Cards, Tags, & More Kit); pink threads; black thread

Fairy House-MMP April Challenge

Hey, all! Welcome back to my little corner!

I am bringing you a little project I put together, inspired by the Mixed Media Place’s April Challenge. I don’t often work with pinks, but I really loved the mood board this month, and decided it was a good time to pull out my pink paints!

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Aren’t the colors for the April Challenge absolutely wonderful? I couldn’t help but want to make something pink!

Now, how about a few close-ups?

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The fairy’s house is actually a repurposed bed riser! My youngest moved from his dorm to an apartment and didn’t need them anymore, so he gave them to me! My family has learned I will take anything and repurpose it into a craft project!

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My little door is from Creative Embellishments, coated in Vintage Gold wax with some ReneaBouquet’s glitter glass as the window. I used a variety of random pieces for my foliage: Christmas berries and leaves from JoAnn’s that I’ve had a couple of years, and some Styrofoam “shapers” with some wire that I thought would look interesting!

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The figurines I found a couple of years ago at Dollar Tree and picked them up to have when the right project presented itself!

I hope you enjoyed this project! I had fun putting it all together, even if I did make a massive mess!


Creative Embellishments Fairy Door Set 2, ReneaBouquets Chunky Glitter Glass “Diamond,” 13@rts “Old Gold” XS Microspheres, Shimmerz Paints AcriTonez “Pinkadelic,” AC-Vicki Boutin “Sugared Strawberry” & “Coral Macaroon” Paints, idea-ology-Tim Holtz Sanding Block, Ranger-Tim Holtz “Kitch Flamingo” Distress Paint & Spray Stain, Prima-Finnabair “Paper” Texture Paste, Heavy White Gesso, “Burnt Sienna” Liquid Acrylic, “Green-Gold,” “Aqua-Rose,” & “Rose-Gold” Opal Magic, “Enchanted” Sparks, Waxes: “Vintage Gold,” “Mint Sparkle,” “Turquoise Satin,” “Royal Robes,” “Green Brocade,” “French Lavender,” “Sage Leaves,” & “Shabby Pink,” Liquitex Matte Super Heavy Gel, Mod Podge Stiffy, Unknown “Spider Web” Material, Creative Paper Clay, Unbranded Styrofoam Flower Shaper/Center, Floral Wire, Plastic Leaves, Berries, Teal Sisal, Pink/Bronze Beads, Fairy Garden Figurines, JudiKins Diamond Glaze

Tres Jolie Kit Club-October Scrapbooking Kit & Sketch

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

This week I’m bringing you my sketch challenge project using this month’s scrapbooking kit from Tres Jolie Kit Club. I didn’t do a whole lot to my layout, because I really loved all the detail in the beautiful Blue Fern Studio’s paper and I just couldn’t bring myself to “covering it up”!


Check out the video below to see the simple steps I took to put this layout, featuring a photo of my great-grandmother, together!


Have you seen this month’s sketch? It’s a beauty!

Here is the original sketch: And here is how I rotated it:
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Now, how about a few close-ups?


Here you can see how that Shimmerz has just a touch of sparkle to it and pools around the crackle paste, giving a touch of color that goes along with the pinkish-purple of the flowers.


Using one of the 49 & Market flower pack found in the kit this month I created three clusters, and under each cluster I added some extra detail from some fussy cut flowers and lace from another sheet of the Blue Fern Studios paper. Then, for some more detail, I added some texture pebbles and glass glitter from my stash.


I added three layers of Baked Texture (from my stash) to the large chipboard frame found in this month’s kit, added my photo, and used some corrugated cardboard to lift it from the page some so a couple of the flowers could get tucked underneath.


I hope you enjoyed this project and it gave you some ideas of what can be done with items found in this month’s Scrapbooking Kit!

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October 2020 Scrapbooking Kit:

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

The Emerald Creek/Seth Apter “Ancient Amber” Baked Texture, Shimmerz “Berry Hot” Creameez, Ranger Big Emboss It Ink Pad, Brea Reese Texture Pebbles, ReneaBouquets “Lavender” Chunky Glitter Glass, Prima/Finnabair “Floral Net” Stencil, *Prima Waterbrush, Fabri-Tac, Art Glitter Glue, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, Hot Glue Gun

“Make A Wish” (Birthday Layout) – Creative Embellishments July 2020 Challenge

Hey, all! Welcome back to my corner!

Today I’m bringing you a layout I did for the July 2020 Creative Embellishments Challenge showcasing my son’s birthday – in 2011! I’m not that far behind in documenting (well, maybe I am), but this is a redo. My style and skill has changed quite a bit over the years, and sometimes I decide to “update” one of my layouts.


Check out my process video, under the Creative Embellishments mood board, to see how everything came together!


The July 2020 Creative Embellishments Moodboard


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After I put down a layer of clear gesso, I added some Shimmerz where the three clusters would be getting set. And, I’m happy to say, I used up items from my stash!

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I really love using black as an accent color on brightly colored layouts, and I think it worked perfectly with the colors, and the holographic foil by Prima that I used on the frames. (*Note: the pack from Creative Embellishments comes with three I believe, I had already used one so I had to use a different frame from my stash for the frame in the third cluster.)


I hope you enjoyed the video that shows my process as I put this layout together, and thank you for joining me here in my little corner!


Creative Embellishments “Film Strip Picture Frame Set,” A Flair for Buttons Flair/Buttons, Pink Paislee/Paige Evans 04 & Paige Evans Pick-Me-Up 07, Prima [Rub-On] Foils “Holographic Dreams,” Shimmerz Paints “Coal” (paint/original Shimmerz – I think), Coloringz “Oh Say Can U Sea,” & Aqua Huez “Crazy Daisy,” Hip Kit Club “Summer Bliss,” AC/Thickers “Twlight” foam letter stickers, “Crique” puffy phrase and accent stickers, Dear Lizzy “Petals” chipboard letter stickers, “Ranger Glossy Accents, JudiKins Diamond Glaze, FabriTac, StazOn “Jet Black,” Dear Lizzy Date Stamp, Little Birdie Black Gesso, Liquitex Clear Gesso, Art Glitter Glue, 4×6 cards & printed chipboard frames I can’t say with certainty but I think they came from Hip Kit Club a few years back, black thread

Steampunk Pocket Letter – November 2019


This month over at my partner, Donna, and I decided on a steampunk theme for the Pocket Letter swap hosted by Jess. As I told Donna when we were deciding, I have more steampunk items than could possible be considered healthy! And I assure you, what I used here won’t even be missed!

Process Video:





For the “metal” on the cards I used Amazing Cast Resin to pour onto the embossing folder. These had been done previously, which is why the process isn’t in the video. I picked up the technique a couple of years ago from Keren Tamir, but after all this time I don’t think I could find her video again!


My partners favorite flowers is the sunflower, but I didn’t have any of those laying around already made so I made some plain white ones, yellow! And her favorite color? Purple!


I love steampunk because part of it’s charm is being able to mix multiple metals! For me personally, I think steampunk needs at least two metal finishes, but 3+ is better!


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Other products:

Creative Embellishments:

  • Steampunk Clock Corner
  • Steampunk Gears Corners 2
  • Gears 1” & 1-1/2”

Seth Apter-Chunky Rust Baked Texture

Lindy’s Gang:

  • Starburst Squirts – Polite People Purple
  • Flat Fabio Sprays – Pineapple Paradise
  • Embossing Powders – Hollyhock Scarlet Plum, Tannenbaum Green Gold, & Midnight Bronze

Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing and Watermark Ink


  • Dusty Plum Mini Roses
  • Beautiful Board Clock Face

Shimmerz – Coloringz – No Yolking

Prima-Flower Embellishments Box-White Flowers

13 @rts-Ayeeda Paint-Red Bronze

Heart Pendant & Chain and Metal Gears from AliExpress

Believe (Mixed Media Project)

My project “Believe” created for the August Challenge over at the Mixed Media Place blog.

Maybe it’s the fact that I feel like summer is never going to end where I live, but the second and third photo on the top row of the Mixed Media Place mood board, at first glance, looked like ice on the foliage. I’m not exactly a person who likes being cold, and I live in a southern state, but I’ve had it with summer this year! It’s the middle of September and we are still hitting the mid-90s! Which, according to the weather last night, is a full ten degrees above average! Too, too much I tell ya!

Beside the thought of ice, I really loved the colors in general on the mood board! It’s filled with most of my favorites! But once I had blue + white + ICE!! on my mind, I had to go with it! Below the mood board you will find a process video, some more photos, and a full product list.

Process Video:

Close-up Photos:


  • AB Studio
  • Chipboard Background 30×30 (centimeters) ID-4
  • Creative Embellishments
    • Holly and Berry Flourish
  • Shimmerz
    • Vibez
    • Frost Bite
    • Snow Way Man
  • DecoArt
    • Weathered Wood
    • Crackle Medium
  • Ranger
    • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Crackle Paint
    • Clear Rock Candy
  • Distress Glitter
    • Clear Rock Candy
  • Embossing Powder
    • Blue
    • Snowflake Tinsel
  • Simon Says Stamp
    • Embossing and Watermark Ink
    • Clear
  • Krylon
    • Workable Fixatif
  • Liquitex
    • Gloss Gel
  • Unknown
    • All the artificial foliage. I bought it at JoAnn’s … last year.

    This Place

    This months challenge over at the More Than Words blog was “Happiness & Sketch.” I love the sketch provided, but it took me a bit to figure out exactly what to do, and even then it was an accident! I was just playing with some old photos and new filters on my computer when I just happened to apply the on seen to this old photo I have from a family trip to the beach! The two children in the foreground are my mom and [one of] my uncles! Anyhow, as soon as that filter was applied everything just clicked (mostly) in my head!

    With the sketch I, basically, did a “mirror down” lift of it, and as for happiness, who wouldn’t love going to the beach?!?! Actually, I’m not much of a beach person, but I think that’s because I’d prefer the beach if the word “private” preceded it!! LOL (My mom on the other hand, L-O-V-E-S the beach, so I’m sure she loved this day and was happy to play in the ocean!)

    (As a side note, when everything clicked when the filter was applied to the photo that made me happy, but I don’t know if that counts for the challenge!! ROFL)

    I’m hoping. I lost some productivity time this month when I upgraded my computer. I have the parts recorded. Editing is an entirely different process!


    • ReneaBouquets
    • Glass Microbeads
    • Gold
  • Mint Tulle
  • Beautiful Board Laser Cut Chipboard
    • Small Pearls Of Wisdom Frame
  • Ranger
    • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Oxide
    • Mermaid Lagoon
  • Shimmerz
    • Creameez
    • Berry Hot
  • Bazzill
    • White (Smooth Cardstock)
  • The Paper Studio
    • Stick-A-Bilities
    • Gold Foil Quotes
  • Crate Paper
    • Oasis Stickers
  • Daler Rowney
    • White Gesso
  • Mintay
    • Paradise Collection
  • We R Memory Keepers
    • Crop A Dile
    • Corner Chomper
  • Tonic
    • Tim Holtz
    • Paper Distresser
  • Unknown/Unbranded
    • Texture Pebbles
    • The “netting” was packaging I up-cycled!

    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    Sometimes, just sometimes, I feel the need to do a project that has no real purpose. That’s where art journaling comes in. In this case I wanted to use/remember this quote by Former First Lady Michelle Obama from her book Becoming:

    Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.

    I think it is probably a good thing art journaling doesn’t have to have a purpose, because this looks nothing like what I was hoping for. But it did let me just experiment, which can be helpful when suffering from a mental road block. Basically, I was going for something shinier and dreamier, but I’m okay with the end result.

    My only inspiration, besides the quote, came from this months Creative Embellishments Color Challenge. It helps that my favorite color is blue! I even managed to get the twist in (clouds or waves) when I stenciled on some clouds!

    I can’t guarantee a video. I recorded as I went, but my computer was acting up. In the end it actually decided it wanted to restart while in the process of recording. The last step is actually not recorded because it involved texture paste & paint and I couldn’t wait for my computer to stop being temperamental.

    I, more or less, know what is recorded, the problem is my computer cooperating during editing.

    While I see how the video is willing to come along, here are some photos!


    • Silhouette
    • Silhouette Curio
    • Silhouette Design Store
    • All three fonts & the flowers are from the Silhouette Store, but I can only say with certainty that one of the fonts is “CG Free Font,” the other two I can’t remember (and I broke them apart for editing, so they are no longer “type” in the file).
  • Creative Embellishments
    • Heart Flourish
    • Flourish 24 (Maybe…I didn’t buy it myself, it came in a 3rd party kit so I am not sure. It might have been Curly Flourish. I forgot to compare to the CE website before cutting it apart & gluing it in!)
  • ReneaBouquets
    • Chunky Glitter Glass
    • Diamond
  • Butterfly Kisses
    • Delicate Beauty (The two largest I received in a swap from Jenn D!)
  • Shimmerz
    • Vibez
    • Snow Way Man
  • Paste-eez
    • Puttin’ On The Glizt
  • 13@rts
    • Acrylic Modeling Paste
  • Hip Kit Club
    • Star Stencil (Sept. 2017 Kit)
    • Cloud Stencil (May 2016 Color Kit)
  • Tonic
    • Tim Holtz
    • Paper Distresser
  • TCW
    • Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste
  • AC
    • Vicki Boutin
    • CreativeFX
    • Iridescent Glaze
  • Prima
    • Finnabair
    • 3D Gloss Gel
  • Color Bloom
    • Summer Sky
  • Stampers Anonymous
    • Tim Holtz
    • Mixed Media CMS125
  • Wendy Vecchi
    • Rectangle Collage WVBG035
  • Ranger
    • Dina Wakley
    • Large Art Journal
    • Scribble Sticks (Set #1)
    • Night
    • Sky
  • Acrylic Paint
    • Marine
  • Archival Ink
    • Jet Black
    • Perfect Pearls
    • Perfect Pearl
    • Blue Patina
  • Tim Holtz
    • Distress Oxide
    • Weathered Wood
    • Stormy Sky
  • Dylusions
    • Ink Spry
    • London Blue
  • Liquitex
    • Clear Gesso
  • Daler Rowney
    • White Gesso
  • Unknown/Unbranded
    • White Cardstock
    • Watercolor paper

    Beach Junk Journal

    A little, beach themed junk journal I made for the ReneaBouquets Mood Board Challenge this month.

    Flip Through Video:

    The Process Video will go here when I’ve finished editing & uploading it!
    Process Video 1: Cover & Construction
    Process Video 2: Ephemera & Such!

    And here are a few close ups:

    I received that beautiful, floral applique (along the spine & other bits on the inside) in the ReneaBouquet Canvas Swap (Oct. 2018) from Wendy M.!  (Thank you, Wendy!!)
    A close-up of the beautiful mermaid from ReneaBouquets!

    A ReneaBouqet Beautiful Board Starfish!

    Here you can see all three paperclips I quickly altered using ReneaBouquets Beautiful Bits – Seashell.

    A closer look at the layers of lace! The scalloped lace I used on the edge of two of the pages I just received from Jenn D. in the ReneaBouquets June (2019) swap! (Thank-you, Jenn!)


    • ReneaBouquets
    • Beautiful Board
    • Tiny Starfish
  • Beautiful Bits
    • Seashell
  • Printed Beautiful Board
    • Tiny Ocean Orchid Starfish Mermaid
  • 13@arts
    • Acrylic Modeling Paste
  • Shimmerz
    • Paste-eez
    • Puttin’ On The Glitz
  • Creameez
    • Berry Hot
  • Prima
    • Frank Garcia
    • Golden Coast
    • 12 x 12 Paper Pad w/ foil
    • Ephemera (Item #995126)
    • Ephemera (Item #995133)
  • From Swaps
    • From Wendy M.
    • Floral Applique
  • From Jenn D.
    • Scalloped Lace (white)
    • Kraft Tag & Sleeve
  • From Yvonne ( swap … Sept. 2018)
    • The ribbon used to tie the journal shut
  • Webster’s Pages
    • Adrienne Looman
    • Designer Trim
    • Plum Seed
  • The Paper Studio
    • Bright Lace Ribbon Scrap Pack
  • American Crafts
    • Vicki Boutin
    • Blue Hawaiian Acrylic Paint
  • Ranger
    • 4″ Brayer
    • Tim Holtz
    • Mini Blending Tool
    • Distress Oxide
    • Tattered Rose
    • Antique Linen
  • Distress Spray Stain
    • Mermaid Lagoon
  • Tonic
    • Tim Holtz
    • 5″ Scissors
  • Heidi Swapp
    • Stencil (it doesn’t appear to have a name…)
  • Momentum Brands (pretty sure I got it at the 99¢ store)
    • Happy Holidays
    • Decorative Ribbon
  • Mod Podge
    • Antique Matte
  • Art Glitter Glue
  • E6000
  • Beacon
    • FabriTac
  • JudiKins
    • Diamond Glaze
  • Unbranded/Unknown
    • Paperclips
    • Pink & White Bakers Twine
    • Hairclips