Friday KISS No.18

Wonderful Words! Like my passion for paper, words give me great pleasure; reading, writing, saying, hearing and using typography and printed words in paperie projects brings contentment. I wonder, do most people have favorite words? I do! My all-time fave has always been the word. . . L U L L A BY. The way the word rolls off my tongue and between my lips makes me sigh and of course, the connotation brings the sweetest of memories, rocking my babies, cuddling my grandchildren, and the soft lilt of a song meant to hush, soothe, and reassure.

Image of Friday KISS No.18, Wonderful Words along with 2 pages that includes the world "lullaby" from 2 antique dictionaries.

Friday KISS No.18 is a sheet of words because if you’re creating mixed media, junk journals or art journals, collages or any of a thousand paperie projects you cannot have too many words to cut or tear out. The sheet you can download for free is a mixed variety of words mostly encouraging, inspiring, with a smattering of holiday words.

DOWNLOAD WONDERFUL WORDS HERE

Just download the JPG sheet and print. Cut out each word or do what I prefer, tear them out. Yeah, it takes longer but the look is old, grungy and fun. Don’t forget to ink the edges before adhering the word tag to your paperie project.

Creating collages is so much fun and anything can be collaged….greeting cards, invitations, recipe cards, index cards, and the list goes on. I made a mega invitation card using the printed words as the background on a cereal box cut to size. I borrowed bits and pieces from some of my Etsy listings along with a stamp, a bit of watercolor and an attempt to paint around a small leaf. I always add splatters, runs, and spots because I like how it looks. “We Gather Together” was torn from the sheet and glued to a place card cut in two. Look below to see what was used to create the invitation.

Walk through the fallen leaves rustling them as you go and finding joy in the beauty of fall. Create something that makes your heart sing and have a lovely day/evening!

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Friday KISS No.17

It’s that time again…. time to share a freebie. I created a sheet of ephemera to stack. “What’s a stack?” you ask. It’s a term I came up with while creating pages[papers that look like there’s a stack of papers/ephemera on it. Then, I thought, wouldn’t it be cooler to put an actual stack on a page rather than a flat appearance of? Yes! Soooo…

Friday KISS freebie, a sheet of ephemera to create stacks for junk journals, scrapbooking, and paper crafting.

How to Create Stacks

The sheet you’ll download can be the entire stack or add ephemera from other kits, from you stash of paper goodies, or use one of your own, sent or new. In fact you can make your stack as small or as thick you wish.

  • Print and cut out the ephemera pieces. Tearing instead of cutting gives the larger pieces a rough look
  • Give all the pieces added age by inking the edges
  • Crinkle a piece or two for a time-worn look; lightly ink the created creases
  • Place the largest piece of paper on the bottom. This can be the largest image included in this Friday KISS or use a coffee-dyed or aged paper of your own.
  • Before gluing lay out the pieces to get a good idea of how you want your stack to look
  • Gluing one corner of the group together allows you to flip each piece back and write on the blank pages and bits.
  • Gather a group of ephemera and punch a hole through the stack place a reinforcement around each hole or add an eyelet to hold the pages together

You can always use each piece on its own in a junk journal, a scrapbook page, a greeting card or what ever paperie craft that sparks your imagination.

Download Friday KISS No.17 HERE

Grab THE OLD ADVERTISING DIGITAL EPHEMERA PACK with over 100 bits of antique ephemera from an old printer’s catalog and create stacks for all your journal pages and paper projects. There are 9 – 8.5 in x 11 in sheets of ephemera with

I hope you enjoy this week’s Friday KISS and create loads of stacks for journaling your thoughts, collecting quotes, and writing little notes.

Have a wonderful day and always make it with paper!

    Friday KISS No.16

    Rectangular image with autumn quote by Oscar Wilde at top and large, black and dark cream leaf border at bottom.

    Greetings! Finally, I’m feeling like my normal self and excited to share a Hallowe’en freebie with you! We all have those special little trick or treaters in our lives whether they’re children, grandchildren, family, or friends; I like to make their treats a little extra festive. Today I’m sharing with you a Friday KISS freebie of 4 pages!

    The four pages of the Friday KISS No.16 freebie.

    The Hallowe’en Candy Wrapper Kit is a fun way to add a bit more fabulous to your Hallowe’en celebrations. The kit includes:

    • Page 1: 2 candy wrappers that fit KitKat candy bars 1.5 oz (42g) & 9 – 1.25 inch circles
    • Page 2: 9 Bag Toppers
    • Page 3: 9 Tags
    • Page 4: Striped Paper

    Now to share a frustration. . . my plan was to create a video on assembling kit, but my printer is on the fritz. I’m getting a lovely lavender color that would be perfect for flowers, but this is black, orange and dark beige. I just replaced the ink and still lavender wants to be the star of the Hallowe’en show sooooo….. no video today. Instead how about a tutorial here.

    Create the Wrappers

    • Print as many wrappers as you need using 20 lb paper
    • Cut out wrappers
    • Place the wrapper on the candy bar (the pumpkin should fit perfectly over the top)
    • Secure with double-sided tape or a spot of glue

    Create the Bag Toppers

    • Print the bag topper page on heavier card stock, 65 lb works well
    • Cut out each topper and fold in half horizontally
    • You’ll need 3 inch wide cello bags
    • Place the topper over the bag opening
    • You can staple the topper closed or punch 2 holes through the topper and bag. Thread a ribbon or string through the holes and tie closed.

    Create the Tags

    • Print the sheet of tags on heavier card stock, 65 lb – 110 lb works well.
    • Cut out the tags
    • Punch a hole in the middle top. Here you can add a reinforcer, a brad or grommet for a bit more interest.
    • Thread a ribbon or string through the hole

    Create the Circles

    • The circles were printed on 20 lb paper along with the candy bar wrappers, cut each one out
    • You’ll need a package of 1 to 1.25 inch metal rimmed tags.
    • Place a dot of glue on the backside of a circle and place inside the metal rim of the tag. Press down.

    The Striped Paper

    Use the striped paper for the back of the sheets to give a finished look to your candy project. You can also use it to create fun treat bags with a gusset or a cookie flat cookie bag. Cut lots of circles and add dots. Make a large accordion circle using about 4 sheets.

    Take it to Another Level

    • You can use various sizes of cello bags or even make a bag from the striped paper.
    • Add flair to plain brown paper bags. Print the striped paper on the back of the wrapper/circles page. Cut out the circles and glue them to the bag to create polka dots. Fold the bag over, punch holes into the folded top and lace through ribbon with a metal rimmed circle and tag attached.
    • Use all sizes of cello bags from pretzel bags to small treat bags. Place the topper on, add a tag and a circle.
    • Wrap the candy bar, tie with ribbon like a gift package, and add a circle before tying it in a bow.

    The candy kit has so many options and I hope you find that it’s just too much fun adding zing to your Hallowe’en treats! Get your download HERE

    You can purchase a larger candy wrapper kit from Studio on the Corner Etsy shop:

    Treat Me Mini Candy Wrapper Kit

    If you have any questions, suggestions or inspiration please send an email or leave me a message on Etsy. I’ll get back with you.

    Have a lovely fall day/evening and always make it with paper!

    Welcome October

    "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." quote by L.M> Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. Quote  set in a rectangle of leaves on a cream a faded soft green background with an old=fashioned truck loaded with pumpkins in the back.

    So sorry it’s been a while. I had a lovely visit with my son and his family that ended far too soon. Grandchildren are such a blessing. Since then, I’ve been under the weather, but finally feeling much better. I missed Friday KISS last week and sorry to say there will be no Friday KISS freebie this week, either. I’ve just gotten back to my computer and playing catch-up. I promise there will be a little something special next Friday!

    October is my favorite month of the year and we’ve been so lucky here in nw Ohio with splendid fall weather. The leaves are changing from lush green to yellows, oranges, reds, and burnished browns. The earthy fragrance of autumn delights the senses and all the glorious accoutrements like apples, pumpkins, and chrysanthemums take the stage.

    One of the joys of fall begins in the early morning. I’m an early bird, usually up by 5-6 am and sometimes earlier awaiting that first sip of steaming, hot coffee. Yes, I’m one of those lovers of pumpkin pie spice cream in my autumn coffee. Unfortunately, finding it in the stores has been a frustration. Oh where are you pumpkin spice creamer?

    Illustration of a screech owl.

    One of the things I love about the early morning is how quiet the world is. Sitting and sipping coffee with the windows open often brings unexpected songs. A morning earlier in the week, my favorite owl called from somewhere in the woods across the street. The hoot is almost melancholy, but lovely none the less. I did a bit of research searching for the owl sound and discovered what I’ve heard is most likely an Eastern Screech owl. You can listen Here if you’re interested.

    This is where I find my inspiration…in the simple things like a cup of morning coffee, the hoot of an owl, the colors of pumpkins and apples, the bumpy lumps on a gourd. My spirit is renewed and life moves forward with contentment. Where do you find inspiration and that sense of well-being? Please share in the comments.

    A package of a dozen Halloween digital pages is what’s new in Studio on the Corner Etsy shop. The papers are black and cream with a fun and spooky Halloween theme. Check them out! The pages measure 11 in x 8.5 in with space to add your own scary bits. The pages are perfect for journals and paper crafts of all kinds.

    Digital Halloween papers from Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

    That’s it for today and next week Friday KISS freebie will be back!

    Friday KISS No.15

    It’s been feeling like fall here in my corner of this wide world. Cooler nights, warm days with subtle hints that fall is nearby. I love it! I have a bit of news. I’m going to be misssing in action for a bit as I embrace and savor each moment I have with my son and his family. I only see them a couple times a year so this is super special! They arrive next week so Friday KISS No.16 will be delayed until September 30th. But for today. . .

    Friday KISS logo

    It’s simple but super time-saving. French KISS No.15 is a PNG template that is a sheet of large tags. I used an old luggage tag, scanned it and created a large, 2.5 inch wide by 5 inches long tag. One sheet has the solid tags in a cream color and the other are the tags in black outlines. Creating is as easy as printing a pretty paper on one side of card stock and then printing the outlined tags on the other or on top. You’re going to end up with 6 tags that need to be cut out. Punch in a hole add a string or ribbon and you’re good to go. OR. . .

    Print on plain paper and embellish with great gusto! OR. . . collage a masterboard and use one tag to create a sturdy tag and trace around it over the masterboard that you’ve all ready created.

    OR. . . Upload either sheet of tags into Photoshop and create your very own digital tags. And yes, you may sell them, either as digitals or as physical goodies.

    Studio on the Corner Friday KISS 1No.5 DOWNLOAD

    The paper freebie has a Halloween vibe and you can use any paper or method to create tags. The bottom line is…have fun creating something fun, something whimsical, something from your imagination.

    I must run. There’s so much to do including getting THREE listings into Studio on the Corner Etsy shop before Thursday. Until we meet again, have a lovely time and create with joy!

    Friday KISS on Saturday

    Good morning, crafty friends! I’m a day late, but I come bearing Friday KISS No.14 on Saturday. I spent yesterday with a friend and glad I did! I know, I know…but I didn’t get a KISS to you so let’s do it today and make it extra special.

    I am so into YouTube and have long wanted to start a channel of how-tos, listings, and tutorials of the crafting and digital kind. I’ve wondered, does the world really need another YouTube channel on paper crafting and digital designing? I’ve come to the conclusion that while the world may not NEED another crafting channel, I want to give it a try. This is not easy for a somewhat introvert who does not like to ever be in front of a camera so I’ll look at this as hands on tutorials with I hope will turn out to be a bit more. We’ll see. So what does this have to do with Friday KISS No.14? Well. . . you can watch a video I made on how to put the freebie together. It’s short, sweet and most important, easily understood or so I hope.

    Friday KISS logo

    This week’s Friday KISS No. 14 freebie is an adorable pocket that you create from a 6 inch circle.

    You Get. . .

    • 1 sheet with a roughly 6 inch circle, 2 tags and a label
    • 1 patterned paper to print on the back of the sheet with the circle and tags

    Download Friday KISS No14 I’ll bet you’re wondering..how does this work? This question leads me to. . . can’t believe I finally did it!

    I’m so excited to announce this! Go ahead! Click on Friday KISS No.14 how-to video and learn how to create a pocket with a couple different places to tuck in a tag, a bookmark, a slim candy bar, a note or letter. Use these multi tuck pockets in journals, planners, cards, or alone as a little gift. So fun!

    Old Fashioned School Days journal kit shows papers, clipart and flash cards for paper crafting of all kinds.

    The Old-Fashioned School Days kit gives you loads of options from paper to embellishments to flash cards that will create journal pages, planners, cards, collages, mixed media art and whatever your imagination conjures up. You can use for personal projects or commercial endeavors if you’re a one-person show. Be sure to read the full terms of use on Studio on the Corner Etsy shop before using for digital or paper commercial creations. Just click on the Studio on the Corner Etsy shop text above, purchase, download, print, cut and create! So easy.

    Time to wrap up this Friday KISS on Saturday. Get your Friday KISS No 14 freebie, take a peek at my first video, grab the Old-Fashioned School Days printable kit, and create with joy!

    Welcome September

    September quote w a branch of bittersweet to the right

    September is happily welcomed into my life with a smile and looking forward to my favorite month of the year, October. Perhaps it’s because I was born in the fall that I embrace the days of autumn. Cooler weather, an earthy fragrance, and the subtle changes mother nature invokes brings me joy. This September will be one to remember. My children and grandchildren will be here at the end of the month…just in time for marshmallows toasting over a wood burning fire in the ring, a celebration of fall, and hugs galore.

    Friday KISS logo

    This week we’ll celebrate September and Friday KISS No.13 with 3 charming papers.

    3 8.5 in x 11 in papers in cream and golden yellow
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    Welcome September papers are 8.5 in x 11 in with a golden yellow and cream stripe and gingham patterns with images from old garden catalogs that hale from the late 1800s. The rustic cart image began as an advertisement in a farm magazine from the early 1900s. The script on the middle page are the notes from a naturalists field journal, also from the late 1800s.

    Click to download: SotC Welcome September papers

    Papers are handy for so many things, big projects like creating beautiful, stuffed-full journals, making lovely boxes to hold everything from paper scraps to luxurious gifts or a card. I used the 3 papers to collage an autumn card.

    A card made using the 3 papers in the Friday KISS No.13 freebie.

    Let’s make a list of ways to use papers :

    1. Journals
    2. Scrapbooking
    3. Cards
    4. Stationery
    5. Collage wall art
    6. Invitations
    7. Tags and Labels
    8. Wire twists
    9. Party decorations
    10. Pinwheels
    11. Accordion pinwheels
    12. Cupcake papers and wrappers
    13. Cupcake toppers
    14. Tablescape decorations
    15. Mobiles
    16. Treat Bags
    17. Party Favors
    18. Fans
    19. Banners
    20. Paper Beads
    21. Planners
    22. Organizers
    23. Envelopes
    24. Use in altered books
    25. Straw FLags
    26. Recycle, upcycle cans into desk accessories
    27. Recipe cards, tabbed dividers
    28. Cover an old recipe box
    29. Napkin rings
    30. Bookmarks

    The list could go on and on, but we’l leave there for now because I’m sure you get the picture. I’m running late so that’s it for today. Happy creating. . .

    Have a lovely day/evening!

    Blocked

    cat in the bowler hat facing forward

    There are days when the creative juices do not flow. A blank page, screen, or canvas stares back at you waiting. . . waiting for you to pick up your pen, brush, stylist or mouse and begin. You may have several projects started that need to be finished and yet nothing comes to you. So what do you do?

    TAKE A WALK Get out into the great outdoors where every sense comes into play. Notice the rust on a wire fence, listen to the chatter of squirrels in the trees above, the musky smell of wet earth, pick up an acorn and feel the textured top and the smooth bulb below, taste a raindrop on your lips.

    READ FROM YOUR FAVORITE INSPIRATIONAL BOOK. Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way is my go to. She offers so many ideas for moving forward within a creative life. From her book I began morning pages 20 years ago. Look it up…you may find writing every morning before you do anything except brew a cup of coffee or tea to be so helpful.

    Isabel Allende quote with man in the moon image

    DO NOTHING Have you ever taken the time to just be? Turn off the phone, the TV, the lap top, and computer. Walk away and find a quiet place to just sit and be. Meditate, if that’s your jam or not, but being still for even a short time can begin to refill your creative well.

    TAKE A DAY TRIP Move beyond your studio, workroom, corner or table. Go somewhere with a friend to a place you enjoy or may be out of your comfort zone. My favorite places to go are the Toledo Symphony, a play especially one in which my grandson and/or daughter are involved, sitting and slowly sipping a coffee or tea with a friend at a bistro and finally a day visiting one of the Great Lakes. Water has a way of bringing vast contentment and inspiration to me.

    I have tried each of these. One or several usually works, but there are times when the creative block just needs to run its course. Today, I’m taking Isabel Allende’s advice and showing up. The motivation is just not there today but I’m going to soldier on and see what I can accomplish.

    What do you do when you have creative block?

    Resource: New York Public Library digital Collections

    I have a resource to share: The New York Public Library digital collections. Just scroll down through the featured themes and click away. Or you can add a few keywords into the search box. Click on an image and discover details about the image such as who created the image, the year, and if it is in the public domain. You may come across images that are NOT in the public domain… just enjoy the image where it is and if you love it, check back later to see if it is yet in the public domain.

    Happy Creating and have a lovely day!

    FK No.12 Index It

    Happy Friday! It’s a cloudy day here in my own little corner, but that’s ok. As soon as I wrote the first sentence a tune from my childhood popped into my head. Funny how that happens.

    How very true those words are. When sitting at my farmhouse table I can be a fairy creating whimsical papers. The next day I’m on a romp as a flapper in the 1920s gathering fashions that were all the rage and designing tags. Most days are magical to me when I’m in my own little world of digital designing, playing with paper, and (whispering) needle felting.

    My old address book is in a sad state and I’ve been meaning to create something for the addresses I need to keep. My thoughts have been to take an old recipe box, decorate it anew and use an index card for each address. Now I’m pondering creating my own box and using mixed collage to decorate it. If you recall, 2 weeks ago (Friday KISS No.9) the freebie was a template for 3-in x 5-in index cards. This week’s Friday KISS is the companion to index cards, tabbed dividers.

    Scissors, brushes in an old canning jar, 3 tabbed dividers, and sheets of uncut tabbed dividers and an old table.

    Download Friday KISS No.12 (< click to download)

    You will receive 3- 11 in x 8.5 in sheets. Each sheet has 4 tabbed dividers, 3 inches x 5 inches, on it. One sheet with the tab to the left, one with the tab in the middle, and one with the tab to the right. These are outlined templates formatted as PNGs. This allows digital designers to use the template in Photoshop or whatever editing program is used.

    Get creative with your tabbed dividers.

    A decorated tabbed divider using mixed media to create an aged, vintage look and another divider simply printed on  paper with a cut out circle

    The above photo shows 2 tabbed decorated dividers. The bottom divider is a no fuss, no muss way to create. I used 110 lb, off-white card stock and printed the no. 6 paper, from the In the Past paper pack that you can find in my Etsy shop, on the card. Just turn your printed paper over and print the divider outlines on the back side. Add an identifying tag in the tab, if you wish. I cut out a circle and wrote a B on it. Easy-peasy.

    My plan is to create a mixed-media aged, vintage look tabbed dividers and alphabetize. Decide how you want your tabbed dividers to look, what paper, ephemera, fussy cuts and colors you want to use. My dividers will all be created from Studio on the Corner’s Nature Notebook Papers. I also used Tim Holtz stencil and stamp along with his Ranger Distress Oxide in black soot and vintage photo Distress Ink. Colors: aquamarine, Tuscan teal, and Flamenco red ( all purchased for a buck each at a big box store)

    Directions for a tabbed divider

    1. Using the template, print on 110 lb card stock
    2. Tear up pages from an old book, magazine, whatever works for you and Mod Podge them on to the cut out dividers. This step creates a super sturdy divider. I did this to both sides.
    3. Once you have all the paper attached, give the entire divider a good brushing of Mod Podge on top. Let dry.
    4. Using a dry rag I added acrylic paint to the front of the card by swiping and rubbing.
    5. Adhere torn bits of paper from SotC Nature Notebook using Mod Podge.
    6. Stamp a flower, leaves, or whatever you wish. In the lower right corner I stamped a wild rose and a couple leaves.
    7. Create a layout using a butterfly, ephemera, or whatever you fancy.
    8. After each layer I added acrylic paint where needed.
    9. I stenciled a few gradient dots
    10. I do not like to see any white so I added Distress ink on spots that I thought didn’t look old enough and before it dried I spritzed water on it so the ink would spot and run.
    11. The qwerty A was added and grunged a bit
    12. The last thing I did was dip a fan shaped brush into water, then red acrylic paint and splattered it all over the divider. Voila!

    Some of the items/ephemera I used on tabbed divider is not yet available at Studio on the Corner, but it will be along with fun kits for fall, Halloween and every day. So here’s a peek into the future:

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Avocado Dreams in Pink

    I would add to the beautiful poem penned by Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) And avocado dyed papers whispering in shades of pink. Truth is…I could never add anything to The Great Lover because it is perfect as written and one of loveliest poems I know. But I am absolutely smitten with avocado dyed paper, fabrics, and whatever will take the dye. I’m not ashamed to say, I love the color pink in all it’s derivatives from deep rose to the palest pink.

    I first read about dying paper with boiled avocado pits in the Victoria Bliss magazine. Do you think I can find that article to share with you? Nope…but there are loads of tutorials out there and enchanting photos of people using the green, guacamole ingredient to turn paper, fabric, lace, ribbon and whatever you wish into a charming array of pinks.

    Since first reading about this magical, natural dye I’ve dyed numerous plain, white papers and was delighted when they came out in so many different pinkish hues with texture, spots, and interest. Then I thought why not scan these lovely papers and offer them for sale at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop? So I did.

    Avocado Dreams Paper Pack

    These papers create wonderful backgrounds for junk journals, planners, greeting cards, and any paperie craft. One of the finest things to do is to use them as stationery and write a letter to your favorite long-distance friend. You can find the Avocado Dreams pink paper pack at Studio on the Corner Etsy shop.

    DIY Avocado Pink

    It’s super easy to dye paper. Just pick up a couple avocados, make a delicious guacamole. Set aside those big, beautiful pits. I dyed with just the pits the first time. The second time I tossed in the peels and pits into about 2 cups of boiling water. I’ll be honest I was not very scientific. Let the pits and peels simmer in the water for…. well I don’t know. Every once in a while I’d take a piece of paper and dip it into the avocado water. From my experimentations the longer you let the avocados simmer the darker the water becomes.

    I layed a couple papers in an old cookie sheet (some people call it a jelly roll pan) and poured the deep colored water over the papers. No I did not let it cool, I was just too excited to see what would come of my haphazard dying method.

    You can do a quick dip for a hint of pink or leave the papers linger in the water. The longer they linger, the deeper the pink, is what I discovered. One batch of papers came out a lovely peach color instead of pink…no matter I think the color is ever so lovely.

    What kind of paper should you use? I experimented with different weights and tried dying watercolor paper. They all turned out beautifully. I think I’ll dye some ribbon next and maybe some lace, definitely more papers.

    Happy Creating!