Black Lives Matter Journaling for Learning and Change

What a year 2020 has been! A lot of people are going through hard times and I wanted to share my love of journaling and how it can really help…

Black Lives Matter Journaling

Let me be an advocate for taking time off when you need it. Of course, you have to take care of yourself, always.

But also remember not to give up on change and not to become cynical or give up from overwhelm.

Use journaling and writing for processing emotions, taking notes to learn and as documentation of our world, our lives…

Let’s move forward… together!

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Vintage Printables Free Download – Make a Journal!

Looking for vintage printables free pages to print and make into a journal? Check out this freebie for creating your own junk journal.

Vintage Printables Free Download to make your own junk journal in vintage shabby style.

Vintage Printables Free Download

We all love a bit of vintage, shabby chic style at times and I think it’s a very pretty look for scrapbooking and keepsakes. Here’s an entire set of vintage paper background designs to print, along with some embellishments in the same theme.

Great for holiday journaling, memory keeping and just fun junk journaling and crafting – anyone who loves vintage and the Tim Holtz type of shabby style will enjoy these FREE printables.

I designed this whole set of printables to create a journal of keepsakes – things that make me smile. Originally it was an Etsy junk journal printables product, but it’s retired now and instead of keeping designs on my hard drive, I think it’s a lot more helpful to spread the love and post it here on my blog for FREE download.

The cool thing about printables is the ability to share it freely on the internet, across the globe and no matter what your craft budget might be, it can definitely be easier to get a few prints on paper and be able to make something yourself at home.

All the printable papers are included in printable kit:

  • 10 vintage background pages
  • 10 matching tags
  • 1 cover image
  • 1 cover label
  • 1 interior pocket design
  • 1 blank page and 1 blank tag so you can DIY and create your own unique designs and embellishments

Since this product is printable, you can pick and choose the pages you want to use and print however many copies you need for your particular project. Please note that the cover image size does limit how thick your book spine can be – unless you have access to print larger than a regular sheet of paper or can piece two pieces of paper together – get creative and see what you can make!

Vintage Printables Free Download Instructions

Here’s a quick summary of how I created my vintage journal with this printable kit. I’ll offer alternatives and tips along the process as well.

STEP 1 – DOWNLOAD PRODUCT and PRINT

First, if you want to make this exact journal, download the printables files to your computer or alternatively you can follow these instructions and just use other materials you have on hand.

I have these vintage  printables free downloads in multiple PDF files, so download all of them or just designs you want below…

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Download Vintage Printables Freebies Below

The PDFs make it easy to just print everything at once or you can choose to print only certain pages. When printed actual size, the final journal will be approximately 6x4inches.

Vintage Printables Tips

  • consider what paper you would like to use, the thicker the paper the more sturdy your journal will be
  • the thicker the paper, the fatter your journal will be
  • since you are only printing on one side of the page, you might want to consider printing on colored paper or back side of patterned paper, if you don’t want blank backsides. however they are nice for journaling and decorating too!
  • consider adding patterned paper, kraft paper or colored cardstock along with printed pages to expand your journal
  • remember when printing to check your printer settings, use the highest quality possible
  • make sure no parts of the imagery are cut off in printing
  • I recommend using heavy cardstock for your cover image at least, it will protect your journal pages

STEP 2 – CUT and INK

Use your preferred cutting tool to cut out all the printed designs. Note that you don’t have to be super exact, because you can also ink the edges of your pages after trimming to hide any imperfections and finish off your printables, giving it an inked edge look.

For my journal, I also cut some kraft papers to add more blank pages. I also folded my printed pages in different directions, since I only printed designs on one side and the back is blank. To vary how they would appear in my journal, I folded some pages to show design on the front and others on the back and mixed up all the pages to create variety.

More Vintage Printables Tips

  • ink the edges of your pages for a finishing effect
  • consider how many pages you would like in your journal, print more copies if you would like
  • consider adding plain pages, lined pages, kraft paper, cardstock, etc if you would like to expand your book
  • consider cutting pages in different sizes for variety

For your the cover design, I sewed the printed piece onto another piece of kraft paper to make the cover thicker and sturdier. Then I sewed the label for decoration and embellished with alphabet stickers. You can embellish your cover in a number of ways, but creating some kind of border or reinforcement all the way around helps to keep the journal cover sturdy. Not that the size of the cover page is a bit larger than the page size to help protect the pages within.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can easily glue pieces of paper together to get a thicker cover and glue embellishments on the cover to decorate.

STEP 3 – PUNCH and BIND

There are a number of ways you can put your journal pages together. I chose to punch 3 holes (because I had varying paper sizes) and stitched together all the pages folded in half. However, you can also glue your pages back to back – which might be better if you don’t want to see the back sides of your pages if you only printed on one side.  There are many book binding methods out there, so take a look on this blog for other ideas as well. But any basic long stitch or pamphlet stitch will do!

For the cover, I decided to add some eyelets to holes to reinforce the paper. You can also smear some glue on your punched holes and let it dry to reinforce them without eyelets. You can even use nail polish – just something to stop the punched edges of the holes from tearing with use.

Using linen string, I stitched the entire book together, nothing fancy, just stringing through, in and out, long stitching and tied a knot at the end. Super simple.

Final Vintage Printables Binding Tips

  • You can use a hole punch to punch holes, or simply a needle for something smaller. Depending on the thickness of your paper, you might want smaller holes.
  • Consider using other materials such as ribbon to bind your book together. If your pages are all the same size, you can just do two holes as well.
  • Note that I have not folded or scored my cover paper…I want to keep it sort of softly rounded in the spine area

STEP 4 – EMBELLISH

Finally, after making your journal, you can embellish and use it!

For the cover, I used alphabet stickers to create a title. You can also write directly on the label or print out something you have typed on the computer to add on.

For the pocket on the inside cover, it’s best to fold the larger flap behind and up first, then glue the little flaps on either side. This gives you a smooth inside pocket to slip things into. Then glue the whole pocket into your journal. I put it on the inside of the front cover, but you can also add it to the first page of your journal or the back cover instead. You can also print more copies and create more pockets within the journal for more space!

For the tags, I punched holes at the top and added some linen string. Pretty simple, but cute. I’m keeping them int the pocket, before adding them throughout my journal. The pocket is nice for keeping ephemera or to store some materials that you will use in the journal.

Vintage Printables Tips for Embellishments

  • Consider how you would like to embellish your journal cover.
  • Consider what you would like to include in your pocket or print more than one to include throughout the pages of the journal.
  • You can ink up or pre-embellish your tags  as well
  • Many like to embellishment the binding or spine of their journals with fiber, charms, etc
  • Use ribbon or other material to create a closure for your journal (I used braided ribbon for mine)
Above all, have fun with it and make it your own! My goal was to start things up and create a template for the creation of a vintage styled journal…but where your creativity takes you, along with unique supplies… makes it a custom book just for you!
As a final touch, I decided  to braid up some ribbon and wrap it around my journal, to keep it together and to add a little special touch. Whatever crafty supplies you have lying around would be great to use!
I hope my documentation gives you enough instruction to create the vintage journal, but I also hope this has provided some good suggestions and tips on how to make it your own as well.
Enjoy this Vintage Printable Freebie and have fun creating!

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Redbubble Review – Support Independent Artists (like me!)

Looking for cool artwork on stickers, notebooks, hoodies, shirts, pillows and more?! Read this Redbubble review and get all the details.

Redbubble review - a high-quality print on demand company helping indie artists sell their work on a variety of products.

Redbubble Review – Disclaimer

**I was compensated for writing this Redbubble review post (all opinions are my own and the truth!) There are also affiliate links throughout this post and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thank you in advance for supporting independent artists!

What’s Redbubble?

Redbubble is a print-on-demand company that allows independent artists to sell their artwork on a variety of products. The idea is that Redbubble does all the manufacturing and shipping, so the artist can focus on making great artwork!

I found Redbubble through other artists who joined the platform and started selling their designs. I really love the product variety available, the quality of the products and the customer service. So I opened up my own Redbubble shop with a bunch of sticker designs.

my redbubble shop of sticker designs

Redbubble is a totally legit website with great customer service, so you can be completely confident ordering products from them as a customer, as well as selling your own designs if you are interested in that.

These days, there are so many different websites out there, sometimes it’s hard to tell what is real or a scam. Thankfully, Redbubble has been around for a long time, they pay their artists as agreed upon and make great products!

My Favorite Designs

As part of this Redbubble review, let me share some of my favorite designs from other artists. These are the pieces that really captured me – love at first sight!

Why Redbubble?

Of course, there are so many print-on-demand companies out there, why choose Redbubble? Well, for one you are supporting independent artists, instead of a mass market design where you don’t even know who made the art.

I also turned specifically to Redbubble because they have removable stickers, which is really unique! The individually cut vinyl sticker designs are super high quality. You can reuse them and reposition them, wherever you like to decorate, so it’s great value and fun too!

Besides top quality, the shipping is pretty fast even though I live in a tiny Italian town and they have very responsive customer support. You can contact them directly on the website, chat live or even reach them through social media. It’s always good when a real person responds to your questions!

Cute Hedgehog in a Cup - Sticker by LindaTieuArt - on Redbubble

I think Redbubble rocks!

From my experience, Redbubble is an amazing company with high-quality products and a win-win setup for customers and artists who sell on the platform.

You should definitely Redbubble on social media as well, because they have sales and offers throughout the year that make supporting your favorite artists affordable too!

I hope you got something out of my Redbubble review. All opinions are my own, just my honest take from my personal experience. Remember to check out my Redbubble shop here! I will continue to add artwork there and don’t forget to check out all the other amazing artists. The next time you need a gift or new hoodie, consider buying and supporting an independent artist’s work!

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Junk Journal Flip Through | #junkjournaljanuary

I joined in on the challenge hosted by miavibes and megjournals on Instagram called #junkjournaljanuary and here is my junk journal flip through.

Junk Journal Flip Through | #junkjournaljanuary - video on tortagialla.com

If you don’t already know, junk journaling is a form of art journaling that involves “junk” or found papers. Basically, anything you have around the house, in order to reuse the junk you have and upcycle it into art. There are many variations and everyone sort of does their own thing. From vintage papers, to modern day junk mail or patterned papers that aren’t really “junk” to begin with.

It’s really all up to you – but the idea is to not be too precious about journaling. Rather, to simply create and do something creative. After finishing up my junk journal, I decided to share a flip through to show all the pages I’ve created, however simple they may be.

I really encourage you to get creative and try out junk journaling if you want something without pressure. It’s an easy way to get creative every day and you don’t have to create in chronological order or necessarily paint. I find it to be more collage based… but that’s just me. I mostly spent a few minutes each day, very doable for all. Here are the pages I created for the month in my junk journal flip through…

If you want to see how I made this junk journal, check out my video of the process here https://youtu.be/B9_ilVTRSUo 

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Make a Junk Journal

Here’s a peek into my process of how to make a junk journal, specifically for #junkjournaljanuary this time around. It’s super easy to do!

Make a Junk Journal - video of process by tortagialla.com

This year, I decided to join in with the Instagram challenge #junkjournaljanuary and made this quick journal for this particular challenge. I’ve used a mix of papers from my stash, magazine pages from Flow Magazine and the cover is an old handmade pocket journal from the past.  Check out my process and thoughts in the video below.

If you don’t already know about junk journals, I highly suggest you try it out! It’s an easy and fun way to get creative, but without all the pressure of art journaling that often has drawing or painting associated with it. Technically, you can do anything in your junk journal, but at it’s simplest, you can just collage and mix and match papers and vintage items for a very cool look.

I’m just getting into junk journals lately because I’m short on time and find it super easy and satisfying to create in a junk journal. I’m excited to perhaps create more printables around this style… and if you are looking for the vintage style, check out my free vintage paper printable here and these vintage journaling cards here. They can help to give you a head start in your junk journal creations.

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