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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Friday, January 21, 2022

 Organize Your Stamps

If you are a stamp artist, then you know how much we love our stamp sets. Some of us think that collecting stamps is like another hobby! We love our stamps, and we love using them. But like any other tool, you need to care for your stamps. Part of that is organizing your stamps so that you can find what you need quickly and easily.

There are many different ways to store your stamp sets. When I started, I did this big catalog sorting project. Each stamp had a number and a reference. Wow, I really worked hard on that project. But the problem with that system was that I sometimes wound up splitting up sets. It meant that sometimes I would up getting frustrated trying to find what I needed.

Now, I have my sets together by category. All my sets are in hanging folders in plastic sleeves. If I need a flower stamp, I go to the flower folder, That is what has worked for me.

One decision that you will need to make relates to stamps with coordinating die sets. Do you store them separately or together? I prefer to store my dies with my stamps in the same envelope so when I stamp them the dies re right there.

How you store your stamps depends on the number of stamps that you have and the space that you have to store t


Step One-Gather All Your Stamps

Just gather them all up and lay them out on your workspace, bed, or even on the floor. Check each set to make sure that you have all the stamps in each set. Gather any loose stamps and place them with the right set.

Acrylic Stamps

If the stamps are not sticking to the acrylic sheet they came in, wash them with soap detergent and water if they are acrylic stamps. Once they are dry, they should get their sticky back. 

Rubber Stamps

If you're a rubber stamp purist, and I know a lot of folks are, this idea might not be for you. But if space is a real premium, you may want to consider removing the rubber stamps from their wood to save space.


Step Two-Categorize Your Stamps

Group your stamps by the categories that work for you. Simply put them into piles for the time being.
Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

Animals (Animal Kingdom)
Borders and Embellishments
Flowers (Botanical)
Letters And Alphabets
Special Occasions

If you have stamp sets with matching dies, you can decide to store them together as stamps or die sets. It's up to you. 



Step Three-Select A System

We have included a few different systems for you to consider for your craft space. The one that is right fit you is the one that uses the stamp space that you have available. If you stamp a lot, you will want to select a system that is closest to where you stamp whenever possible. 

Look For Hidden Spaces

You may have more space than you realize. Try looking in closets. See if you rearrange drawers where you might find extra space. You may even find space under a desk. Look at your space with a critical eye and see if you have more options than you thought.

Stamp Storage Ideas
Use CD cases stacked neatly on a shelf

Simple Systems 

Acrylic Stamps

  1. Leave in original envelopes and store in a recipe box
  2. DVD cases arranged in storage boxes
  3. Stamp binders-made to store stamps

Foam Stamps

  1. Photo boxes
  2. Glass jars
  3. Ziplock bags-stacked or hung
  4. Clean and unused pizza boxes
  5. Clear shoeboxes

Wooden Mounted Rubber Stamps

Always store them with the stamp side down on a smooth surface
Do not store too much weight on the stamps
Keep away from sunlight-it will rein the rubber
  1. Shelving units
  2. Plastic drawer units
  3. Clear shoeboxes
  4. Tackle boxes
  5. Clean and unused pizza box

Loose Leaf Binder System

Loose Leaf Binder Stamp Storage
Loose leaf binder with special pocket pages

This system uses pocket pages and full page protectors to create a custom system for your needs.


  • Clear CD Vinyl Pages
  • 3.5" by 5" Photo Pages
  • Clear Trading Card Vinyl Pages
  • Sheet Protectors
  • Three Ring Binder
  • Dividers
  • Label Maker

  1. Arrange categories and add dividers
  2. Fill and arrange your sets 
  3. Label the sets
  4. Label the outside of the binder

Rolodex System

Rolodex Stamp Storage System

This system uses a rolodex and card sets to organize clear stamps. There are different units that will account for larger sets. These are 4" by 6". Larger sets can be stored on the front and back of the card. 


  • Rolodex base
  • Rolodex cards
  • Label maker
  • Extra clear envelopes
  • Double-sided tape or tape gun

  1. Categorize stamp sets
  2. Adhere each plastic envelope to the Rolodex card
  3. Place the stamps in the card
  4. Label names of stamps and sections

Bin Acrylic Storage Idea

I have seen all kinds of storage ideas for acrylic stamps. This one is probably the most popular. The stamps are all placed either in their original wrappers or in special clear plastic envelopes that are purchased. They are grouped by category and stored upright. You can use baskets, boxes, plastic bins. What has been especially popular are the different-sized buns sold on Amazon. 


  • Plastic storage sleeves
  • Label maker
  • Dividers sheets made of card stock
  • Plastic bins, boxes or baskets

Using Stamp Pockets

A number of companies offer stamp pockets in different sizes. I have found that a lot of the original packaging in stamp sets often rip over a period of time. The pockets come in packs that vary in number of pockets, The more pockets you order in a package, the less price the individual pocket will be. There are some different qualities of pockets, so you may want to try a small pack of a specific company before you commit to a whole system

You can use all of the same sized envelopes or use the size to fit. It's up to you.

Of course, if you use the pocket system, you want to retain the two sheets of acrylic that hold and cover your stamps.

Some pockets come with a sticky on the top so they seal. But you can always use washi tape to deal the top of the pocket. Others come with flap closure. 

I cut out colored card stock to fit in each pocket. That reinforces the pocket. I have one color for each theme in my collection. That way, I always know where that set goes.

Acrylic Stamps In A File Drawer

I needed to minimize my space on my shelves, but I did have a file drawer in my desk that would be a perfect storage solution for my stamps. I used to hang files that I already had and did my categories. All my stamps were in their original envelopes were kept as was. Those that were not in their envelopes I put in clear plastic envelopes. I labeled them and placed them in their category.

Now, I just reach into the drawer to get what I need. So easy for me

More Organization Ideas

Hope you enjoyed these ideas and tips on getting your stamps organized. We would love to see the pictures of your craft spaces. Share some tips and ideas with the community.

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Till next time, Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Painting Without Brushes

No matter what paper project you are creating, you can take it a step further by creative painting techniques without using brushes. You can use these techniques on greeting cards, scrapbook pages. art journals, Bible journals, and lots of other papercraft projects. Going beyond just using the common things like stamps, stencils and markers takes you to a new and exciting new creative level!

Today, we are taking a journey into creative painting without a paintbrush. Yes, you can use acrylic paints, but you can also get the same effects with ink pads too. Creativity is using what you have to get the same effects.

All of these technoques can be used with acrylic paint, watercolors, inks and alcohol inks.


You are just going to need a few supplies that you more o less have about your home or craft space,

To cover larger areas

  • Sponges
  • Brayer
  • Baby wipes
  • Pallete knives
  • Credit card or gift card
  • Straws
  • Brush Pens
  • Your Fingers
For specific designs
  • Plant leaves
  • Bubble wrap
  • q tips
  • Toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • Cookie cutters
  • Bottle caps

Always use a craft mat or newspaper as a cover to your work space to protect it from getting stained


Using sponges to apply paint is an old technique, They give you some texture and are easy to work with. You can use inexpensive sponges from the dollar store or you can use some sea sponges. This technique works well with both paint and inks. 

I really like to sponge with distress and distress oxide inks, You can layer colors, Just rip a piece of sponge off and play with some scrap paper. 

Try sponges with watercolors for a very soft effect. 

Sponges with distress inks are a totally different way of applying and blending therm, Experiement with colors to see what combinations you enjoy the most. This type of application makes a fun art journal or greeting card background. You can also create custom scrapbook page and junk journal backgrounds. If you are using it for a journal, make sure toapply a coat of gesso first. That toughens the paper, causes less chance of ripping thin paper and gives you the option of doing water splatters.

Wash the sponge right after use and you can use them again. I like to keep some soapy water right in my craft space, I just drop them into the water right after use, This technique is great for greeting cards, scrapbook paper, and art/ junk journals.

You can use a clothes pin to hold a sponge rather than your hand


Brayers are very much like a miniature paint roller. You can cover large areas quickly in a short tperiod of time.

Brayers come in different sizes depending on your needs. You just pick up the paint, ink, or even watercolor and roll it on. For this kind of use, I would recommend using mixed media paper. If you are applying a lot of watercolors, you might want to consider using watercolor paper. 

Another way to use brayers to add paint or ink is to wrap rubber bands around the brayer. Then apply the ink or paint to the paper. 
Make sure to wash your brayer in warm soapy water as soon as you are finished using it.

This is a great technique for scrapbook pages, Bible journals, art journals, and junk journals.

Palette Knives

They come in lots of different shapes and sizes to apply paint and other media to paper surfaces. They come in metal and wood as well as plastic. You can use them to apply long or short strokes. This is more about texture than coverage. You can apply paint thickly or thinly, It is your call. 

Paletteknives are also used on media like embossing paste to apply it on top of a stencil.

You can also add texture with palette knives in all kinds of thicker media. Use the different sizes and edges to create shapes and line designs though your backgrounds. 

Old credit cards or gift cards can be used in similar ways;

You can use this for art journals, junk journals and even greeting cards as backgrounds.

   If you are working on any journal pages, make sure to place some waxed paper or parchment paper behind the pages you are working on. That way, you will not get anything on the pages behind them.

Baby Wipes

Smearing paint or ink with baby wipes is a lot of fun. They will give you a very soft effect. Another fin way to use them is to do a reverse stencil technique. Cover the surface of your paper with a good coat of paint or ink. Place the stencil where you want to see the design. Now use the baby wipe to lift the ink off the page. I promise you will love the effect. Once you have used the wipe, allow the baby wipe to dry. You can use it later on for mixed media effects, Use this idea in any if your journals, on a card, or a scrapbook page,

You can also use babywipes to apply paint onto stencils. Give it a try !

Plants And Leaves

Experiment with plants and leaves. You can create custom prints that are a one-of-a-kind design. Use leaves from the plants in your home. Or take a walk and collect leaves that you can use. Use different sizes and shapes to create your patterns. Try coating flowers and petals to create your designs. Be creative and enjoy the process. This makes a real custom background for scrapbook pages, art journals and greeting cards.

Bubble Wrap

Save that bubble wrap from packages that you receive. They are great for painting and stamping. Create different patterns by layering more or less paint. Press the design onto paper. Mainly used for art journals, but you could do a light application in a Bible journal too.

Your Fingers

Remember when you were a child and enjoyed finger painting? You can still use your fingers to create unique paper designs with paints and other media. Just play and have fun. Try this for art journals and junk journals,

Q Tips

Dotting with q tips is a lot of fun. You can create all kinds of dot designs with these tools. Experiment with colors and designs, You can dot a little or dot a lot. It is your call. Use ink or paint. You can also stroke with them like you would use a brush. You can be as messy or as neat as you want to be, Just use the q tips as the art form or do them on top of other backgrounds. Metallic paint would really be a bright choice t add dimension to your backgrounds. This would be fun in art journals and on scrapbook pages too.

Toilet Paper And Paper Towel Rolls

You cannot paint with them, but you can stamp with them. They are perfect to add little circular details to whatever papercraft you are working on. You can mold the paper roll into other shapes. Try a heart or an oval. Nice for scrapbook pages and art journals. Once you have used the piece, cut it off the roll. Then use the opposite side. Keep using the roll until there is none left. This is a great recycling project. 

Cookie Cutters

As the paper rolls, you can use cookie cutters to create stamped images. Dip them into ink or paint and stamp away! If you do not have a lot of them, head on over to your local dollar store or check your local thrift shop to find the best buys. This is great fun when you are just starting out with art journaling.

Bottle Caps

This is another great recycling idea. Use the bottle caps to stamp different circles on your papercraft. They can be used over and over again to create patterns on just about anything. 


Blowing on paint with straws is not new, but it does take a little practice to get it right. It is actually easier to use this technique with watercolors and inks over acrylic paint. Painting with straws has become very popular, 

If you are using alcohol inks for your backgrounds this is a fun technique that is going to create custom images. For this kind of application however, you will need yupo paper. You could also try heavy cardstock ( like 110 lb) or heavy mixed media paper.

Yarn Resist

Grab some leftover yarn and some washi tape. This technique is fun and creative, 
  1. Take some scrap yarn and cut it into longer lengths than the page or paper you are working on. 
  2. Place the yarn on the paper or page and go to the back of the paper/page with the yarn. 
  3. Tape the yarn onto the back of the paper/page with the washi tape. 
  4. Apply paint or ink with a brayer to the page.
  5.  Allow the page complete drying time.
  6. Once the page is dry, remove the yarn and disgard it, Enjoy the results.

Make sure that if you are working on an art journal, or a used book that you apply some gesso to the paper before you do this technique, That will strengthen the paper.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

 Printed Cardstock Artist Trading Cards

Artist playing cards are a fun recycling project that is fun to make and trade. We all have those decks of cards laying around our homes. Why not take them out and get creative with them? It just takes a few supplies to create a custom artist trading card. More than likely you already have these in your stash. 


  • Several clean playing cards
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Tea Stain or Walnut distress ink oxides
  • Printed cardstock
  • Water mister
  • Paper towels
  • Neuvo drops
  • Sparkle pens (optional

  1. Since the playing cards were thin, I started by adhering to two playing cards together. Use strips of double-sided tape and match the edges so that they are even.
  2. Allow the cards to dry if you used glue.
  3. Adhere the design piece to the front of the card with double-sided tape.
  4. If you are planning to add ribbon, adhere the ribbon to the front of the card with the double-sided tape. before you adhere the card to the playing card,
  5. Rub the edges of the card with either the tea stain or walnut ink. 
  6. Very lightly spray the card with a water mister. Hold the card at a distance while you spray. Allow ink to saturate the card a bit. If there is too much water on your card, dab it with a paper towel. 
  7. Allow the card to dry.
  8. Embellish the card with the Nuvo drops or the half beads using tacky glue.
  9. Allow the cards to dry overnight.
  10. Cut backing pieces for the cards,
  11. Adhere the backing to the cards.
  12. Rub some additional ink oxide ink around the card
  13. Allow the ink to dry
  14. You can use sparkle ink pens to highlight the parts of the cards
One of the things that I realized was that for me, using the glue to adhere the playing cards together was a messy procedure. The cards slid all over. I went to the double-sided tape and had better results.

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I hope that you give this project a try! Happy Crafting!
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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

 What Kinds Of Journals Are There?

If you are new to journaling, you may be confused about the different kinds of journals and how they are used, today we are going to briefly explain what they are and how to use them. 

The first thing to know about journals is that there are very few rules about how to journal. Journaling is a very fluid and ongoing project, There are no set time limits. So you may start a background one day and then go back to it another day, You may start a page and then go back and add more to it.

Your journals are very personal. You do not have to share your journals with anyone unless you chose to. Much of your journaling are personal expressions or thoughts,. You will not be judged or criticized for your art or pages. 

Oscar Wilde once said, I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train."

Bullet Journals

Bullet journals are similar to planners but with more information and customization. It has a specific order so that every part of the journal is organized. It can include an index page, a future log, and a monthly log as well as a daily log. It can also include things like a to-do list, goal tracker, logs for wellness, and a lot more,

Art Journals

You do not have to be an artist to create an art journal. An art journal is a way to explore and release your feelings and emotions. There are all kinds of media and tools to explore, This concept if for anyone who enjoys playing with crafts and paper.

Art journals release your stress in so many ways. Even if the page is not your best attempt, you'll still melt some stress away playing with tools and media, And you will grow in your creativity and artistic ability every time that you give it a try.

Junk Journals

Think of junk journals as a journal of recycled materials. They are often made rather than bought. Just about anything can be recycled into a junk journal. Old mail, magazines, tickets, memorabilia, and just about anything you can imagine can be recycled into a junk journal.

Faith Or Bible Journals

These are journals where you can record your journey with your faith. It can include scriptural passages, our thoughts, and feelings about our faith. It helps us focus and consider what our faith means to us. It gives us quiet time to meditate. It helps us focus on the things and people who are important to our faith journey.

Gratitude Journals

The gratitude journal is a positive affirmation of the blessings in your life. It is a way to focus and think about all the positivity in your life instead of the negative things, You will find that when you use this journal, you will get a new outlook on life.

It takes only 5 minutes a day to write down 5 things that you are grateful for. This is a journal that is not only for adults but also for kids. It is an excellent family time habit. You could even have a family gratitude journal where each member of your family writes one thing that day that they are grateful for.

Studies have shown that a gratitude journal will help you sleep better, reduce stress, and make you a generally happier person. It also helps you appreciate the people closest to you.

Scrapbook Journal

Not quite an actual scrapbook, this is a journal where you record events that are important to you. It can and should have lots of your thoughts and memories, but can also include pictures and newspaper clippings. It can also include moments from sports events, vacations and those special times that you want to remember.

Prayer Journal

This is a journal where you record your prayers and prayer requests. You can record who you prayed for when you prayed for them. You can also record how prayers were answered. There are prayer journals that you can purchase or you can make one up yourself.

Healthy Living Journal

This journal focuses on healthy eating, exercise, water consumption, and exercise. While you can monitor all of these things, you can also record and celebrate your goals and achievements, It is also a place where you can write down your struggles and emotions about your health.

Travel Journal

If you are a traveler or love cruising, then this journal may be just what you need. You can record all of the details of your journeys. You can add collections of things like tickets, menus, photos,  postcards, and all kinds of travel mementos. It help us record a memory about our travels when it happens si that we can look back on all the details of our journeys,

Pregnancy Journal

A pregnancy journal is like a diary that records all of your thoughts and emotions during your pregnancy. This is a personal diary that will help you to create a special bond with your child. It also helps you reduce the stress that often comes with pregnancy, It is a wonderful keepsake that can be passed down to your child.

Book Journal 

If you are fond of reading, a book journal is just for you. Make a list of all the books you have read.
Then write your thoughts about a book you are reading, 

If you attend a book club, then this is a tool that will enhance your experience. Having your thoughts about a book organized means that you will have a better time participating in your blub sessions.

Garden Journal

If you love plants and gardening, then this journal is something you should consider. Even if you just have a patio plant, some indoor plants or a huge garden, you will find this a useful tool.

  • You can make a list of all your plants
  • You can provide watering and fertilizing schedules
  • You can draw pictures or add photos of your gardens and plants
  • You can record your observations about your plant

Home Project Journal

A home project journal can be a reminder and tool to keep track of the projects you have done, what the cost was, and your thoughts and notes. You can put clippings of future projects, samples of paint, and wallpaper. YOu can journal your thoughts and notes.

Hope this helps you create the journal that helps you in your life now and in the future

Till next time, Happy Crafting !



Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Adding Pockets To Journals

Have you been looking for more space and dimension for your journals? Pockets for your journals ass both extra space and dimension. Let's explore the options together.

 You can add pockets anywhere in your altered books, junk journals, bullet journals, and gratitude journals, that you would like to. They can hold some ephemera, pictures, mementos, and a lot more.

The first place to go to get some free templates is your favorite browser on your computer. There are hundreds of free templates that you can print and cut or print and trace.

If you have an electronic cutting machine, check the program in your machine to see if there are any pockets in their program. If there are any, these are easy to cut from the program

Look at your dies to see if you have anything you can use. This is especially good if you have nesting die sets. Experiment with different sizes in the same set to see what you can come up with.

You can create pockets with any printed or solid color cardstock or vellum that you may have. This is a great project for using scrap paper, So dig into your stash and see what you might have available to use.

Envelope Pocket

This could not be any easier. Create a pocket by sewing two pieces of card stock together. Use a sewing machine or hand stitch. Use double-sided tape or glue it in with very heavy glue.

Use any envelope that you have to create a pocket on your page. Flue down the full side of tghe envelope to your page. The flap side should face you. That way you can add things to the envelope and have easy access to the things inside. 

Take a used envelope that has come to your mail. Open the envelope from the top, Cut down the envelope to the size that you want to use, Cover the side that will show on your page with cardstock or printed paper. Decorate as you would like. Create tabs at the top with a round punch or a hole punch. Glue or tape the envelope to your page.

Use a used envelope or one you may have in your stash. Seal the envelope closed. Snip the end of the envelope so that it is open on both ends. Fold the envelope in half. Crease the fold with a bone folder. If you want to, cover the envelope with cardstock or printed paper  Add to one of your signatures.

A tip with envelope pockets is that you can add a tuck space behind them. All you have to do is glue them with a thin line of glue on the bottom and both sides. When it dries, there will be a neat tuck space behind the pocket where you can add something special.

You can also make an envelope pocket into a floating pocket. This is a perfect trick when you have a page that has plain paper. Put the flap over one side of the page and leave the body of the envelope on the other. Secure it with a paper clip. The flap will add something pretty to the plain page. Underneath the flap could also be another tuck spot.

These envelope pockets use billing envelopes to create a window pocket. Use a circle punch for indentation. Use an envelope for a template to make a window, Click here to see the tutorial

Folded Page Pocket

So simple to make, the folded page pocket has been a favorite of journal makers for a long time.

  1. Open the journal to two unworked pages
  2. Folded the right-hand side of the page to create a pocket
  3. Glue the flap or cut the flap off the page.
  4. Decorate the envelope.

Book Page Folded Pocket

When you are taking pages out of a book, it is important to save the pages to make pockets later on. 

With just a couple of folds and a little glue or double-sided tape, You can create a book fold pocket in minutes. 

  1. Use some distress ink and ink around the entire book page,
  2. Fold the page in half
  3. Make a 2 inch cut in the front of the pocket
  4. Fold the paper outward where the cut is
  5. Take a round paper punch and make a half punch on the back of the pocket
  6. Use glue or thin double-sided tape to secure the two sides of the pocket

Coin Pocket 

A coin pocket is actually in the shape of a coin pocket. Rather than tabs, it has a complete shape on all sides. It is one of the smaller pockets that has a flap to keep the contents inside. One of the fun things to do with a coin pocket is to make it a floating pocket. A  floating pocket is a pocket that is not glued done to the page. Instead, You hold it on the page with a paperclip or mini clothespin. Another fun thing about the floating coin pocket is that you have a little tuck space behind the pocket where you could add a card or a piece of ephemera

Square Pocket With Thumb Punch

This is the easiest pocket to create. You can make your own template in different sizes and use it later.. Draw a square in the size that you need. Then add tabs on three sides of your templates. The tabs should be the length of the side of the pocket. Now use the template on any solid or printed paper that you would like. Fold the tabs inward and crease the tab with your bone folder, Use a circle or hole punch to create the tabs on the top. Glue or tape the tabs to the page.

The nice thing about these small pockets is that you can stack them on a page to create a different layout.

Glassine Pocket

Glassine bags make easy pockets for anyone to create in minutes. All you do is glue them onto the page any way that you would like. You can leave them as is or you can decorate them any way that suits your fancy. You have two options for adhering this to a junk journal page. You can either completely cover the back with glue or stick it on the page. Or you can put a thin line of glue on the bottom and two sides of the envelope. That gives you an additional tuck space behind it.

Another way to use glassine envelopes is to add them onto your signature. You simply cut the bottom off the envelope. Fold the envelope in half. Add the envelope to the pile of folded papers and bind them all together.

Ripped Pocket

This pocket is as simple as it gets. Just rip a piece of cardstock using a ruler in the width you would like to use. Adhere it on the side, bottom, or top with glue on the bottom and sides of the ripped piece.

Corner Pockets

This has to be one of my favorite pockets. It is easy to do and adds a lot of character to your pages. You can make them simple or as fancy as you would like. The easiest way to create this pocket is to rip off the corner of another page. Fold the bottom and one side under. Place glue on the reverse edge and press the pocket onto the page

You can put a corner pocket on any corner of the page you would like to use.

Bottom Pocket

Like the corner pocket, the bottom pocket or a side pocket is one of the most common types of pockets you’ll see in junk journals. You can just glue them directly to the page, or create tabs on three sides to create a large gusseted pocket with more room in it – depending on how much you want to include. 

Corset Pocket

We would love to hear your thoughts on pockets, Leave us a comment, a suggestion or an idea. We always love hearing from you!

Till next time, Happy Crafting !


Free Library Card Template

Library Card Template 2

Travel Pocket Folders

Valentine Heart Pocket

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

 Free Images For Art And Junk Journals

Photo by Shifa Sarguru on Unsplash

There are free images for both your art journals and junk journals all across the internet if you know where to find them. In my book, you should never have to pay for an image, unless you find something you really like, with all the available resources on the net. 

Just click on the name of the resource to take you directly to it.


These are freely useable photos and images that you can use without consideration of copyright issues. The only request that they make is if you use them on a website as I have, you give the photographer credit. There are thousands of photos available for you to print and collage.

Flickr Commons

The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives. There are worldwide groups submitting photos to this resource. So again, you are going to be able to find lots of free photos for your use. They do require that you set up an account, but it is well worth the effort.

British Library On Flickr

There are many realistic images that you can color or just print out. Lots of delightful clip art/

The Smithsonian On Flickr

Great site for historical and space images

Old Book Illustrations

Beautiful clip art and illustrations that you can use as-is or color.

Public Domain Review

Everyone is free to share, use and enjoy these resources that are now in the public domain. That means that you can use them in your journals at no cost to you.


This is a Royalty free use of photos and images from the people at Shopify. AS most do, they require you to get a free membership. The images are well organized and edited.


Royalty-free images that can be used by anyone. More contemporary photos and images
In their own words, "Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images, illustrations, videos, and music. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes." They do require you to register as a user.

Offline Resources For Images And Illustrations

There are lots more places to get free illustrations and copy for your art and junk journals. Start with your family and friends. Have them save old magazines for you. These are treasure troves of stuff for your journals.

Watch out for any free tourist magazines at airports or other places you nay travel.

Catalogs that come to your home also have useable and great resources in them.

We would like to hear your thoughts and comments on these free resources. So let us know what you think.

Till next time, Happy Crafting