Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Junk in the Trunk Banner

The sunshine is so bright today through my craft room window. The snow is turning to fat drops of water that I can hear dripping from the eaves of my roof. Not yet a day to venture outside, a Junk in the Trunk Banner to make a perfect solution!

The crafts you will find here on my blog are as simple as can possibly be. I want anyone to feel they can give something a go even though they may have very few materials on hand. This is the sum lot of paper I have in my craft room, but I am determined to wiggle a banner out of it.

Don't you always have those certain paper you aren't the craziest about? Those are the ones Perfectly Perfect for this project. I have cut my banner shape as many times as I could from my papers. There will be a front, a back, and any others can be deconstructed to use as a contrast.

THE BEST TRICK I KNOW! Anytime you want to back a printed piece of paper, glue it directly to your background paper AND THEN cut your edge border. LOL! It took me ages to figure out this trick for myself, and I get so mad when I forget it.

PLEASE don't forget to sandwich cardboard between your front and back layers of printed paper. It makes all the difference in your finished project.

With just a basic triangle in front of you, it can be perplexing how to fill all the space. My rule of thumb is to divide the triangle's space once with a portion of the triangle itself (blue strip on top), and once with a different shape all together. I had just enough paper to trace a circle from. Now for the fun part, the junk!

I have backed my circle piece in white and offset it's placement to create movement. Greeting card images I like best are what I call "scenery" cards. Not that they are a landscape, but that a scene of everyday life from a past era unfolds itself for you.  Sigh! I love vintage.  I have used flowers from my State Fair projects that were of a larger size and have mimicked the curve of my circle for my Scrabble tile placement.

Remember not to "float" your elements, but rather let them "waterfall" by connecting them to each other. Using a black and white image of this cute couple learning to knit (what a Peach of a fella) makes my banner cute but not cutesy.

I love my Junk in the Trunk Banner! It has turned out wonderfully homespun and makes me long for warm summer days and the coming of my town's County Fair.


Musings from Kim K. said...

I'm glad you found a distraction while your mind prepares for surgery. A delightful banner and super tutorial. Can't wait for sandys next swap.

pam said...

I'd love to make a junk in the trunk banner! I'm also curious about the supplies swap. I am loving the different swaps you and she are hosting. I'll have to look back on the blog to see what was done previously. Excited to start laying things aside! Will be praying for your swift recovery from your surgery!

craftyles said...

I always learn the best hints for crafting over here. I also love how you use every bit in your stash. I'll be thinking of you during your surgery and hope for a quick recovery.

Jan R said...

I would love to make a junk in the trunk banner. Just found your blog today from Bee in My Bonnet.
Good thoughts to you as you wait for surgery...have been there myself and understand the need for diversion. Your ideas ar so fun...I have some vintage cards saved by my Mother and Father in law. What a great way to use them.

annemarie said...

Lovely banner - I would so love to make one! I wish I had your skills. Happy Easter.

Jan R said...

Oops, I neglected to include my email for contact.


Again thanks.

HollyC said...

Oh Elizabeth! Thank you so much for this tutorial. I love working with papers but often find myself just globing stuff on and not taking the time to find a place for everything. This will help me so much! I loved your last post as again I am playing catch up. Sometimes I get so obsessed or ocd (obsessive crafting disorder) that I focus on doing one thing and then and only then do I move on. But other times I flit around like a hummingbird. I need to find a happy medium. I loved how you would imitate your favorite actress' role. I use to do the same. Not sure if you remember the Nancy Drew/Hardy boys tv shows but I of course loved playing Nancy. I was also a very bubbly Gidget :) What fun childhood memories you share! I love your shakers. You did a fantastic job on them. And I too think the bunny's teeth are hysterical. When I added them they immediately "made" the bunny character. Thanks so much for always sharing. Can't stop thinking of your upcoming surgery. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Holly ps your spring and fair characters are on my to do list!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You always manage to make every scrap of paper count, Elizabeth! These may not be the papers you are craziest about, but you've made a lovely banner with them. Love the images you've used as well. I was thinking about doing that supply swap. Is there a sign up yet?

Tammy's in Love said...

Counting down: 9 days to Sandy, Meri 'n me in Arizona!!! Your embellishments are my favorites, buttons, flowers and vintage pix! I'll be praying you through the surgery and recovery.


Kim Covell-Campbell said...

This is a great tutorial!! Thank you! I am gathering supplies for the State Fair. I want to jpin in so badly!


Hi "E",
I'll be praying for your surgery tomorrow. All will go perfect!
Thanks for showing how you make the white border on the banner!
Take Care!

VintageBettys said...

I hope everything goes well Elizabeth...you know I will be praying for you and a speedy recovery :)..count me in ..I would love to make a cute junk in the trunk banner! I learn so much from you...Thank you for sharing :)

Kim Covell-Campbell said...

I would love to send you some snail mail/cards while you are recovering! If would like some sunshine through the mail you may e-mail me at chevy49girl at yahoo dot com.

I will be praying for a successful surgery and swift recovery!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I see that most of us would love to make one! Thanks E! Sweet hugs!

Cindy said...

I love to see how you do your crafting. It really does get me inspired!

A Little Creation said...

You will breeze through your surgery and be running a marathon in no time!!
Chris =]

Sissyfox said...


You are amazing! Making something so cute out of 'leftovers'. You are so industrious and unbelievably talented, and such a sweetie to share those talents with us. You inspire the best in all of us. I'll be watching for the cigar box swap.
I, too will be thinking about you tomorrow. You will be sorely missed, but you'll be back better than ever very soon.

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

The Fair banner is cute as can be!
I'm glad you found a fun project to distract yourself today.
With all these prayers and well wishes (including mine) you are sure to sail right through this surgery, and be back on your feet in no time!
Thinking of you,
Erica :)

Perfectly Printed said...

The banner is too cute!!! And I am collecting things to add to a craft kit to swap!


Carolyn said...


Thanks for the wonderful tip about cutting out the banner. That is one of those slap your forehead tips, like duh why did that never occur to me! Good luck with your surgery I will be thinking of you.


Diane Mars said...

Hey my Dear Dear friend, you sure made my week.. I was so stinkin sick yes i caught that nasty cold virus thing again I guess from shaking all the hands at my open House and then not washing them! Shame on me that will teach me for sure! But your surprise package arrived I love you, thank you I was having a tough week leading up to Easter and your Creation made me smile! And I really felt special! It will be a treasure in my Studio for years to come... So thoughtful oxox

The Custards said...

Oh that is a lovely idea and a gorgeous combination of colours and textures. Thank you for the tip about cutting a crimped edge thingy! I think I will make a fabric based one for Spring and see how it turns out.

Thank you as always for calling in too and interesting message. What did he want that egg for!!!

Keep warm if it cold where you are today
Best wishes

Stampindamour said...

WOW! Love this! Very inspiring! ♥

-PaMeLa ;)

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

What a pretty banner, you are always so inspiring, Elizabeth!
Best wishes for your surgery, I'll be thinking of you,
hugs from Dorothy and Wilma

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

I love it! I'm glad you have a creative and positive way to distract yourself!

LBP said...

Love that banner! Your paper crafting is always so neat and nicely put together. Wishing you a speedy recovery from your surgery.



Cynthia said...

This gives me tons of ideas. I'm always so inspired when I visit your blog. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

vintage grey said...

Such a sweet banner!! Thanks for sharing! Happy Easter! xo Heather

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Wonderful cute banner!! I love everything about it! :) Thanks for sharing all your wonderful crafty ideas and hints with us! We're so lucky to have a special lady like your share all your pretties with us!! :) xo Holly

ps. I just left a comment wanting to join the swap too!! :) Happy Thursday!! :)

Sandy C said...

Eek I need to make this :)

Sandy xox

Shannon H said...

Beautiful fair banner! Your blog is gorgeous! Shannon from CanterLily

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Ah! Going through your blog and I scroll down reading when what do I find? A LuRay teacup? :)

Your creations are adorable.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Laura Turner said...

You have such a unique and pretty style. Love your work. I would also love for you to link up with my Inspired Sunday link party at www.sundayview.blogspot.com. You'll find a lovely group of ladies there.
Hope you are feeling better from your surgery! I can't wait to see more of your blog.

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