Ask the Experts: Journaling and Paper TypesApril 12, 2014 1:10 pm Crafts, Paper Crafts
By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Q: I’ve heard a lot about journals lately. What are they used for in crafting?
A: Journals can actually be used any way you would like. One example to use them for is to practice techniques and use mediums that are possibly new to you. They are a great place to keep pictures of idea that you wan t to try. You can, then, keep them together so you can refer to them later. They can be used to create ideas that you have that maybe won’t work on another project or they can just be used to get your creativity flowing. They can, also, be used to put your thoughts down in a creative style.
Q: What is kraft paper?
A: Kraft paper, also, known as kraft card stock is recycled paper created from paper pulp taken from such things as paper bags or card board. It is used for cards and other things by crafters because it is strong and adds a distressed look to some projects.
Q: How do I attach vellum without the glue showing?
A: There are tape runners that are designed to be used with vellum which work well. Another idea is to use just a regular tape runner and hide the adhesive with an embellishment.
Q: When I use spray inks, all they do is leave big drips. What can I do?
A: The key to getting a good even spray is to push the nozzle down in one quick and even push all the way down in one motion. Don’t push it in a choppy motion or it will allow for uneven spray.
A: First make sure the stamp is clean by washing it with warm soapy water. If that does not help, you can apply some Tombow Muli Glue or Aleenes Tack It Over & Over to the block and allow it to dry to a tacky finish meaning that it is dry and then adhere the stamp. The stamp will not be permanently adhered to the block and will be repositionable as long as the glue is allowed to dry.