Author Archives: Jeanne Rodriguez

Mixed Media Junk Journal

Hi crafty friends! I wanted to make something that wasn’t Xmas themed even though it is coming up. I like to be different ! Anyhow, I have been wanting to do a Junk Journal using the Timeless Tab Album from Basically Bare Online Shop


I first took it apart and papered some of the pages from the album, I also used the inserts from the Prima Mixed Media 7×9 Album. Which includes paper tags, plain canvas sheets, watercolor papers, resist canvas sheets, plastic sleeves, double sided card stock, photo insert sheets. I also added some double sided designer folders from a Heidi Swap pkg I had in my stash. I left it blank because this will be going to a friend for Xmas. I will post a video link once I upload it , it will contain the rest of the pages that aren’t pictured here. I didn’t want this blog to be too long. The papers that I used were some of my favorite from The Paper Studio, Haberdashery & Kellerkurtz&Company . 


In the above photo collage are some of the pages from my album. I also used one of the adorable frames from Basically Bare called Fanciful Frames  , I used one of the chipboard ones that I embossed in Black embossing powder. I loved how it looked on the front cover page. I added a tiny doily with a ivory flat back pearl to accent the frame. I hot glued it on, after I had already glued some wide vintage lace and a beautiful vintage appliqué . I will be posting a link to my video that shows a more extensive look at this journal . I hope you like it and will order your self this or other selections of albums from the Basically Bare Online Store




“12 Days of Christmas”

Hi crafty friends!! I am FINALLY here to bring you my 3rd project that was for the month of November. Unfortunetly I have been under the weather and also hospitalized for a little so I fell behind. I actually was almost done with my project when I got sick . So luckily I didn’t have a whole lot to catch up on. Anyhow, here is the 1st half of the project that I have made. I am using the theme song “12 Days of Christmas” . I have some rubber stamps that have each of the numbers (ex: 5 Golden Rings…6 French Hens….etc.. So I was anxious to use them for the first time on this project. 


I began with the plain sheet of the 12X12 Corrugated Cardboard that Basically Bare carries. I decided to paper it with DCWV “The Christmas Combo Stack”, I love these papers for many reasons, one is that they are sturdy, two the colors are beautiful and three they can be used just as a layout just like I decided to do. I got an idea that I would make it like a layout / peek-a-boo album. If that makes any sense to you. In my mind it does. So I papered both sides and then I added the pages off of one of the Ringed Binders , I used the “Bracket Album”. If I post every  single detail that I did to this, I’ll have too long of a blog post lol but I did some spraying with Lindy’s Sprays, I used some of the thicker gold embossing powder because I didn’t have any thinner one. I also incorporated a theme from an online game I play, it’s kind of looking for hidden objects, so since the embossing powder was kinda of thick on the stamped images, you can kinda tell where the images are of the 1-6 “12 Days of Christmas ” are at. The numbers are easy to make out just the image it’s self is tricky. But if you know the song, then it shouldn’t be too hard. Anyhow here are the rest of the process pictures. I will be making another page for the rest of the 7-12 in my next project. These corrugated pkgs. come with (2) pages. I hope you get what I tried doing. Isn’t that strange when you know in your mind what your trying to create but sometimes others don’t?! Lol, just be open minded 😉 and you yourself can create something outside the box using the products from this great online store Basically Bare!!

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Christmas tag series

Hi everyone!! I’m back with a project that is smaller than I’m use to making. But I wanted to make these tags into a series of these wonderful mixed scalloped tags that Basically Bare carries! Their tags are a mixture of canvas, acrylic, chipboard, corrugated cardboard, stiffened felt,  & water color paper. Here are the two I decided to start with



  • These were actually very quick and easy to make. The felt tag I left it as is and added some xmas brads , an adorable candy cane and sentiment, and some colored Rinestones. On the other tag I decided to use to corrugated cardboard. I removed the cardboard from one side so that it exposed the inside. I then just applied some Deco Arts Snow Tex , then I added some stickles to make it look like shimmery snow. One the other side I just traced some pattern paper from the DCWV Christmas stack , which I just love snow flakes!! Then after the snow Tex dried I just added some adorable xmas embellishments, the xmas tree is a thick acrylic piece that I added Rinestones to look like lights, the Santa is made of chipboard and the snowflake is made of felt, I just added stickles to give it that shimmer look. Then I just added some red glitter ribbon on top. On the bottom is some fabric ribbon that says Merry Christmas. I am anxious to share the rest with you. These will be used when I put up my Christmas decorations, I will place them on my shelf.

These next photos are of the assortment of tags and of the snow Tex I applied on the corrugated tag.

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I hope you enjoy what I made and I hope this gives you an idea of how you can use your tags instead of just applying paper or stamping on them.  You can find these and many more products at the Online store

Till next time! ~Besos~ Jeanne


Steampunk Mini

HI Crafty Friends!! So for my 1st project for the month of November, I thought I would do something that I most definitely have taken a liking to. This would be making mini albums! I have enjoyed playing around with all of the different Albums that Basically Bare carries! This time I decided to create this not so mini using the Delightful Doors Album in combination with one of my favorite paper collections  from Graphic45 ” Steampunk Debutante” , I also combined some papers from Marion Smith ”  Timekeeper” & “Nirvana”. They all went very well together I thought so anyway! 


  • This album was very simple to take apart, I then traced the pages on the design papers that I picked out. On the front flaps I added black card stock for the background then adhered my chosen papers, I also used ivory card stock for the inner flaps and then just used design paper to make some pockets and added some tags that came with the Graphic45 paper. As for the canvas sheet that comes in the album, I sprayed one side using Lindy’s spray and on the other side I used Tattered Angels sheer spray, then I applied my paper, added hears on one end. I also embellished the rest of the album with flat flowers, pockets with tags. I didn’t want to make it too bulky. I hope you like how this turned out. I will be making a video offering more input on what I made. I made 3 picture collages so I could share all the pages without taking up too much room. I hope you will take a look at this and many more different albums you can play with, just head over to Basically Bare Online Shop
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Elegant yet Vintage Tag & Easel Set

Hi my crafty friends! Today I want to share with you this tag and easel combo set I created! I of course used one of my favorite paper collections, some beautiful laces, a little bit of Bling, & of course some wonderful products from Basically Bare!!  I will get started showing most of my process! Enjoy!!


  • I first began by altering one of the adorable Prima Julie Nutting Tags, its size is 3.5 x 8.5 but I trimmed it just a tad. I then chose my papers which are two different paper collections but are yet similar. They are both from the Paper Studio, “Haberdashery ” & “Kellerkurtz&Company “, like I said they have similar papers the only difference is the Haberdashery is a Kraft paper and the Kellerkurtz&Company is a very thin design paper. I chose which one I wanted to adhere on my tag, I used my Scotch ATG to adhere both front and back of the tag. I then used some Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink ” Black Soot” to distress all of the edges of my tag. I then chose the smallest the dress forms  from Basically Bare which they do come in all sizes and different materials. Dress Forms  image
  • With this I applied some mod podge and adhered some vintage book papers that I had. I applied the same distress inks around the dress form then I had a small corset clipboard die cut that a friend of mine had gifted me so I embossed it using the Lindy’s embossing powder in ” Midnight Pewter”. As I let that cool off I chose some beautiful laces from my stash. A black embroidered ruffle trim. & a Pearl light caramel colored Venice lace that has a beautiful design on it. I used Beacon Fabri-tac to adhere the laces. I applied the embossed corset then added a little bit of BLING to the center belt line of the corset then a small strand of pearls with lace as a necklace. I stamped on some images/ sentiments using a Spanish themed stamp set that I have called “Dilo En Espanol- Hecho Con Amor” ( Say It In Spanish- Made with Love) By: www. Retro I then applied some Ranger Stickles in Gold around the stamped images. Last I tied some Black/ Gold seam binding on top of my tag. *Note: I also made a box from the Haberdashery Kraft paper using my scoreboard. I will be doing a tutorial on it. Will post here when I do. **image
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  • After making this I decided to make a little something extra so I decided on the  Basically Bare Pre Assembled Album (Easel) image
  • I began by taking it apart from the cinch binder it comes with. I prefer doing this to adhere my papers to give it a neater, clean look I guess you can say. I don’t own a Cinch Binder or Zutter so I just holes of the paper with my Crop-A-Dile. it works great! Ok back to my project! I then traced all of the chipboard sheets that’s come in different sizes on to different design papers from The Paper Studio “Kellerkurtz&Company ” as I had mentioned before I decided to use the same papers on this as well. I used the Prima Distresser  and the Ranger Distresser on all the edges and then once adhered to the chipboard I used The Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks in ” Vintage Photo” & ” Black Soot” in the edges. image
  • After all the papers where adhered using my ATG, I began making some pockets with some wide laces so that I could use some small tags that I had cut out from the same paper line. I distressed the edges on them too using ” “Vintage Photo” . Once the laces dried from using Fabri-tac, I began to embellish using a variety of small cabachons, a few more of those embossed chipboard die cuts my friend Amy Love had gifted me for my bday this past May. I also used a beautiful pink sequined appliqué on the last page. Along with other small embellishments. I did leave some of the pages blank with no pocket to be used as a photo mat. I just added a small embellishment on those. I did however use a couple of different die cuts from Basically Bare!! I used Wings & Hearts
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  • I Used the small chipboard heart, I embossed it using Lindy’s Embossing Powder ” Hibiscus Rose Orange”  & the smallest of the chipboard wings in ” Midnight Pewter ” They look GREAT!!
  • I apologize that this post was so long but I would love it if you got some inspiration and / or ideas out of it!! I love love all the products that I have been so blessed to play with from Basically Bare!! I promise u will love them just as much as me or even more!! So click HERE and take a look at all their wonderful products!! I hope u all have a safe a Happy Halloween!! Peace, Love, & many hugs!! ?
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” Romantic Shabby Lace Book Binder”

  • Hello everyone! Today I am bringing you a project that I am really hoping that you can get some kind of inspiration from.  I was very excited when I received  this in my design team package because I immediately noticed how sturdy this album was and I really wanted it to be something other than your typical photo album , scrapbook album, etc. I have seen different types of Lace Books, Doily Books, Fabric Books, but I wanted something to store the laces that I will purposely skip by when looking thru my drawer of laces only because they are the one’s that are soooo stunning (yes I know all laces are) but these are the one’s you don’t want to use in your projects only because I guess you feel maybe you will never come across them again, or idk what kind of silly misconception we have for doing this , that word everyone knows and isn’t ashamed to even say it lol (HOARDING)! image
  • I decided that this Artful Album would be the perfect size and I really like how sturdy it is. Here is the beginning of its transformation.  This is the 8.5 X 11 binder (before) image
  • I began by applying a coat of  white acrylic gesso to the edges that I would be painting.  image
  • Then I painted the edges using Craft Smart Light Pink Acrylic Paint. I only painted the edges because I would be applying some design paper to the album. image
  • I then picked out some beautiful papers from DCWV ” The Primrose” stack & from Craft&You “Vintage Time” I adhered one beautiful pattern on the outer panels of the album. Then the beautiful printed paper in the interior panels,
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  • I then chose this stunning white fabric to cover the whole album
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  • I then began working on the inside. There are 3 tabbed chipboard inserts that come with the album it’s self. I had also received the Add-on Expansion pack, that you can get separately where I was able to get another piece of the same tabbed chipboard. Add-on Expansion pack. With these I made a template of a spool shaped inserts to use to wrap my favorite Venice laces/trims. Here is how I made the templates then adhered pattern paper to them as well followed by distress inks around the edges ( Vintage Photo & Victorian Velvet) image
  • I also had some other templates that were smaller to hold my smaller laces , so I just made the holes on them to align with the binder. You can’t see it very well on the photo but I used the acrylic piece that came in the expansion pack at the beginning of the laces. I wanted to just keep them separate from the front inner part of the album where I added a small colorful clothes pin to hold some journaling papers, just for added decor as well in the middle part of the inner binding I used this stunning ruffle trim and added some small rose cabochons.
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Finally on the outside of the album, I definitely wanted to use one of the ” Basically Embellies” dress forms. They come 3 to a pack , sm, med, lg.  Dress form die cuts. So I traced the dress form on the same floral paper that I used in the inside of the album. Adhered it with mod podge and added some beautiful white ruffled lace and pink lace with embroidered roses on it and added an adorable bow on front for a more dainty look.  I also used a different pink embroidered trim on the edge of the album along with some pearl flat back trim. On the outer binding I sprayed some rosette trim that was white with some Lindy’s sprays ( Plumeria Pink) and added some ivory lg. Flat back pearls.  As an added little something, I added this lg. Handmade stick pin. imageIimage

You can find all of the products that I used and more  at . I truly hope that you like my project and that the many uses of these albums is endless. I know this will be one of my most treasured pieces and I hope I inspired you to think “outside the box” Peace, love , & many hugs!!

“Gorjuss Girl Keepsake Journal”

Hi Bascially Bare friends! I would like to share with you all my very first Design Team Project !! The moment that I seen this “Tiny Tabs” album, I immediately knew what I wanted to make! I did take pictures , or at least I tried to take pictures along the way was I worked on this. I sometimes got a little distracted because of all the fun was having making this. I truly hope that you all enjoy this adorable keepsake journal that is perfect for any little girls thoughts and dreams. 


  • Took apart the Basically Bare Tiny Tabs album DSC01215
  • Paper lined some of the pages with “Tilda-Painting Flowers” Paper stack
  • Removed the thin layer of plastic on the acrylic tabs, adhered paper with Ranger Glossy Accents”
  • Stamped out some images from “Santoro – Gorjuss & adhered them to the chipboard pages of the Tiny Tabs album, I stamped the images with Ranger “Archival Ink”  on white cardstock, they can be colored with alcohol inks, watercolors , oil pastels etc, DSC01216
  • For the journaling lines on the opposite side of pages I traced out some paper from a magnet list pad I had in my stash, adhered a border from the “Santoro – Gorjuss Girl paper collection.DSC01218
  • For the cover I fussy cut an image from the same Gorjuss Girl paper, used some Tim Holtz “Stormy Sky” distresss ink around it. I also stamped out the “label” stamp from one of the “Santoro – Gorjuss Girl Stamp collections, the sentiment inside the label is from Tim Holtz -Stampers Anonymous collection, that was stamped with the “Stormy Sky” Distress Ink as well. I then decided to use one of the embellisments from  Basically Bare Celestial Shapes/ Stiffened Felt Cloud , I dabbed a bit of “Stormy Sky” Distress ink, I then added Mod Podge and immediately sprinkled some “Twinkle Dust” from Clearsnap – Donna Salazar Collection. Finished it by spraying some “Aleene’s Spray-On Adhesive” DSC01235.jpg2
  • Adhered my Fussy cut image, the cloud, and stamped label to the front cover. I applied a little bit of “Ranger-Glossy Accents” to the image of the Gorguss Girl, adhered a small ribbon, added some flat back pearls to the sides of the label and the center of the ribbon, colored it with one of my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (TB9). I also added some colored rinestones to the acrylic tabs that separate the pages!
  • Last I punched out the holes for the spiral tabbed album with my “Crop-A-Dile Big Chopper” , I don’t have a Bind It all so I made this work and put back the spiral wire.
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  • For a look @ the inside of the album take a look at my short video my Facebook craft page click here to view video preview ENJOY!!!! XOXOXODSC01234

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