Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Shopping Our Stash - My Favorite Things - Faux Leather from Kraft Paper

Hello, Crafty Folks!
Kraft faux leather using basketweave embossing folder.
This week, at Shopping Our Stash, we want to see how you use your favorite crafting "things."  If you are anything like me, you have "hundreds" of favorite things so the most difficult part of this challenge will be the act of narrowing the choices.

Basic Materials Used: (to create faux leather)
Kraft Paper
Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish
Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Black Soot

Kraft/Faux Leather/ Traveler's Notebook
I made this TN as a birthday gift for my daughter.  The project allowed me to use my favorite technique, creating faux leather using Kraft paper, and several other of my favorites like embossing folders, ClearSnap Smooch Inks, and anything Tim Holtz. 

I love how this process gives the designer a beautiful emboss on the front and equally pretty deboss on the back.
I used Tim Holtz® Distress Inks™to color the cover.  Almost all colors will work.  Sheena has a beautiful blue faux leather notebook on her YouTube channel.   The possibilities are endless.  You can use the regular DI no need to buy oxides, etc.  I used a clear acrylic sealer (three (3) coats) on both the inside and outside of my TN cover.

The sunflowers were colored using ClearSnap® Smooch™inks
The texture is determined by how much "scrunching" you do when your paper is wet.  
Ink applied after the paper has dried can be used to add depth to specific areas of the design.  The embellishment was made using a slide and layering a brad on it.   

Some Fun Stuff on The Inside
Creating the dashboards and inserts for this project also gave me the opportunity to use my new favorite thing, Stickers!!
This image actually reminds me of my daughter. 
Gotta love the back of that blouse!
The backing on inside of the TN is muslin  I decided to leave it untreated and opted to create pockets using a printed acetate sheet.  I am just in love with this image.
Fun papers make interesting insert covers.
Pen Loop
 Another favorite thing, making pen loops.  This one was made from a piece of the faux leather shown at the top of this post

This is the definitive faux leather process tutorial.  

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.  Give this faux leather technique a try.  Also, visit Shopping Our Stash and check out my teammates' creations! 
Chana Malkah

Submitted to these ATG Challenges

Other Supplies 
Distress Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral
ClearSnap Smooch Inks: 
Embossing Folders:
Darice - "Large Sunflower"
WRMK Next Level - "Woven"
Designer Papers/Acetate:
ColorBok Designer Paper - "Vintage Treasures"
WRMK Acetate Sheets - "Clearly Posh"
Elastic Cord (if you create a TN)
Metal Embellishment:


  1. Beautiful, I have never tried this faux leather technique but it looks gorgeous. Love everything about this notebook. Awesome job.

    1. Thanks, Barbara! You should give it a try. I bet you would create an awesome House Mouse project!

  2. if you hadn't have told me, i would've believed this was REAL leather... you did such an amazing job! if i was this good at techniques, i'd never ever do anything else, lol! ♥

  3. Amazing travel notebook Chana and what an amazing gift for your daughter (lucky her!!!)
    I would NEVER have guessed that gorgeous (faux) leather started as kraft paper!!

  4. Fabulous notebook cover and love all the pages and sunflower-never tried this technique but must have a go--thank you for the comments on my blog
    Carol x

  5. This is gorgeous and I love the faux leather. Thanks for including the tutorial.

  6. What a wonderful, unique and pretty creation for your daughter! I haven't done this technique in years, but thanks for the inspiration! I just love how you put this all together :)

  7. Gorgeous creations! Thank you for sharing with us over at The Creative Crafters! Hope to see you again!
    ~ DT Sherry x

  8. Oh WOW!! what a fun technique, never seen it before, looks amazing on your travel note book, it looks so beautiful and so real!!!

  9. A lovely project!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with photo inspiration” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…


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