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Ways to Personalize DIY Junk Journals

February 14th 2018

I love junk journals. I was introduced to them through the 30 Days of Lists Challenge and Monika from   I love it all shop. While I am tempted to buy everything in her shop, I especially love to use her $10 variety junk journals because they are the perfect size and length for a week long vacation. Add an embellishment kit or two and I have all I need to do a little crafting and memory keeping while I am away from home.  Monika has the best stuff! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Get your own here or here.

junk journals from I love it all shop them embellished

(Two of my Vacation Junk Journals. They come pre-assembled and I decorated and added details using embellishment kits from Monika’s shop and various other stickers and ephemera kits)

USE WHAT YOU HAVE

While I am not new to creating from my stash, this year it’s MANDATORY!

junk journals for listing

Junk Journals for listing: The one on the left I made, the one on the right is from I Love it All Shop rebound with rings because it got too chunky.

For 2018, I made a goal to #usewhatihave and pull from my own stash for any creative project I wanted to make. This is a way to practice contentment, save money and use the crafty goodness I have collected over the years, and there is plenty. Here is my first project following the #usewhatihave concept. I piggy backed on the junk journals I love from Monika’s shop and made these chunky junk journals. The first was pretty spontaneous in its conception and all of them were so fun to make.

diy junk journal

2018 and striped tag from I love it all shop.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I knew I wanted to make something special to celebrate a new friendship because, well, GAL-entine’s day of course! I had been collecting calendar pages  and sorting them by topic.

The wheels always start spinning when I’m trying to sleep, so naturally, I had to get up and do something about it. That first night, I decided a junk journal would be perfect and worked on it, assembled the pages choosing patterns and textures and trimming pages to size. A chunky journal is eclectic and random and full of variety so the process, from beginning to end, is new, moment by moment. I love that! There was no plan at this point other than just making a junk journal with the calendar pages.

junk journal pages

PERSONALIZED PAGES

Over the next several days, a thematic order took shape as to what I wanted to include in it based on our friendship. I looked forward to working on it daily as I added details, and worked with what I had in my stash, adding embellishments and personalizing it wherever I could.

There is a page that tells how we became friends.

junk journal pages

Friendship quotes and bible verses throughout, we share our faith so this was perfect to include. There’s one tucked into that envelope pocket on the right.

junk journal pages

Flip open that quote page above and she can write a list about those million little things that friendship means to her, see below.

diy junk journal page

One of my favorite pages is the last one with the map.

diy junk journal pages

INTERACTIVE PAGES

Since we have never met in person, there is a page to record the dates of our first meeting,

our first selfie,

or writing out a little prayer.

FILL IN THE BLANK PAGES

Other pages are waiting for her pen to do the filling. Maybe some journaling, stories, or reflections she may want to jot down. A meal, a conversation, a summary or retelling of our time together, a ticketed event we attend together, the possibilities are endless!

 

 

HOW TO MAKE IT CHUNKY

Feel free to add embellishments to different parts of the page to even out the bulk. Don’t be afraid to tie ribbons or charms to the rings, it adds interest.

The more embellishments you add the chunkier it gets,

And you know what they say. “The chunkier the better!”

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE

After this one, I worked on two more junk journals a bit smaller in scale. One for another friend adding personalized details for her about her great mothering, love for chocolate and the beach.

I also had the pleasure of making one for my daughter which included love notes, advice, fashion, make-up and ice cream. I can see how this can get addicting…

This project can take anywhere between 2-10 hours. It all depends how much time and effort you invest adding personal details, embellishments and layering. The best part is that it’s something unique to the receiver, they can go back over time to look it over and add to it, if desired. Since the books are bound with rings, it will be easy to add pages. So fun!

Are you a junk journal junkie?

What is it with me and creativity?

February 12th 2018

How did I get into this creativity path anyway?

Creativity always saved the day during all my school years. I remember winning an art contest in the third grade, I am the only witness to that. I was always encouraged by teachers to write,even through my Masters Degree.

During my teaching and librarian years creativity fueled my plans, displays, story telling and making those jobs fun. Fast forward to my 40s where the creative itch got too big to ignore.

I started a blog to document my creative projects and encourage myself to create and be accountable by posting about it regularly. (Enter Instagram, blogging stopped…until now)

Then this quote by Erma Bombeck “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. became a spiritual conviction for me that I really wasn’t using my God given talents to the extent that I could.

My problem is I like to create in many mediums, personalizing things with details is my favorite, but I also love to paper craft, sew, quilt, paint so choosing ONE THING for a business “Creating Passion to Profit” has been very challenging and am still trying to find the right path for me.

I did make some quilt patterns of which this Sea Horse is my best seller! I am still learning a lot about myself regarding how I am wired, my tendencies and triggers and I am making progress.

My Little Sunshine Blog Hop Reveal

August 28th 2017

Welcome to my day of the Blog Hop, where I finally get to reveal the secret sewing I’ve been up to. (click here for the other blog hop posts)

It’s been a week of suspense as we see the special project each of the blog hoppers  has made with My Little Sunshine, the new fabric line by Cherry Guidry of Cherry Blossoms Studio. I shared a bit about her on my last post here. She designs for Benartex  and her style is pretty, sweet and fun! This line is no different with a baby theme covering onesies, animals and the alphabet.

Right from the beginning I knew I wanted to make a diaper bag.

These prints and colors in My Little Sunshine play so well together I wanted to display that in some patchwork shown on the front pocket of the tote. I also used the extra charm squares to make a little changing mat.

It fits perfectly into the back pocket.

I was inspired when I added the detail to the pocket because Rick Rack makes anything cuter!

I tried new techniques I hadn’t done before like the gusset zipper and the outside binding. It definitely is far from perfect but I love the happy colors and functionality of zippers.

I used some of the selvage on the zipper pull, just for fun.

The duck print is my absolute favorite. I used it on the outside pocket, lining and for the straps which I made extra wide, because the bag is pretty big and will likely be heavy for moms toting little ones and all their gear.

I added my label to the straps. I had a general idea for the bag but as I played with the fabrics it kind of evolved as I went. No pattern or videos! It is completely lined and quilted and I used Shape Flex for the pockets to give it some body.

Cherry picked the perfect colors that work for baby boys or girls, add more pink for girls and more blue for boys! It was so fun playing with her new fabric line.

And to celebrate Benartex is giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of My Little Sunshine to a lucky winner! The deadline is August 30th, US addresses only please. Just leave a comment telling me what print do you remember from baby days? Perhaps some of Cherry’s fabric will jog your memory?

My fixation with the duck fabric comes for a dress my neighbor gave my daughter with darling little yellow ducks, we still have it!

Good luck on the giveaway!

Winners will be announced here please make sure your email shows from the comments so I can contact the lucky winner!

Making Crafty Valentines

February 14th 2017

It’s February!

After Christmas, this is my favorite month for creating, sewing, I get so many ideas for making crafty Valentines. I love all the lovely pink and red fabrics that make the sweetest eye candy for any creative project you can think of (or steal from Pinterest).

i heart fabric summercrafter

There is always such a variety of crafting, wrapping and heart-y goodies in some stores, I find it hard to resist! This loot is from Target dollar bin section.

valentines goodies summercrafter

 Growing up, Valentine’s Day was always a great “Gal-entine” day celebrating with friends, going to card shops, movies, shopping and getting ice cream. When I was a teacher, it was always a great time making crafty valentines with construction paper in the classroom to put in our special mailbox.

wood heart sign Romans 58 summercrafter

This year, my bestie from Texas was in town and we shared a crafting day, it’s another great way to spend the day gabbing, painting and creating. This wooden heart was part of my Target loot. We painted them and cut vinyl letters on the Cricut to make this verse, Romans 5:8a. A beautiful mess summercrafter

We made a beautiful mess, a nice memory and a crafty Valentine, such a great time!

summercrafter and friend

Needless to say, my crafting and sewing for heart day did not end there. I made this cute I Heart You Mini , tutorial and pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I am sending it off to one of my favorite fabric enablers 😉 To be enabled yourself, follow her on Instagram @oneygirldestash for her fabric goodies.

iheartmini summercrafter

After making this, I had planned on making another mini but started playing with scraps to make heart pillows, small ones for doorknobs, sidetracked for sure.

heart from scraps summercrafter

I knew these babies would get lost in pillow puffiness so I “log-cabinized” them with more scrap pretties. So fun!

log cabin hearts summercrafter

They turned out so cute! All that was missing was some fragrant filler. I’ll have to buy some lavender.

heart pillows summercrafter

Then I started toying with more scraps. I sewed 4 random strips together, folded them in half to cut these heart shapes.

stitched hearts summercrafter

Once I added the batting, I stitched around the outline and instantly loved the result. Why hadn’t I done this before?

Sadly, I sewed them up and sent them away so quickly, I do not have the final product photo to show you. Shame on me! You can be sure they went to good homes and I should have those pics soon.

DIY ornaments: Photo Card Keepsake

December 2nd 2016

Do you have tons of lovely holiday photo cards of loved ones, family and friends and don’t quite know what to do with them? Well, I have the solution!  I think preserving them and using them as gift tags and ornaments for those families is a great way to recycle jar lids and those pictures. A great DIY ornaments project.  I’ve had this idea for a while and I’m so glad to finally be able to share it. I do hope you’ll find this tutorial helpful so you can make your own.  Please read all the way through before you start.

photo jar lids gift tags

First, collect all your holiday photo cards.

photo cards

Start collecting jar lids of all different sizes from mayonnaise, pasta sauce, pickles, salsa jars, whatever! Ask people to collect for you too like family, neighbors or church members. Invite them to make some DIY ornaments with you!

jar lids

Here is a visual of what you’ll need to make them but don’t be limited by it, please. A list follows below.

supplies

  • A circle template, I like to use this circle ruler for best visibility
  • Embellishments: jewels, stickers, paper, felt, fabric, pom-poms, buttons, jingle bells, charms glitter, etc…
  • Ribbons for hanging (13 inches for Ragu lids) you’ll have to measure ; )
  • Cord, pom-pom trim or rick rack for front edge
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

You may find that when you see mine and start making them, you’ll come up with all sorts of variations.  Let’s start!  You’ll have to compare photos and lids to make sure the size matches.

photo jar lid 1

 Use the circle template around the picture and the lid. It should be the same or slightly smaller than the lid opening. I did not need to trim any of my pictures when using this template.

photo jar lid 3

photo jar lid 2

Trace the circle around the picture and cut it out.

photo jar lid 4

Apply Mod Podge to the inside of the lid and insert the picture. Press down firmly until the picture stays down, it may lift if not glued down all the way.

photo jar lid 5

I also used a small brush to apply Mod Podge on the inner parts of the lid of your DIY ornament.

photo jar lid inside

Then I put a scoop of fine glitter and rotated the lid to get it all around.

photo jar lid glitter

Tap out excess. I used a dry brush to remove excess glitter from the photo.

photo jar lid dry brush

After the glitter dried, I applied Modge Podge to the picture, but in the end, it’s much better WITHOUT!! The picture is well protected in the lid and really, we won’t be playing toss the ornament or anything like that! photo jar modge picture Essentially, this is how the picture part goes.  The back of the lid can be decorated in many ways.

This one is the simplest done with card stock and paper.  Paint some Mod Podge on the lid and smooth over the card stock until it sticks down well. Once it’s adhered securely, you may paint over it with Mod Podge to seal the paper.

photo jar lid simple paper

This one is done with felt which is a great medium, especially if your lid is a little warped or not flat enough. Use the circle template to trace and cut out a circle from the felt.

photo jar lid felt

Then, simply apply hot glue to the lid and press down the felt. Then Secure the sides that are “unstuck” with more hot glue then embellish as desired.

photo jar lid felt jazz photo jar lid felt gems

Another option is to paint the lid. I used a sealer just to prep the area.

photo jar lid sealer

Then 2-3 coats of paint should do. Just enough so you can’t read the lid!

photo jar lid paint

Re-positioning embellishments with paint is not recommended because it will peal off.

photo jar lid santa

I put the year of the photo, since we parents tend to forget.

Next, we’ll take care of the hanging ribbon and edges:  Make sure you mark the center of your lids on the top and bottom this will come in handy for positioning back decor and ribbon so they hang right side up!

jar lid centers To attach the hanging ribbon, start on the bottom center, and got glue an inch at a time and press until you get to the top center and STOP!!

photo jar lid attach ribbon

Then you get the other end of the ribbon and start at the bottom and repeat until you get to the top.

photo jar lid hanging ribbon

Glue the ribbon together (just a dab) where they meet to make a loop.

photo jar lid felt gems

Then we have this exposed edge that doesn’t go with anything! photo jar lid fix edge Cover it with some pretty trim. Start at the front center point and work your way around hot gluing on the metal edge, one inch at a time until you are back at the starting point.

You can use pom-pom trim,

DIY ornaments jar lids

Some cord trim and cover the ends with a cute detail,

DIY ornaments jar lids

or some Rick Rack (my favorite)

DIY oraments jar lids

These hand crafted keepsake DIY ornaments are perfect to use as gift tags

DIY ornaments Jar lids

and to hang them on the tree!

DIY ornaments jar lids

Backs of DIY ornaments (above)

Photo side (below)

DIY ornaments jar lids

I hope you were inspired to personalize the holidays with some DIY ornaments and photo card keepsakes. happy Holidays!