Basic How to on Stitching a Journal Together

Hi everyone! I get asked a lot on how to put together journals and I thought I would do a mini tutorial. For the cover of my journal I used a card that I had purchased in a set from Michaels…you know the ones you can get for a $1.50. 😊

First I raided my stash of cardstock and threw in a doily and paper bag that my silver ware came in from Chili’s for the pages inside of my journal. This journal will have a total of five pages. You can add more pages but keep in mind once you decorate the pages (unless all you are going to do is use it to write in) it will become quiet chunky.

I clipped all the pages together gather before looking holes in the spine. I spaced my holes one inch a part on the spine.

I placed my pages on a piece of foam before using my Tool ‘n One to punch holes in the spine. This way you don’t damage your table top while punching holes.

I filled over the pages to make sure everything looked ok and then I added the cover which I centered the pages and clipped it back together. I then punched through the holes of the pages and cover. You could clip the cover and pages all together but personal I have mis-punched the spine and it not be in the center.

I use a thick cotton thread to stitch the spine with. I stitch every other hole and then come by through on the other side.

I tie off the thread inside of the journal which I plan on adding tiny hearts to the extensions on thread. You can tie it off on the outside of the journal and add beads or ribbon to the spine. The choices on what you can do is endless.

So now all that is left is to decorate! If you have questions regarding this project please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Sunday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Everything is Coming up Flowers

Hi everyone! I am here to share a mini album that I had started over four years ago. I had the basic cover with no decorations on the front and the mini paperbags affixed and inside with no paper or decorations either. I was stumped as to what I wanted on the cover and how the inside should look like so it sat in my pile of unfinished craft projects. Since I am making fans for my soon to be daughter in law and son’s upcoming wedding I had a lot of time in-between fans being cut out on my silhouette so I dug this album (there are many more in that pile too…eek!) out to work on.

I added an assortment of flowers to the lower corner of the album along with lace and velvet ric rac.

For the most part I used Prima Madeline 6″x6″ collection to decorate with but I did use a couple of cardstock/scrapbook papers scraps that complement the collection.

I used four paperbags for the inside which gives me lots of room to add more than the six tags. Also on each cover there is a small pocket with tags too.

A close up of the tags that I punched with my We R Memory Keepers 3″x4″ card punch. 

I cut out tags that where in the Madeline collection and paperclip to the outside of each pocket.

I bought the clock image online but for the life of me I can’t remember where if I do I will update. I adhered the bottom half of the image to the flap, added the leaves and flower embellishments and I then cut out a small piece of cardstock, rounded the edges, folded in half and tucked behind the image.

More pull out tags using a variety of tabs…stickers, punches and a old ticket stub that my hubby tried to throw away. 😉

Another cut out tag with clip and a charm that I had received in a swap that I dressed up with a small circle punch, flower, sequins and dew drop (that is on the other side).

The back inside pocket I added these three little tags I received in a swap. I added little oval punches to the top for a punch of color.

There you have it a completed mini album…over four years later…hehe 😉 I do plan on finishing some of these other projects that has been laying around as time permits. I hope you enjoyed having a look at this little album.
Also I would like to submit this following project for the following challenges:
Simon Says Challenge and Word Art Wednesday Challenge #195
If you have any questions about this project please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Thursday is awesome and enjoy creating!

My Little Book of Ice Cold Drinks

Hi everyone! I am here to share a drink recipe book I created using an assortment of  Canvas Corp products along with the Mixology collection and Tattered Angels mist.

First I started with an empty Oreo Box which I will use as the cover for my recipe album.

I carefully opened the box up, measure and cut to 6 3/4″x11 3/4″. The front and back cover should measure 6 3/4″x5 1/8″ and the spine should measures 6 3/4’x1 5/8″. 

Next I cut two pieces Turquoise and White Damask Reverse cardstock about a 1/2″ larger on three of the sides. Center and adhere each piece on either side of the spine.

Cut a small notice out of each corner of the overlapping cardstock, fold and glue to the inside.

Next measure and cut a 8″x3 1/4″ piece of Green Burlap, center and adhere to the spine. The extra burlap glue to the inside of spine. 

I added ric rac to the exposes edges of the burlap, cut the ice cold drink sentiment from the Happy Hour Sayings on White cardstock and glued to the cover. “My little book of” sentiment is a combination of stickers and the computer. The glass of water with lemon is fussy cut from the Lemonade and Sweet Ice Tea Sayings on white Cardstock and a touch of both Marigold and Aquamarine watered down and lightly painted on the image. On the inside covers I adhered two 10″ pieces of seam binding and then I cut to fit on the inside two pieces of Red and White Mini Dot Reverse cardstock. I finished off the cover  with two buttons and a red gem.

For the inside pages I used a combination of different cardstocks and Paper Bags to create three signatures with six papers per signature.

I cut a piece of cardstock to fit the inside of the spine. I measured every 1/2″ across and punched 3 small holes a 1 1/2″ a part at each 1/2″ section for a total of nine holes. Then I sewed each signature into place.

Next I adhered the sewn signatures to the inside spine. Now for the fun part decorating and adding recipes! 🙂

I used Journal Lines on White Cardstock to write most of the recipes on.

The pull out is a Mixology Recipe Card and I used a variety of  Mixology products and other Canvas Corp cardstock through out the album.

I thought the Farmhouse Market on Ivory cardstock was a perfect addition. I fussy cut the fruit out and painted with the following glimmer mists: Rum Punch, Moss, Crushed ShellsMarigold and Peach Delight (discontinued).

Also with the leftover scraps of cardstock I added a decorative punched edge and adhered to the paperbag to make a tuck spot to add more recipes.

I still have blank pages to add more recipes but wanted to share what I have finished. If you have any questions about the recipe album please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Tuesday is wonderful and enjoy creating!

Crafty Card Gallery: Celebration Seeds

Hi there! I know it has been awhile since my last post but me and my hubby are now first time grandparents…we are very happy, my son moved but stayed in state…insert a crying face even if we are two hours away and I have FINALLY started my long awaited craft room which we are still in the middle of doing. My parents came over to help and I am so thankful for them because I would have pulled out my hair with some of the crazy things that happened with the ceiling. After scraping the popcorn off the ceiling the paint crackled and flaked not once but three times which wasn’t fun let me tell you. That meant scraping three different times and dealing with dust but now it looks great along with the new paint color that is on the walls. Hopefully next week my parents will be back to install the new floors. 🙂
Well, I would like to share a card I created for Crafty Card Gallery and this month’s theme is flowers. What I created isn’t a card but a little gift bag which you can put a card inside, gift card or something fun.
I started out with a 5″x7 1/2″ Large Paper Bag which I cut the “flap” off and punched the top of the bag with a decorative punch. Cut and adhered a 5″x5″ piece from the Take Our Breath Away Gypsy Moments Cardstock and ink the edges with green chalk ink. Then I adhered a Black Bookmark off center of the bag.

I cut the Best Wishes image from the Seed Packets on Ivory Cardstock. I love this collection. You can leave it as is or add paint/color the image.

I used pop dots to raise the image off of the bag. I also used thread, tulle, lace, pearl sprays, paper flowers and buttons to finish off the bag. I hope you like what I created and if you have any questions please let me know.

Supplies Used:
Other Supplies:Pink and Lime Green Thread, Lace, Tulle, Buttons, Paper Flowers, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Pearl Sprays, Chalk Ink

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday is awesome and enjoy creating!


Programmed to Get Well

Hi everyone! I’m back to share a card I created for a special little boy named Eduardo who is at St. Jude’s Hospital and he is battling Leukemia. I had got an invite on Facebook to either make a card or just go out and buy one. I choose to make one. The base of the card is actually a small paperbag which I folded and decorated. 

I used an assortment of scrapbook paper, cardstock, scalloped ribbon and a rub on robot which I fussy cut and then added Eduardo name to it. 

If you have any questions about Eduardo and how you can send him a card drop me a line and I’ll get the address to you. Thanks for stopping by and have a great Monday!!!
Enjoy creating!!!