Journals

I’ve been very busy lately with work and with the kids because school has started and our lives are once again in a whirlwind activity of homework, Girl Scouts, Band, appointments and just life in general. In between all the chaos, I found time to learn how to make handmade journals. I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and I borrowed a ton of books from my local library to learn how to hand bind my own books. My very first completed journal I kept for myself. I followed a very detailed tutorial I found on YouTube here and changed bits and pieces to get the purple one you see on the right. What do you think?

I am pretty obsessed with making journals now especially since I’ve found that there are tons of options to decide how to decorate it. This is very therapeutic and when I can’t work on a quilt, I’ll be doing this in my spare time! Check out my second journal also. It is one with a cupcake cover! The cover itself is made from a recycled box. It was either a cereal box or an Uncle Ben’s Rice box. The outside is a fabric denim from my fabric stash. The cupcake was hand drawn and cut from felt pieces. The bottom of the cupcake was hand stitched with brown thread and several beads were added to the top for sprinkles.  There are five signatures inside and each signature has 10 blank copy paper pages, two folders made from scrapbook paper and an envelope in the middle also made from scrapbook paper. The binding was made from crochet thread and hand bound. This journal was a ton of fun to create and I already have ideas for other journals. Please stay tuned for more journals and art pages!

 

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Crafting Sets My Heart Free

Hello readers!

Have you ever sat down to work on something and got so engrossed with what you were doing that you that hours passed by before you knew it?

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That often happens to me when I’m working on my crafts, which is why I choose to work on them at night after the kids have gone to bed. That way, I won’t have to worry about them asking, “Um… mom… are we eating dinner tonight?” Big OOPS! (No worries, my children are well-fed.)

I sometimes have to force myself to unplug the iron or turn off the sewing machine, especially if I fall asleep in mid-stitch which can be quite dangerous.

Anyway, for the past couple of nights I haven’t gone to bed until after midnight. It is so hard to tear myself away from it.

Working on something whether it be crochet, sewing, knitting, paper, etc. gives me such a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction!!

To create something with my hands brings me such joy! Then, as a confirmation, the look on my kids’ faces or the person who I present a gift to is all I need.

I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy in my life.

I think I’ll just sit here and enjoy this feeling for a bit longer.