Playing With Trash

Who knew that playing with trash could be so fun? I have been working in some of my trash journals and am having a blast. Using just trash really stretches my creativity. 

What does one use in a trash journal? To me it is anything I would otherwise throw away. I also allow myself to use things like old book pages because I have enough to last three lifetimes. 

I hope you’ll step out of your comfort zone and give trash journaling a try. There are no hard and fast rules so you can define “trash” for yourself. Have fun playing with your trash!

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Stash Busting YouTube Collaboration

I am proud to be co-hosting an open collaboration on YouTube with three very talented crafters. The collaboration is called #stashtotreasure and I am co-hosting it with Susan Hiles Art, Sheree from Turquoise Dreaming and Maria from Maria’s Miscellany. 

The prompts for this collaboration were picked to spark creativity with craft supplies we already have in our stash. The prompts are just suggestions, of course, but they can help jump start your creative process. Here is the first video I have made for the collaboration. New videos are uploaded on Fridays through the end of February.

 

I would love for you to play along with us. You do not have to have a YouTube channel to play along, you can just do it for the fun of it! All the instructions and prompts are listed in the description box of this video. 

Let’s get using up our stash!

 

 

Creating My 2023 December Daily Box

I know most people have just finished their December Dailies for 2022 and a lot of people are glad to get the holidays behind them. For the last several years I have put together a box of stuff to use for my upcoming December Daily. I do this for two reasons. First, all my Christmas crafting supplies are still out and easy to get to. Secondly, I am super busy during October and November because of the craft shows I do. Having a theme picked out and a box of stuff all ready to go really takes the pressure off when I decide to make my journal. The bonus of having a themed box is I have a place to stick all the fun ephemera and supplies I find during the year for my December Daily. 

I hope you found this video helpful and may even consider setting your theme and box up early!

 

 

My Completed 2022 December Daily

It’s finished and ready to show! This is my completed December Daily for 2022. The theme was rustic and I used elements to reflect that throughout my journal. I did journal for all thirty-one days of December. Please enjoy the flip through.

I hope you kept a December Daily for 2022. If you did not but are interested in making one for 2023, please keep an eye on this blog and my YouTube channel as I will be sharing all aspects of my new journal throughout the year!

Prayer Book Finish to Start!

I know that sounds backwards but it will make sense when I explain. One of the goals I set for myself this year is to complete working in the junk and art journals I have started but never finished. I love making journals and I was only half (or less) filling my journals and then making a cooler, newfangled one. So I have a pile of not finished journals. Well I’m happy to say, I am working on them and finishing them.

The prayer journal in the video linked right below is one of my all time favorite journal. I just love how it filled up nice and chunky and I love the prayers and spreads inside it. To see the complete flip through watch this video, but be sure to come back because there is more!

Now that this pretty is completely full I had to create a new one. Below are the links to the three part videos of how I constructed my new one in the same fashion as the one above. The video below shows how I constructed the cover and put in the elastic.

This video shows how I made the signatures and put them in the journal. I’d call this a traveler’s style journal.

Finally, no journal is complete without something fun dangling from the cover. This video shows how I made a really fun tassel to hang from the side.

There you have it. Super easy journal that will hold your prayers, Bible studies or favorite Scriptures. I really hope you try making one, or many, for yourself. Just remember to fill them up!

#holidaycraftwithus Christmas List Pad

This week’s #holidaycraftwithus prompts are to make a Christmas journal card, altered paper clip or notebook/gift list. I am a list maker by heart so I opted to make the notebook/ gift list. I decided I wanted to make a pretty holder for it as well so I decorated a glassine bag to attach inside my 2022 December Daily to hold the notebook. I hope you enjoy the process!

Christmas In July Part 1

I am taking part of an open crafting collaboration titled #holidaycraftwithus. This week’s prompts are to make a Christmas/Holiday ATCoin, flat ornament or cluster. Anyone who knows me at all knows I jumped at the chance to make some more clusters! This video shows both my process and the finished results of my week one project. Enjoy!

The Minimalism Game Days 26-29

Today I have 4 days of the Minimalism game to cover. I admit it was getting hard finding stuff in my house, however, I hadn’t hit my craft room yet! I could probably do another whole month just with items from my craft room but I decided to add some here. These are all items out of my house so it’s not cheating if I include items from my craft room too. So let’s see what is going for these four days.

26 Items

For day 26 I have 9 tops, 2 scarves, 4 pairs of pants, 3 books, 3 sticker sheets, 2 pumpkins, 1 veggie holder, 1 makeup brush and 1 small house decor.

27 utnes

On day 27 I have 2 pairs of pants, 1 pair of shorts, 2 tops, 2 scarves, 1 egg collecting basket, 1 alarm clock, 1 lamp, 1 package of oil pastels, 10 decorative tapes in dispensers, 1 cosmetic bag, 1 ink refill bottle, 1 squeeze bottle and 3 small vintage diaries.

28 Items

On day 28 I’ve included 5 sets of washi tape, 1 bag of sheet protectors, 1 stack of hanging file folders, 5 colors of chalk ink, 3 packages of confetti, 6 colored ink pads, 2 craft storage bins and 5 books.

29 Items

Okay, my last lot to get rid of in this post contains 29 items. They include 9 plastic photo storage boxes, 8 yards and threads, 7 packages of paper flowers, 4 boxes of seed beads and 1 bag of paper sentiments for card making.

Some things I am learning from doing this is that clothes are almost always included because I see what I’m not wearing every time I go into my closet or drawers. I have to get real about the projects I’m really going to do versus the ones I want to do someday. Sentimentality has little room when you’re decluttering your life. I do keep some sentimental items but not everything anyone I love has ever given me.

Now that I’m working in my craft room, my last post with 30 and 31 items should not be far off. I hope you are playing along and finding some breathing room in your home!

Minimalist Game 24 And 25 Items

Okay folks, once again I apologize for taking so long to put these next two days of the minimalist game up. I really will try do better for the next 6 days. I must admit it is really getting harder and harder to find items to get rid of. I need to watch more minimalism videos to get myself in the right frame of mind to really ditch stuff. I’m stuck in the “what if I’ll need that again” mind set as well as the “I paid good money for that” mind set. Hopefully, I’ll get going again with the vim and vigor I started out with on day 1. 

Okay so here are my next two lots to get rid of.

Three tops, 3 pillowcases, screen door decor, Christmas gift card holder, 3 napkin rings, book, nail decals, eye mask pads, 3 ethnic pins, 2 bracelets, 2 eye makeup brushes and 3 sets of earrings. Total 24 Items.

Two tablecloths, travel hygiene set, 3 jewelry bags, 4 books, 3 nail polishes, posture device, 2 cooling bottle holders, two flashlights, 5 jewelry boxes, a pair of jeans and a top. Total 25 items.

I seems to always have a piece or more of clothing to give up. A part of this is because I can easily see what I am wearing and what is being left on the hanger or in the drawer. The hardest clothing for me to part with is pants. I’m in the process of losing weight and I keep thinking I’ll fit into them again. I’m now making myself get rid of anything I don’t fit into today. If I lose enough weight that I’ll need new pants I’ll deal with it then. Having pants that are too small taking up so much room in my closet fills me with guilt because I don’t fit into them anymore. Having guilt is not helping me move forward. 

I’ll start gathering 53 new items for my next two installments. I hope you are playing along and not taking as long as I am!

 

Minimalism Game Continued!!!

I’M BACK!!! I’m so sorry I had to take off so long but life gets in the way sometimes. I desperately need to keep up with purging items from my home and could not wait to get started again. I left off with 21 items so today I will be showing you days 22 and 23. Please excuse that the items are a real hodge podge, but I went back to some areas and gathered more stuff while hitting some new areas of the house. So without any further ado, here are my declutters.

Day 22 

4 purses, 2 wristlets, 1 notepad, 1 cup, 1 bowl, 1 tin, 1 soap dispenser, 2 pillowcases, 1 sheet, 2 more pillowcases, 1 box of light switch covers, 1 pair of gloves, 3 tank tops and 1 key hiding rock.

Day 23

1 bag of straws, 1 wicker basket, 1 soap dispenser (we have three of the same ones so you saw one of the others on day 22), 1 wood bee skep, 1 candle, 1 beanie baby, 1 Chinese calendar, 2 Victorian journals, 1 Wreck this Journal, 4 small plastic gift bags, 2 pieces carpet padding, 1 scarf, 1 shirt, 1 package party picks, 1 pillow, 2 packages Christmas napkins

I warned you that it would be totally random but I think it’s fun. I intend to keep up with the game, however, my posts may be bi-weekly instead of daily. 

If you don’t know about the minimalism game, please check out my earlier posts. I hope you are playing along and finding some relief in your less cluttered space!