I am truly bummed after having such good momentum to have to take a break at the minimalism game. I have been hit with not one, but two big crisis’ in my life within the last 24 hours. I fully intend to continue when these issues get sorted out. Until then I leave you with day 21 although looking closely at this picture there are 22 items not 21.
If you are playing along, I hope that you continue on to day 31. I am really gutted by this but sometimes life happens. Stayed tuned for my continuation.
I have always liked clean and tidy spaces. I don’t like clutter and mess. I am not a die hard minimalist, however, I do like a cleaner and less cluttered look than most people.
I was watching some decluttering and minimalism videos on YouTube last week and they suggested I might like a video called “How to Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game” (link to video below). So I watched the video and it looked like a fun, although not easy, challenge. Every day for 30 days you get rid of one more additional item than the day before. For instance, on day one you get rid of one item. On day two you get rid of two items, etc. If my math is correct, by the end of the 30 days you will have gotten rid of 485 items!!!
I’m ready to declutter a lot of stuff so here’s the first five days of my challenge. I’m not going to explain every item unless there’s something of interest to say about it. Most days will just include a photograph of the items.
I really love this tunic but it’s too big for me and doesn’t look good.
I have had that belt for years because I love it. Unfortunately I’ve gained weight and it no longer fits.
Some of the items I get rid of will be donated and some will be sold. I hope to post my progress about every five days so it doesn’t get too overwhelming to photograph all the flotsam I’m jettisoning!
So if you want to start the new year with less clutter watch the video below and see if this game is for you.
As I have seen the first signs of Spring here in Virginia I was moved to make some art that reflects my joy that Winter is waning. I wanted to make some ATC (Artist Trading Card) magnets that are inspired by this one I made some time ago.
I wrote a blog post about the process for making this ATC and you can find it at this link:
I followed the process pretty much the same as the one linked above, however, I didn’t use gesso and I added some ephemera before adding the focal points.
If you’d like to watch the YouTube video process for these magnets, here’s the link:
Here are the three ATC magnets I made.
I like the way they turned out and love the vintage look. I hope you try making some Spring inspired ATC magnets for your fridge or ATCs to gift to a friend!
I recently joined a Facebook group called Random Remains REVIVED. It was set up by the very talented artist Cat Hand. This group is all about giving leftover crafting scraps new life. Believe me when I say I have lots of scraps to revive.
My first project is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) using tiny scraps and some leftover die cuts that were laying on my desk.
Here is the process I used for making my ATC.
I use this old Walmart card as a template for cutting the corners on hand-made tags. Just line it up on one edge and cut the paper.
Flip the card over and line it up with the other edge and cut the paper. Now you have a tag with two even corners. However, this post is not actually about making tags, it’s about using up the scraps from making the tags.
Here is a pile of corners cut from making tags.
I cut a piece of cardboard 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ which is the standard size for an ATC. I painted it black with acrylic paint.
I randomly glued on the tiny corner scraps. The result reminds me of stained glass.
I then added some stylized die cut flowers and the word inspire. I chose “inspire” because I am inspired to use my scraps thanks to Random Remains REVIVED.
If you would like to join the Facebook group, the link is:
I hope this little ATC has inspired you to use some of your scraps no matter how small they may be. As you can see, small scraps can make a bit impact!
This post is about some more bookmarks I have made recently. These feature women cut from old pattern sleeves and colorful scrapbook papers. I’ll show you how I made them.
Cover bookmarks with pieces of vintage text and pattern tissue. Don’t think about it too much. Just place the papers down and glue them on.
Select some nice brightly colored scrapbook papers.
Cut papers into circles of varying sizes. I used some circle dies I have but you could always draw around round objects of different sizes and cut them out.
Glue the paper circles, pattern lady and quote on each bookmark.
I cut the quote into strips so they would fit on the bookmark. They look like they are just floating on the paper so I take and extra step to make them feel more incorporated onto the bookmark.
I used black watercolor pencil to loosely trace around each word strip. Now the words blend in better with the background.
Pop the bookmarks into plastic sleeves if you have them. I used the same colorful wool for the tassel that I used on the mixed media bookmarks from my last post.
Don’t forget to cover the backs to give them a proper finish. Now it’s your turn to use some vintage papers and pictures to create your own fun bookmarks!
I hope you like these fun bookmarks. They will also be for sale at the Spring Vintage Home Market.
I’m going to be setting up at the Vintage Home Market show in Richmond, VA this Spring and decided to add some bookmarks to my handmade merchandise. My inspiration for making bookmarks came from some lovely wool I recently purchased at a thrift shop.
Doesn’t it just scream, “Use me for bookmark tassels?”.
Look at the wonderful textures and colors. So yummy!
Several people asked me to make beach themed junk journals for this show so I decided to add some beach themed book marks to my stock as well. Here is a quick step by step run through on how I made them along with the final results.
I cut some watercolor paper into strips.
Then I just scribbled on some blue watercolor paint.
I added some green and a darker shade of blue to completely cover the surfaces.
I added the bubbles by wiping away the paint with a baby wipe through a stencil. I painted on some seaweed fronds as well.
I cut out several seahorses with a Tim Holtz Bigz die and my Big Shot machine.
The seahorses were painted, sealed with glitter decoupage medium and dotted with a white Uniball pen. I made the eyes from gold sequins with a black paper dot for the pupil.
Some of the large bubbles got a glitter treatment and the seahorses were glued on to each bookmark. Captions were printed out, edged in blue ink and adhered to the base.
As I consider each piece a work of my own art I signed each one before slipping them into a plastic bookmark sleeve from Clear Bags. Some pieces of the inspiration wool was tied to the tops.
I also added decorative paper to the backs to finish them off. Here are the close-ups.
These bookmarks are really sturdy and well protected by the plastic sleeve so they will last a long time. They are perfect for taking on a cruise or beach vacation! I will be selling them at the Vintage Home Market in April.
Bookmarks are a lovely small way to create art that also serves a function. Cut some paper strips and let your own creativity flow while you make your own bookmarks!
My last post showed the basic set up for my December Daily for this year. I have been faithful in documenting the days although the beginning of December isn’t quite as exciting as the middle and end of the month will be. One thing I use to embellish my pages is altered paper clips. Here is how I make mine.
Get paper clips of any size or color. I get mine at the Dollar Tree. You can use clips that match the colors and size of your journal.
Get out some scrap papers and ephemera that match the style and colors of your December Daily pages. I have so much scrap Christmas paper and ephemera I could not possibly live long enough to use it all! I stopped with just two boxes for this project so I wouldn’t get overwhelmed with choices.
Measure the length of your paper clips and cut strips of decorative papers a little narrower. I like to cut my ends into a fishtail shape but you could leave them squared off or cut them in a triangular banner shape.
On this clip I layered my papers after cutting them different lengths. On some other clips I just used one strip of paper. Thread them through the long side of the paper clip and glue all the pieces together. Be careful of the orientation of your clip making sure it will slide onto the page the direction you want it to go.
If you want to add fibers, trims or ribbons it’s best to staple them onto the banner before adding your ephemera. I do this to make sure my fibers are going to stay put.
These are all finished paper clips I made. I used a variety of ephemera, fibers, rhinestones, liquid pearls, charms and of course, glitter, to make each one unique.
Here is one of my altered paper clips on a page in my December Daily. These embellishments are so easy to make and are a good way to use up some of your scraps. You can make them in any style and use them in all of your journal projects.
So get out your remnants and work on turning a humble paper clip into a little work of art!
I decided to get out my ticket punch that I bought a couple of years ago but had never really used. I was inspired by some YouTube videos about altering tickets and making ticket paper clips. I think it’s also a wonderful way to use up long pieces of scrap paper.
This is my Little B brand ticket punch that I purchased at Tuesday Morning eons ago. I have tons of these paper strips leftover from making junk journals.
These are the “naked” ticket strips punched from various papers.
These are some altered ticket strips with flowers, washi tape, gems and words. I can add a whole strip to a project like a junk journal, or tear off one piece to use as a smaller embellishment on a card or ATC.
These tickets have a paper clip sandwiched between the pieces so they can clip onto projects and journal pages. I glued some tiny pieces of torn paper on each ticket before I glued them to the bottom ticket and paper clip.
These are my finished paper clips. I added stickers, stamping, flowers and words.
Altering tickets is really fun and easy as they are tiny little substrates. If you don’t have a ticket punch you can purchase raffle tickets at the Dollar Tree and alter them. Use paints and paper to cover up the printed background.
Make some ticket strips or ticket paper clips and use up some of your smaller craft supplies. Altered tickets are small but can make a big impact on your projects!
So far this year I have been pretty good about not spending lots of money on craft supplies. Well, we all know that all good things must come to an end right? That being said, I did spend some money on a recent online craft supply haul, however, I only ordered things I knew I would use.
My downfall came when I opened and read the email sales ad from Yozo Craft. They sell all kinds of Japanese craft and planner supplies and stationary items at ridiculously low prices. Usually I just delete the emails but for some reason, this time I looked at the email. I was hooked all over again and as I had ordered from them before, I knew I could trust the quality of their products.
So without any further ado here are the items I purchased from Yozo Craft.
This is what I saw when I opened my box of crafting goodness! Even the packaging for each item is drool worthy.
These are little pads of post-it notes. I don’t know how you are supposed to write on them, but I got them just to use as decoration in my journals or to decoupage on mixed media projects.
This is absolutely the cutest owl stamp ever! No need to explain why I bought it.
This is a box of 30 bird shaped die cut bookmarks. They are made of heavy duty card stock and are really durable. They even have lines for the title of the book you’re reading and notes you may want to write down. I will use these in my Bible, journals and other books.
This is a box of 30 feather shaped bookmarks. They are made by the same company as the bird bookmarks and are of the same quality. I bought these to use in mixed media art and junk journals as tags, not necessarily as bookmarks.
This is a pack of 32 pieces of paper memo notes. Look at the great designs. These will be used for mixed media and junk journals, not as memo notes.
This is another pack of 32 memo notes. I love the water color effects. I actually bought these as a sample of what I can create myself with watercolor paints. These little notes will be great for ATCs and junk journals.
Three packs of colored flower stickers for my journals. I’ve taken a shine to nature style journals lately and thought these would work well in them.
Really cute and fun stickers because who doesn’t love stickers?
More cute and fun stickers. Look at the cat ones! How cute are they?
And more stickers. I love them all, but the feathers and Kokeshi dolls are so fun.
Who could order Japanese craft items without getting washi tape? Not me, that’s for sure. There are little deer, butterflies, birds, owls, Russian nesting dolls, flowers and all the days of the week. These can all be used in my journals and mixed media.
Yep, more washi tape. These have Kokeshi dolls on them and you’re not going to find any like this at Joann or Michael’s.
I super happy with my order from Yozocraft.com and will be ordering from them again. I encourage you to check out their website and see all the great things they have. Just be aware that their website does not hold items in your cart if you leave the site without paying. I learned the hard way when I had to try recreate what I wanted to buy the first time around. The second thing to be aware of is the shipping can take from 3-4 weeks to get here. I’m okay with the wait and it was like Christmas when my box came in about 3 1/2 weeks.
I really try to buy American made products when I can but I haven’t found such well made and unusual items here in the U.S..
I hope you check them out and find some crafting goodness of your own!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I decided to make heart embellishments out of burlap. The process was really easy, but I think they came out really well. Here’s the simple process.
Cut some ordinary burlap into smallish pieces. The bigger ones in the picture above measure about 6″ square.
I painted the burlap for interest as well as to keep it from fraying when I cut it into smaller shapes.
I cut the fabric into heart shapes. Some were cut with a die and others I free-handed.
Here’s the fun part! I took out a lot of my Valentine’s Day stickers, bling and graphics. I also took out some sequins and plastic flowers.
Here’s the finished heart embellishments.
I will use these little embellishments on cards, tags or gift bag toppers. I hope this has inspired you to get out some of that plain old burlap you have lying around and make some fun embellishments!