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!
I am very busy working on our house as well as making items for the Spring Vintage Home Market. This allows very little time for me to make larger mixed media projects. I decided to follow along with the projects Cat Hand teaches in her Mixed Media Morsels Dessert videos on YouTube. They are smaller projects that are completed fairly quickly. And if you haven’t seen any of Cat Hand’s videos, you need to check her out. She is an amazingly creative lady.
She has only posted one video in this series so far. Here is the link:
Here are photos of my projects using her steps.
I used Tim Holtz grunge board pieces for my substrate as I did not have any wood pieces. I wanted my backgrounds fairly neutral so for most of the tiles I used vintage book papers and sheet music. For two of the tiles I used colored scrapbook papers.
I simply decoupaged the pieces of paper randomly onto the tiles.
I stamped some small images onto white tissue paper.
Then I decoupaged the tissue paper to the tiles. The white tissue paper almost disappears when it’s been decoupaged down.
Next I added color using my Faber-Castell Pitt pens.
I edged the tiles with black to make the colors pop. Finally I added words and a little bling to each tile. Here are some closer pictures of the tiles.
If you are looking for something fun and creative to do this year, why don’t you try making some mixed media morsels. Cat Hand explains and demonstrates every step of her projects making them perfect for mixed media beginners and pros alike!
Just a quick post to give you a glimpse at my finished December Daily for 2017. I must say I wasn’t really loving the bare book before December.
Now that it’s finished, however, I really love how it turned out.
It’s a big, chunky monkey!
I didn’t add any charms or ribbon to the rings before December, but was able to get some cute things on during the month. The bells on the red elastic was a jingle bracelet I wore to Zumba for two weeks!
Here are some random pages from my December Daily.
As you can see, I do not use photos in my journals. This is partly due to the fact that I don’t take a lot of pictures and partly because there is already so much cute ephemera out there to fill the pages.
I have been doing December Dailies for quite a few years now, and I must say that this year it was a real pleasure to work on it. I took a few minutes out of each day and recorded the events of the previous day. I was completely finished by New Year’s Day.
If you have never kept a December Daily before, I urge you to give it a try in 2018. There is nothing quite as fun as pulling journals out from previous years and reliving the wonderful Christmas memories!
If you read my last blog post, you would see that I am doing another December Daily this year. I love December Dailies because Christmas packaging, stickers and ephemera are just so darn cute. As I am just a big kid during the Christmas season, I also like to make shakers for my journals. There is something so fun about making the sequins and beads move around. Most of the time I just use the cellophane wrappers from things I buy but this year I had a different idea.
I found a bunch of these in my junk journal closet (yes, I really have a closet full of junk journal supplies!)
These are the plain white sleeves you use when you make your own CDs. There is cellophane covering the circle cut out. I stamped mine to make them extra festive.
This is the marked up cover of an old Rudolph kids book. I didn’t feel bad cutting up this particular book because it wasn’t in very good shape.
I glued on some sequins in different sizes to give the picture some dimension. Then I put the picture into the CD sleeve.
I got out a few of my packages of sequins and seed beads (and yes, I have many more than this!), and poured them into the CD envelope.
I sealed the sleeve with glue and viola, a cute Christmas shaker to add to my December Daily. I will probably just put it in with a paper clip so I can take it out and play with it when I want.
These can be made for any holiday and can also be used in junk journals. If you don’t have any CD sleeves, just take a look at your crafting stash and see what else you may have to turn into a shaker. Go ahead, your never too old to let your inner child out, especially at Christmas!