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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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
More Minimalism Games
Okay I have to admit the Minimalism Game is getting harder. As I already stated in my first post about the games, I don’t like clutter. This means I don’t have tons of stuff to get rid of. I’ve had to go through all my cupboards to find this stuff. Never fear though, I will have enough to get rid of 485 items. So here are days eleven through fifteen’s worth of flotsam and jetsam.
Some CDs, a cassette tape and two random frozen Charlotte dolls.
I realize this is more than 13 items but I just wanted to get rid of them and be done with the cd cabinet.
Okay, so here I really get random. There are some Easter decorations, a silver plate bowl, two concrete candle jars, some laces, a handbag shaped box, a book and some wire stuff I was going to craft with.
I had to hit up a cabinet in the laundry room for all these cat toys. We used to have two cats but now only have one. There are so many more toys it’s ridiculous. Our cat, Holly, doesn’t play with toys like this so out they go!
I figured out that I have now gotten rid of 120 items. Tomorrow is a new day of decluttering. I’ll be back in five days to show you more items that will be vacating our house!
Minimalism Game Days Six Through Ten
Okay, I haven’t even been playing the minimalism game for a week and it’s getting hard. I’m mostly through my clothing, although I may have a few more accessories to go through. So now I attacked my bookcase and that is where I find it get’s difficult to decide what to keep and what to let go of.
I have lots of Bible study guides, sermon notes and personal improvement notebooks that just sit on the shelf. My thought on keeping them was that I would go back and reread them. The reality is that I have not touched a single one and they are just piling up. Please note, however, that this does not include my junk journals and December Daily journals because I do go through them frequently.
The five days I’m showing here contain a lot of books and personal writings. I asked myself honestly if I would ever read any of them again and the answer is “no”. It’s a nice thought but I am always at church taking new notes and in new Bible studies. I’ve decided to review my sermon notes one time during the week they were given. I will allow myself one year of sermon notes and then they will have to go.
Two random Christmas tins among the books.
The Christmas tree added to these seven books is day eight.
I even decided to get rid of my Clever Fox planner from this year. It was a tough decision but I need to get real with myself about ever going back to look at it again. I do have my junk journals from this year which have the interesting bits and bobs I’ve collected, so the year has been saved.
Stay tuned for the next area of my life I am simplifying. I’m not sure what it will be but books are done now.
Cute Winter Tag From Three Kitchen Items
Here is the second weekly challenge I am doing for the Paper Outpost Facebook group. This weeks challenge is to take three items from the kitchen and make something from them or using them. Thoughts of strainers and other cool kitchen gadgets used for making marks in mixed media came to my mind. I came to my senses quickly and decided spraying inks and using acrylic paints on my cooking utensils probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do.
After opening and closing all my kitchen draws and cabinets I decided look in the recycle bin instead.
Here are the three items I pulled out to use. One is a letter from a window salesman but it is printed on very heavy white paper. Then I chose a Trader Joe’s cookie box and a pull tab off a can.
I cut the box around the cutout star and then cut it to tag shape. I cut a solid tag piece from the box for the backing of the tag. I cut the white letter paper to fit the tag and then applied white gesso and a blue mermaid marker to create an icy looking background.
A cute little snowman sticker was sandwiched between the two box pieces. The tag was then inked around the edges and the can tab was added. I embellished the tag with pompom trim, wavy glittered tape and little glittered stars. Leftover blue wool pieces were used for the ties.
These mini challenges are so fun and really get my creative juices flowing. If you would like to join this Facebook group the address is:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3469195439809733/. You will be required to answer three easy questions to enter the group. I hope you join us and stretch your creativity!