Watercolors in My Travelers Notebook Journal

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Playing with watercolors to create a background page in my travelers notebook sized journal or finish up in the laundry room? I guess you know which one I chose.

I totally had a different intention for my paint splatters background in this journal. But then, when I opened my paint pen to get the water flowing, it left a big blob. So, I let it drip and then added enough to fill the page.

HELLO DARLING
I have to say that I adore how the paint splatters worked out as a background. After I added the journal card, from the embellishment kit that comes with the journal, you can't even see the boo boo paint splatter blob.
Yep, this is part of the yummy embellishment kit!

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I used the "Hello Darling" from the journaling card as a prompt. I got real with myself and took part in some self-care journaling, giving myself the okay to like what I see in the mirror. Life is not all about what we look like, so it's not all about that, it's about being good with who we are, what we are and why we are who we are. 

And I'm good with that and with me. Because as I mentioned in my journaling, feeling good about ourselves and believing in who we are opens doors. 

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I added a side border made with a handful of 1" circle die cuts and used the bask side of the page to trim the excess from the edge.

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#art journal #journaling #art journaling #junk journal #junk journaling #mini book #mini album

MIXED PAPER JUNK JOURNAL
With 30 pages and an embellishment kit, this tall and narrow journal reminiscent of Midori travelers notebooks works equally well as listing journal as it does to capture and document your life adventures. 

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Here's another blog post sharing how I embellished another page in the journal.

The More Grateful I Am

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After working in the yard yesterday, we had a rain shower, and I was grateful even though I really don't like the rain.

For the last several years, I have curated the Sunday Photos series, featuring one my photographs  along with a quote or some inspiring words that touched my heart. I'll still be sharing words that speak to me in this space each week, just in a new format.

See you next week with another The Sunday Quote!

Creative Journaling Is My Jam

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What do I love about creative journaling? It's my jam, it's my way of capturing little snippets of our story, of my story. It's also my guilty pleasure, my little escape from what I should be doing and instead doing a little something just for me. Creative journaling makes me smile.

LET'S PLAY
Yesterday afternoon the girls played 9 holes of golf and when we got home they decided to chill and hang out upstairs in their rooms to cool off and relax. I went out to my room, I mean out to my craft studio, and also relaxed by playing with this cute mini book:

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glassine bagpink shipping tagand a label from the set below. I chose the "today was" in pink. 

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The embellishment kit that comes with the journal {check out all those yummy goodies below} includes everything except for the label set, but you can download it here because you know you love  'em!

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A CLOSER LOOK
After I trimmed the pink label from my cardstock, instead of adding it as a journaling spot to the top of the page, instead I glued it to the back of the page and am using it not only as a journaling tab but also as a page tab.

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I'm guessing that I'll probably add more tabs and maybe even some ribbon to the sides of my my journal pages. I just love how seeing things sticking out the sides of my journals invites me to open it up all over again.

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The glassine bag, paper doily and pink shipping tag I used come with this mini book embellishment kit. That means that as soon as you rip into your happy mail package, you're ready to create.

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And the great thing about journals that have book rings is that you can rearrange the order of the pages, add in more pages, include ephemera and even add photos. 

Love This | This Week in My Gratitude Journal

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It's July, it's hot, it's humid and we only have 23 days until school begins. We're squeezing in everything we can before it's back to schedules and homework and bye bye sleeping in.

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I didn't want to go rummaging around in my craft drawer for a stamping block, because then that would mean that I have to peel off the stamp I left on there, clean it, clean the block and then stick on my new stamp.

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So I improvised and used the handle of my date stamp. #lifehack for the win! I used a tiny little stamp, you can see it if you look hard...it's stamped in light pink ink and says "love this."

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#gratitude journal #ilovethursdaythanks #gratitude #grateful #journal #thankful #thankfulness #junkk journal

I WANT ONE
I've reduced the pricing of the partial year Gratitude Journals. And yes, lots of you are buying these partial year journals because you don't want to wait until 2020 to begin documenting your thankful thoughts and grateful moments.
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WHAT IS #ILOVETHURSDAYTHANKS ?
What is #ilovethursdaythanksIt's a way for me, and you, to connect with other like minded souls. Those of us that find joy in documenting our thankful thoughts and grateful moments. Those moments that sometimes could be so quickly forgotten, those thoughts that haunt us and won't let us go, those words that touched our heart when we needed them most, those people who made a difference just by being there.

From personal experience, not all of my entries are earth shattering moments. I am often thankful for the skills of my stylist who covers my gray hair so convincingly {at least to me}, thankful for the quietness of the house after the kids have left for school, grateful for the noise of house as we all gather for dinner again after a day of us all being somewhere else.

It's the small moments that make my heart sing.


join in
Want to document your own #ilovethursdaythanks? Write down what you're thankful for, it doesn't have to be in a journal or notebook, just list it and then head on over to Instagram to post! Be sure to use the hashtag #ilovethursdaythanks so I can take a peek!

Pink + Yellow Mixed Paper Junk Journal

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If you could just see my craft studio now, you would run screaming and possibly even get a paper cut with all the scraps lying around. Yeah, it's a doozy in there right now. But, it's all because I was inspired to create three, yes three, different mixed paper junk journals that will work perfectly for any listing challenge, or for memory keeping of course.

PINK + YELLOW MIXED PAPER JOURNAL
You'll swoon for the bright, colorful, cheerful pages in this journal. And take a closer peek at the Embellishment Kit that's included

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#junk journal #journal #mixed media journal #journaling #smashbook #I LoveIt All #papercrafts #mini book
#junk journal #journal #mixed media journal #journaling #smashbook #I LoveIt All #papercrafts #mini book
#junk journal #journal #mixed media journal #journaling #smashbook #I LoveIt All #papercrafts #mini book
#junk journal #journal #mixed media journal #journaling #smashbook #I LoveIt All #papercrafts #mini book
#junk journal #journal #mixed media journal #journaling #smashbook #I LoveIt All #papercrafts #mini book
#junk journal #journal #mixed media journal #journaling #smashbook #I LoveIt All #papercrafts #mini book
#junk journal #journal #mixed media journal #journaling #smashbook #I LoveIt All #papercrafts #mini book

WHAT WILL I DO WITH THIS?
Wonder what to do with 31 blank pages just waiting to be filled up with journaling or memories or photos? Don't let "blank page phobia" deny you the fun and fulfillment of creating. Here are a few links that might help get your creative juices flowing:

I'm very fond of listing challenges
and here's a link to more than you'll ever have time to browse.


Here are more mini books + journals to help you document your story.

Have you tried gratitude journaling
Read more about it here and find Gratitude Journals here.