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

#grateful #The Sunday Quote #good words #quote #gratitude quotes #beauty #I see

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

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

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.

Rescuing Old Books and Creating Art Journals

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I love to read, I love books and I love journaling. That means I have bunches of book lying around and I can't possibly keep them all. Well, I could, but then where would I put all my new books.

I first played around with a hardcover book turned art journal a few years ago. There's something about old books and old book pages that really suit me. I still use that same journal today and there are still plenty of pages for me to journal and tell myself story.

Here are a few more of my art journaling posts, if you're still wondering what you can do with your extra journaling cards, stamps and inks, some watercolors, washi tape and other fun ephemera.

LET'S TAKE A PEEK
This journal has 91 pages and over 40 of thee pages included are pre-embellished for you and the rest of the pages are made up from cardstock, patterned paper bags and scrapbook paper.


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#junk journaling #art journal #books #rescued books #book journals #recycled books #Reader's Digest #journaling #junk journal


...and here's the embellishment kit that is included with your journal - 80 items are included!


I sometimes collect quotes in my journals, but mostly I use a list form of journaling to share my story.  It's easy, it's fun and it gets me to thinking about and journaling subjects I might never have explored. 

DIY Book Review Journal

#book review #book review journal #book ratings #journal cards #instant download #printable #book nerd

I'm a book nerd and I cannot lie. I have stacks and stacks of books to prove it. And then we have bookshelves full of books as well. And because I like lists and pretty paper I decided to create a journaling card set to document my read books and then another project card set to use in my memory keeping projects.

Here are the card sets I used to make my DIY Book Review Journal:

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Book Review Set                  Currently Reading Set

DIY BOOK REVIEW JOURNAL
This journaling card set comes with 4 cards on one letter sized sheet with trim lines for a 3x4 card. I used the Book Lovers set and used the Currently Reading card as my cover, but any of the other 3 cards would be equally perfect as a cover. 

#book review #book review journal #book ratings #journal cards #instant download #printable #book nerd

I had some random screws left over from back in the day when we scrappers used post bound albums, so I used one of those. But, I have used binder rings to make bind my project cards {see this post} and you can find 1", 2" and 3" book rings here.

CURRENTLY READING
I most often read several books at one time and today is no exception. There's always a book or two I've downloaded for free {Amazon Prime Reading, check it out} on my Kindle Paperwhite for when I'm reading late at night in bed or happen to be at appointments. Books are my favorite but the Kindle is so much lighter to carry around in my purse than a hardcover book, so there's that.

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Here's what I have on my reading list at the moment:

  • Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
  • Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
  • Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb

Up next, but I really want it to be "up now" because I've heard such good things about the author, is  King of Lies by John Hart. 

Leave me a comment sharing what you're reading now and I'll choose a winner to win their choice of the Book Review Card Set or the Book Lovers Card Set.

Don't Pray When It Rains

#pray #prayer #quote #good words #gratitude #gratefulness #faith #blessings #The Sunday Quote #inspirational

I'm a pretty consistent with my gratitude journaling, but not nearly as consistent with showing my thankfulness to God for the blessings in my life. Sure, I'm writing down my thankful thoughts and grateful moments throughout the week, but verbally sharing my thanks with God? Not so much.

Note to self: share your thankfulness for the simple joys in your life with a daily conversation with The One who blesses you daily.

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!

Hello July and A Free Download


What's not to love about the beauty of blooming flowers? Aaaaaah, summertime and slowing down and the nice feeling that lazy days bring. I'll be prepping my journal page using this free download as I get ready to greet a brand new month, which means another little pep talk to myself.

Ever wonder how to use all these free downloads? Well, you can see inside my own Hello journal where I'm using each month's free download card in my monthly HELLO series here.

MORE CUTE PROJECT CARDS
If you love that floral, I think it's a hibiscus, as much as I do, I've designed a complementary journal card set you may love.

Leave a comment telling me which of the phrases in this set is your favorite and I'll choose a winner to get this printable instant download set for free.
HELLO JOURNAL CARD DOWNLOADS

Focus On The Good | In My Gratitude Journal

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My girls, they're superstars. I'm their Mama, so I'm allowed to be biased and amazed at every little thing they do. We just finished up our VBS with Isabella co-teaching the 3- and 4-year olds and Victoria helping with the 5th and 6th graders. And they also worked with me doing kitchen prep work because when you attend VBS at Piney Level Baptist Church, we feed you well!

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I added this journaling card {see the tutorial here} into my Gratitude Journal to mark our 21st anniversary.

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This week I journaled in the flagship Gratitude Journal from my Etsy shop, see them here, and you can begin your gratitude journaling with partial year journals...the July - December journals are just $22.00 and come with a mini embellishment pack.

#gratitude journal #journaling #grateful #junk journal #thankful #thankfulness #Notebook

WHAT IS #ILOVETHURSDAYTHANKS ?
What is #ilovethursdaythanks? It'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!