Play in Your Junk Journal

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There's a new kid in town and it's in a new size, too. This 5x7 junk journal has two heavyweight chipboard covers, think three times the thickness of the Gratitude Journal, and the front cover has the word play cut out. 

This charming new journal also includes a fun and "playful" embellishment kit which includes 18 pieces, that label collection has alone 30 awesome stickers. I love the yellow pom pom ball ribbon, the camera flair button and, well, I really l just love this whole kit.


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With ring bound journals, you are able to rearrange pages, add pages and even tuck in other ephemera.


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#junk journal #play #journal #mini book #mini album #chipboard #embellishment kit#junk journal #play #journal #mini book #mini album #chipboard #embellishment kit

love this journal so much, I'm holding one back for myself. I'll be sure to share pages with you as I work in this playful mini book.


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Are you thinking that you might need bigger rings for your journal as it gets chunky as you fill it with memories and stories? My Etsy shop also has 2” and 3” rings, because sometimes we journal girls just add too much stuff, amiright? 

9 1/2 Months of Gratitude Journaling

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That's what 9 1/2 months of gratitude journaling looks like and isn't it a gorgeous sight? So many thankful thoughts and grateful moments captured between these covers. You guys, I cannot even adequately share with you in words what rereading these little snippets of my life at those particular moments means to me.

This journal is truly a blessing to me. A reminder that in every single day there is some good, some goodness, some bright spot to be joyful for.

THIS WEEK IN MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL

I love, love, love plain old everday notebook paper and in my opinion, wide ruled is best of all.

My Mom {Oma - German for Granny} always makes a point of keeping the connection going between her and our girls. It's tough sometimes to get us all together, these girls have sports, homework, youth group, clubs, golf lessons and choir. It's like trying to herd elephants to find an open spot.

And yesterday was our day. During bowling practice, but still, we got to visit and chat and Oma got to see Isabella in action.

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This page was already stamped with the Rate The Day and all I had to do was to color in my stars, because it was a 5-Star kind of day.

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I searched through my embellishments and found this "sweet" word round and attached it, leaving part of the design off the page as a sort of tab.

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You can get this same "sweet" word round, too, by subscribing to my newsletter and getting that whole page of cute printables below.

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WHAT I'M USING

This is the Gratitude Journal I'm using this week. And I've been using this journal for the past 9 1/2 months, opening it up at least once a week, sometimes twice. I might have used it more but, you see, this isn't the only journal I use to document my thankful thoughts and grateful moments. 

So, yeah, this journal has held up well to being handled, used, watercolored in, stamped in, written in and carried around a few times. You should not at all be worried about the durability of this gorgeous journal. I think you'll love it!

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The 2020 Gratitude Journals will be in the shop on Monday, September 16th!

Currently in My 30 Lists Journal

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I haven't shared the card I tucked inside the kraft bag pocket of the journal I'm using for the September 30 Days of Lists journal. It has become a tradition for me to add a little "about me" card to each of my #30lists journals for quite a while now. I think it's just a neat way to have a snapshot of who I am, at this particular point in time.

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Here's another post about my September #30 lists journal, if you'd like to read it.
Follow this link to read every #30lists list prompt I've ever posted.

THERE'S A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

This will be the first time in 21 challenges that I’ve added a photo of myself. I pretty much goof up every photo with closed eyes, an awkward pose, a goofy smile and sometimes all of the above. But, I did it anyway because my kids will one day laugh that Mommy is wearing yet another blue and white striped shirt. 


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Yeah, I probably have about 5 different ones and I love them all! I accidentally printed my photo onto plain paper but it worked out in the end because then I could doodle a picture frame. 


WHAT I USED

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My Story Page Tab                                    Currently Journaling Card          

The Best Parts of My Job

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In case you're wondering, I've been posting all my #30lists journal pages over on my Instagram page but wanted to share this page over here today, too. I'll get caught up and share all my lists-to-date here on the blog {real} soon.

I'm using that journal you see up there, but I have lots and lots of other journals that are equally fun, including ring bound and travelers notebooks.

This fun mixed paper journal of mine is already getting chunky with lots of layers and texture so let’s dive in and take a peek.


THE BEST PARTS OF MY JOB

This journal is one I sell in my shop and comes to you with the washi tape and the green arrow die cut embellishments already attached to the envelope for you. 


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I ended up slipping one of the freebie printables I designed for this round, register now and you'l get the free printable, too, “the best” under the arrow and also added a number 9 from this printable. You might be able to see that I printed it on textured paper which gives it a nice feel and texture and it's something just a little bit different.

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Here you can see how I attached it all to the flap so that I can still open the envelope. The “don’t give up” shipping tag is also part of the free printable I designed and just seemed a perfect fit for my list. 

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See how I cleverly added the list prompt to the inside of the envelope?

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Now you may be thinking that there’s a whole lot of “I” going on up there on that list, but that’s the best part…when I work I’m working for me and not for someone else who’s telling me what I should “love” doing. Sure, there are challenges to being a small business owner, but it’s all worth it. 

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In case you can’t read my handwriting or my list:

  • I answer only to myself
  • I make the rules
  • I work hard to reach my goals + for my benefit
  • no dress code
  • family always comes first
  • I love what I do
  • I feel good about where I am

MORE 30 LISTS

Getting Ready
Days 1 + 2
Find more journals perfect for listing, telling your story, documenting an adventure, or...

30 Days of Bible Lettering in my Travelers Notebook

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journal card | 1" joy round here, here, here

I've participated a few times before with the 30 Days of Bible Lettering challenge on Instagram, each time using a travelers notebook. I'm not in any way at all a talented hand lettering artist, but I do enjoy trying to letter in a fancier way. And if by practicing my lettering it's with me learning a new bible verse, that's even better!

I began by using a few of my seldom used stamps as backgrounds for each bible verse. I'm not that fantastic of a stamper, as you'll see as you scroll down, but I have fun so I just embrace the imperfections of my methods. I also added a few spots of watercolor and stencils.

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 On My Mind journal card

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Today journal card | book page label 

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#30 Days of Bible Lettering #lettering #handlettering #travelers notebook #journal cards #instant downloads #journaling cards #memorykeeping #midori

#30 Days of Bible Lettering #lettering #handlettering #travelers notebook #journal cards #instant downloads #journaling cards #memorykeeping #midori

#30 Days of Bible Lettering #lettering #handlettering #travelers notebook #journal cards #instant downloads #journaling cards #memorykeeping #midori

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The Best | This Week In My Gratitude Journal

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I am grateful for the best. 
He is better than me. 
He is more patient, more kind, more forgiving, more insightful, more giving. He is my everything and I am nothing without him. He is my husband.

THIS WEEK IN MY GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Even though I use several different gratitude journals through the course of a month, I always fall back on the flagship journal. I love the composition journal for longer journaling, the top bound for fun and the travelers notebook for art journaling with stamping and watercolors. I've even used the One Line a Day journal, too. 

 If you've been wondering when the 2020 journals will be ready to ship...the wait is short, I hope to have them ready for you on Monday.

Here's my journal and the September tab...all ready for me to turn the page and begin documenting my thankful thoughts and grateful moments.

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List Nerd
So, I started off using a journal card and journaled the joy I have for the #30lists community. I do love journaling and list prompts, don't I? You can still register for the September 30 Lists challenge

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#gratitude journal #gratitude #Mindset #mindfulness #i am thankful #I am grateful #thankfulness #junk journal

The Best
My sweetie, he's a keeper. And I hope that you have a "the best" in your life to stand by you and support you as my sweetie has me over these 21 years.

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"the best" die cut

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.

Join us over on Instagram and share your #ilovethursdaythanks.

Hello September in My Travelers Notebook

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Continuing in my HELLO travelers notebook this month, it's an A6 sized journal, I stamped the background of my page with a woodgrain patterned stamp in light brown ink before popping the "hello september" card on top, which is held in place with some matte gold washi tape.

The leaves on the trees are still green and vibrant here in the Smoky Mountains, but some have begun to fall even though they haven't changed color yet. These are brown, crinkly and dried out. But, I do adore me some fall foliage when the yellows, reds and oranges start appearing.

HELLO SEPTEMBER THOUGHTS

See how lovely that gold washi tape is? It sparkles a bit even though it's not glittery.

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And can you see the sheen on my project card, too? I accidentally printed the free download onto photo paper instead of cardstock which made the colors a bit brighter, but it's all good. I also used the WANDER banner die cut to embellish my project card because it kind of fit the theme for my journaling this month.

HIDDEN JOURNALING

So when you lift the Hello September journal card, I've included my "pep talk to me" thoughts. I've been using all the HELLO journal cards as a space where I adjust my mindset for the month ahead.

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And we can all use a little positive reinforcement now and again, can't we? What have you been using your monthly project cards for?

BEFORE AND AFTER

This is how my journal page looks as a before and after.

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I Woke Up Feeling Like | 30 Days of Lists

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If you're a list nerd, you're in the right place. I'll be sharing my 30 Days of Lists journal pages all month long, so stay tuned! Feel free to leave a comment to where you're sharing your lists and I'll follow along with you.

30 DAYS OF LISTS | DAYS 1 - 2

Day 1  |  I Woke Up Feeling Like
For our family, crepes for breakfast is definitely a Sunday morning treat. G spreads the Nutella after I finish creating the crepe. And then we repeat that about 12 times! Actually, Victoria's crepes are spread with strawberry jam since she's not a Nutella fan, but you get the idea.

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See that date marker on the left side of the page? It's the leftover bit of blue shipping tag I trimmed off before I used my border punch.

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I also used a piece of packaging from some embellishments {green and white diagonal stripes - the bottom layer} and then popped on one of the book page tags from this kit.

It has been ages since I used my Crop-o-Dile and I had forgotten how much fun it is. I made my own cardstock tag and attached it to the other tags with a mini grommet.

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Day 2  |  An Extra Day Off Calls For
Well, let's just have a moment of silence for the gloriousness of an extra day off.

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There are so many different techniques going on here, let's see:

  • orphaned letter stickers used to spell out one word of the list prompt
  • watercolors alternating in the lines of the blue index card
  • a numbered page tab
  • hand stitching of the "two" tab to the index card
  • blue heart round added to a metal rimmed tag
  • the "MONDAY" round trimmed and tucked under the "two" tab

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#30 days of lists #30lists #lists #junk journal #mixed paper journal #junk journaling #journaling #list nerd #listmaker #memories #printables #monday
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I still see this as a simple page even though there's a lot steps to get where it is now. But, don't let that stop you from playing with your pages and seeing what works and doesn't work. That's all part of the creative process and find "your" style.

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MORE JOURNALS AND LISTS

Here's another post about my September #30 lists journal, if you'd like to read it.
Follow this link to read every #30lists list prompt I've ever posted.

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Registration is open for the September 30 Days of Lists challenge and this will be my 21st round of listmaking with the #30lists tribe. Yeah, I'm still excited about journaling my thoughts and feelings and embellishing my pages as a way to capture my Right Now story.