“Faux Travellers Notebook”

Hi Friends,

I hope you are all going well in this weird time. I’m home from work and now enjoying my weekend!! It is very wet and cold here now so a great day to be indoors and crafting!

Lately, I have had a few projects on the go all at the same time. Nothing like keeping busy!! I got the urge to make another “Faux Travellers Notebook”, to use as an Art Journal.

 A Traveler’s Notebook ... In short, it is a refillable notebook, which are used by travellers to plan and document their travels. Also, to keep your important documents, contacts etc in, ………….But really, at its core, it is simply a leather book-like cover that holds multiple notebooks or inserts with elastic bands.  This really handy as you can keep the cover and just replace the inserts (notebooks) with new ones. 

They have so many more uses now as they have grown in popularity as a journal…………

Below are a few ideas of what you can use them for…………………

As A Travel Journal

Keeping track of Projects

Wedding or Party Guestbooks

Doodling and Art Journaling

Memory Keeping

Collecting Quotes

Habit and Weightloss Tracking

A Daily Journal

Commonplace Journal

For Planning

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Of course, you can buy them, already made and in lots of different sizes, but why not make your own for the fraction of the cost to your needs……………………………….

My Version of this is a “Faux” one that I make mainly out of foam, covered with pattern papers or placemats. Yes, the humble placemat is great for making the soft covers. If you can’t find any, you can make to measure pattern papers, then laminating them.  I made a few last year and gave them away as presents. You can find them in cheap shops and probably home decor shops too. They usually aren’t too expensive and you could also use plastic mats, or the clear chopping mats would work also.

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I really liked this tulip one, I found even though I am not a big red fan.  I cut it roughly down to 7.5×10″, but you can make it to suit your needs. I wanted the width so I could make it chunky with the inserts that I made.

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 I cut the placemat to the size, I wanted with the image placed nicely on the front. I found the middle and made some small holes using a punch to thread the elastic through. This will allow you to move them around and remove to add new inserts as required.  The thinner elastic is nice to use as it gives a bit to move the pages.

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I made these inserts from mixed media paper, as I want to Art Journal in this one. I cut my papers down to approx 6×9″ and I can comfortably put 6 signatures in this with the slightly bigger cover. I haven’t as yet added any pockets etc to the inside of the overs.

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As you can see for the pages, I used 5-6 sheets ad used my stapler to put them together, but you could sew them if you wanted to.

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I measured the middle, then left a gap between the other two holes. There is enough room from the bottom of the journal for the paper to fit nicely in. I just used my hole punch and I will go back and add some small eyelets for strength.

 I mainly eyeball when making things like this, as I am not a perfectionist and I like things looking rustic and handmade!

The journal looks lovely and as it is a placemat, I can wipe it down with no worries about damaging the cover. I will probably add my name or an art quote to the front to finish it off.

I hope I may have given you some inspiration to try one for yourself!!

Have a lovely crafty weekend

Kerri x

“Some Messy fun!”

Hi Everyone,

It is cold and wet here in Victoria and a great day to #stayathome. I am keeping pretty busy with work and being pretty tired I haven’t done much craft this last week. We have just had one case of COVID-19 detected here so work has ramped up our PPE measure to protect our clients, family and ourselves……………

I am walking the May 50k for MS, but the weather has turned horrible. I will make it up, over the next few days when the weather clears 🙂

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I bought a mixed media pad and I am using it, for my art journal pages. I Gessoed over this page first, so it is more stable and would take the wet media. With a couple of Dylusions Inks, I sprayed onto the page and let it run, with the help of some water in a mister.

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I then stamped the focal point from part of a large Studio Light stamp, straight on to the paper. I then repeated the process, cut part of it out and coloured it lightly.  I gave the image some depth by using dimensional tape and placing it over the top, of the first stamped image. I finished it off with some washi tape, inked edges of the paper and a quote 🙂

I am trying to get a bit of Art Journaling done in my #stayathome journal, and I managed to finally finish this page. I am not sure what I want to do with it. I think I will fold it and put it on my wall for a bit, then add it to my journal!!

I hope you are staying safe, where ever you are and having some craft time 🙂

Look after you

Hugz K xx

“Honey Bee Mini Album!”

Hello everyone,

I hope your Monday isn’t too bad and you are having a nice day…………….

Today is my Monday off, after quite a busy fortnight. I am #stayathome today and crafting, watching a couple of DVD’s and chillax’n…………. I just popped in to share with you a super cute mini album that I made with a lovely lady and her group on FaceBook. It was so much fun to make with her.

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I used all new Stampin Up Products that are available now. There is a bit of a delay on shipping some items, but the Warehouse is doing a great job on this, to keep us informed and able to get products. I followed the instructions for the mini-album and used a Black 8.5 x 11 Cardstock to cut down for the pages.

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I used the gorgeous Honey Bee stamp set and the Detailed dies for easy cutting out of the stamps.

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This is the Golden Honey Bee Designer Speciality Paper I had to use for the page embellishments, like the tags, pockets etc. The gold tones on the paper are perfect.

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The front cover I used some of the gorgeous stamps in the set. I couldn’t go past the honeycomb die on the background and the super cute beehive. The bees were stamped and die cut, and the detail of the bee is beautiful.

If you are interested in any of these products, please feel free to contact me here or you can email me on kerri.smith64@bigpond.com

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for some more craft fun I am working on!

Hugz

Kerri x

 

 

 

“#stayathome Journal”

Hi Friends

I hope you have all had a lovely Easter Break. A few shifts for me, but not too bad and spending time with my boys. It was my oldest son Cody’s 28th Birthday on the 13/4/20. It was a bit low key with not being able to go out for lunch and shopping in Geelong. I am sure we will make up for it later on!!!   I don’t know where that time has gone!!

During the week I joined a lovely group of girls on FB in an Art Journaling Group. We have all made our selves a Journal to use over this mad time of Isolation and Social distancing. I decided to go a different way with mine and use a binder. Art Journaling (playing) is good for stress and just a creative outlet…………… I am still, an Essential Worker in Disability and we are out there every day. My sons are also Essential workers so I think this is a good thing to have for me to use this creative outlet.

I may use it to collage in, do some mixed media, journal, or scrap. I just want to record this crazy time we are having, so when its all over, we can look back and see how far we have all come and how we overcome these changes!!!! We have to look after our mental health as well as our physical…………

 

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I am using one of my 6×8 scrap binders and I have collaged some tissue paper and then the napkin on the bottom. I just need to finish off the inside and cut the mixed media paper for it to use. It measures approx 7.5 and 8.5 which is s good size for me.

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On the inside, I glued down some of the tissue paper backings, then I gave it a coat of the Kaiser paint.  I found some of these fairy pictures at a book fair I went to last year. I thought a couple on the inside covers might look ok. I went around the edges and a little on the starkness of the white paper to blend them a little.

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For the front cover, I decided to use a heart that I made from some cardboard.  First I painted the cardboard with Gesso, then when dry I used some texture paste through a stencil. I added some wood and metal embellishments, then gessoed over the whole thing. Once dry I sprayed it with some mists.

I used few die cuts on the top left with a quote that says “every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day”  On the bottom right I layered a few bits and put the title of my journal on with the date.

Now all I need to do is add some mixed media paper and it will be ready to use. The great thing about a binder is that you can take a page out and work on it without getting a mess over your journal. I have really enjoyed making this journal to document what is going on in our lives at the moment and the changes going on…………………

Thanks for stopping by and having a peek at my art journal and now to start creating in it.  I hope your week is wonderful and you are #stayingathome as much as possible.

Look after yourselves,

Hugz

Kerri x

“Scrapbook Challenge”

Hi Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying your #stayathome time. I am doing a bit of creating and I had a go at a Scrapbook challenge today in a new Aussiex FB group I am in.

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The challenge was to find certain things from your stash and use them to create a layout. Just what I needed a bit of inspiration!!  I found some grungy papers, chipboard embellies, die cuts, title and stamp.

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I grunged everything up with some ink. I stamped the background with the clock and then the title. I used some pattern paper and roughed the edges up with my scissors and tore it a little. I used a chippy piece, a couple of die cuts and word stickers. I added some twine, plus staples to adhere to things down. A couple of items I had chosen didn’t suit this layout so I changed it up a bit.

This was fun and I am looking forward to getting some more scrapping done tomorrow on my day off!

Have a great nite!

Kerri x

 

“Easy No-Sew Journal”

Hi Friends,

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. In between being an Essential worker here in Aus, I am staying at home. #stayathome

I was watching Johana Clough  “HERE”  on her YouTube channel and she made a fun Journal. I thought that would be perfect for a Cookbook for myself to use in the kitchen. It’s not too big and I can have separate recipe categories.

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I had eight spare notebooks that I didn’t use awhile ago for a project so I got them out and adhered them all together, one on top of the other. I glued two at a time, then all together with white PVA glue. I then did, as Johanna had and used some fabric to bind them together. I just made sure I had plenty of glue on the spine and under the fabric when I attached it.

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I put a couple of heavy books on to of my journal so it would stay together while the glue dried. You can see the covers of the exercise books buckled a bit but that doesn’t worry me as they will be covered up. I also added washi tape to each side of the books to give the spine a bit more strength.

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Today I have made some sections using pattern papers from the collections, to divide them up in my journal. I covered each of the joining covers with some pattern paper and that made dividers. This is the first pages inside. I made a pocket on the left with some spare journaling cards and a bit of embellishment, with the first Catagory for Notes.

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As you can see above in the slide show I have made the other dividers the same but with a different mix of the two collections. I used stickers and die cuts to embellish them.

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On the backs of a few of the dividers, I adhered a clear 6×8 page protector. These are to hold recipes that I cut from magazines until I get a min to put them in their section. I also have some of mums handwritten ones I want to include.

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Above, you can see what you can create from something that looked pretty ordinary into your own personal Journal. You could do this project for anything you want to record. This probably cost me about $10 to make with what I already used from my stash and the few papers etc I used from the kit I bought.  It is made to have our family favourite recipes and to the way, I wanted to keep them together for my boys 🙂

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This is a look at the tabs I made for it.

I hope you like this project and you hop on over to Johanna’s Channel and have a go at making something for your self.

My next project is a fun journal for me to play and create in with a lovely group on FB called “Isolation Days Journal” Just some fun ladies getting together and creating while they #stayathome  I am also playing along with a new Scrapbooking group created by the lovely Fiona Kenward to get some scrapping done!!

Stay Tuned and thanks for stopping by x

Kerri x

“Craft Desk and Storage Ideas”

Hello Friends,

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. It is my rostered one-off, but as we have had a couple of girls away I am filling in the mornings!

I hope you are all going well and coping with the changes that are happening atm. My sons and I are still working. As a carer, I need to look after myself, to be able to look after our clients.  Jayden has an Easter Break coming up and Cody is still working at the Bakery. All our employers are doing as much as hey can to look after us also.

……….THIS POST IS A LITTLE LONG, SO READ ON IF YOU ARE GAME…….

I have been keeping busy de-cluttering my craft space and upcycling two shelf units. I also found a bargain corner desk that fits my space perfectly!!  I have the post about the shelves “HERE” if you would like a peek.

 

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This is one of the shelves that I have set up next to my desk. I have been able to get rid of some old storage containers and declutter some junk!

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The first three shelves I have wooden stamps on the top, some mixed media stuff, my stamp blocks and small stamps. The tins hold things like clips, flair, small alpha stamps, buttons, staples etc.

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The next shelves hold my Stampin’ Up! Punches and stamps. I have my trusty baby wipes which are handy for cleaning up my mess, a few other punches, plus my large stapler and border tear rulers.

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Above is my small guillotine, some stickers, washi tape, watercolour supplies and a basket with organza ribbons which I use a lot on my cards!

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Under the desk, there was room for a cube storage unit. In the hat boxes, there are some JJ supplies and trims. I have my 6×8 albums, scrap paper, (to use) 6×8 cardstock, paper and page protectors on the bottom, plus some more JJ bits and pieces.

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Here you can see it is in the corner of the lounge, near the front door. I have added some of my scrap layouts and canvases for decoration on the walls. The desk itself is a great size and my custom unit is sitting on it.

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Even though I am in the corner, we have a huge front window which gives me great light during the day and I have this great lamp for night time crafting 🙂 I have plenty of space to make a mess!! The long wooden box, made from a couple of old fence pailings, makes nice storage. I have my smaller scissors, pens and some of my Tim Holtz goodies that I love! On the left is my photo printer, and trimmer on the other side.

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This final photo shows my retired SU embellishment storage on the top which has small items like brads, buttons, eyelets, clips, sequins, pearls and charms.  I have jars of ribbons and trims, as I like to see supplies to use them. I have my Alcohol markers on the end, in a cosmetic case, I think I pinched from my sister!

On the second shelf, I have my small Memento inks, bigger tools like my roller stamp, crop-o-dile and scissors. I love my Rolodex of small stamps, watercolour pencils, photo supplies and my SU stamp positioner.

The last two shelves, hold my most used supplies, tools, inks, 6×6 paper, daubers, other stamps etc.

It has taken me a week do all this and one huge mess, but I am glad I did it. I have one more cupboard to clean out and my craft space should be pretty organised! hahahahahah!!!

I have a lovely cosy space now to inspire me to get some creating done!!!

Stay tuned for a post in the next few days about a Jouranrl that I am making. This not going out is good in one way, We find ways to amuse ourselves………….

Please stay safe and do the right thing by staying home if you don’t need to work or get groceries etc.

Have a great evening

Hugz Kerri x

 

“Upcycled Craft Storage”

Hello, my blog friends,

I hope you are all staying at home as much as possible, and staying safe from the Corona Virus.  I know it is hard when you are still working. In Victoria, Australia, where I live, our social Distancing has become a lot tougher. I am still working as I am a Disability PCA and I am only going where needed. We have stepped up our protocols to keep us and our clients safe 🙂

 

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Anyway………………. In my crafty life, I found two shelf units and they were a little rough around the edges.  A bargain for $20 I thought!!! They are 1.6 metres tall, about a metre wide and 15 cm deep shelves.  The shelves are on a slight angle so things will not fall off them.

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This is the first one I Up-Cycled. I had thought about painting them all Blk but the cost of the paint was a tad high. I have now painted the trimmings with two coats of acrylic and it looks great. I then went through the 12×12 pattern paper that I hadn’t cut up for scrapping and just measured the shelves and cut the paper to size in different vintage hues.

 

This is the second one I worked on and I used Shabby Vintage colours. I think they look quite pretty. As this stage, this one is not going on a wall. I collaged the back of it after painting a black border around it.

They are now looking quite nice and usable. They have shorter, not as deep shelving and they are going to be great to store my scrapbook supplies and see what I have.

Now to sort out my supplies and get using them and crafting while I have a bit of spare time up my sleeve……………….. I would love to hear about anything you have repurposed for your craft supplies!

Stay well and safe!

Hugz K xx

“Finished 6×8 Album”

Hello there,

I just wanted to show you the album I have completed for my mum’s Best Friend Helen. I am going to visit her on Friday for a few days as I have not seen her since before mum and dad passed away in 2017. I am really looking forward to seeing her.

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Above is a slide show with all the album pages for you……………….

This album took me a week to create in between my shift work and other commitments. It was a labour of love to create it for her. Aunty Helen and her kids, Rod and Wendy have been a big part of our lives growing up. Lots of great memories!!

I created a few single pages layouts and then some pocket pages as I didn’t think I would have time to do all singles. I just added some words and embellishments on the pockets. The covers are a cereal box cut down and embellished. I decided not to use binder rings, instead the seam binding to keep it all together.

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The page on the left I created of my mum and stepdad (Les) who were married 9/6/72 in Warrnambool Mum and dad were married 44 years and we lived in Colac. Dad was a hard-working, loving, family man and he was 102 when he passed away.

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On the last page, I put a photo of My biological dad (Arnold) and my gorgeous mum (Val) when they were first married in 1960. This has been good for me to scrap some old and new memories for her.

I miss mum and dad every day……..  I am very grateful for the precious time we had with them and for the great life and memories that we all had together………

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are able to be creative today……………. I am sure I will have some new memories to share with you when I come home !!!

Have a great week!

Kerri x

“How Do You Print Photos?”

Hello, my lovely friends and followers,

I have had the day off and only a settle shift tonite. I am printing out photos for the album that I have created for my mums’ bestie and I thought you might like to see what I use……

I am not getting paid or any other benefit from this post. It is just the best printer I have ever used!!!!!!

I used to print from places like Big W and K Mart but as our closest one is Geelong it was a pain.  My boys bought me my first Canon Selphy Printer in 2002. It was a new 900 model then and I printed it to death!!!

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For Xmas 2018 my awesome boys bought me the new 1200 model and it is still my favourite way of printing photos. For this printer, your ink and paper come together. I always buy the bulk 100 pack from INK DEPOT here in Australia. It is very user-friendly and easy to navigate.  The printer prints once for each colour (pink, yellow and blue) then the fourth time it puts a protective coating over your pic. They are 100 years archival safe. I have never had any pics go yellow or discolour.

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As you can see above there are a few different printing options to get the most out of your paper and ink.

Top left – 2- 4x 6″ bordered prints, 2 -3×4 bordered prints, Borderless 4×6 which I cropped.

Bottom Left – 4×6 bordered print and a mixed 4×6 print which is an awesome option to have particularly for me when I scrap in my journal and smaller 6×8 layout size pages. you can also trim them to size for use on your projects.

Above are a few 8.5 x 11 layouts that I have made using the different size photos. This gives you an idea of how versatile the Selphy is. I hope this may have helped you if anyone is looking for a printing alternative and I highly recommend this wonderful printer!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!!

Happy Printing!!

Kerri xx