C.C Idea Book: Inclusions

In this particular style of journal, I added a smaller paper piece for some variety…and to use up paper scraps. Here are just a few ideas on how to decorate smaller inclusions in your journals.

I’m still using Kelly Bangs’ “Let’s get Crafty” collection. Seriously, I only purchased the paper pad and a stencil, and I still have tons leftover!

Anyway, I started this page with some heart stenciling. This particular stencil is from Vicki Boutin and may be discontinued but I found this Heart Stencil on Amazon, which I really like too.

The idea here was to try out a “Hexie Page” in this style of journal. I have tried many versions of Cutie Keepers (see my “Idea Book: Themed” blog post), but I have high hopes for this art journal version.

I love setting the hexes then filling the gaps with Kelly B.s florals and stickers.

A journaling page

When I use single sided paper in my journals, I like to print graph or dot grid on the blank side to journal on, and then decorate it up of course.

Some of this vintage ephemera has been bouncing around my craft room for years. That rooster looks like he’s telling the youngin’s to shut the heck up! “Seriously, one more peep outta you guys!”

I used Kelly Bangs “Southern Charm” for this page spread. Love my cowgirl cluster!

The sticker underneath the clip says “Free Range”, perfect!

Somebody tell me why I sent this journal off again!

Bye for now,

Thanks so much for joining me for this series,

Take care,


C.C.Idea Book: Pocket Pages

Let’s do Pockets! Truth be told, I like making them even more than I like using them.

Hmmmmm…..interesting disclaimer.

A mix of Kelly Bangs’ “Let’s Get Crafty” and the “God For All Seasons“* collections

I guess could call this pocket a “horizontal” tuck spot. Just a torn piece of paper with a little decor. Clearly I’m a huge fan of tags, all of these were cut from the “LGC” collections scrapbook paper, holes punched, corners rounded, ribbon, yarn, twine…yeah, that’s how we do it!

I know that there are a lot of new and fun creative ideas for how to use a lot of this crafty paper stuff out there, and I think that’s awesome! But, those of us that really need to tuck in and use up some of our stash just need to get on it. It’s okay to keep it simple!

Paint chip tag in a library pocket

My base layer is as follows: a layers of gesso and paint, adhere some tissue paper with a glue stick (super easy), add a bright paper piece.

Decor: A tag made from a paint chip from the paint department (I never leave the local DIY without a handful!), washi tape, yarn, and a journaling spot adhered to the back. Ink stamped kraft colored paper with an ampersand and randomly punched with a circle punch, a paper doily, a large flower cut from scrapbook paper, and mixed of course with more pieces from Kelly’s collections.

Another Library pocket

Decorated with vintage ephemera, a scrapbook paper flower, a paper doily, tissue paper, and a mix of Kelly’s “Let’s Get Crafty” and “Southern Charm“* collections. One of my favorite uses for page tabs is on the tops of journaling cards. It’s decorative and easy to grab, and there’s room for a phrase/word strip.

This is the back cover to my journal. I made a “vertical” tuck spot with paper from Kelly B.’s June “Project Gr8tful“* papers…

…and stuffed some post cards in it.

You can store Happy Mail in there or use the backside of the card for journaling.

These were made with the usual suspects, scrapbook paper flowers, digital paper from Kelly Bangs and embellished with her “Let’s Get Crafty”* collection.

This journal was so much fun to put together and decorate. Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments, or if you’re a “Cutie” tag me in the app.

Until next time,

Thanks for popping in,

Talk to you soon…like tomorrow,


*I hope sharing collection names isn’t too tedious at this point, but I’d hate to leave out information if someone pops into these blog posts in the middle of the series. So, thank you for your patience on this point.

C.C Idea Book: She’s Sew Crafty

This was by far one of my favorite page spreads to work on!

Ingredients: Sewing pattern paper, Kelly Bangs’ “Let’s Get Crafty” collection, and…well, that’s about it!

Actually, I added some white paper doilies to fill space. My pages tend to get a bit busy and I really wanted to pop the hexes I cut out of that scrapbook paper you see in the background. The tag was a paper piece from another sheet of paper from this collection. I just trimmed it, punched a hole at the top, added the spool ephemera, a flower and a phrase strip. Boom, done!

As you can see, I added a bit of embroidery thread to the tag for a fun touch. That’s my idea of mixed media! When you break my pages down you realize they are actually pretty simple. Just a bit of layering with elements pulled to the edge of the page to give an illusion of movement, pulling your eyes around the page…well at least that’s the best way I can explain it.

As usual, if you need clarification please leave a question in the comments. Sometime I don’t even know what I’m talking about!

I hope you are liking this series as much as I am!

And as always,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great day,


C.C. Idea Book: Themed Pages

This blog post is about some of the ways I’ve used my TN style art journals over the years. I’ve moved from the “traditional” 8.25″x 4″ size to the larger approx. 8.5″x 5.5″ size. I love the larger size! If you are interested in how I make the larger size TN journal, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can come up with.

“Cutie Keeper”:

The Fussy Cuttin’ Cuties group have what they call “A Cutie Keeper”, a place where we “keep” all the projects that we participate throughout the month.

On the left is our monthly calendar, our activities at a glance. On the right is a montage from our “Take Me Away Day” ephemera. Every month we go on a virtual vacation, in June we went to Spain.

Having a page filled with the “TMAD” ephemera is just a fun way to remember the experience of attending a ‘live’ with Paula G. and Kelly B., it’s an hour or so of chatting with friends, fun facts, and a lot of laughter!

“Project Gr8tful”

Hosted by the wonderful Larissa Traquair, designed by Kelly Bangs, and available at Illustrated Faith.* Larrissa has a group on Facebook where she shares more about this awesome project.

On this page spread I used pages from a vintage hymnal, a vintage children’s book image, ephemera from Kelly Bangs’ “Southern Charm” collection, and the labels from Illustrated Faith/Kelly’s “July Gr8tful Bits“, a large circle punch and a small green doily. I use Google Docs to write out my “#words” to print on clear label paper.

“Memory Keeping”

I started with a layer of gesso, added a torn piece of scrapbook paper on each side of the page spread to pull them together, then added a layer of tissue paper across both pages. I matted the two photos on the left on one piece of paper. The photo on the bottom is only adhered on three sides so I could slip a tag with info about the photo into it. On the right, I matted them separately with a tag and a small paper piece. Then decorated them with some of Kelly’s “Southern Charm” collection and a few die cuts from my stash.


Ingredients: Tissue paper, vintage children’s book image, Kelly Bangs “Southern Charm” collection, the list is from Kelly’s “Let’s Get Crafty” collection, and a white paper doily*, pretty simple.

I hope this post has inspired you to use your journals in some new ways.

As Always,

Thanks for the visit,

Have a great day,


* the links are for your convenience, not my paltry bank account 🙂

C.C Idea Book: Quote Page

“The way I see it, if you want rainbows, you got to put up with the rain.” ~Dolly Parton

Need I say more!

One of the things I like to use my journals for is Quotes, I love quotes…and it’s another excuse to play around in my journals!

This is a small collection of supplies I decided to use for this page spread, Kelly Bangs’ “Let’s Get Crafty” line by Simple Stories. (I highly recommend scrolling to the bottom of the Simple Stories website for some deals), a quote from the interwebs, florals from Kelly’s “Sunshiney Day” collection, tissue paper, a couple of tags I punched out of painted card stock, and stickers from my stash. I decided to go with a rainbow theme for obvious reasons.

I prepped my pages by scraping on a layer of white gesso to blend the background a bit, white paint works too. I like to do this when working on pages that don’t match to make them a little more cohesive. Then I added some heart stenciling for a pop of color. I like to stencil off the edge of the page because I will most likely cover a lot of it up with embellishments. If you cover more than you had originally intended, you can always go back over your work with more stenciling.

This stencil is from Vicki Boutin and may be discontinued, but I found this one at the Amazons:

Heart Stencil

So there were a couple of add ons here: a plastic adhesive pocket I got at the Target “Dollar Spot” many moons ago (they have quite a selection on the Amazons too), a journaling card made from a vintage playing card with a page tab, and a little heart shaped die cut.

As you can see, these little pockets hold quite a bit. There are three tags in there, and I’m sure I could get more in there. I love that little sticker on the outside of the pocket from Kelly’s collection to add a little depth.

Well, that’s it for my “Rainbow Quote Page”. I hope you will come back for the other installments of my “Idea Book”.

Until then,

Thank you for the visit,

Have a great day,