Video Up! “Quote Journal 2, the Sequel”

Here is the second part of the long, long, “Quote Journal” video I made last week. Apparently I am no longer shy about chatting on my videos, I figure I can edit it out…or not.

Anyway, if your interested in seeing how this page came together , pop on over to my YouTube Channel!

Of course it would be super awesome if you subscribed to my channel!

Let me know what you think!

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Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great week,


Shoppe News: 12 New Journal Inserts!

The last time I made new journals for my shoppe, I was too lazy to post about it here. But, I am so in love with these new journals, I had to share!

The covers are made from vintage magazine and book covers.

Each journal is hand stitched with waxed embroidery thread. I stitched an envelope into each journal to hide the stitching on the inside. A perfect place to keep ephemera or journaling spots.

I added extra paper pieces to some of the journals for extra interest.

Some of the pages are just text, but most of them are pretty interesting.

And, of course they include a small assortment of ephemera to play with, including a handmade library pocket and journaling card, a tea dyed coin envelope, and a small decorative envelope.

I’ve decided to shy away from adding pockets and tuck spots into my journals. They are too easy for the purchaser to add, so I thought a few interesting envelopes to play with would be much more fun!

Please go check them out, and if you feel you can’t live without one,¬†I am offering a 15%off coupon to my blog followers. Use the coupon code: CUSTOMERLOVE15 at checkout to receive your discount.

As always,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great day,



Gratitude Journal Progress

You know, I almost decided not to write a blog post about my gratitude journal because it’s pretty much all I’ve talked about this year. But then again, it’s pretty much all I’ve worked on this year. Well artistically anyway, so yeah.

I’m happy to say that I’ve made it through the Holidays, and am now poised to get caught up on January. Between the weather and staying busy catching up on everything else around the house, there’s not really too much to document, so that should go pretty fast.

On the left is a remembrance page of a day out shopping with one of my best friends. To the right are tags I collected from my latest wardrobe revamp. This is something that happens about as often as Haley’s Comet, so it was definitely worth noting!

More shopping and dining out with my daughter on the left there, and some Christmas snuggles between my daughter and my grandson on the right.

You may be wondering if I will actually remember any of this in the years to come, which is really valid concern, so I will be covering that point soon…like after a couple of photos soon.

How cute is that!

On the left is a piece from a Christmas card, and on the right is a label from a super tasty beer my son brought over for me to try, so good.

And that’s it for December, whew!

Now to the documenting part…

I decided to use a vintage library pocket to put cards and tags in for journaling.

I adhered lined paper on the back sides. If you look closely, you can see that I journaled under each date that corresponds to my pages. This is new to me, and I love it! There’s nothing earth shattering about my journaling, I just don’t like the way it looks on my pages, so this is a perfect fix for me!

I just gave myself a “high five”…okay, don’t judge me! ūüôā

I’ve been spending the last month catching up on so many things, #oneword2018, Lara Casey’s PowerSheets, Project Life, my planners, Oy!

I hope to be ready to share how I’m doing my “Word for the Year” soon, I’m still working out some of the details.

So, until next time,

Thanks for popping in,

Have a great week,



Shoppe News

As you probably know by now, I have fallen completely in love with journaling in Midori style inserts. I started off buying as many styles of the original inserts as I could, but because of cost overruns on my budget, I decided to make my own.


Along with the fabric “Dori”¬†notebooks. This is the original version of the ones I put together. Single sided scrapbook paper with graph paper printed on one side. I still really like these, but too much graph paper started working on my creativity. So, I came up with this…


Scrapbook paper and map.


Graph paper and painted page.


Scrapbook paper and painted page.

img_5130 Scrapbook paper and book page.

I usually try to work with a product before I put it into my shoppe, but I just got too excited about these and jumped the gun!

Also, I wanted to make these as close to my ring bound journals as I could. There are a lot of awesome journal inserts out there, and I thought it would be a good idea to give mine their own signature style.


I picked out some pretty yummy scrapbook paper for the covers.

Also, I have opened my shoppe to international sales now that I am on board with Etsy’s¬†new shipping procedure.

Next time you hear from me, I will be sharing some photos of my August Gratitude journal. Finishing up old projects has really given me the boost I needed to get back on the blogging train.

Once again, thank you for the visit,

See you soon,


My Dori Insert Makings

The other day, when I’m sure I was supposed to be doing something else, I came up with what I thought was a pretty clever idea. It started when I was about to use an insert I had purchased to do some art journaling in. The kraft colored paper was less than¬†inspiring.

So, I put a think on it, “What would be inspiring?” Scrapbook paper! but, then I’d have to make a space for journaling. Graph paper! but then I’d have just a bunch of lines, not much more inspiring¬†than the kraft paper.

So, I came up with this…


How about printing graph lines onto the plain side of scrapbook paper!?

And here is how I did it…


First, I chose some pretty colors of one-sided, thin scrapbook paper. The package didn’t say the weight, but I’m guessing about 24 lb., slightly heavier than average copy paper.

Next, cut them down to 8 1/2″ x 11″, so that they will fit into your printer.


I purchased the pdf for this graph paper from One Little Penguin on Etsy¬†for $4.00, can you say “Bargain”!

I set¬†my printer to¬†“borderless 8 1/2″ x 11” and hit “fill entire page” to completely fill the paper up.


These are the tools I used, a ready made insert to get the right size, a cutting mat, a rotary cutter, a ruler, a bone folder, a long arm stapler from Amazon, and a brayer to get the crease nice and flat.

These tools are mentioned in the Youtube video I watched to learn how to make these. The link is *here* if you want to take a look, there are lots of videos on how to do this if that one doesn’t tickle your fancy.


Once the inserts are made, you can use the leftovers to make matching ephemera! I ran some plain copy paper through to make matching graph paper for journaling pieces.


See all the mixy-matchy! I added a few store-bought ephemera pieces and stickers too, how fun is that!


It doesn’t take very much time or effort to get some page spreads ready for journaling and decorating! Stickers, stamping, more washi, and journaling, these pages fill up fast and look¬†fantastic!

¬†I have already filled these two page spreads out, so it’s time to get some more done!

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great weekend,