Gratitude Journal Organization

Last week, I promised a post about my art journaling organizational process, and here it is a week later! I know, I can hardly believe it myself (insert surprised look!)

First, I’m going to show a little of the art journaling tote I’m using for this project.

 I purchased this tote from Hobby Lobby on a 50% off sale, which made it about $12. It’s got loads of pockets and such, but it’s the plastic photo cases I’m going to talk about today. As you can see I have labeled them, and this is where the “process” comes in. It really saves time on having a pile of ephemera to sort through. As I go through each layer, I know which case to grab. I’ve been using this technique over the last year or so, and it really works for me

First layer “Background” pieces: I like to use these on the scrapbook or painted pages to give them a vintage look. Sometimes, I’ll scrape a little paint over them so that they will “blend” into the background.

2nd layer “Paper pieces”: scrapbook paper, origami paper, photocopies of fabric, anything with color or pattern.

3rd layer “Medium ephemera”: these usually consist of the focal piece along with large die cuts or random images. As you can see, I’m building my layers from larger to smaller.

4th layer “Small ephemera”: tickets, small stickers, die cuts, images.

Finally, “Extra small ephemera”: the usual suspects, only smaller.

After all my layers are built, I go around most of the pieces with pencil for contrast. I use a “General” 8B pencil with a “Helix” cap eraser. I use the paint brush to brush off the eraser bits as not to smear the pencil lines. That pencil sharpener  is a Kum AS2, super awesome!

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Last but not least, the ink stamping. The date stamp of course, but using my decorative stamps kind of went to the wayside, so I’m trying to get back into the habit.

The finished product, a page of my daughter and I shopping before Christmas.

I hope you can see how I built the layers on this page. There is a video of my process here, I just wanted to share a little of the organizational aspects with you today.

I’ve made quite a few promises to myself this year, writing a weekly blog post being one, but also quality instead of quantity. Two to three art journal pages a week is quite enough, those daily challenges can be a bit daunting.

There are lots of other things I have in the works to scale down, use what I have instead of buying, and using my own ingenuity, I’ll share some of that in my next blog post.

Until then,

Thanks for dropping by,

Have a great day,




The Decorated Mini Tin

I have had a couple of people ask me about my decorated mini tins, so I though I would do a quick run through on how I make them. Quick, because they are super easy!

Supplies: an Altoids “Smalls” tin, embroidery thread, embroidery needle, scissors, a 2″x3″ piece of quilt batting, 2- 3″x4″ fabric scraps, multi-surface glue, assorted buttons or flare button, sand paper, and pinking shears (optional).


 Make a quilt “sandwich” (batting between two pieces of fabric) and stitch around the edges, going in a 1/4 inch or so, with the embroidery thread.


Sew the buttons on then cut around the edges to fit the size of the tin top. Give the top of the tin a bit of a sanding to give it “tooth” for the glue to hold on to. Apply the glue and adhere the quilted bit to the top of the tin.

It’s that easy!


Sometimes, I will sand the entire tin and paint it, but I was going with red, white and blue, so I just kept the tin it’s original red. These small mints come in other flavors and colors of tins, I may have to explore this option. Painting them can be a pain!

I like to keep stamps in these, or I’ll use them to hold buttons and small bits for my stitched journals.

Well, I hope those were clear enough instructions, let me know if I missed something.

Once again…

Thank you for the visit,

Have a great weekend,




Going Postal…but in a good way!

So, there is this journal that I have been working on for quite some time (I’ll share that at a later date) that I have had a love/hate relationship with! I just couldn’t seem to get it to work. Then one day I was watching another video from the awesomely talented Florence Antonette, and had an “Aha!” moment I knew exactly what was missing…


…postage and travel themed goodies!

I owned a few things to start out with, postage stamps of course, and a couple of postage themed washi tapes, but I needed more! So, off I went to hunt for anything with a postage/travel/office supply theme. I’d say I did pretty well, wouldn’t you?  Everything in there is from either Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, with the exception of the large envelope stickies, those are from Walmart.

Where did you find that nifty box you ask? I don’t remember, it’s been that long since I bought it!


But, here is what it looks like since I decided it would be perfect to store all my postal goodies in.

First, I painted the outside with Martha Stewart’s Satin acrylic paint in “Summer Linen”, then gave it a light sanding to distress it a bit. Looked for some black and white maps in my book stash, adhered them with matte medium, and went over those with some watered down paint of the afore mentioned color. Then added a circle punch of a map and a cut out of an oval map image.IMG_0148

Next, I adhered some of my favorite stamps in the red, white, and blue color story I had chosen for this project, bits of washi tape and some ink stamping to finish.


A Soviet satellite from the 1950’s! Just-Pinch-Me-That’s-Cool!!!

I went with a travel theme also. I’m not much of a traveler, but I love the look! When I had the composition the way I wanted it, I went over the whole thing with some of Martha’s satin varnish to seal it. Now, I have the perfect organization for all of my postage decorating goodies!

Back to the journal mentioned above, I will be sharing it soon. Some of you may recognize it from “ye olde blog”, but it has had a facelift, and is looking quite smart with it’s new decor!

Also, I will be sharing a quick how-to on that cute little button topped tin sometime soon!

Until then…

Thanks for stopping by,

Have a great rest of your week,