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Monday, November 23, 2009

How to make a Dollar Store Journal

In order to improve my son’s creative writing, we decided that we are going to write in a journal each night.  This can be anything!  A simple story.  A few lines about his day.  A cartoon drawing with some simple conversation.  Anything to get him writing more.  I thought it would be a good idea to create my own journal and write along with him.  So I created this one for him.  I simply bought a composition notebook at the dollar store, traced the front, cut out the paper, glued it on, glued on some ribbon and a mailing tag.


The other day I was at the dollar store and found this red, faux leather place mat.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but I knew I wanted it.  :)  I ended up using it as a cover for a journal, check it out!  :)


What you will need:

composition notebook

place mat

strong glue  (or waxed thread, I used glue because I was lazy)


Rip the cover off of your notebook and throw it in the recycle bin.  Place your notebook on the backside of the place mat.  Measure the place mat to where you want your cover to end, draw your line, cut off the excess.  I just kept mine just under half an inch on each end.DSC_0876

With your notebook on the place mat, line up where the spine of it should be on the middle of the mat.  Using a ruler, draw a line vertically down the mat, this is going to be your guide for your glue.    (If you want to sew it instead, use waxed thread, open the journal to the middle and stitch through the original binding holes, depending on how thick the material you are using is, you  might want to pre poke the holes with an awl first.)


Run a strip of glue down the line, place the notebook back in place, close the cover tightly, place something heavy on the book to help set the glue.


Next I took the scraps and made a closure for my journal. 


I cut a one inch piece of Velcro and glued it to the cover (or stitch it if you are sewing it), and the opposite end to the inside of the strap end.  If you have a sewing machine, it would probably be a good idea to sew it on if you will be opening and closing it a lot.  Better for wear.  ;)  I lined up the strap and glued it to the back of the journal.  I just made a little mark with a pencil on the inside so I knew how to line it up.  Wait 24 hours or so for the glue to dry completely before using.


Voila!  All done.   


I already had the glue on hand and the Velcro, so the total project cost me $2.  :)  Hope you like it!  If you make one yourself, link me up.  I would love to see it!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How to make a Feather Headband!

This morning I woke up wanting to make something pretty, so I did!  :)  I have never done this before and there very well be better ways to do it, but this is how I did it!  Hope you enjoy it.


What you will need:







The first thing I did was cut a thin tear drop shape out of the felt.  Not long, just a wee bit shorter than what you want the feathers to extend over your head really.


Then I picked out what feathers I wanted to use and played with them until I got an idea of what I liked.  Then I started to glue them on.  I started at the tip of my felt piece so that the ends of the feathers would be hidden as I went.  Make sure you place the feathers down!  You dont want the tips poking out.  :)



I decided I wanted another brown feather on top after I took this but you get the idea.

This is my back….


Just be careful with the glue, you dont want to use too much or it will make a mess of the feathers.  Clean up the back of the felt, just pulling gently on the glue and tiny feather bits.  I than trimmed a little of the excess felt that was showing on the front.  Then I just found a matching button and glued it on the button to hide the end of the feathers.


Next put your headband on and decide where you want the feathers.  You can mark it with a piece of chalk if you like.


Simply run a line of glue up the center of the felt and attach it to the band.  Wait for it to dry for a little while before wearing.  After I did that, I added small dabs of glue here and there to make the feathers lay flatter against my head.  Hope you like it! :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Let’s just pretend

that I havent been horribly at blogging.  Again.  :)

Some pages that I scrapped recently.  :)  I have gotten into a habit of just using one kit per page.

I gotta feeling

Land of Odds by Lynne Marie

i know you love me

About by Creashen


This One’s for the Birds, this month’s Guild kit.


In Good Company by Paisley Press & Leora Sanford


Boy’s Retreat by Catherine Designs

little diva

In Good Company by Paisley Press & Leora Sanford


Times Flies by the ladies at After 5 Designs

marry me lo

Times Flies by the ladies at After 5 Designs

Have a good scrapping day!