“2020 Memory Journal”

Hi, my lovely followers…….

I apologise for my absence, but I have been very busy work-wise and I have started walking/running most mornings now, to help my fitness and also hoping to drop a few kgs…… I either go with a friend, on my own or with my “personal trainer” (my son :). I am now on leave, which is wonderful not getting up at 6.30 every morning. Hoping to get a few things done around the house and garden this week 🙂  Plus the Australian Open is on, so a planned weekend with my sister 🙂

Anyway…………………..in between everything else I have been making my 2020 Family Memory Journal to use this year.

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I decided on a larger journal and it roughly measures, 8×11″. I have not bound the pages in it as yet to make it easier to work in. The pages will lay flat for me with no binding.  I made the covers from an old garden book and I made a new spine. so it was wider.

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I received a lovely thank you gift from Alicia in a FB group I am in, for Hosting a Junk Journal tutorial. It was the Mintay Old Manor papers that I used on the cover, and some in the journal as well. They are just gorgeous and I knew I wanted to include them.

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jj 9jj10As this journal is bigger, I have more space on the pages to play with, I decided to not just have 15cm (6″) wide pages. I cut two papers @ 27 cm then I scored each one at 18.5cm. I then stuck them together to make the large pages you see above. I can use the folded piece as a page extension or use as pockets for extra photos or journaling. I used other papers from my stash as well.

jj7I then went through them to see what pages I wanted showing to use then I stuck them back to back to make a sort of book.

jj 5You can see them here, they are glued on top of one another and they will sit nicely open over the spine of the journal to use. I will use a piece of seam binding through the middle of them, tied to the spine keep them secure when it sits on my shelf.

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You can see how they are sitting in my journal with no binding. Mostly I use the “Easy Twine Binding Method, which is “HERE” on youTube.

 

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Above in the slide show is a few different bindings I have used. I am not a patient person, so I don’t sew my signatures (groups of pages)  in and also not everyone can sew. I have used twine, ribbon, lace, elastic, fabric, ribbon, sari silk and seam binding to put my journals together.  They hold securely and they enough give for the pages to turn nicely.

I would love to hear how you are scrapping this year. This is starting my Year of Inspiration.

I hope you have a great week and you can manage some craft. Stay tuned as I hope to start creating in this Journal while I am on leave 🙂

Hugz K x

 

“A Junk, Junk Journal”

Hi Friends,

I hope your week is going well. I am having fun playing along with a Youtube Turorial on Treasure Books. This lady makes wonderful art and I thought I would make a smaller version of a Traditional Junk Journal to use up some of my “JUNK”

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You will find the Tutorial that I followed “HERE”  I just adjusted to what I wanted to make. I didn’t cut the box up or stitch it together.  I used a smaller biscuit box, then did a background technique for the cover using baking paper and paint. I then just embellished the front. I added jumbo eyelets and used seam binding to keep it closed. I went with elastic to bind it instead of sewing in the page signatures!!

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Above I have added some photos of the finished journal so you can see the different types of “JUNK” I added to it, the binding and the closure.

These are so much fun to make out of junk. the types of stuff I added was puzzle page, a couple of cards, lined coffee stained papers, magazine pages, a couple of Daphne’s Diary mag pages, music sheet, book page, vellum,  a couple of calendar pages, white paper bags, lined notepaper, a couple of encyclopedia pages, watercolour paper, brown paper, storybook pages, couple of junk mail flyers, envelopes and handmade paper.  You can add anything you like 🙂

I will be adding stuff to this one and showing you my Inspiration Journal very soon so stay tuned!!

Happy crafting

Kerri x

“Thankyou”

Hi, my lovely friends,

I just wanted to thank all of you who have taken the time to hop on over and left me lovely comments and started to follow me here. Your love and encouragement has been wonderful.

There will be lots of new Posts and Tutorials for you in 2020 and I hope you might stick around 🙂 I have really enjoyed my creating this year and sharing my love of papercraft with you all. I am excited and looking forward to seeing what I get up to next year 🙂

I am also enjoying my time as a Stampin” Up! Demonstrator again too and getting back to some serious stamping projects in 2020 also 🙂

Wishing you an awesome New Year, good health and happiness throughout 2020 x

Love and Hugz

Kerri xx

 

 

“One Little Word 2020”

Hi Friends,

I hope you have had a Merry Xmas, and looking forward to 2020 🙂

I am not one to make resolutions but I do, just before NY, choose my One Little Word!

  “HERE” is a video from Ali Edwards, to give you an idea about my OLW Journey that I do each year!

I have been pondering my OLW (One Little Word) for 2020. This is my 5th year of choosing a word to take on a journey throughout the year with me.  My other words have been Health, Simplify, Frugal and last year Create. I have found this a fun process to do during the year! Ali’s class is wonderful if you want to join in with her and there is also a FB group. I did her class the first time and now I do my own thing. I have been using a smaller 8.5 x 11 Scrap album to document in, but this year I am making a journal…………….

My word for 2020 is “INSPIRATION”

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inspiration
/ɪnspɪˈreɪʃ(ə)n/
  the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
“Helen had one of her flashes of inspiration”
a sudden brilliant or timely idea,

I think we all have a tendency to get ‘stuck’ or in a ‘rut’ as crafters and also in our busy lives. I know I do and how do you get out of it? I find I look for “INSPIRATION”, something that interests me, or gets my creativeness flowing again!!  I seem to find it everywhere; in my daily life, my sons, family, home, garden, magazines, travels, it’s all around us if we look…… I use Pinterest and Google also which gives you lots of ideas………………..

I haven’t really felt very inspired by much since my mum and stepdad, both passed away in 2017. Also breaking my arm the same year in the middle of losing them didn’t help much either.  As I couldn’t do anything for quite a while, I lost interest in my garden, some of my craft, work, etc.

Sometimes it is hard to get back into life and/or to find inspiration! I can’t get motivated sometimes and I feel like doing nothing. I think we all get like that……………. I have started making my Journal for my OLW Journey in 2020 to play in. This is the start of my INSPIRATION and my journey……………….

I want to create and craft more, make journals and scrapbook, take more photos and document our life.  I have a bit of catching up to do; also to enjoy my garden again and just get out there, live and be inspired again!

“INSPIRATION IS EVERYWHERE!”

My favourite words to find my INSPIRATION would be

CREATE- DOCUMENT-CAPTURE  I would say that is because I am a scrapbooker and a memory keeper………………. I take notice of the ‘little things’ in our daily life that we often miss……………

I put together a bit of a list that might help you also find INSPIRATION if you are looking for it. I intend to be doing these things in 2020 🙂

#1 Go for a walk. #2. Exercise, #3.  Watch your pets, #4. Take photos, %5. Draw and/or paint #6. Watch videos, documentaries and movies, #7. Read books, ##8. Teach someone something you know, #9. Learn a new skill, #10. Write a Bucket List, #11. Create a Vison or mood board, #12. Attend a retreat. #13. Talk to people, #14. Join a group, #15. listen to music, #16. Spend time with family and friends, #17. Disconnect from social media, #18. Embrace new things, #19. Take chances, #20. Write in a journal, #21. Have some time on your own, #22. Be creative, #23. Sing, #24. Let go, #25. Reflect, #26. Take photos, 337. Travel, #28. Focus on you, # 29. Make new friends and most of all 30. Just Do……………………

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2020 is going to be the year I get my INSPIRATION back on track.

I hope I may have you a bit interested you in finding a word that feels right for you and play along with me, for the 12 months. I will be posting about it throughout 2020 and it will be fun, I am sure.

I know I can use a bit more “INSPIRATION” in my life and I hope you can too.

Wishing you all a safe and happy start to 2020. See you then

Kerri xx

 

“A Change Is Good” + “New Stamp Storage”

Hi friends,

Just letting you know, when you hop on over here to see my posts now, you will notice a name change on the banner. I am still making and using my journals, but I want to get back into more memory keeping and stamping as that is my passion also.  I have neglected it a lot lately. I will have my regular tutorials and posts for you, to continue my love of junk journaling, stamping and memory keeping!!

Anyway………………….as I have been sorting my stamps, destashing some and changing a few things around in my scrap space. I thought you might like to see how it is set up now………………….. I have been a stamper for a long time and when I first started with Stampin’ Up! there were only wooden stamps!!!!

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I had some of my stamps in cases some in pockets and I still have a few wood stamps which I love. I have them all my cling and rubber stamps in these five binders and they are dived into the Catagories I chose. I have a lot of Flowers, Birds, Butterflies, Bees, Dragonflies, Backgrounds, Journaling stamps for my scrapbooking, Sentiments for my card making, plus Tag stamps etc. My Misc section is for the few Kids, and Seasons/Celebration stamps that I have.

To make them above so the stamps stick, I stamped them on to white cardstock or used the image acetate that came with them. I used cardstock as it is sturdier than copy paper. After I stamped and sorted them I put them into A4 laminating pouches, then through my laminator and I store them in heavy-duty page protectors. As you can see they are easy to see and find by just flicking through the binder. I used the large strong two ring clip binders. I can just take the binder to my desk or just take the stamp or page out that I want.

I have lots of different stamp brands and I just wanted them all together and not the company that made them. Of course, you can store yours the way it suits you 🙂 My stamps sit on the laminated surface and they stick to it, as they all clear or rubber cling stamps.

This process has taken me a few days, but I am very happy with the result and that I will be able to find the stamps I am looking for, destashed some I don’t use and that they are stored securely also. I would love to hear how you store your stamps also 🙂

No more time-wasting and more creating!!!

Have a great evening

Happy Stamping

Kerri x

“Altered Rolodex Project”

Hi Friends,

Anyone know what a Rolodex is? Well, it was used in offices to keep track of names and addresses or business cards, back when I was a teenager in the ’70s and ’80s. Yes, no computer or smartphones when I was at school or working lol:)

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This is what they look, and they have divider tabs. They move around the spool, to find what you are after.

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I found this near new one on a trip to Geelong doing some op-shopping for Junk Journal books. As you can see it has little pockets where these business cards are housed.

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I decided to put some of my small cling stamps onto this by adhering them to the clear acetate covered pockets. This way I will find them easier when I am making cards and other projects!

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At the moment I have to go to the stamp sets to find them but having them divided and kept in their categories will be much better. I made the tabs using a punch and my Dymo labeler.  I just added a few small pieces of DSP to embellish the dividers a little.

The one on the left is the one I have now finished filling with my clear stamps. I have used the Dividers with the titles of Grunge, Winged Things, Words, Quotes, Foliage, Frames and Backgrounds. To the right is one I altered a few years ago and used up some leftovers and added photos to the cards,

I will now be able to spend less time looking for these stamps and more time using on my projects. I am now going to go through and cull some of my other stamps and put them together in a similar way into categorized journals. Stay Tuned!!

Thanks for popping in

Happy Crafting

Kerri x

“Watercolour Smoosh Technique”

Hi Friends,

Who loves to watercolor? I do and I have most of today off, so I have been playing with a few different pens and inks, using the Smooshing Technique, which is easy and lots of fun!!

There are some great YouTube videos out there and I decided to do a sort of Step x Step for you.

 

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Supplies Needed – Any water-soluble media like pens, crayons, ink pads, mists, etc that you have in your stash. A sheet of clear acetate or any clear packaging would work also, a spray bottle with some clean water, watercolor paper which is designed to hold wet mediums, any stamps or embossing powder you have to use for finished papers. I cut mine to A2 card front size which is approx 14 x 10cms, a non-stick mat or work surface, A heat gun if you have it.

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STEP 1 – Using your piece of acetate on your work surface, lay down some different colored inks, mist, etc, then spray with some water. You will see it change or bubble.

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STEP 2 – With your piece of watercolor next to you, turn the acetate onto the paper and with your fingers smoosh the ink over the paper. You will see the ink move through the acetate and you can move it to where you want your color.

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STEP 3 – Lift the acetate off your paper and you will see the color and water blended on the paper. If you have a heat gun dry it before continuing.  Just watch what colors you put together as some of them will go muddy!

 

STEP 4 – Continue these steps, to add layers of color to your paper until you are happy with the result. You can see above the different layers from letting each application of ink dry.

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After I made mine and they are fairly dry I put them under some heavy books or punches which helps flatten them out a bit.

STEP 5 – If you want to you can now stamp with your embossing ink and use whatever color emboss powder you choose on your card front. I had a go with the black and Gold and all of mine are Stampin! Up’© stamps. You can also use these as backgrounds and add some pattern paper and other bits to make them your own 🙂

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I created the black watercolour for the background on this one and added some extra stamping and some lace to finish his card off for a black and white challenge for a FB group that I am in:)

This is a fun, quick technique with a great result and for quick cards! I hope you have a go at ‘smooshing” and I would love to see some of your creations also. If you would like any info on the products I used, please feel to message me and I can help you.

Happy creating

Kerri x