DIY Sketchbook/Planner/Journal Tutorial

Hi friends! I love to make little books! You can use whatever paper you want and make them for any occasion. I made this to be my summer bullet journal (think of it as a to-do list, planner and notebook combined) and I wanted a paper nice enough to do little sketches in too. I wanted it to be small enough to carry with me and a splash proof cover because sometimes I work at the beach! When you live in Maine you need to squeeze every drop of sunshine out of summer!

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This book can be made using basic craft supplies. You can use patterned scrapbook paper for the cover but if you want the exact paper I used for the cover you can download it from Graphicstock, they are giving my viewers a 7 day free trial if you are interested. If you don’t have a laminator you can use clear Contact paper or packing tape or use a cereal box as a sturdy cover, it is your journal, make it however you want! I will also show you how to make planner clips and charms from shrink plastic (did you ever make shrinky-dinks as a kid?) Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:

Remember the above supply list is what I used, dig through your stash and use what you have on hand but if you need something you don’t have you can find it easily with the above affiliate links.

Oh! One more thing, several people asked about making a watercolor journal, you can do it the same way but you are better off using fewer sheets per signature (group of pages) since the pages are so thick but you can use more total signatures in your book. It will also help it lay flay and reduce wast from trimming the “page creep”. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy DIY Accordion Book! {Great for summer journaling!}

Hi friends! I have a 15 minute bookbinding project for you today!

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These little accordion books are so quick to make that you can make one for each of you kids, grandkids, neighbors and of course yourself! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:

Directions (for 6″x9″ journal)
1. Cut off a piece of 18″ wide white paper (as long as you like, I used about 12 feet) and accordion fold the paper every 9″
2. Cut the folded stack into three 6″ tall pieces and glue the stacks together so you have one 36 fool long sheet if you were to unfold it (but do not unfold it LOL!)
3. Cut one 6″x9″ cardboard for a cover (or you can make it a bit longer if desired) and cut a 6″x10″ cardboard for the other cover plus spine. cover with pretty paper if desired.
4. Score the longer cover at 9″ & 9 1/2″ for a spine to accommodate the paper, if you are using more paper make the spine gap larger.
5. Add a border of washi tape around the cover if desired.
6. Adhere the first paper in the stack to the front cover and the last paper to the back cover making sure all the paper and covers line up neatly.
7. Wrap a strand of bakers twine around spine of the book every few pages to lock in the pages if desired.

I’d like to thank Papermart for sponsoring this video and thank you for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

3 Quick Craft Ideas for Mother Day!

Hi friends! Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, here are a couple quick gifts you can make!

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Watch the video to see how!

Tip: If you don’t have a binding machine bring your pages to a copy shop and they can bind it for you inexpensively.
This video is sponsored by GraphicStock. Get started today with only $39 for 6 months of unlimited downloads from their extensive library!

Supplies:
Clip art & Graphics: GraphicStock
White cardstock
Adhesive: Foam tape and glue
Plastic binding comb
Tools:
Computer and Printer
Binding machine (an office supply store can bind your book for you as well)
Paper trimmer & scissors

You can make a custom coloring book, stationary and a lovely mothers day card simply using images from GraphicStock. Print only what you need when you need it and since these images are commercial use and royalty free you can even sell the items you make at craft fairs and ETSY! The Sky’s the limit!

Do you have any great DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas? Please share your ideas in the comments below, I’d love to see them and your fellow crafters would too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

My 2016 Planner Update!

Hi friends! Many of you have asked since I made my DIY Planner Video last year if I was still using my planner. Yes! Every day in fact. I needed to print pages and update it for 2016 and I though I would take you along for the ride and show you how I do it!

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I am using free planner printables from Scattered Squirrel, I used them last year too. I keep my planner simple but you can also put full page daily schedules, menu plans and others things that would be useful to you. A Planner is a personal thing. I like making my own because I save lots of money and get exactly what I want. You can totally add stickers, tape and clips if you want your planner to be prettier. My main goal is efficiency and function. It does help that it is pretty to look at though:)

If you want to see my basic DIY planner video that shows you how to make a custom planner for under $10 or possibly free depending on what you already have click here. You can use a full size binder as well, I just like the smaller size.

Do you use a planner? Share your best planner tips in the comments below. Remember what Benjamin Franklin said: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” I totally agree! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tool Giveaway & Awesome Journals YOU can Make with Recycled Materials!

Hi friends! I have been waiting to share this project and giveaway with you all week.

SAM_3984I love it when I find a really useful high quality tool that is not crazy expensive and I love it even more when I can give some away! I am giving away Pro Hole Punches from Skilled Crafter to 3 lucky viewers! Details to win are at the end of this post!

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These punches are serious workhorses and will punch through stacks of paper, chipboard, leather, felt, vinyl, fabric and more. The Skilled Crafter Pro Hole punch makes holes in 6 different sizes and it is really easy to clean out the punch waste. It also comes with 2 replacement punch plates so you know you will have years of reliable use. Today I will show you how I made the simple cardboard covered journal and the leather-bound book with removable signatures similar in style to a very expensive popular journal on the market. For the leather I reused fabric that I had saved from an old coat before it was thrown away. If clothing is not if good enough shape to donate I look to see if there are elements that can be reused. You can also use vinyl, oilcloth or new leather if you like. Watch the video to see how easy it is to make these journals and use this punch!

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I forgot to mention that I used a larger hole on the leather cover so I could feed the cord though multiple times.

Supplies:
Skilled Crafter Pro Hole Punch *Currently on sale for $22.99 on Amazon!
Leather or Vinyl
Felt
paper
Glue (I used Beacon 3-in-1)
Corner Rounder (optional)
paper trimmer or scissors
Rotary cutter and quit square (or scissors and something square to trace)
Heavy book
Binder clips

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So, do You Wanna Win one of these sweet 6 hole Pro Hole Punches from skilled Crafter? Simply leave a comment telling me what YOU would make first with it! Also make sure to let me know that you are in the USA because this giveaway is open to US residents only. I will pick 3 winners next Friday the 23rd so you have 1 week to enter. Good luck! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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