Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 19

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

It’s later than I thought πŸ™ƒ So let’s open this door real quick, and let’s see what’s waiting for you today 😊

A cute little Christmas craft 😍

Little Pinecone folk πŸ§™πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Aren’t they adorable? For a link to the instructions (and more cute Pinecone crafts) click Here and have fun!

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 13

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today’s Door #13….

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…holds a delicious secret! 🀩

A recipe from my Cookie ~ Kitchen

Gingerbread Cutouts 

In the spirit of creating new traditions, hubby and I teamed up in the kitchen to bake some Gingerbread cookies. 😊

If you wanna bake along, here’s what you need, and need to do…

1/2 c Sugar
1/2 c Molasses
2 tsp. ground Ginger
1-1/2 tsp. ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground Cloves
1/2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground Pepper
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c (1 stick) Butter, cut into pieces
1 large Egg, beaten
3-1/2 c all-purpose Flour
Frosting

1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and pepper to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in baking soda (mixture will foam in the pan). Stir in butter until melted. With fork, stir in egg, the flour.

2.  On lightly floured surface, knead dough until thoroughly mixed. Divide dough in half; wrap half of dough and set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 325Β°F. With floured rolling pin, roll half of dough slightly thinner than 1/4″.

Hubby hard at work πŸ˜…

 

4. With floured 3 to 4 inch cookie cuters, cut dough into as many cookies as possible; reserve trimmings.

The fun continues πŸ˜‰

 

5. Place cookies, 1/2″ apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake cookies until edges begin to brown, about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. Repeat with remaining dough and reserved trimmings.

6. When cookies are cool, decorate cookies as desired (we used vanilla frosting, colored with food dye).
Allow frosting to dry completely, about 1 hour. Store in tightly covered container up to 2 weeks.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

While ours don’t look very professional πŸ™ˆ they are definitely very colorful, and delicious 😁

 

Now go, and strap on that apron. Let me know how it went! 🀩

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌ

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Your Advent Calendar πŸŽ„ Day 12

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Quick, open Door #12, I’m excited to tell you more about the surprise you’ll find there 🀩

Here they are…Scandinavian Christmas Gnomes 😍

I made a few of the little fellas, and am completely in love with these cute guys. 😊

Here’s one before the beard 😁

I found the pattern here . There you’ll not only find the easy-to-follow pattern, Lizz also talks about the history of these mischievous little gnomes. πŸ€“

If you like a smaller version of these cuties, check out Lizz’s blog . Today she walks us through an easy pattern for gnome ornaments. 😍

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! 😊

I wish you a wonderful, fabulous, sparkly Holiday season πŸ’•

Your Junk Journal ~ 4 Ways to Make Pockets πŸ€©

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Pockets are just as important in your junk journal as they are in a dress πŸ˜‰

There are four easy ways to create these little hideaways for memories, bits and pieces of a fun day out, ephemera, etc.

1. The double-triangle pocket

For this pocket you need a piece of paper twice the width of your page, and about 2/3 the height.

Fold the paper in half.

Cut diagonally from the top corner by the fold to appr. 1/2″ on the open side.

Cut it in half, pin and sew (or tape) in place.

Done! πŸ˜ƒ

A little tip: You may wanna invest in a paper cutter. It’ll save you time and, in my case, a lot of hair pulling πŸ˜… Since I can’t scissor-cut a straight line to save my life, I think a paper-cutter is one of the best tools ever invented!

2. The side pocket

This one is quite simple…

The side pocket is half the width of the page 😊

3. The pocket at the bottom

This pocket is 1/3 of the height of the page πŸ™‚

4. The double-page pocket

I love this pocket because it can hold so much! In my Christmas journal it keeps wrapping paper scraps, gift tags, and ribbon safe and wrinkle free 😁

Find two pretty book pages (or you can make collages), and sew, or tape, them together on three sides.

Isn’t she adorable? 😍 And the pie looks really good… I may have to try that recipe. I will let you know how it turns out πŸ€“

You’ve probably noticed that I sew all of my papers together. I think it adds a pretty little detail to the page. And you know me…can never have enough of those πŸ˜† Plus, you know it’ll hold everything together over the years.

I use a regular needle and plain, old sewing thread, and have not run into a problem yet. πŸ₯³

Just remember to use a zigzag stitch. If you use a straight stitch you’ll perforate the paper, and it will fall apart! πŸ˜•

Well, that’s all I got today 😊 Are you a ‘Junk Journal Junkie’ yet? πŸ˜‹

There’s more coming soon! I hope you will follow along πŸ’•

Your Junk Journal ~ The First Page

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope you found piles of treasures in your thrifting adventures! 😍 Yes? Then you should be ready to create your first page of your junk journal!

Making a collage is a good way to flex your creative muscles. I always start with one, or make one when I’m stuck, and the creative juices just won’t flow πŸ™ƒ

Here we go…

Decide what size your journal should be, and trim your paper.

Mine are usually 12” (the width of a scrapbook paper page) by 8.5” (that makes a double-page).

The advantage of using scrapbook paper is having ‘ready-made’, colorful pages without any effort πŸ˜‰

Now tear (or cut) small scraps from the materials in your stash. Remember – there’s only one rule – there are no rules 😁 Just have fun!

Fold your paper in half, and start glueing stuff down πŸ€“

Done! πŸ˜ƒ Easy peasy!

Of course you can do the same to the opposite side (no rules!), but I wanna show you how to make a pocket, ’cause pockets are awesome! 😎

Cut a piece of any paper to the width of the page, and to about 1/3 of the height.

Glue, tape or sew* it in place.

*Yes, you can sew paper. It won’t hurt anything. More on that later.

You can stuff the pocket with some of your awesome finds, and/or extra blank paper for more journaling space.

There – it’s finished. Your first Journal Page 🀩

For your viewing pleasure and inspiration…here are some collage pages I’ve made😻

Happy Halloween! πŸ‘»πŸŽƒπŸ€‘

Autumn 🍁

Just for fun

I hope you found some inspiration here, and will share your awesome project with me! 😊

Next time I’ll tell you more about ‘sewing paper’, and will share some ideas for the next few pages! πŸ€“

Until then πŸ’•

So You Wanna Junk Journal? πŸ€“ Where To Begin…Part II

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

I hope you had a good weekend!  πŸ˜Š Did you spent part of it foraging in Thrift- and Antique Shops for hidden treasures? Did you enjoy it? If you did…I have good news!😁
Here are a few more things for your Junk Journal you can collect while out and about next time.
If you missed Part I with more ideas for treasures to hunt …it’s right here (link will open in a new window)

Magazines and Catalogues

I prefer the vintage (non-shiny) ones. But that’s just a personal preference – you get what you like!

 

Paper Dolls and -Animals

This book is a reproduction – but isn’t it adorable?! πŸ˜ƒ

Stamps 

The postal- and rebate (Bonus) kind

 

Sheet Music

 

Flash Cards

 

Children’s Books

I love collecting vintage children’s books and turning them into journals. I do keep the original pages in order…just add my own pages in between.
~If you’re not quite sure if you want to (or can) take a book apart, please read the (hopefully reassuring) post here 😊

Here are some pictures of the journals I made out of these lovely books

 

I do hope these pictures make you want to start creating right away! 😍

At one point you might get frustrated with the lack of selection in your Thrift- and Antique Shops. And you visit the various resale sites. That’s a great idea! But – buyer beware! Do yourself a favor and only buy ‘ephemera collections’ that are fully visible. Where you can see each and every item you are buying. I fell for the ‘100 awesome pieces – each pack varies’ nonsense.  πŸ˜• Well, most of it landed in the bin. Over half of the 100 pieces were torn out bookpages (got those…thank you very much), cut up city maps (to make 5 pieces out of 1), copies of game pieces, etc. You may pay a little more for the smaller packs, but in the end it’s worth it! πŸ€“

Now, while you wait for the weekend to get more stuff for your journals (it can be addictive πŸ˜‰), and possibly are itching to get started, why don’t you coffee-dye some paper. Coffee is a great way of turning ordinary paper into a vintage-looking page.

Just fill a pan (I used a baking sheet) with coffee, and submerge the page.

Depending on the depth of the liquid, you will get different results.

 

The pages on the left were in about 1/2″ of coffee, the one on the right about 1/4″.
Both were submerged overnight.

Then let them dry on an old towel, and you have beautiful, ‘aged’ pages, that will give your journal a lovely vintage feel.

 

I’m thinking that’s it for today. 😊 Next time we’re really going to start creating. I promise! 🀩

 Until then πŸ’• Take good care of yourself!

 

So You Wanna Junk Journal? πŸ˜ƒ Where To Begin…

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’•

Today I wanna tell you how to begin your foray into the junk-journaling world.

And what an exciting, wonderful, freeing creative adventure it is! πŸ€“

What is a Junk journal? A Junk Journal (or Smashbook) is a Journal, most of them are handmade, containing a vast variety of papers and embellishments.

These embellishments, also called ephemera, can be anything that can be glued, stapled, sewn down.

I’ve been making journals for only a few months now, so the beginning stages are still fresh in my head 😁 and I can tell you, before you start make sure you have a nice stash of papers and ephemera. Otherwise it can get boring real quick πŸ˜‰

That’s where the fun begins – shopping! πŸ˜… In Thrift stores! 😍

So…what should you look for? Basically…anything made of paper 😁

Here are a few examples…

Office supplies

Game pieces

Greeting Cards

Souvenir Postcards

Cut outs (these are not thrift store finds)

Vintage Books with illustrations

I can feel some of you cringe at the idea of cutting up books πŸ™ˆ Believe me, I do too (my husband still can’t believe I’m actually cutting and tearing into books!)

But I found when I buy the books with the intent of using the beautiful insides (and sometimes the outside too 😊) for my journals, it makes it easier. Look at it as a way of saving it from the landfill, and giving it a new life. πŸ₯° It will be loved and treasured again. This time a little scrap at a time. πŸ€“

Of course, that doesn’t always work πŸ˜… More on that later.

Cigar Labels

Vintage (or new) Sewing Patterns

Once you start looking around you will see the possibilities in a lot of goodies out there. πŸ€“

You also wanna pick up some scrapbook paper, and blank art papers, like a drawing- or painting pad. Even though you can sometimes find scrapbook in thrift stores, you might want to get a pad or two at your regular craft store.

While there, take a peek at the die-cutters. The small one – like this one

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I picked this shape because I thought it’s pretty versatile. And I was right. πŸ˜‰
It makes nice cut-outs you can use as ephemera, you can use it when making pockets

and it came in pretty handy when I made a page featuring a cookie! πŸ˜…

 

Then, of course, you need something to put it all together.

These are the glues and tape* I liked the best. You might find some from other companies…just make sure they’re ‘no wrinkle’. Trust me 😁

 Alright…while you go hunting and gathering your beautiful things, I will start writing the next post – ‘What to do with all your newfound treasures’
I’ll meet you here in a day or two and we can start glueing stuff down. πŸ˜ƒ

Until then πŸ’•

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