While picking up around my craft room the other week, I got the urge to purge a couple of my scrap paper boxes. But, I couldn't just throw away any of those beautiful bits of paper. Nope. I decided to grab many of the larger pieces and incorporate them into a small junk journal.
For the cover, I used an old file folder, but a lightweight cereal box or piece of cardstock would have worked just as well. Additionally, when I tore down the filler papers, those scraps were saved. They were then used to decorate the cover.
In the video tutorial, I go over the dimensions used for the cover, trimming down the scrap papers to fill the journal, decorating the front and back, and using the basic bookbinding pamphlet stitch to complete the journal.
I recognize that not everyone has the use for a junk art journal. However, you could still use these same techniques with more common papers like copy or notebook paper to create a journal of any size to suit your needs (list-making, idea-keeping, sketching, bullet journaling, etc.)
Don't hesitate to let me know if any of the instructions are unclear or if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help!
If you've been hesitant for some reason about purchasing one of my jewelry pieces, now might be just the right time. I'm having 25% off sales in both my booth at Southern Antiques and Accents in Fairhope AND in the CraftyHope Etsy shop. Here's a look at some of the pieces you'll find in either of those two places.
In the Booth:
Boho Fringe Necklace
Wrapped Rainbow Earrings
Fairy Bubbles Necklace
Button Love Earrings
And, there's SO MUCH MORE.
Likewise, here are a few new itemsin the Etsy Shop.
Making a pair of earrings is as simple as adding a charm to a set of ear wires. But, creating a pair of interesting earrings means looking at your materials in a new way. I had a lightbulb moment when pulling out some metal chain and realizing it was too large for my delicate style of necklaces. Instead, I envisioned a whole line of earrings. With that vision, I set to work.
And, to help inspire you, I popped on the video camera to share the process I used to work up each of these earring pairs. I've already shared three of those videos. Here's the DIY Chain Link Earrings Part 4 video to set your wheels in motion.
And, these are the earrings I make in the video tutorial.
I lucked up in finding teardrop links AND beads, but really you could use any bead and link combination for this technique as long as the bead fits inside the link.
Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about this tutorial or any other jewelry-making. I'm always more than happy to help!
Yesterday was the last day of The 100 Day Project, at least for me, this time around. I can see myself maybe doing another one later focused on more of the mixed media/art journaling side of things. But, for now, there are other challenges out there to focus on since I've let them fall to the wayside a bit as of late. Here are the ones I know of for May.
Sarajo has revealed the photo inspiration from her husband, Eric, for the June Honey Do List. The picture of the thistle stirs something in me already, but I can't put my finger on it yet. Take a look at the inspiration and play along. The reveal is set for May 24th, but Sarajo leaves the link tool open for about a month so that date isn't set in stone if you're running a bit behind.
For the Pretty Palette Challenge from Halcraft Collection, the color theme is Mixed Metal Mania. You can see the palette and find out all about their submission guidelines over on their page.
And, that's all this is that I know of this month. If you've found any inspiration or challenges that are worth sharing, please don't hesitate to let me know so I can add them to the list! Here's hoping you enjoy your May.
Last month, I didn't get many art journaling videos up over on the CraftyHope YouTube Channel. However, there were a few. Here's a brief look at each of the projects along with links to the actual videos themselves.
I can't promise much this month either as I've been working in my journals off-camera most of the time to reduce the pressure and increase my creative flow. But, make sure to subscribe as I've got something new to offer almost every week. I'm sure you don't want to miss it!
When I saw the abundance of large links of chain in my metal chain stash, I realized they would be perfect for an earring collection. And, when I assembled all the supplies on my bead mat, it was even more obvious that this collection would make the perfect video tutorial series.