Secret Pieces ~ Handmade Journal

Hi everyone,

This was a journal that I’ve made for a swap.

I’ve made a video… Please be kind… The quality of the video doesn’t seem much better than the pictures… That’s the best I can do with the current conditions.

My pronunciation needs a big deal of improvement and I had to stop watching the thing so I could stop slapping myself in words such as ‘difference’ and ‘hugs’… Oh well, I could not record the all thing again to correct myself. Hopefully next time I’ll do better.

Front & back

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Spine

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First page

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Next page 😀 same page different setting in the camera… I don’t know what to do!

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More pages

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Recycled envelopes for pockets.

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Tuck spot mini envelopes.

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More envelope pockets.

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Dido.

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More places for writing. 

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In Love & Gratitude,
Denise

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My Goals ~ Handmade Journal

Hi, I’m on a roll 😀

I have been crafting a LOT and now I’m sharing some of the stuff with you, the other stuff I can only share after Christmas 😉 get me?

Making journals is a new and amazing thing. Dyeing the paper, dry it in the oven, fold it, stamping … If you haven’t already you HAVE to try it!

I was given a camera to start making Youtube videos but I don’t yet have the right set up for it, so instead of a flip through video, I leave you with a ton of pictures. Enjoy 🙂

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I think that after this one you will hear from me only after Christmas. So have yourself a very Merry Christmas surrounded by your loved ones and filled with joy, peace and harmony.

In Love & Gratitude,

Denise

P.S
If you made it to here, please let me know if you too have these awesome notifications on your WordPress blog… It’s been like this for months, at the beginning, I thought it was my internet connection, now I no longer know…

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Goal Setting ~ Handmade Book

Hi,

Today I am bringing you another project that uses recycled cardstock. Someone ate the burgers (not me, I am vegetarian) and I got the box. And no, there is no contamination because the burgers come wrapped in plastic.

This was a project on a rush as I needed this journal ASAP, if you are into energy you know what the 11:11 portal means, especially this year…

 

Anyway, enough of my nonsense 😉 and on with the project.

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Because I knew that I would be using patterned paper I only gessoed the edges, then I applied one layer of black acrylic paint, another layer of gesso and one layer of brown acrylic paint. And of course, the pattern paper.

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I had some leftover coffee dyed paper from another project that I am working on, so this was just the perfect way to use it 😀  I stamped each page with distress inks.

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I’ve made 5 signatures, added one pocket on the first page of each with a tag for journaling, and “butterflies on a string” in each signature.

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This was great fun to do and as I have so more boxes I am thinking of making some more to add to my Etsy store… After I finish the project that I am working on plus finishing also some handmade Christmas gifts… Bring on the time!

 

In Love & Gratitude,
Denise

21-Day Gratitude Challenge ~ Booklet

Hi,

It’s been a while since I last posted here but that doesn’t mean that I am not crafting 😉 just that life got in the way…

Today I would like to share with you some gratitude booklets that I made to add to my Etsy store.

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21 pages, one per day with “hearts on a string” finish.

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Elastic closure.

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I also added a bookmark but for the love of me I can’t get my camera to catch the purple, and the bookmark looks like blue 😦

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Different button colours for choice.

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Do you practice gratitude? If not, next time that you feel like complaining grab pen and paper and write down 3 to 5 things that you are grateful for, you know that quote: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~ Oprah Winfrey.

“Where thought goes energy flows”, you know this, right?

 

In Love & Gratitude,
Denise

DIY Craft Recipes Book ~ Recycled coffee boxes

As I was working on a project to store some bulky stamps, not having a clue of what I was doing, I ended up wasting a bunch of gel medium… I was a bit pissed off and had to go on YouTube to find some DIY gel medium recipes because… Because I am me 😀

I found more than I’ve bargained for, and also found a DIY for gesso; clear, white and black! And of course, the texture paste that I use already.

With the new recipes, I needed a place to keep them. Cute, of course. This project came together very quickly, and now I already have some more books in the waiting list 😉

I love recycling everything I can, the first reason being respect for the planet. The second because I am cheap 😛  But then, I’ve learnt from an artist I used to follow that the only thing we need is a surface, gesso and some paint. With that, anything can be altered. Why buy cardstock if I can re-use what I have instead of throwing it away? This is me.

 

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Humm…

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Yep! It works.

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1.Surface. 2.Gesso. 3. Paint.

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Stencils and stamps.

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More paint and washi tape.

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Binding.

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Front cover.

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Back cover.

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Elements.

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Closure & DONE!

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In Love & Gratitude,
Denise

Meditation Book [1] ~ Mini Books

I think that Oprah and Deepak offer a free meditation for a limited time twice a year (but don’t quote me on that), and as I said before I make notes and then put them together in a book as I have shared before. Now a new 21-Day Meditation Experience is about to happen again and as I am putting “my” old notes together I’m sharing the books with you. If you want to register for the next one starting on the 21st of March 2016 click here.

Front and back.

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Inside. Yep, the part near the cover’s eyelets looks pretty… Let’s just not talk about that.

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Insert pages.

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Pockets.

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Pockets and insert pages ready for the wording.

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Words printed and ready.

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Done.

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Materials used:
  • Distress paint: ripe persimmon and black soot.
  • Distress ink: spiced marmalade.
  • Archival ink: jet black.
  • Dylusions paint: squeezed orange.
  • Stamps: World Map (by Stampin’ Up!)
  • Stencil: Butterfly collage (by TCW)

 

In Love & Gratitude,
Denise

 

Happiness is blue

A while ago Oprah and Deepak offered a free 21-day meditation, and at the time I felt like making notes because the offer was for a limited time only.

As I took the notes on my notepad, I made a mental note to make this book… I can’t keep track of time but I’m quite sure that was more than a year ago…

I’m not going to bother you with a step by step tutorial, instead I’m just sharing the finished project.

For this project I used some of my very favourites, so there is nothing new here.

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