Friday, December 21, 2018

Hello, I'm back!!


Yes, I'm back to share something new with you.

I know it has been 6 months since I posted but 
I wanted to update my blog 
and share a new "crafty make" with you!

First, I want to let you know that I
re-opened my Etsy shop this month
then added it to my website,
so I can be found in multiple places now!  ;)

I'm currently working on a Faith Journal
with a Christmasy look and feel to it but

I want to share the last journal I made with you.

This one is called
"Medieval Moments."

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Spine and back cover

Pages from front 

Center of one of the signatures 

Center of another signature 

As the title reveals, it is a Medieval-themed junk journal.

If you would like to see more of the inside
please, just click here.
The link will take you to my YouTube Channel.

Thank you for stopping by
I will try to get back and share
my new journal when it is completed!

Thank you for stopping by!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Monday, July 2, 2018

I'm back....

Hello, my friends!
Yes, I'm back and want to catch you up-to-date
on what's happening in my life.

I've updated my "Contact" page and my "Hello" page
with more current information.

I'm still crafting and I continue to enjoy making
vintage junk journals.  
I was selling on Etsy
and doing well but recently made the decision
to build a website again.

Now that the website is up and running 
I closed down the Etsy Shop.

On my website, you'll find both
physical and digital items available.

You will see journals and other physical items
listed as I create them.

You will see some digital kits I've
created as well.

So please check back often!  :)

Let me give you the link HERE so you can 
go check it out for yourself.

I'm still creating lots of journals and sometimes
other things but I recently started creating
digital kits that can be used by others to
create their own journals, albums,
cards, and scrapbooks.

I just, in the last few days, 
created "In the Garden" a digital prayer journal kit.

*click on the pictures for a closer look*

It's a huge digital kit as you can see!

If you would like to see a video
of this digital kit, please click HERE
to go to my YouTube channel.

So, that will give you an idea about
my current crafty adventures!

Stop by soon!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Romancing the Sea Vintage Journal

I have another handmade vintage journal to share with you today.

As you can see by the post title, it's called
"Romancing the  Sea."
This journal is made from upcycled chipboard
and is covered with denim.

I machine-stitched around the entire journal
edge after it was made.

Cover photo


Back cover

Front detail


Top view of pages and ribbon embellishment

Ribbon, lace, fiber and charm tassle

If you would like to see the video of this journal,
please click here and you will be taken to my YouTube channel.

This journal is for sale in my Etsy Shop, PorchSwingDesigns hereSOLD

The digital kit used to make this journal can be found
at ScreechOwlStudio on Etsy.

Thanks for stopping by!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Friday, August 25, 2017

Felicity - Vintage Junk Journal

Yikes, it's been far too long since I last shared one of my creations!  I have come to rectify that today.  :)

Sharing my latest Junk Journal with you.

"Felicity" means intense happiness, joy, or bliss.

(to enlarge photo, click on it)

Front cover

This vintage journal is a romantic and feminine one filled
with vintage pages and images that will warm your heart!

Vellum pocket (l), Layered pockets (r)

Victorian Woman tuck spot

This journal has already sold in my Etsy Shop.  If you wish to see the video of this journal

Click Here and you will be taken to my YT channel, Porch Swing Designs/Marilou.

Digital elements and ephemera used in the making of this Joural are from the following Etsy Shops:


Thank you for stopping by to see my latest work.  :)

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Friday, July 7, 2017

Shabby Rose Mini Journal

Hi there~

I'm back to share a Mini Journal with you.  It's the first I've made and I think it's so pretty!  It's a lot different than the vintage journals I usually do because this one is a soft-sided, lace embellished mini.

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Front Cover
As you can see, it has multiple types and colors of lace draping from the cover.
I used white, cream and ecru colored lace and finished off with some
beautiful soft turquoise lace that is encrusted with pearls and sequins.

The shabby flower on the cover is made using various laces,
tulle, cheese cloth, and a rose bud.

Back Cover


Inside pocket on front cover

Inside pocket on back cover

 Flip pocket and journal spot

If you would like to view the video for this mini journal, go here

This journal is for sale in my PorchSwingDesigns shop on Etsy, here.

Digital kit used in the making of this journal is called "Shabby Roses" and can be found at SenecaPondCrafts on Etsy, here

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at what I've been making!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Vintage Seamstress Junk Journal

I was approached by Yvonne at ScreechOwlStudio on Etsy to do a Design Team (DT) project a few weeks back.  I'm so excited to share the completed project with you.  I used Yvonne's digital kit called "Vintage Seamstress" and the add-on kit that goes with the kit.  It's such a beautiful kit with lots of ephemera!  Even so, I got carried away and the Vintage Junk Journal I created a huge, chunky Journal.

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Front cover

This journal measures 7 3/4" tall x 5 5/8" wide and the spine is 2 1/2"  The journal has 4 signatures and 115+ pages, counting fronts and backs of pages.

Besides the digital kit from Screech Owl Studio, I was also used Graphic 45's A Ladies Diary papers and some other sewing-themed items I had in my stash.

Spine (without charm dangle)

The journal was made from a food box which I covered with papers from Graphic 45.  I, then, wrapped the journal in lace.  Tyvek was used to reenforce the spine.

Back cover


I created 3 small booklets which now sit in fabric's pockets and provide more journaling space.

IF you'd like to see more of this journal, please go to my YouTube Channel, here.

This Journal has already sold.

My Etsy Shop is PorchSwingDesigns.  You can find it here.

Thank you for stopping by to see my crafty makes!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Enchanted Forest Mini Album/Journal

Hello there!

I'm sharing another of my mini album/journals with this post.  This one-of-a-kind album/journal was made using Graphic 45's "Enchanted Forest" papers and ephemera and is filled with fairies, princesses, princes, maidens, a knight in shining armor, and even a dragon or two! 

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front cover

The album/journal was made using Graphic 45's Enchanted Forest papers and ephemera.  It measures 6 3/4" tall x 4 3/4" wide and is 1 3/4" at the spine. I did a lot of fussy cutting throughout the book and that can be seen above on the cover.


back cover

The cover is made from chipboard which is then covered in black cardstock.  I matted the cover with a page that I cut and crafted to fit.  I then added the layering, to bring texture, by fussy cutting some of the elements.  After it was completed, I added Wink of Stella clear to add some glitz and to make the elements on the cover pop.

inside front cover and 1st page

Within, the book you will find 9 envelopes (sizes can be seen in my video on YouTube) and 3 large tabbed inserts/booklets.  There are 6 album pages and a few of them have flip out pages.  There are 2 belly bands, 6 pockets, and 6 "tuck spots."

(l) side pocket with envelope and (r) one of the "tuck spots"

(l) one of the belly bands holding 3 envelopes
(r) a tuck spot with a journaling card

The reason I call this book both an album and a journal is because it can be used as either or both.  You will find lots of landscape for photos and plenty of space for journaling as well. 

This mini album/journal is for sale in my Etsy Shop, here. SOLD

To view a page by page walk through go on my YouTube channel, go here.

I must give credit to Jennifer Harrison from Jen of Eve Designs:

This album/journal is made using templates from Jen of Eve Designs, here
Jennifer takes all the work out of creating beautiful albums by creating templates that take away the need to measure.  You can find Jennifer on YouTube, here.

If you haven't already, please follow my blog so that you get a notification when a new post goes up.  :)

Thank you for stopping by,

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱