Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Graphic 45 Once Upon a Time Notepads with cover and ink pen


I've been making notepad covers for jr. legal pads again!  I love to make books, so making a cover for a notepad is even more fun.  This time it's all about Fairies!  <3

I used Graphic 45 "Once Upon a Springtime" designer paper for all three of the books I made and each is a different color.  The covers measure
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches and are 3/4 inch thick at the spine.  The notepad is 5" x 8."

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First up is a teal colored book, front cover.

Inside:  showing notepad, ink pen, and pocket

A close-up of the image on the front of the book

Back cover

Peach Notebook Front cover

Last up:  Green Notebook


Close up shot of cover fairy image

These handmade books were made using medium weight chipboard,
so they are very sturdy.  I made them so that the notepad can be removed
when it is "used up" and another notepad put back in its place.
So, these covers should last for a long time.

I used Stickles on the Fairies wings and on the frame around the Fairies.

The peach colored notebook is made a bit differently, as I added crocheted lace ties to close the book.

You will find these notebooks in my Etsy shop,
PorchSwingDesigns, here.

You can also follow this url to my shop:

Thank you for taking the time to stop by to see what I've made!
Please follow me here on Blogger and stop by often!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sail Away Vintage Journal

Hello there,

I have a new Vintage Journal to share with you!  I love living close to the ocean, so I was inspired to make a journal that reflects the sea.

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Front cover
This journal is 7 3/4" x 5 3/8" with a 2" spine. It has 2 handsewn signatures (sewn with a 3-hole pamphlet stitch), holds 84 pages, counting fronts and backs, and has lots of space for journaling.  Many of the pages are coffee or tea stained and oven baked. It has charms attached to the spine on a removable chain.

It contains tags (many with charms), ephemera, bags, pockets, envelopes, tuck spots, corner flaps, 2 paper clips, and some Prima Seashore metal clips and more! It closes with a Tim Holtz hitch post and a black stretchy clip.

The cover is reinforced with "Tyvek" for added strength and is made from a food box which was cut to the size needed.

Spine with charms

Inside front cover and first page
An inside page with pockets

 Chunky with lots of pages!

If you would like to see more, please click on this link:  Here.  It will take you to my YouTube video where you will see a full walk through.  Please subscribe while you're there.

(SOLD)  This journal is for sale in my Etsy Shop:  Here.   The name of my Etsy Shop is PorchSwingDesigns.

Digital kits used in the making of this journal are from:

ScreechOwlStudio on Etsy:  Here and Dreamz, Etc: Here. 

Thank you for dropping by to see my handmade crafts today.  I really hope you will decide to follow me here on Blogger and that you will return often to see what I'm sharing.

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hugs & Kisses Vintage Photo Album

Hi there!

I'm very excited to share another album with you today!  It's a large album that will hold many, many photos.  I made the album using Blue Fern Studios "Blush" paper collection and these papers are gorgeous!

Front Cover

It will be listed for sale in my Etsy shop so you can look for it there.  It has a vintage style and it has a love theme so it would be perfect for holding wedding photos, just as a gift of love filled with photos, or, of course, a Valentine gift.

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The album measures 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" and it's 2 3/4" at the spine.
Spine and back cover

  The album has four "pages" and each page has its own elements,
like flaps, belly bands, pockets, etc.  It weighs a bit over 2 lbs.

Here is the video from my YouTube page, so you can
see all the pages:

My Etsy page:

The templates for making this and other albums are from Jen of eve designs.

You can find her YouTube channel here and her Etsy shop, here.

I'm so thankful that you stopped by to see my handmade crafts.  I hope you will return to soon to see what I'm up to.  :)

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Friday, March 17, 2017

Victorian Women Journal

Hello there,

I have another journal to share with you but I'm going to have to share it with you in the form of a video instead of photos, as I usually do.  I forgot to take photos before I mailed it off but managed to grab a screen shot from the video, so will share that here:

I hope you will take the time to watch the video~
Since I'm so new at making vids, I hope you will be patient with me while I learn!  lol
Most everything is explained in the video, so let's roll it...

I'm really enjoying making journals and hope that I inspire others to make them as well.  :)

Thank you for stopping by!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Letters to Rose Junk Journal and an announcement.

I've added a new art form to my crafting and I'm here to share it with you.  I recently discovered Junk Journals and it was love at first sight for me.  I've made four of them now and this is only the second one that I managed to take photos but I actually took it a step further and made a video of it. My first ever video!!  :)
~ Announcement ~

Drum roll, please!

I now have a YouTube channel AND an Etsy Shop!!  WoO HOo!!  This was a huge step for me because I love to craft, so any diversion from that always takes away that time.  But, what must be, must be, so we do what we need to do.  Yes, of course, I'm very excited about all this!!
You can find my YT channel here and my Etsy Shop here.  Thank you for taking a look at them both.

My Letters to Rose Junk Journal  (SOLD)

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I'll share a few photos and if you want to see more,
you can proceed to my YouTube video to view the remainder.  :)

This is the front cover.  It's made two 9" x 12" manila mailing
envelopes (one inside the other) and to add strength and durability,
it's reinforced on the inside using Tyvex.  I altered its size before sealing.

Front Cover

Back cover

After it's constructed and sealed, I used Vintage Photo and Walnut
Ranger Distress Ink to stain the outside.
I used the first coat of Podge Collage to seal and give it a bit of a sheen,
then add the image of Rose and the back cover and the final coat of Podge Collage.

Spine with lace and rosettes

I added some ruffled and glittered tulle to the inside cover
all around the edge for a touch of soft turquoise.

Here are the inside front cover and first page.

This is one of the inside pages, complete with a corner pocket
(which lifts up to reveal a hidden journaling spot), an
embellishment, a tag, and some ephemera.

Most of the journaling pages, bags, etc., are tea-dyed or sprayed
with Lindy Sprays and then baked in my oven.

You can see that the left side of the page has a pocket,
an envelope, and a tag.  The right side has a pocket
that looks somewhat like a woman's blouse.  Items can be placed
in the pocket and behind the pocket.

If you want to see the video of this journal,
please click on my TY channel here.

I simply could not share this journal if I did not give credit to the wonderful artists who create the digital kits I used to make it!

The Letters to Rose Kit is from NectarsCreations on Etsy.  HERE
Some of the extra tags and ephemera I used were from:

TsunamiRose on Etsy.  HERE

ARTYmaze on Etsy.  HERE
The pink lined paper I used was from EphemerasGarden. HERE

It's been a very busy 24 hours here in our home, so I bid you a goodnight!

I hope you return often to see what I'm making!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Once Upon a Time Album

I made this large album as a Christmas gift last year.  I so enjoyed making it because it sent me to look through several boxes of family photographs that I hadn't look through in a very long time and it proved to be quite an emotional roller coast ride for me.  From those boxes, I scanned photos to place in the album and it was truly a labor of love.

I wish I'd taken another photo of the album before I put it in the mail because I did change the ribbon to a simple white one.  You can still, however,
get an idea of it from this photo, although I do not believe that these photos
do the album justice at all.

I used DCWV's "Once Upon a Time" paper stack to make this album and it was perfect for this project.  The album has 6 pages with many flaps and flip-outs.

I wanted the outside to look like an old book and I think I achieved the look.  The paper on the cover depicts the interior of a grand castle.

This next photo shows the first few pages of the album.  Unfortunately, I initially forgot to take photos of the album before I began to add photos.  So, I have blocked out the photos to protect the receiver's privacy, but to still allow you to see the first few pages.

I created a castle door from an image I found online and used it to add to my theme.  This door opened to reveal the castle behind it.  You can see that there are flaps, pockets and inserts on nearly every page in the photos that follow.

Even though the photos are blocked out, I think you can still get a good idea of what the album pages looked like.  The colors of this paper are so rich and some of them have glitter on them.

From this point forward, I had not placed any photographs on the pages so you will be able to see all the pages as I created them and see how beautiful it all goes together.  I actually found it very difficult to put photos in place and cover the paper, but I did.  :)

You can see pockets, inserts, fancy envelopes, flaps, and a waterfall page.

More pages with pockets, envelopes, flaps, belly bands and inserts, as you can see here.

This album, like so many others I've shared, was made using templates from Jenifer Harrison at Jen of Eve Designs.  They are super easy to use and require NO measuring! 

This template set is called "The Ultimate DIY Scrapbook Template" and you can watch a video about it here.  I used the large, but not the largest, size template.

You can find Jennifer on FB here and her Etsy store is here.

I hope you enjoyed what I shared today and that you'll return often to see what I'm up to.

Thanks for stopping by!  <3

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Jane Austen Journal

Hello there!

I have a chunky, "girly-to-the-max" journal to share with you.

This vintage journal measures 6" x 9" and is 2" to 3" thick when its "cinched" down with its ribbon-tie closure. This chunky journal weighs more than a pound, has more than 120 pages (counting both sides) and plenty of pockets, tags, envelopes, ephemera, "tuck spots" and loads of journaling space.  I've also tucked in many quotes from Miss Austen's books, so it's very romantic!

Many of the pages are coffee-dyed and/or are sprayed with Glimmer Mist and or Lindy's starburst sprays. I used lace, tulle, ribbon, tiny ribbon flowers, eyelash fibers, paper clips, glassine bags, specialty matt photo paper, parchment paper, card stock, ledger paper, grid paper, tracing paper, etc., to create the pages and elements.
The cover is machine stitched around the edges and is reinforced at the inside spine with a large piece of Tyvek. The cover (including the clip art of the woman) is coated with Ranger Multi Matte Medium. There are two signatures in the hand-sewn binding and the outside of the spine is covered with white “duct tape” (for additional strength) and then covered with two beautiful strips of white muslin flowers.

*Please click on the images to enlarge them*

SOLD  It was a lot of fun to create and it is for sale, so if you're interested, please email me here.  $85, plus shipping.  It would make a perfect Valentine's gift for yourself or someone you love.  :)
I've used digital printable kits and images from several Etsy sites so I will share the links to them below.

Dreamzetc here.

TsunamiRose here.

ARTYmaze here. 

Ephemera's Garden here.

Popstock here.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at what I've been up to.  :)

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱