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 ✿⊹⊱

Friday, April 28, 2017

Prayer Journal


I really enjoy making journals and I have a new prayer journal to share with you.  I named her "Grace" and I really enjoyed making her.  The cover is made using a 9" x 12" clasp envelope, it has 78+ pages, counting fronts and backs of pages and not counting doilies, bags, or anything else but full pages.  Her measurements, after adding two signatures, are 9" x approx 5 1/2."

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Front cover

The two signatures were hand-sewn to the cover using waxed linen thread and the envelope used was reinforced with Tyvek (as I do with all my envelope journals) to give it added strength.  I also machine stitched around the border of the envelope.

Back cover

After assembly, I added the lace you see around the top, bottom, and spine of the cover. More lace, along with fibers, ribbon, and butterflies or flowers were added to the journal pages, tags, pockets, etc. 

Side closure with lace

Front inside cover with pocket

Middle of second signature

If you would like to see more of this journal, please click here and go to my YouTube channel so that you can see a full walkthrough of the journal. 

I used the "September Chic" digital kit from NectarsCreations on Etsy to make this journal. Click here.

I also used some "prayer journaling cards" from TsunamiRose on Etsy. Click here.

This journal has already sold.


Thank you for stopping by!  God bless your day!

⊰⊹✿ Marilou ✿⊹⊱

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 ✿⊹⊱