September already – can’t believe it. I seem to have time only to post a monthly calendar page and nothing else. Hopefully soon I can continue with my life where I left it some time ago. Until then, this is all I have. If you haven’t seen the previous calendar pages, here is  August, July, June, MayAprilMarchFebruary and January. Click the image for a bigger one.

In case you’re wondering, it’s getting very much like this picture here up north. The light is very nice indeed at the moment and the trees are already turning red and yellow. Very nice. My favourite time of year for sure.

It is time for my altered calendar page for August. If you haven’t seen the previous ones, here is July, June, MayAprilMarchFebruary and January. Click the image for a bigger one.

I bought a packet of knickers the other day. I was just about to throw the clear plastic packet in the bin when I came to my senses and realised that this packet would make very nice book covers. I cut off one side and the top and the bottom of the box. It had two things printed on it, so I hid them with stickers and added some rub-on stars, too. I added pieces of patterned paper on the other side of the stickers because obviously the printing shows there too. The signatures are all different colours, and to be honest, they are all slightly different thicknesses but it was all I had handy and I wanted the book to be colourful. And that it is. I’m pleased.


Here is my altered calendar page for July. If you haven’t seen the previous ones, here is June, MayAprilMarchFebruary and January. Click the image for a bigger one.

Once again I’ve made some beads from cereal boxes. I love these. I love making beads from paper too, but the ones from card are so deliciously junky that they knock the spots off paper beads hands down.

I’ve made some jewellery from cereal box beads but I think I might use these for other purposes, like decorating art journals. The colours aren’t always the nicest on the type of cereal we use but that’s ok. There’s always a bit of red or blue or something, amongst all the brown and beige.

A-haa, colour! I coated all these beads with old clear nail varnish. I don’t usually bother with such things as nail varnish on my nails and I have several bottles about to dry up. Best to use it on something, right?

I messed with some off cut beads and coated them with blue and gold nail varnish. The three beads on the left were coated with glitter glue first and then with clear nail varnish.

These last ones are paper beads. They were cut from an advert and the paper is like newsprint paper. But I like the numbers and the bright yellow. These will also end up on a journal or something similar.

Recycling cards

Posted: June 13, 2014 in Journaling
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Old (store-bought) greetings cards are great for journal making. I’ve been collecting them for some time now and finally made them into for three new journals. I only used really nice cards – the kind I wanted to keep and I thought in a journal they would be safe. I cut the fronts of the cards for journal pages. They are all slightly different sizes, but that’s ok. The covers are the backsides of the cards which I covered with patterned paper on both sides.

If there was any writing on the back of the picture side, I glued on some paper to hide it. So the idea is that the pictures in this journal are just nice and to be looked at but the writing is done only on the other side, the blank sides. This is good because the blank sides are on the left and as a lefty it is much easier for me to write on the left side of the wire binding than it would be on the right side.

This is another book where I chose mainly square cards or almost square cards.

Some of the blank sides were covered completely with patterned paper, whereas some only partly. Some were left blank and I can do with them what I want once I come to write on them. If the white looks too boring, I’ll cover them up later, or maybe I’ll glue on some ticket stubs, leaflets, receipts or whatnot.

And there’s a third one. I used book rings on this one to keep it together. This is a Christmas journal and I used only Christmas cards. The covers are patterned card stock.

This journal has cards of all sizes – some are tiny and some are not so tiny.

Ta-dah! Three new journals, just like that. I love re-using old stuff. Waste not, want not! I’m just about to complete an older greetings card journal I’ve been journaling on for the past few months. I use these types of journals more like a traditional diary, although I don’t record my daily doings as such. But it’s good to write down things you want to remember: good books and films (or bad books and films), places, events, funny things spotted somewhere, unusual things, rants, good wine/beer, anything.


Posted: June 9, 2014 in Cards, Stamped cards
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Here is a bunch of flowery birthday cards. I’m becoming (or rather I *AM* already) terrible at keeping up with postings on this blog. I keep making stuff all the time but stuff just doesn’t end up here so quickly. I have some stuff I made before Christmas which needs to be photographed yet. *faints*

Baby steps, yes?