Creative Journaling and Journals for Sale

Yesterday, I created this collage page in my current personal journal. I love the layered look and the process of creating it is enjoyable and relaxing. You can use your tags for tucks and pockets in your journals. It doesn’t matter the size of the tags. I’ve used my mini tags as tucks all the time.

Adding pockets to journals is a great to use as hidden spots for your writing. I would have to say it is my favorite form for my journal writing. I like those secret spots because sometimes you might forget about them and it’s is fun to discover them again.

The image of the girl is my grandmother from the 1920s. The picture was taken when she was 16 years old. Her image among others are in many of the journals I’m selling at my Etsy shop! -Stephanie Hopkins

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December 2021: Book Round-Up

I am a bit late in the game of posting my December book round-up! The Holidays, lots of work, painting, and crafting put this post on the back burner to say the least. Better late than never!  

In the year 2021, I’ve enjoyed listening to books more than I’ve enjoyed reading physical ones. That is not to say that physical books have ceased to be my favorite medium of story-telling. I got through 75 stories for the entire year and there were a few I got half way through and put aside because they weren’t for me.

For the month of December, I listened to five audio books. I really enjoyed listening to these ones and I do believe you can find all of them on YouTube. There are as follows:

Coming soon, I will be posting my favorite stories of 2021!

Stephanie Hopkins

Tag Tuesday

Mini Art Journal Tags

Hello, Friends! Every Tuesday on Instagram at 5:00 pm to 10 pm US Eastern Standard Time, I will be posting mini art journal tags for sale! The sale will end at 10:00 pm. I offer discount shipping and a free gift with these tags.

These mini tags are sturdy and great for arts and crafts projects, gifts, gift tags, pen pal mail, collage work and journal projects. There is room to write on the back of them.

At this time, I ship only in the US.

Follow my hashtag on Instagram for my product images at #stephsshopatlayeredfinds 

You can find me on Instagram @stephsartjourney

I accept PayPal payments and ship in a timely manner.

Stephanie Hopkins

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Book Review: A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham

It is not often you come across a thriller where every scene and detail are relevant to the story and evenly paced. Furthermore, it is not often when a book is plotted so well that it leaves you with no holes in a dissatisfied manner. A Flicker in the Dark is without a doubt one of the best thrillers I have read and I was impressed to learn early on that this story is Stacy Willingham debut novel. Her craft of story-telling is marvelous and if I hadn’t known this was her debut, I would have thought her a seasoned published author.

I must add that Willingham creates a brilliant cast of characters and her development of their personalities are flawless. Everyone is suspect and when you believe you have who the killer is, there is a twist leaving you blindsided.

I was fully engaged in this story and before I knew it, I found myself reading late into the night and early morning.

This book is getting a five-star rating from me and I am grateful for receiving an ARC from the publishers through NetGalley for an honest review. It’s funny really, that often times, it’s harder for me to find the words to express my delight in discovering stories that grab my attention in such a way.

Stephanie Hopkins

Book Description:

Expected publication: January 11th 2022 by Minotaur Books

When Chloe Davis was twelve, six teenage girls went missing in her small Louisiana town. By the end of the summer, Chloe’s father had been arrested as a serial killer and promptly put in prison. Chloe and the rest of her family were left to grapple with the truth and try to move forward while dealing with the aftermath.

Now 20 years later, Chloe is a psychologist in private practice in Baton Rouge and getting ready for her wedding. She finally has a fragile grasp on the happiness she’s worked so hard to get. Sometimes, though, she feels as out of control of her own life as the troubled teens who are her patients. And then a local teenage girl goes missing, and then another, and that terrifying summer comes crashing back. Is she paranoid, and seeing parallels that aren’t really there, or for the second time in her life, is she about to unmask a killer?

Collage Journaling for Beginners

Collage art in my journals has been my favorite method of creating journal pages for a long time. There are times where I create a simple layout to a more elaborate one. It really depends on my mood, time, and what I’m wanting to convey in my spread. There are moments when less is more and you can obtain a lot of inspiration from simplicity.  

Start with the basics. Oftentimes, I see crafters talk online about being intimated by a blank page or collage work in general. It’s understandable and can easily be solved. Quite often you ask yourself, what if I mess up my papers, where do I start, and will the design look right? How can I make it look elaborate? Or, does it have to look elaborate? How do I find my own style? These are a lot of questions to go over and I will cover every one of these questions for the next year.

First things first. Don’t compare your work to others. That is the quickest way to get frustrated and give up. Which defeats the purpose of the craft in the first place. Start with the minimum amount of supplies. Grab your journal, glue, scissors and paper. Not a lot of paper, mind you. While placing your paper to the page, think about what you like most about them. How do they speak to you? Do they bring you joy? Think about what your focal point and placement. It doesn’t have to always be in the middle of the page. Do you want your background to be neutral? A good way to get started is to use neutrals to break the blank page and build from there. You don’t like how something you did looks? You can easily cover it up. Start simple with the layers and breathe.

You’ve got this!

Stephanie Hopkins

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Art in Motion: Landscape Painting

Let your heart travel lightly. Because what you bring with you becomes part of the landscape. – Anne Bishop

Original Landscape Painting by Stephanie Hopkins

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Shop Update

Lots of newly listed items in my etsy, ebay and Instagram shops!

Newly listed on Instagram: Art Journal tags -These tags won’t be listed on my Instagram for much longer! I do offer a special deal for those of you who buy from me through Instagram.

Newly listed on Etsy: Mini art journal tags, ephemera packs for crafting journaling, card making, collage work; and two handmade one signature journals.

Newly Listed on Ebay:  Packs ofupcycled fabric scraps for mixed media projects

Be sure to check out my other craft supplies and art paintings for sale at my shops.

More products coming to my shop on a weekly basis. I’m currently working on some new ideas for everyone’s crafty and art collecting endeavors!

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Art Journal Tag Pack for Crafts, Scrapbooking, Gift Tags, Journaling, and Pen Pal Mail for Sale

Lots of newly listed fabric tags listed in my etsy shop!

The tags in this pack are in various sizes.

These tags are made with chipboard upcycled materials including fabrics.

Five sets of twelve come as is so you can add your own touch to them. The tags are also a fun craft for kids to decorate. There are example pictures of decorated tags to get ideas on how to decorate them.

There are also three sets of twelve that are already decorated for sale.

These mini tags are sturdy and great for art and craft projects, gift tags, pen pal mail, journal projects and other various project ideas. There is room to write on the back of them.

The shipping cost is deeply discounted.

Be sure to check out my other craft supplies and art paintings for sale.

Etsy Shop Made by Stephanie Hopkins

Sunday Reflection

Floral Acrylic Painting by Stephanie Hopkins

“No person has the power to have everything they want, but it is in their power not to want what they don’t have, and to cheerfully put to good use what they do have.” – Seneca

This miniature painting is available for purchase at my etsy shop!

All Aboard the Tag Train

Mini art journal tags for sale, made by me, on Instagram! My tags are made with scrap papers, other up-cycled materials, up-cycled fabrics and all sorts of fabulous ephemera! There is also hand stitching on a few of them. These tags are perfect for your crafty endeavors, to write on the back, journal projects, collect, penpal mail, and they make great gift tags!

I offer a special deals for those of you who buy from me through Instagram.

At this time I ship only in the US.

Deal: Free gifts with each purchase and you’re automatically qualify for an entry of a giveaway I’ll be holding at the end of each month.

Follow my hashtag for my product images at #stephsshopatlayeredfinds You’ll also receive additional points for my giveaway when using this hashtag when posting pictures of items on Instagram you’ve purchased from me.

I will be posting tags for sale through 11:00 am eastern standard time.

Tomorrow I will be posting three handmade journals for sale and on Friday, I will be selling ephemera packs with my mini paintings included in each pack.

I sell on three platforms! Check them out below by clicking on each shop.

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Stephanie Hopkins Artist by Day, Bookworm by Night