Musings from the Weekend

The month is August and the heat and humidity in the South is energy zapping to say the least. I can’t wait for Fall to arrive with lovely crisp cool air and vibrant colors of the season. I tend to be more creative in my creative endeavors with cooler weather. Not to say, Sumner doesn’t inspire me. There are many wonderful elements of summer. This past weekend I enjoyed the beautiful sunny weather inside for the most part

Yesterday, I uploaded my latest YouTube video! I shared my latest vintage haul from the lovely Marie and mail from sweet Lori-Ann. Plus, a few ideas I have and what crafty projects I’m currently working on. My energy is somewhat picking up because I know Fall will be here soon and the projects, I want to begin are endless!

Yesterday was also a beautiful day for breaking dishes! What?! Yes, that’s right. I break dishes. I have quite a few mixed media mosaic projects in the works and I need enough material in front of me to begin without having to stop to look for more material at thrift stores. Have you noticed how high the prices are at thrift stores now? Yikes! I’m having to get really creative and use what I have on hand. No complaints about that though because it’s a great challenge for creativity and I love to up-cycle.

I’m also doing a little reorganization in my craft space. That has been an ongoing project. Dare I say, it never ends? I added two of my paintings- at first- I made in the background as a prop. Then I added a third painting and rearranged the jars because it wasn’t feeling right. The third painting is a tree and the jars are blocking the tree trunk. It’s actually a pretty cool painting. I painted the blue vase you see with paint, watered down glue and paint! I need to add another layer, me thinks. I love DIY projects. The vase is glass and it is from the Dollar Tree when everything in the store was still a dollar.

Reorganizing helps with finding inspiration. If I had a choice, the walls would be white. Maybe one day. I’ll show the rest of the shelving once I get it the way I want it to look. It feels great to organize and move things around for a fresh look. Sometimes that’s all you need to feel one with your space.

Be sure to check out my ebay store! I have a lot of new items listed and more to come!

I have rambled long enough! My wish is for you to be encouraged and inspired. -Stephanie

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Vintage Ephemera Haul for Craft Projects and Journals Update

Today, I’m sharing a few updates about my paper-crafting endeavors and about my friend Marie’s vintage shop update! Marie is having a wonderful sale over at her Instagram shop this afternoon and she is your perfect source for vintage items you would like to use in your crafts, journal, journal tags, card making and so on…Even if you are just a collector, she’s your gal to find a collection of beautiful items to acquire.

To find out more about why Marie sells vintage ephemera, check out Vintage Ephemera Haul for Craft Projects and Journals blog post!

Marie’s IG Shop Link: hope_vintage_sales

Be sure to check out my latest vintage ephemera haul video on YouTube from Marie’s Instagram shop!

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YouTube Link: Vintage Ephemera Haul for Crafting

Spring Crafting Abundance

This past spring was a lovely time creating junk journals. I accomplished making four one signature journals in all. I’m thrilled with how they turned out and I have filmed YouTube videos on my process and flip-throughs. There are a few others where I showed how I work through the pages when decorating.

There are a few ways I journal and my process, is based on what I’m feeling at the moment or if I wanting to do more than just writing. Today, I’m sharing just a few links to the videos of my spring journal flip-throughs and working through the pages. I hope you take the time to watch them. My wish for you is to be inspired and encouraged. Please be sure to let me know in the comment area if you have any questions regarding these journals.

Spring Journal Links:

Note: I don’t believe I did a final flip-through with the first two journals but I have several videos working through the pages. So, you get a whole view of them while watching my process.

Spring Journal Flip Through | How to Cover White Pages 

Spring Journal | Working Through the Pages

Spring Journal | How to Make a Paper Weave 

Spring Journal | Let’s Make A Paper Circle Bellyband!

Spring Journal | Working Through the Pages 

Spring Journal Flip Through Part II

Spring Journal Flip Through Part III 

Spring Journal Flip Through Part IV

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Stephanie Hopkins

Spring Journals: Flip-Through and Pages

This year, I decided to participate in the #100dayproject on Instagram even though I craft and paint every day. That said, there was a few projects I wanted to complete including my spring journals, and felt this challenge would be a great motivator. The challenge is at an end but I’m still working through my spring journals. I am on the fourth one as I type this blog post. This particular post is about the third journal and I’m sharing two YouTube videos on the final pages and the flip through. I very much hope you watch the videos and all the others. My wish is for you to be inspired. Not only in crafting but in trying something new. -Stephanie Hopkins

 YouTube Video Links:

Spring Journal | Working Through the Pages

Spring Journal Flip Through Part III 

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How to Make a Paper Weave

“I think of craft as work that the designer has put a little piece of their heart and soul into.”– Sarah Dukes.

This has been another week of creating YouTube videos, crafting, painting, reading, journal creating and writing! I thought I’d share two videos about paper weaves and how to create them! There are all sorts of crafty ideas you can make with them and they are a joy to make. One of the ways I create them is to first, make a paper collage board and then cut them into stripes. From there, I use those stripes to create a weave. Be sure to check out my two videos on paper weaving on my channel. I will most likely be creating with paper weaves more often in my videos. It would be wonderful to see how many craft and mixed media projects I can use them in.

YouTube Video Links:

How to Make a Paper Weave

Journal Card Making with a Paper Weave | Craft with Me

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Art Sale

I’m holding a huge art sale today at my @layeredfindsshop on Instagram! I’ll be posting original mini wood art and paintings on Italian paper painted by me. I offer great deals and shipping is included in the price. Free gift included with each purchase.

I work with wood panels, wood blocks, paper and canvas.

Original Art by Stephanie Hopkins

Mixed Media Artist/Abstract Painter/Book Maker

This Weeks Inspirational Journey

“The starting point of discovering who you are, your gifts, your talents, your dreams, is being comfortable with yourself. Spend time alone. Write in a journal.”

— Robin Sharma

This week I have been busy making YouTube craft videos, writing, painting and reading! I’ve enjoyed every step of the way in these pursuits. My videos are geared towards paper crafting and the art of journaling.  

The images shown are just a few of what I’ve been creating this week. I’ve recently had a thought about how interesting it is when I’m crafting, the journey inspires new pieces. That in itself is rewarding to find inspiration within your own endeavors. What are a few of the ways you find inspiration in your own creations? If this something you’ve thought about before?

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YouTube Recent Craft Links:

Tag Tuesday | How to a Make Mini Pocket Bellyband 

Journal Cards Made Easy

Vintage Haul Unboxing | For Crafting and Journal Making 

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Finding Your Writing Voice Through Journaling

There are several methods of journaling that I incorporate in my daily life. The one activity they all have in common is they tell a story. They hold a deep and lasting meaning of my life and the lives I see around me. Looking back on all my journals and diaries, I’ve come to realize that in this endeavor is where I discovered my true writing voice. It wasn’t from reading books, though reading helps one grow their understanding of the written word, how stories are told, other life experiences and expands on one’s vocabulary, my writing voice developed over time from writing in journals. Could have it also been from blogging? Yes, I do find blogging a form of journal writing. A record keeping of thoughts, words, expression, emotions and even those awkward sentences where I couldn’t quite express myself in the way I felt inside. Those particular words don’t always come naturally to me in public form or rather, my private journals is what speaks of my truest inner voice.

Many people want to write in their journals but their uncertainty is holding them back. They say, “I’m not a writer or I would ruin my page, or rather my beautiful journal with my awkward words and ramblings.” Those awkward words and ramblings are what drives one to become a stronger writer. You must be deliberate with your writing and in the time, you take to write. Think of all the visits you made to a library filled with books that hold millions of words. Often times, those words did not come easy to the writer. Imagine the time and deliberate ink to paper or key strokes the writer put forth to build worlds in those numerous books. Believe me, it didn’t happen overnight for them. Don’t allow that voice in your head saying, “You’re not a writer,” intimidate you. Writing is a beautiful art regardless of one’s uncertainty in the act. Write what you know, write what you see and hear. Write a word or two and keep adding words after that. Allow those words to build on each other and soon you’ll find your voice as a writer. Once you do, words will flow and writing will be like exploring space. The act will take you to limitless places.

Stephanie Hopkins

New Craft Series and Art Journal Tags for Sale

Mixed Media Weave Made From Fabric Snippet Stripes

I have several new YouTube videos up on my channel! Be sure to check them out. I have started a new series and it’s going to be so much fun! These crafts are great and I offer tips an alternative way of creating. Please like and subscribe to my channel to get the latest videos when they are posted.

Mini Art Journal Tag sets for sale at my Instagram shop!

I offer discount shipping and a free gift with these tags. If you buy two sets, you get the third set half off.

Mini Art Journal Tags

These 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 in the US only.

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Vintage Ephemera Haul for Craft Projects and Journals

Check out my latest vintage ephemera haul from Marie’s Instagram shop!

To find out more about why Marie sells vintage ephemera, check out my other Vintage Ephemera Haul for Craft Projects and Journals blog post!

Marie’s Shop Links:

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Etsy

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Stephanie Hopkins