Crafty Giveaway #2

I’m hosting a unique bookmark swap over at Instagram and I hold ephemera giveaways for our group members. We are currently on our second giveaway and this bundle is filled with so much goodness for crafting!

We are still accepting new members to our group! Our next bookmark swap is in September and we would love to have you join. Be sure to follow the hashtag below, on Instagram, to keep up with the group and to be in the loop with current and upcoming giveaways. We are currently open for US Residents only. More international spots will open soon.

We are swapping 4 bookmarks a piece. You can not only use them for books, but for your journals and notebooks! If you are interested in participating, DM me on Instagram for more information. We would love for you to be part of this group! The hashtag for our swap group: #StephslpBookmarkswap

Stephanie Hopkins

Mixed Media Artist/Abstract Painter/Book Blogger

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IX

Challenge Completed

I’m thrilled to be sharing this week’s final 2021 ICAD’s with you. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy, and her challenge has really grown over the years. I enjoyed creating these cards and look forward to sharing more about them soon. Below are the links to the previous posts of this challenge.

This final week’s cards are days 55-61

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IIICAD 2021 Challenge Part III/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VICAD 2021 Challenge Part VI/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VII /ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VIII

Day 61

My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VIII

I’m thrilled to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

Day 51

We are getting close to the home stretch of this challenge and I must say I’ve enjoyed it a great deal! I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to store the cards and I usually go with an acid free photo box to store my little creations. Right now, they are sitting in a ceramic basket on my bookshelf. I might keep them there for a while. I love walking by and stopping to take a look at them.

This week’s cards are days 48-54

Which one is your favorite? ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II/ ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VICAD 2021 Challenge Part VI/ICAD 2021 Challenge Part VII

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

A Weekend Journal

Weekend Journal

“Journal writing, when it becomes a ritual for transformation, is not only life-changing but life-expanding.” – Jen Williamson

I journal quite often but I haven’t made a journal specifically for the weekend in ages!

There are many types of these journals and not only in how you make them but what you do with them. Such as, include photos, day trips, parties, walks in nature, what you are reading, movies, gatherings with friends and family and so forth. In my journal, I recorded a few of my activities I did over the weekend and memories that came to my mind.

While I gathered paper to use as my signature, I came across paper with illustrations of people playing baseball and that took me back to when my family, friends and I use to go to the Braves games all the time down in Atlanta. Wonderful memories to look back on. I wrote that down after I included the pages to my journal.

It is not often I journal about food or drink unless it is a special occasion. Well, I had a reason to make a page about tea that a friend sent me in the mail. She had sent the tea to me a few weeks prior but I wanted to wait for a special moment to drink it. This past weekend was a perfect moment.

I love to explore waterfalls and it has been a while since I’ve been to one. I came across this image of a waterfall and it made me long to visit one this fall. What a great image to add to your journal.

My birthday was in June and my brother gave me a gift certificate to Starbucks. I rarely go buy coffee there anymore so that was a special treat. I took my mother along with me and we ordered special drinks and scones. It was a nice outing with her and I was delighted to have the opportunity to journal about it.

One of the activities I did over the weekend was watch a Youtuber make DIY mini envelopes embellishments to make and bunch together and place in journals. What a great idea! You can even use them as tucks and pockets. I decided to make a page using them so I will remember this technique. I’m thinking about including them in all my journals.

How I made the journal:

I had painted a scrap piece of jute a year or so ago and had put it aside. I had forgotten about it until I came across it on Friday and thought it would make a cool journal cover.

I gathered my paper, thread and needle and crated a floating spin for this journal. The reason for this was because if I had sewn into the jute, it would have eventually unraveled. I sewed the signature onto a strong piece of paper-I usually use fabric-and glued it to the jute. Then I took scrap paper and glued it on the sides of that paper to secure it better.

From there, I decorated my pages and made secret pockets for my writing throughout the weekend. Really simple and fun to make. Not all the pages are shown but it is enough for you to get the idea. I hope you enjoyed this post!

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie

Craft Supply Haul Product Review

My birthday was on Father’s Day on the 20th. Forty-five years ago, I was born on that special day. It has been a while now since my dad and I celebrated both events on the same day. I gifted him two paintings and a handmade card and so happy he loves them!

The following day, I woke up in good spirits. Though the sky was still cloudy from a recent storm, the birds were joyfully singing their song, I just knew it would be a good week.

For my birthday, I was given gift cards and I’ve had a few craft items on my wish-list for a long time. I was able to get a few of them with the cards and I can’t tell you how excited I was to order them. I kept going to my on-line order to check the tracking status every day until I received them! Needless to say, I was eager to get my hands on the ASAP!

Today, I am sharing that haul with you, my thoughts on each product and I hope you find inspiration for your crafting adventures! I’d have to say that this is probably the biggest craft haul I’ve had, outside of Dollar Tree that is, in ages! There is so much! This haul will last me a long time, me thinks! These items are available on Amazon for purchase. I do believe some of the items are low in stock, so if you want them, I’d get them as soon as you can. I’m not sure how long it takes the companies to re-stock them.

Nuanchu Real Dried Pressed Flowers Leaves Natural Pressed Chrysanthemum Daisy Flowers with Tweezers for Scrapbooking DIY Candle Decoration Resin Jewelry Crafts Making: I’ve ordered a ton of botanicals this time around. I’m running low and came across a ton on Amazon that I wanted to give a try at some point. I was hesitating on a few of these products but decided to take the chance because they look beautiful in the pictures! I rate this product five stars.

Knaid Vintage Floral Washi Tape Set, 12 Rolls of Decorative Solid Color Paper Tapes for Scrapbooking, DIY Arts and Crafts, Bullet Journal, Planner, Junk Journal, Gift Wrapping: Like I need more washi tape…I couldn’t help myself! These are beautiful! There is not a lot on the rolls but nonetheless, they will last me a while so I feel the price is fair considering… I rate this product four stars.

MOLNESO 360 Sheets Vintage Journaling Supplies, Scrapbook Paper Supplies for Writing, Drawing, Aesthetic Decorative Stationery Paper for Scrapbooking, Travel Journal: I’ve been collecting paper for over two decades and still have lots. Actually, since I was a kid. Yes, I love paper. That said, I’m running low on my vintage style collage paper and I really don’t want to use any more of my 12” x 12” paper unless I’ve already cut into them for journal pages. I thought I’d give this pack a go. The paper is thin so I will use glue sticks to adhere them (carefully) to my craft surface. Liquid glue would be too much for them. I love the verity of patterns and how vintage they look. I wonder how long these will last before I run out? Can’t wait to find out! I rate this product five stars.

60PCS Mushroom Laptop Stickers Decals, Doraking DIY Mushroom Plants Decoration Stickers Decals for Windows, Refrigerator, Decoration (Mushroom Collection, 60PCS/Pack): These stickers are beautiful! I wish I had purchased these before now. I rate this product five stars.

Retro Floral Stickers Set (120 PCS) PET Transparent Flower Stickers for Scrapbooking Planner Journaling Wrapping DIY Crafts Cards Album Water Bottles Phone Cases Laptops:  I started crafting with these stickers immediately. They are stunning! They are delicate so be careful with them. The adhesive is strong. I rate this product five stars.

50 Yards Lace Trims Vintage Lace Ribbon Crochet Lace Scalloped Edge for Bridal Wedding Decoration Package DIY Craft Supply, 10 Styles Assorted: You get a lot for your money and the lace is beautiful! A must for your craft supply. I will be buying these again in the future. I rate this product five stars.

138 Pcs/3 Sets Post Stamp Stickers Retro Cute Plants/Animals Decorative Sticker Square Adhesive Sticker Envelope/Bag Seal by EORTA for Diary Planner Bottles Scrapbook DIY Craft Gift, Forest Theme: I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to collecting stamps whether they are real or faux. I adore them and I’m always on the lookout for different designs. They are fun to add to your craft and art projects. If you can’t afford to purchase them from craft stores, I highly recommend collecting them from your mail. I do that as well as purchase them, though I’m selective on the company. I rate this product five stars.

D-worthy Retro Wooden Handle & Base Roller Date Stamp, Rubber Stamp for DIY Craft Card Making Planner Scrapbooking (Navy): I’ve been wanting a date stamp for sometime now. I’m just surprised I never got one sooner since I craft so much. I love this product and it stamps really well to paper! A must have for your craft supply. I rate this product five stars.

 The Botanist’s Sticker Anthology Book: I’ve been wanting to purchase a sticker book like this for a long time. My only issue with the book is that there is only one side of stickers to each page. The back is a pattern paper. However, I can use them once I’ve used all the stickers. The book itself would be cool altered to make a journal. Do keep in mind, that many of these stickers are quite large and the stickers adhesive is not very strong. I rate this sticker book, four stars.

Knaid Butterfly Stickers Set (360 Pieces) – Decorative Colorful Assorted Insects Decals for Scrapbooking DIY Arts Crafts Album Bullet Journals Junk Journal Planners Water Bottles Phone Cases Laptops: These butterflies are stunning! I have been fussy cutting many of them for my craft projects. They have a white border around them. They do stick really well to paper. I rate this product five stars.

Wooden Rubber Stamps, NogaMoga 12pcs Plant Patterns Rubber Stamp with 11 Sizes, Decor Stamps for Card, DIY, Paper Craft, Bullet Journal, Photo Album, Hand Book, Planner, Scrapbooking: I have not bought wooden stamps in a long time, or stamps in general, and I was thrilled to come across these designs! Keep in mind, they are small but perfect for your paper crafting, card making and journal pages. I rate this product five stars.

Vintage Collection Postcard Set: Pack of 30 Retro Style Botanical, Nature and Ephemera Postcards by Wintertime Crafts: The images on these postcards are stunning and the cards is sturdy! I rate this product five stars.

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Thrift Shop Ephemera pack: This is the third or fourth time I’ve purchased this pack. I love them and they go with the themes I use in my crafts. I rate this product five-stars and recommend it as a must add to your craft supply.

8″ x 8″ 25 PCS 100% Cotton Fabric Bundles for Quilting Sewing DIY & Quilt Beginners, Quilting Fabric Squares: AS soon as I go these in the mail, I started using them and forgot to take a picture! The picture shown is from Amazon and they are accurate. These are great for paper crafting, journal and mixed media projects. I rate this product five stars.

Wilton 30 Count Grease Proof Doilies, 4-Inch, White: Normally I get my doilies at the Dollar Tree but these were a pretty good deal and I loved the design and style. I rate this product five stars.

Fun Express – Orange 50 Cents Single Roll Tickets – Party Supplies – Entertainment – Admission Tickets & Wristbands – 1 Piece: These tickets did not come with a wristband. Not that I’m concern about that. I just wanted the tickets. Orange is a great color because I can distress them to make them look old for my paper crafting projects. Most likely I will coffee dye them. They are sturdy and perfect. I rate this product five stars.

I will use these products for journaling, card making, journal tags, embellishments, collage, bookmarks, happy mail and all sort of other craft ideas I can think of.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages! There are pictures on Instagram of what I’ve used from this haul so far.

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part IV

Day 20

I’m excited to be sharing with you all this week’s ICAD’s. The abbreviation ICAD means, “Index Card A Day.” This challenge was created a few years ago by artist Tammy and her challenge has really grown over the years. Below, is her IG account where you can find out more about her and her art.

I have to admit that after the first week, I stopped following the prompts. Which is entirely optional for the artists to decide which way they go with this challenge. I tend to go my own path when it comes to my craft. This week I really mixed it up. I received some new craft items in the mail in the last three days, so I wanted to play with them! I will share which items are new in the descriptions below.  

Day 20: On this day was Father’s Day and my birthday. I was born on Father’s Day many years ago and it is rare when that day is celebrated on the same day. When it happens, my father and I celebrate both together with the family. It’s not too often when I make orange my dominant color. I think it turned out lovely! Plus, it gave me a reason to use this scrap of my painted paper for this project. I’ve been hoarding the paper, you see.

Day 21: Monday’s card represents a start of a new week. The possibilities were endless to make it a positive one and what a lovely week it has been. On this card I used scrap book pages, ink and ephemera from my older stash.

Day 21

Day 22: The Leftovers: The reason for the title is that I took paper towel that I’ve used to clean up paint and over time, it turned to this color. Isn’t it beautiful?! This card was an absolute blast to make! I also used Maple Samara from outdoors, needle and thread.

Day 22

Day 23: I wanted to create something a bit grungy on this day and this card is made from that feeling. I quite like how it turned out. I used my order supplies with this piece and the others above.

Day 23

Day 24: This card is vintage theme and I used my below products for the top layer. The bottom layer is is pages I used to paint black circles. Next week, I will be sharing a product review on everything I ordered. I loved how this turned out!

Day 24

Day 25: Abstract Tree: Okay, this one was a blast to make! I love trees and I’ve been drawing them since I was a kid. These days, I tend to create them in an abstraction medium. Some would say this could be a flower, but remember that in the spring time, many trees bloom flowers. For example: Cherry, Dogwood, Pink Mimosa, American Fringe and other sorts of trees.

Day 26: For this card, I used up the last of my homemade red, yellow theme painted paper. I thought it a great background for these pressed flowers and leaves. They’re from my new craft haul. I absolutely love how this turned out!

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

Tammy IG @gypsy999

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. Have a blessed weekend! -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Art in Motion: DIY Glue Book

I have dozens and dozens of magazines and catalogs that I’ve harvested for images. Once I was done with them, I couldn’t bring myself to throw them away. They still had quite a few pages in them. I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do with them and recently I came across a Youtuber who makes mini glue books out of them. I was thrilled to discover Nicole’s channel! I did know other ways to create with them but I wasn’t thrilled with the sizes nor did I feel inspired. Making mini glue books out of them is such an inspiring idea, a way to use your scraps, and they make great travel companions!

But what is a glue book exactly? A glue book is a collage journal. You take any book you to glue any sort of images, everyday items and pattern papers to the pages. Anything goes, really and you can create any sort of theme or no theme if you so desire. I love this way of creating. It is so relaxing and freeing! I’ve decided to use this glue book for random layouts for inspiration.

Nicole’s instructions on how to turn a magazine into a glue book is easy to follow. She has two videos for you to watch. If you have limited time, she has a short video on how to fold & cut the magazine, but I highly recommend watching both.

This craft project is great for kids as well. Happy gluing!

Next week, I will be blogging a craft haul that are new products to me and will be reviewing each item. Be on the lookout for that post!

My wish is for you to be inspired, and encouraged. Blessings to you and yours.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins

Art in Motion: Crafty Organization

Hello, Crafty Friends!

Today I’m am sharing a new craft organization I’m implementing in my crafting endeavors.   

I’ve always made my own ephemera packs with various supplies I have on hand and I put them in gallon size Ziplock bags or large make-up bags. That system is not working for me any longer. I want to simplify to make it easier to manage and carry in a smaller to- go tote. I can honestly say that reducing my craft kits in size to little leaves of goodness, makes all the difference and inspires creativity.

I like to work with a good deal of colors and different styles, so I sort every pile with a little of everything. For instance, some crafters like to-do strictly vintage style whereas I like to blend contemporary, grunge and abstract with vintage. Juxtaposition, if you will. Then I secure them with baker’s twin or ribbon. This method reminds me of how the Victorians secured paper and letters. I’ve decided to store them in a photo box and when I want to close the lid, I layer them flat in the box. This box sits nicely on my craft table or desk. Later on, in another blog post, I will show how I store and tote them when I’m crafting on the go or in another area of the house.

Do you make ephemera packs? What ephemera do you find adding to them the most? Scraps of collage paper, tags, flowers, butterflies and my homemade painted papers are my go-to.

One can create all sorts of things with these mini packs. For example: Embellishments, journal cards, collage, tucks, belly bands, tags and pockets. The ideas are endless!

One other thing before I leave you until next time. I’m also gearing up for the first giveaway in my bookmark swap group at Instagram on starting July 1st! There will be four giveaways between July and September! The first giveaway theme colors are pink and purple.

This giveaway is for the members of the #StephslpBookmarkswap group. DM about the details on how to join. Next bookmark swap is September 15th. We would love to have you!

There are two spots left available for people who live outside the US to join.

You can find me on Instagram @stephsartjourney

My wish is for you to be inspired, and encouraged. Blessings to you and yours.

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Stephanie Hopkins

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part III

I’ve really enjoyed this week’s ICAD and seeing everyone’s cards. There are so many talented artists out there!

Day 13: Life is a journey into the unknown-I love the thoughts of taking a long road trip and deciding on an unknown destination. Exploring the possibilities and discovering something new.

Day 13

Day 14: Live Intentionally- I love working with collage. Gluing down the papers is so relaxing.

Day 14

Day 15: Peace- I placed the floral upside down because I liked the shape of the ephemera much better this way. You can’t really tell unless you look closely and of course because I mentioned it.

Day 15

Day 16: Neighborhood – I had a ton of scraps on my craft table so I decided to make another collage of houses. They are so much fun to make!

Day 16

Day 17: Hope- Painted background. More vibrant colors pulling together to make the foreground stand out. Love when everything works together in harmony.

Day 17

Day 18: Weekend Vibes -I love how all the vibrant colors pulled together.

Day 18

Day 19: Florals In Tea Cups – I used an envelope window for this piece. I love how it turned out. It reminds me of the Victorian era a bit.

Day 19

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part I

ICAD 2021 Challenge Part II

I look forward to sharing the rest of this week’s challenge and the following week with you next Saturday! My wish is for you to be inspired and encouraged. -Stephanie Hopkins

Check out my art journey on Instagram and at my Mixed Media Art Gallery here at Layered Pages!

Journal with Me

Write what you know, see and hear.

I made this journal cover by using my collage papers made from scraps of paper that have been piling up. Paper really is the gift that keeps on giving. This is a one signature journal and will fill up fast. These styles of journals make great travel companions and fit nicely into your on-the-go tote. If you’re a reader like me, they are also great for taking notes of the books you read. While many annotate their books, others prefer to not mark up the pages. These journals are the perfect solution. Spiral notebooks work just as well but these journals make it fun!

Today, I want to talk more about journal writing. Oftentimes I still come across people mentioning that they are finding it hard to write in their journal, whether it be, lack of habit, or what to write about. People feel intimidated by the act of writing your inner most thoughts and feelings. Perhaps, it’s because when one does so, it exposes you in a way and I don’t mean to the outside world, but to you. I believe that is what we need more of. The examination of self and to look back on what we were experiencing, even if it is ugly or uncomfortable. That said, journaling isn’t strictly just writing those uncomfortable moments you are revealing about yourself to yourself. Journaling is rewarding and is a positive medium in one’s life. Journaling can be about anything, really. It can be as small as writing watch you watch on TV that day. Just write it down. Start somewhere simple and watch your words develop. You’ll be glad you did. It is a treasure to look back on the things you were experiencing from years gone by. There is much to be said about this pastime.

But how does one get started? I can’t write whole paragraphs, one might say. You don’t have too and as I said above, journaling can be about anything. Even with one word. Below the prompts you see, I have written example sentence to give you a sense of what I’m talking about.

These journal prompts are great to put on small journal cards if you want to make it brief. They are also great for hiding them in pockets and tucks in your journals. That is if you are creating journals with places to store your cards. I like to use old scrap paper and decorate them on the front after I have written on the back.

Journal Prompts

Currently:

  1. Summary of daily prayer.
  2. List of daily goals and tasks.
  3. What you are tired of doing.
  4. What are you overthinking?
  5. What you want to do but haven’t done.
  6. Favorite craft supply.
  7. Listening.
  8. Enjoying.
  9. Disliking.
  10. Something that makes you smile.
  11. A book you finished.
  12. An artist you discovered. Can me any type of artist.
  13. Book on your night stand.
  14. Recent books you added to your -to-read or wish-list list.
  15. Something you are excited for.
  16. Paining
  17. Recent happy mail.
  18. Weather.
  19. Changing a habit.
  20. An outing.
  21. Seeing anything interesting on a nature walk.
  22. Passage from the Bible.
  23. Quote.
  24.  Title of poem you love or currently reading.
  25. A dream you remembered.
  26.  A memory from long ago you remembered.
  27. What doesn’t taste good to me any longer.
  28. Color.
  29. How many crafty/art projects I’m working on.
  30. How my art made me feel today.
  31. How my writing made me feel today.
  32. How many items I checked off my to-do-list today.
  33.  Favorite animal. -Yes, this is important too.
  34. Recent purchase.
  35. God’s purpose.
  36. How I felt about social media today.
  37. Who did I talk to and what about?
  38. Favorite historical period.
  39. A book that has been on your mind a lot lately.
  40. Feelings.
  41. What you ate today.
  42. Favorite beach destination.
  43. Favorite vacation.
  44. Favorite State.
  45. Favorite country.
  46. Bird watching. (I have an amusing story about this one. It involved a recent visit with my sister.)

The list goes on…

Example sentences of one or two liners:

  1. I woke up feeling refreshed today and had a good outlook on today’s activities.
  2. I drank three cups of coffee today and I just know it will keep me up tonight.
  3. Today, we went to our local park and the outside air was cool and breezy.
  4. I recently purchased note cards from the Dollar Tree and they are beautiful! I can’t wait to use them for sending mail to my friends and family.
  5. Mood.
  6. Today was busy and it took me much longer to get done wanted I wanted to accomplish.

Okay, so these many sounds boring to write down but when you go back and look at them in the future, they might spark your memory on something you want to write about, or you will be amused by what you wrote. It is also fun to look back on these and compare your writing from then to now. -Stephanie Hopkins

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Layered Pages: Art of Journaling

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